By Fr. Mark Shuey
According to the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma Eparchial Handbook, the minimum fast for Lent is as follows:
Abstinence forbids the use of meat and meat products. Abstinence does not forbid the use of eggs or dairy products. Abstinence is observed on:
Strict Fast forbids the use of meat, eggs and dairy products. Strict Fast is observed on Pure Monday (3/4) and Great Friday (4/19).
If you have never fasted before, please do the minimum fast and take each fasting period to grow in your spiritual life -- this means to eventually grow in fasting, building up over time to the Ascetic Fast during which no animal products are consumed but fish and oil are allowed on the weekends. This takes time, effort, and especially prayer to develop. Remember, fasting without prayer is diabolical -- you just hurt the body. If you never build up over time to the Ascetic Fast at least continue to do the Minimum Fast.
Abstinence binds all of the faithful of the St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy in Parma who receive the Eucharist. Strict Fast binds all the adult faithful of the Eparchy who receive the Eucharist. Exempt from the fast are those under 14 and over 60 years of age.
Expectant and nursing mothers, infants, and those who are in poor health are exempt from the laws of Strict Fast. Pastors and religious superiors, for just cause, may grant to individuals and families a dispensation or commutation of the prescribed Strict or Abstinence Fasts to another equivalent penance.
The periods during which fasting is not permitted: