Ember Days: Sept. 18-21

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:00 PM – St. Patrick, Hampton
  • Thursday, Sept. 19, 7:00 PM – St. Mary, Ackley
  • Friday, Sept. 20 7:00 PM – St. Mary, Eldora
  • Saturday, Sept. 21 9:00 AM – St. Mark, Iowa Falls

Four times a year, near the beginning of each season of the solar cycle, the Church sets aside three days to ask for blessing upon mankind, and to pray in gratitude for the blessings of nature. This is also a time set apart to thank God for the sacraments and pray for priests. These days are marked with prayer, fasting, and abstinence, and stress spiritual renewal. Ember Days could be regarded as quarterly spiritual check-ups.