The Fortnight for Freedom will once again take place from June 21 to July 4, as originally proposed by the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty in their core document, Our First, Our Most Cherished Liberty.
The Fortnight for Freedom is a two-week “special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action [that] would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.”
This year, we are emphasizing bear witness in love to the full truth about the human person through the theme of Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness.
During the Fortnight, our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power — St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.
Check out the links to the left and below for more information.
Mass for Religious Liberty: To begin the Fortnight for Freedom, Fr. Joe will offer a Mass imploring God's help for the protection of Religious Liberty in this country on Sunday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m.
Fr. Joe will offer a homily on religious freedom on the weekend of June 20-21.
A Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Liberty & Marriage will be held on Sunday, June 28th at 12 Noon.
We will continue to pray the Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty at the end of all Masses.
The parish church bell will be rung at 12:00 noon on July 4 for 3 minutes to conclude the Fortnight for Freedom.
Pray the Rosary each day during the two-week period.
Pray the Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty every day.
Make a Novena for Religious Freedom, from June 26 to July 4, inclusive.
Fast or make an appropriate act of reparation in this period, such as meatless Fridays or a fast day on Wednesdays.
Read the statement Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.
Use the Fortnight for Freedom reflections on Dignitatis Humanae for personal reflection. These reflections and readings from the Vatican II document Declaration on Religious Liberty are available in English and Spanish and are intended for daily use during the Fortnight for Freedom.
Join the U.S. bishops' texting campaign through our parish website and bulletin. Text the word "Freedom" or "Libertad" to 377377. Sign up online.