Vestments and other liturgical objects used in western rite parishes come in a variety of colors: white, red, green, violet, black and rose-color. The liturgical season determines which color is used. Festive occasions call for white or gold while penitential seasons call for more somber colors. For example, during the Nativity the vestments are white or gold but during the penitential Nativity Fast, they are dark violet. Our parish uses the following colors.