Lent begins Ash Wednesday, March 1, and continues until the Easter triduum, which begins with evening Mass of the Lord's Supper Thursday, April 13, and runs through Easter Sunday, April 16.
The law of abstinence – prohibits eating meat but allows eggs, milk products and sauces made with animal fat and applies to all Catholics ages 14 and older on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday (April 14).
St. Patrick’s Day – Citing the tradition of corned beef and cabbage meals as part of the observance of St. Patrick’s Day, Archbishop George J. Lucas dispenses Catholics in the archdiocese from the prohibition of eating meat Friday, March 17. Those choosing to eat meat March 17 are required to abstain from meat March 18.
The law of fasting – allows a single full meal each day and two light meals at other times but no solid food between meals and applies to Catholics ages 18 through 59 on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.