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Fortnight for Freedom

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.

To open the Fortnight for Freedom, a Mass will be held on June 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Baltimore, Maryland at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated by Archbishop William E. Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. On July 4 at 12:00 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese Washington will celebrate a closing Mass.

In addition to following the national Fortnight for Freedom events, here are ideas for recognizing this special period of prayer and education in your own parish:

  • Visit www.fortnight4freedom.org. The USCCB will be updating this site with prayer resources, including a prayer for each day of the Fortnight. This website also includes ideas from other dioceses and will be updated to provide educational resources.
  • Hold a prayer service during the Fortnight for Freedom. Visit the USCCB website for Prayer Resources, including 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 educational bulletin inserts on religious freedom. The USCCB has produced a bulletin insert explaining Current Threats to Religious Liberty that is available by CLICKING HERE
  • Encourage those in your parish to fast or make an appropriate act of reparation during this period, such as meatless Fridays or a fast day on Wednesdays.
  • Use this time to learn how you can make a difference in religious liberty efforts. Visit the new Religious Liberty page on the Diocese of Manchester website for links to education and prayer resources. 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.

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.

Mass to Open the Fortnight for Freedom
Bishop Peter A. Libasci will celebrate a Mass to open the Fortnight for Freedom
June 22, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
Saint Joseph Cathedral, 145 Lowell Street, Manchester

Fortnight for Freedom Rosary
June 21 - July 4, 2013 each evening at 7:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish, 200 Pleasant Street, Epping

Fortnight for Freedom Prayer Rally
June 26, 2013 12 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Pulaski Park, 128 Bridge Street, corner of Bridge & Union Streets, Manchester

Hour of Eucharistic Adoration
Sponsored by the Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Faithful Citizenship Committee
June 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, 26 Crystal Avenue, Derry
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Fortnight for Freedom Holy Hour
June 30, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
St. Martin Chruch, St. Ignatius Parish, Somersworth

Fortnight for Freedom Holy Hour
July 3, 2013 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Church
216 E. Dunstable Rd., Nashua, NH 03062

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