Our Council should make our Parish aware of this effort. (Mike)
The Fortnight for Freedom, which we celebrated for the first time last year, takes place from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day. Last year, we saw a great diversity of events promoting religious freedom across the country. In 2013, we face many challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate; potential Supreme Court rulings that could redefine marriage in June, causing serious religious liberty issues for Catholic adoption agencies and many others; and religious liberty concerns in other areas, such as immigration and humanitarian services.
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 the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, St. John Fisher, and St. Thomas More.Through prayer, study, and peaceful public action during the Fortnight for Freedom, we hope to remind ourselves and others all throughout the United States about the importance of preserving the fundamental right of religious freedom.
Fortnight for Freedom Special Masses
June 21, 7:00 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, Maryland.
Celebrant: Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
July 4,12:00 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC
Celebrant: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archdiocese of Washington