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Fasting - Abstinence - Lenten Meals

Posted on March 01, 2022 in: Lent, Around the Diocese

Fasting - Abstinence - Lenten Meals

Fasting & Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.

The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

Churches Offering Friday Lenten Meals

Are you looking for a break from cooking? Here are a number of churches that will do the cooking for you — and they’ll even serve it with a smile!

Fish & Chips

St. John, Plainfield                                         
4 PM - 7 PM        

St. Mary Church of the Visitation, Clinton
6 PM – 8 PM     

St. Patrick, East Hampton           
4:30 PM – 7 PM

Our Lady of Lourdes, Gales Ferry             
See Bulletin for Times   


St. Mary Church, Coventry
6 PM – Soup Before Stations at 7 PM

St. Mary, Portland
6 PM – Soup before Stations at 7 PM

Please check Parish Bulletin at all locations for prices and Covid restrictions/requirements.
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Here are a few videos regarding the topic of fasting

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Posted on March 10, 2023 in: Around the Diocese


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Posted on March 16, 2023 in: News, Lent


St. Patrick's Day Lenten Dispensation
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Posted on February 22, 2023 in: Lent


Bishop Cote's Ash Wednesday Message
The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D.,  Bishop of Norwich delivered his Ash Wednesday message during the Noon Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich. Drawing on the Readings and insight from Saint Augustine Bishop Cote shares with us words of encouragement to begin our Lenten journey. Homily begins at 19:10 in the video below.  

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