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
Coleman's Letter to Priests & Deacons
Statement: Our First, Our Most Cherished
Frequently Asked Questions on
Liberty (bulletin insert)
Consciences (bulletin insert)
of the Faithful
Notes & Commentaries
July 1 Sample
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.