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 “It is meant as a show of support for our country,” Bishop Barnes said. “It’s a prayer that the United States succeeds in its principles, for the benefit of all.”

 Groups of parishes will be encouraged to observe one day of fasting between January 3 and January 19. The fast would follow the directive for days of fasting during Lent, in which one full meal is permitted with two smaller meals as needed to maintain strength.

 As they fast, parishioners are encouraged to pray for the country and that the presidency of Donald Trump will promote human life and dignity, and the common good. Below is a calendar of fasting days for parishes that includes scripture readings on fasting for each day.

Click here for a PDF of the calendar