Together with the faithful throughout our country, we celebrate Fortnight for Freedom from Tuesday, June 21 to Monday, July 4. These fourteen days (a “fortnight”) have been set aside for us all to pray for the protection of religious liberty in our nation.
Join us for our Independence Day Mass & Celebration:
Monday, July 4:
9:00am Mass in the church, with celebration to follow
All are welcome for a special daily Mass on the Fourth of July! Military, police, firefighters, service personnel and scouts are invited to wear your uniform and be recognized.
Our annual flag-raising ceremony after Mass includes music, prayer and food. Come celebrate our great nation!
We will also have our regular 6:30am Mass this day. (The celebration follows the 9:00am Mass.)
About Fortnight for Freedom
Initiated by the bishops of the United States, the dates (June 21–July 4) for this annual, national event were chosen for this time when our liturgical calendar celebrates great martyrs, including our parish’s patron, St. Thomas More, who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power.
The theme for this year’s fifth annual Fortnight for Freedom will focus on “Witnesses to Freedom,” looking at the lives of women and men of faith, from all over the world and throughout history, who bear witness to authentic freedom in Christ. Examples of witnesses to freedom (each linked to biographical information) include:
Little Sisters of the Poor — Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More — Coptic Martyrs — St. John the Baptist — Ven. Henriette Delille — Bl. Oscar Romero — Martyrs of Compiègne — Fr. John Bapst, SJ — Sts. Peter and Paul — Sts. Felicity and Perpetua — Bl. Miguel Pro — St. Maximilian Kolbe — St. Edith Stein — St. Kateri Tekakwitha — Pray for us!
Please take time during Fortnight for Freedom (which the U.S. bishops have called "a great hymn of prayer for our country") for prayer, study and public witness to emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. To all our fellow Catholics, we urge an increase in your prayers and fasting for a new birth of freedom in our beloved country.
Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
O God our Creator, from your provident hand we received our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of our society.
We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened.
Give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome, for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us, this great land will always be “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
— Prayer: © 2012, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.
For more resources and ideas for celebrating Fortnight for Freedom, visit www.fortnight4freedom.org.
Read the U.S. Bishops' statement on religious liberty, which includes concrete examples of religious liberty under attack as well as information on our Christian teaching: "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty."