“The need for prayer, education, and action in defense of religious liberty has never been greater. The Fortnight for Freedom exists to meet that need.” Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori

June 21 to July 4

Fortnight For Freedom with multiple events in the Rockville Centre Diocese.

The bishops of the United States have designated June 21 to July 4 as the Fortnight For Freedom, a time of prayer, information and action in defense of religious liberty. Increasingly aggressive denials of religious freedom are found on college campuses, in the military, in the marketplace, workplace and social services.

During this Fortnight we must pray together that we might stand together in strength and courage with our faith in God and our love of America’s freedoms guiding the actions we must take.  Thomas Jefferson said, “The God who gave us life gave us liberty.” These rights to life and liberty are not ours to lose. They were gifted to us by God and conveyed to us by our forefathers.  We are this day charged as rightful stewards to defend these rights for future generations.

Activities in our diocese during the 3rd annual fortnight will include masses at St. Agnes Cathedral, the 2nd annual rally “Religious Freedom: Our First Amendment Right,” holy hours, and more.  See the list below and check back as new events are added.  To include your parish event, send an e-mail to miapalucci@drvc.org.

The US bishops have provided daily reflections for the Fortnight. You can access them here.

Friday, June 20

Faith of Our Fathers Movie, Lindenhurst

On this eve of the 2014 Fortnight for Freedom, join us for popcorn and the movie “Faith of Our Fathers: In Search of the English Martyrs.” During the English Reformation, hundreds of brave men and women suffered all kinds of brutal persecution in order to cling to the Catholic faith that had been integral to the life of the nation for over a thousand years. Many were subject to heavy fines, exclusion, and prison sentences. For others, particularly priests, or anyone assisting a priest, torture and a death sentence was the expected outcome. Discover more about some of these heroic figures, the times in which they lived, and their significance for Catholics today. Friday, June 20 at 7 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 210 Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst.

Friday, June 20

Holy Hour, Levittown

Holy Hour at St. Bernard’s, Levittown, for the intention of religious freedom for all at 8p.m.,   3100 Hempstead Bethpage Turnpike, Levittown.

Saturday, June 21

Opening Mass, Rockville Centre

Bishop Murphy will celebrate the opening Mass of the 2014 Fortnight For Freedom at 5 p.m., St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre.

Every Day

Rosary and Adoration, Franklin Square

Fortnight For Freedom  prayer at St. Catherine of Sienna, 33 New Hyde Park Road, Franklin Square, will begin Friday, June 20 at 8:30 a.m. with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament through the night until 7:30a.m. Saturday, June 21 and continues every day June 21 – July 4 with Holy Hours from 3 to 4 p.m. in the  Saint Catherine of Sienna Chapel, Sienna Center, and Rosary each evening at 7:30 p.m., on front steps of the Church. Parish Office: 516-352-0146 www.stcatherineofsienna.orgSunday, June 22

Information and Welcome Table with Catholics for Freedom of Religion literature, car magnets, etc. during Hospitality Sunday, 8am till noon, at Infant Jesus Church; Montfort Hall Parish Center; 110 Myrtle Ave.; Port Jefferson.

Every Weekday Morning

Rosary, Hicksville

St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 129 Broadway (Route 107), Hicksville. Every weekday morning at 8:30 am (before the 9:00 am Mass). Led by the Marion Rosary Group.

Monday, June 23

Holy Hour, Mineola

Spend an hour in prayer and adoration for the preservation of religious freedom for all. Location: Corpus Christi Church,  155 Garfield Ave., Mineola, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 24

Holy Hour, Williston Park

All are invited to a Holy Hour for Religious Freedom to answer the threats to our freedom of conscience with prayer and adoration at  St. Aidan’s Church; 505 Willis Ave., Williston Park, at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 25

Speaker, Huntington

Father Philip K. Eichner, President of Kellenberg High School and Chairman of the Board of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights will be the distinguished guest speaker of Catholics for Freedom of Religion at 7 p.m., at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, 440 W Neck Rd, Huntington.

Wednesday, June 25

Patriotic Rosary, Hicksville

A special one hour rosary with music and reflections, led by the Men’s Prayer Group, at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 129 Broadway (Route 107), Hicksville, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 25

Holy Hour, Massapequa

Holy Hour for Religious Freedom, St. Rose of Lima Parish 2 Bayview Avenue, Massapequa, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 26

Mass, Dix Hills

Join Catholics for Freedom of Religion for Mass with prayers, homily and patriotic hymns with the focus on religious freedom, at 9 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Church, 35 North Service Rd, Dix Hills. All are invited to a light breakfast after Mass.

Thursday, June 26

Holy Hour, Center Moriches

A Holy Hour with adoration and the Patriotic Rosary will take place for the intention of religious freedom at 7 p.m., St. John the Evangelist, 25 Ocean Ave, Center Moriches.

Friday, June 27

Holy Hour, Port Jefferson

Holy Hour for the intention of religious freedom at 6:30 at Infant Jesus Chapel in St. Charles Hospital, 200 Belle Terre Rd, Port Jefferson.

Saturday, June 28

Movie Night, Hicksville

St. Ignatius Loyola parish presents For Greater Glory, the chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929) by the people of Mexico against the atheistic Mexican government. Rated R for war violence and some disturbing images — not recommended for younger viewers. 7:30 p.m. in Msgr. Tarrant Auditorium, E. Nicholai St. Pizza and drinks will be available at 6:30 pm for a donation of $2/slice pp. Please RSVP by 6/27 to Maria at 770-6444.

Saturday, June 28

Rally for the preservation of our First Freedom, West Islip

St. John the Baptist High School, 1170 Montauk Hwy, W. Islip. 10 a.m.  Speakers include: Bishop William Murphy,  Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski and Thomas Renker, Esq., General Counsel, DRVC. Hosted by Msgr. James Vlaun.  Student art projects will be  displayed and the winners of a student speech contest on religious freedom will speak.

Tuesday, July 1

Holy Hour, Setauket

Holy Hour with the recitation of the Patriotic Rosary and featuring patriotic hymns at 7:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Ridgeway Ave, Setauket. Following the Holy hour, the winner of the parish speech/essay contest will present their speech on religious freedom and receive an award and there will be a wine and cheese reception.

Tuesday, July 1

Holy Hour, Coram

Holy Hour starting at 10:45 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 134 Middle Country Road.

Wednesday, July 2

Holy Hour and Adoration, Hicksville

Guest Speaker: Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 129 Broadway (Route 107), Hicksville, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 2

Holy Hour, Levittown

Holy Hour for the intention of Religious liberty for all. 8 p.m., St. Bernard’s, 3100 Hempstead Bethpage Turnpike, Levittown.

Wednesday, July 2

Movie Night, Massapequa

Movie about Sir Thomas More and discussion led by Father Ken Zach, St. Rose of Lima Parish, 2 Bayview Avenue, Massapequa,  at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory meeting room.

Friday, July 4

Diocesan Closing Mass, Rockville Centre

Bishop Brennan will celebrate the closing Mass of the Fortnight For Freedom at 12:10 p.m., at St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Pl., Rockville Centre.

Closing Mass, Hicksville

Mass at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 129 Broadway (Route 107), Hicksville, 9:00 am