The Fortnight for Freedom is an effort introduced last year by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and is taking place again this year from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More —to July 4, Independence Day, 2013.
Bishop William Murphy celebrated a Mass June 21 at St. Agnes Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. to open the Fortnight of Freedom. You can read his homily here.
Bishop Robert Brennan will celebrate the closing Mass of the Fortnight of Freedom at the Cathedral on July 4 at 12:10
“The spirit of our age is profoundly secular and secularism accepts religion – if it accepts it at all – only on its own terms. Under this view, religion is subordinated to the political interests of the secular state and it is precisely this subordination of religion to the state that the First Amendment seeks to prevent.” Pope Benedict XVI
“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” Abraham Lincoln
“If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.” Thomas Jefferson
LONG ISLAND CATHOLICS TO RALLY JUNE 29 FOR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
As part of the Fortnight for Freedom, Catholics from all over Long Island will rally at Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School (1170 Montauk Hwy., West Islip,) on June 29 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. to demonstrate resolve that Freedom of Religion will not disappear during their lifetimes.
The rally will feature a keynote address by Bishop William Murphy entitled, “Evangelization and the Preservation of Religious Liberty: A Call to the Laity.” The rally will also include an address by Richard J.J. Sullivan, Jr., executive chairman of Catholic Health Services’ Board of Directors entitled, “The Growing Threat to Catholic Health Care.”
Four student winners of a speech competition will present their speeches, various school music groups will perform, and lay leaders of Long Island’s Catholics for Freedom of Religion chapters will introduce the work in their local parishes. Msgr. James Vlaun, president and CEO of Telecare TV, will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies.
This rally is sponsored by Catholics for Freedom of Religion and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, with support from the Oceanside Christopher Federal Credit Union. There is no charge for the rally. To attend, please reserve space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call: Dennicee Spooner 516-678-5800, extension 224
OTHER LOCAL EVENTS
Saint Catherine of Sienna R.C. Church, New Hyde Park Road, Franklin Square will pray DAILY through July 4 for our country.
Join us for Holy Hour of Prayer in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 3 – 4 p.m. in church and/or Praying Rosary and Prayers for Religious Freedom at 7 p.m. outside front of church (weather permitting, otherwise inside church)
Our Lady of Perpetual Help R.C. Church, Lindenhurst,
Prayer Service in Spanish: July 1 – 8 p.m. /Church
Eucharistic Adoration: July 3 – 12:30 – 4:30 p.m./Convent Chapel
Contact # 631.226.7725
June 23, 2013 – 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“A Call to Prayer” – A Special Mass for Religious Freedom, Curé of Ars Parish, Merrick
The Guardians of Religious Freedom, Curé of Ars Parish, Merrick, – will be hosting this special event in accordance with the USCCB’s request to sponsor Fortnight for Freedom events between June 21st and July 4th. We invite parishioners from across Long Island to be our guests and join us to give thanks to God for our precious country and liberty and to pray that he continue to bless us with the precious gift of Religious Freedom and to give us strength and courage to defend, protect and preserve this gift for today’s generation and all generations to come. Questions? Please contact Toni Delvecchio on (516) 375-8577
June 25, 29, July 3
Fortnight for Freedom Events at St. James, Setauket
INFORMED and INVOLVED Catholics For Freedom of Religion Of St James, Setauket is hosting the following events:
Saturday, July 29 – 7-9 p.m. Movie night at St. James Parish Center. “A Man for All Seasons”
Wednesday, July 3 – Prayer and fasting beginning at 6 a.m. “Break-the-fast-Supper” at 6 p.m., Church basement. Holy Hour 7-8 p.m.
Awards Ceremony for St James Parish’s “Religious Freedom Speech Contest” to follow
Holy Hours for Religious Freedom
St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa
All Catholics are urged to intensify our prayers for a new birth of freedom in our Country. Let’s join together as a community to celebrate faith and freedom, as we urgently pray for religious liberty: We will be celebrating a holy hour for religious freedom Wednesday, July 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. in church followed by the Celebration of the Mass at 7:30 p.m.
2 Bayview Avenue, Massapequa. Phone: 516-798-4992. America’s 1st Freedom: Religious Liberty
Evening Prayer, June 28, St Mary, Roslyn
Father Elias Carr from St. Rocco’s will preach. Father Bob Romeo of St. Boniface Martyr will preside on June 28 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary, 110 Bryant Ave, Roslyn.