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Mission The Office for Liturgy and Spirituality promotes the ongoing renewal of liturgical and spiritual life in the Diocese of San Diego. It is responsible for diocesan liturgies and assists parishes to foster full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations for people of all cultures.

Featured Resources

Liturgical Observance for 2018

Liturgy Preparation Aid: Lent, Triduum, and Easter

Lenten Fast & 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.


For members of the Latin Catholic Church, 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 Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.