Category Archive for 'Fasts'

Ash Wednesday

In addition to the 7 a.m. Mass on Ash Wednesday, March 1, there will be a Low Mass at 12 noon and a High Mass at 7:30 p.m. We will have the blessing and imposition of ashes at all Masses.

Ember Days

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (September 21, 23, and 24) are Ember Days. On these days we are encouraged to reduce our food intake such that two smaller meatless meals do not add up to a third larger meal. This is not binding under sin. Ember Days are offered up for those who will be ordained […]

Fasting and abstinence during Lent

The Church prescribes fasting (only one full meal and two smaller meals that together are not greater than a full meal) and abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Catholics aged 18 to 59 are bound to fast; those 14 to 59 are bound to abstain. Those who are ill are freed from […]

Upcoming activities at Holy Family

Ember Days Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (December 18, 20, and 21) are Ember Days. It is the custom to plan meals such that the two smaller meals do not add up to the main meal, with meat eaten only at one meal. This is not binding but is encouraged. Christmas liturgical schedule … is as […]

Upcoming activities at Holy Family

Fr. Uy away … … until Wednesday night, December 11. There will be no 9 a.m. Mass on Monday and Wednesday this week. Young Adults … will meet at the church on Saturday, December 14, beginning with Rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by a talk and Holy Hour. Gaudete Sunday raffle and silent auction Gaudete Sunday is […]

Upcoming activities at Holy Family

Mass schedule change Since Monday, February 11, is a public holiday, there will be no evening Mass. Masses will be at 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. “Fat Tuesday” “Fat Tuesday” or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. This year it falls on February 12, and we will have our annual pancake supper. Please […]

September Ember Days

Four times a year, the Church sets aside the Ember Days. These quarterly periods take place around the beginnings of the four natural seasons. These days are spent fasting and partially abstaining (voluntary since the 1983 Code of Canon Law) in penance, and are days favoured for priestly ordinations, prayers for priests, First Communions, almsgiving […]

Advent Embertide, 2010

The Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following Gaudete Sunday are traditional penitential days. Read about the Advent Ember Days.

Ember days of September

Wednesday 22, Friday 24, and Saturday 25 September, 2010. Four times a year, the Church sets aside the Ember Days. These quarterly periods take place around the beginnings of the natural seasons.  These days are spent fasting and partially abstaining—voluntary since the 1983 Code of Canon Law—in penance, and are days favoured for priestly ordinations, […]

Obligations of Lent and Easter

The Church prescribes fasting and abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these days, only one full meal is allowed, in addition to which two smaller collations are permitted according to need, which,  if combined, would not be equal to a full meal.  Catholics aged 14–59 are bound to abstinence from meat;  […]

Advent Embertide

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after Gaudete Sunday are known as ‘Advent Embertide’, special penitential days which come near the beginning of the season of Winter. The Ember Day fast, although no longer strictly obligatory, is presumed in the prayers of our liturgy, and so we would encourage you to observe this laudable tradition in a […]

Ash Wednesday, 25 February

Day of Fasting and Abstinence.  7:30 am and 7:30 pm Masses There will be blessing and imposition of ashes at the beginning of each Mass. Parishioners are reminded that Abstinence and Fasting must be observed on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday. Abstinence binds (i.e. is obligatory for) those who have completed their 14th year; […]

Fasting & Abstinence

As the season of Lent approaches, it is wise to remind ourselves of the Church’s requirements regarding fasting and abstinence. General Laws of Fasting and Abstinence from the Code of Canon Law (1983) Canon 1249 All Christ’s faithful are obliged by divine law, each in his or her own way, to do penance. However, so […]

Advent Embertide

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after Gaudete Sunday are known as ‘Advent Embertide’, special penitential days which come near the beginning of the season of winter. The Ember Day fast, although no longer strictly obligatory, is presumed in the prayers of our liturgy, and so we would encourage you to observe this laudable tradition in a […]

Ember Days: 24, 26 & 27 September

This Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday are the autumn Ember Days. Four times a year, the Church sets aside three days to focus on God through His marvelous creation. These quarterly periods take place around the beginnings of the four natural seasons, and are each kept on a successive Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and are known […]