Diocese of Fall River


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 is intended to emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.


A variety of links are provided below as resources to learn more about the Church’s teaching on religious liberty and to observe the “Fortnight for Freedom.”


Bishop Coleman's Letter to Priests & Deacons

USCCB Fortnight4Freedom website

USCCB Statement: Our First, Our Most Cherished Liberty

Frequently Asked Questions on Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty (bulletin insert)

Protecting Consciences (bulletin insert)

Prayer for Religious Freedom

Litany for Liberty

Prayer of the Faithful

Homily Notes & Commentaries

June 24 Sample Homily

July 1 Sample Homily



Two special Masses will begin and end the Fortnight for Freedom nationally. A June 21 Mass will take place at 7 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 12:10 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. will celebrate Mass, and the homilist will be Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia. The Mass on July 4 will be televised nationally on the EWTN cable network.