The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked Parishes to reinitiate Ember Days. Ember Days are days of fast and abstinence used as an additional source of prayer and penance. On Ember Days, the Church is accustomed to entreat the Lord for the various needs of humanity, especially for the fruits of the earth and for human labor, and to give thanks to him publicly.
Ember Days are observed four times a year, typically three months apart, on the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the beginning of each season (winter, summer, spring and fall).
Our first Ember Days will be observed on:
Wednesday, December 19
Friday, December 21
Saturday, December 22.
If you would like additional information about Ember Days, click here.