Fasting from meat on Fridays during Lent helps us “acquire a mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.”(CCC 2043). Fasting is meant to free us. It helps us feel our physical hunger, and in turn, our spiritual hunger for the infinite love found only in God. Gather your community, your friends or your family for a simple, meatless meal, an opportunity to eat while living in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.
When you’ve cleaned your plate, remember to put the money you saved by not buying meat – an average of $3 per person per meal – into your CRS Rice Bowl to feed our brothers and sisters in need around the world. CRS Rice Bowls can be picked-up in the Vestibule of St. Mary’s Basilica.
Did you know?
A meatless Friday for just one person saves 6,916 gallons of water, 416 lbs. of Carbon Dioxide and 1,248 square feet of land each year. Meatless Fridays is a high-impact activity that you and your family can do to care for God’s earth.
Place potatoes, onions, garlic and salt in a pot with water to cover the tops of the potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-high heat and simmer until potatoes are tender (about 20 minutes). Add spinach, corn and peas, and cook until water has completely evaporated (about 5 minutes). Add olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and sauté until spinach is tender. Remove from heat and mash entire mixture until it resembles mashed potatoes.
The Friday’s of Lent the Latin Catholic Church requires all members to abstain from meat from age 14 onwards.
To Learn more about why Catholic fast and abstain from meat visit: Fasting and Abstinence Observance
Director of Faith Development
Br. Scott Slattum, OFM