Assumption College in Worcester is banning meat on Fridays during this Lent. This is not uncommon in the Roman Catholic Church. It observes the season by reflecting upon the suffering of Jesus Christ leading up to his death on the cross.
The Bible has many spiritual disciplines that are helpful for the Christian’s growth in Christ. Self-control is one of the fruit of the Spirit that every Christian has and must grow in. Each Christian will study the Bible and grow in those areas that God particularly intends for him to grow in.
There are some disciplines like reading the Bible or praying that are universal. The entire church is called to study the Bible and spend time with God individually and as a body of believers.
However, abstaining from meat is never commended in the Bible. In fact, it cautions Christians from those who would recommend such practices. The Old Testament had symbolically restricted certain types of food for the Jewish people.
The New Testament explicitly removed such restrictions to symbolize the universal nature of salvation. It went so far as to commend all food with a clear conscience.
Today, you are free to enjoy or abstain from any of the good things that God has given you, at any time of the year. Whatever you do, do it with a pure conscience to glorify God.
However, watch out for those who add external rules to comform your life to a pattern that has no basis in the Bible. Such practices will not aid, but rather hurt you spiritually. It is legalism.