The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education, and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21 to July 4. The event begins with the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More and ends with Independence Day. This special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action is intended to emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. The theme of this year’s Fortnight emphasizes the many witnesses to religious freedom, both past and present.
Here are ideas for recognizing this special period of prayer and education in your own parish:
- Visit www.fortnight4freedom.org. This website of the USCCB includes prayer resources and fact sheets and will be updated with ideas from other dioceses.
- Hold a prayer service during the Fortnight for Freedom. Visit the USCCB website for Prayer Resources, including a Holy Hour template, prayer cards, and prayers of the faithful. Prayer resources are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
- Educate others about religious liberty issues by distributing the USCCB’s fact sheets on religious freedom.
- Share stories of Witnesses to Freedom (English) | (Spanish), one-pagers on individual witnesses to the faith from here in the United States and around the world including St. Edith Stein, Bl. Oscar Romero, the Coptic Christian martyrs, and the Little Sisters of the Poor.
- Use this time to learn how you can make a difference in religious liberty efforts. Subscribe to Catholic Citizenship News, the email newsletter of the Diocese of Manchester on Public Issues, to stay informed about issues in New Hampshire. Visit the Conscience Protection page of the USCCB’s website for information and action alerts, including information to help you write to your federal legislators.
- Still looking for ideas to celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom? Read a Religious Liberty High School Lesson Plans and 5 Ways to Celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom
Events for Fortnight for Freedom
If you host an event in your parish, please consider posting it on the calendar at the Diocese of Manchester website at events.catholicnh.org so we can share the information with others who may be interested in attending. Your events will be posted on this page as well as in eNews.