The Gospel obliges us to do penance.


It gives us the opportunity to reflect on our lives, express sorrow for sin and resolve to live a more fervent life.


The Church sets down certain days for penance when we may pray more, do works of piety, practice fasting or abstain from meat.


All Fridays are days of penance.


Suitable forms of Friday penance are:

  • to abstain from some foods, e.g. meat
  • to abstain from alcohol, smoking or some other enjoyment
  • to fast from food for an extended time
  • to donate savings from fasting to the needy at home or abroad
  • to help poor, sick, old or lonely people
  • to make a deeper commitment to prayer, e.g. at Mass, family prayer, Blessed Sacrament visits, Stations of the Cross