Good Friday is the one day in the year that no Masses are celebrated. In remembrance of Jesus’ suffering and death on the Cross, Catholics gather for a Communion service and to Venerate the Holy Cross.
Good Friday is also a day of fasting and abstinence. Fasting is obligatory from age 18 until age 59, unless fasting jeopardizes your health (for example, pregnant or nursing mothers, those with chronic illness like diabetes, etc.). 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. All Catholics from age 14 onwards should abstain from eating meat. Learn more about fasting and abstinence from the USCCB.
Bishop John P. Dolan will commemorate Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord and the Veneration of the Cross at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, Phoenix, beginning at 3 p.m.