Wednesday this week is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the holy season of Lent. As such, it is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Ashes will be conferred after mass next Sunday.
For the sake of clarity, on such a holy day, the Church asks everyone of age 14 and up to abstain from meat and everyone from 18 to 59 to fast, which means eat less or give more to help those in need.
Of course, act wisely if you are sick or have a medical condition.