Friday, June 21, 2013

Fortnight For Freedom Begins Today!

The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address the challenges to religious freedom, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine marriage in June, and others.
Local events

  • June 21 - Opening Mass: 5:30 pm St. Marys in College Station in the church with Rosary following in the Hannigan Chapel
  • June 22 - Rosary: 6:30 pm at St. Joseph in Bryan
  • June 23 - Rosary: 6:30 pm at St. Joseph in Bryan
  • June 24 - Rosary: 6:30 pm at St. Joseph in Bryan
  • June 25 - Rosary: 6:30 pm at St. Anthony’s in Bryan
  • June 26 - Rosary: 6:30 pm at St. Anthony’s in Bryan
  • June 27 - Rosary: 6:30 pm at St. Anthony’s in Bryan
  • June 28 - Holy Hour for Life and Liberty: 4:30 PM at St. Mary's in College Station in the Church
  • June 28 - Rosary: 6:30 pm at St. Mary's in College Station in the Hannigan Chapel
  • June 29 - Rosary: 6:30 pm at St. Mary's in College Station in the Hannigan Chapel
  • June 30 - Rosary: 6:30 pm at St. Mary's in College Station in the Hannigan Chapel
  • July 1 - Rosary: 6:30 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas in College Station
  • July 2 - Rosary: 6:30 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas in College Station
  • July 3 - Rosary: 6:30 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas in College Station
  • July 4 - Closeout Mass: 9 am at St. Thomas Aquinas in College Station

Please note the different times for the opening mass and the closeout mass.

Diocesan events
Mass for Religious Liberty
Friday, June 21, 6:30 p.m., at St. Luke Parish (2807 Oakdale, Temple, TX 76502)
To begin the Fortnight for Freedom, Bishop Vásquez will offer a Mass imploring God's help for the protection of Religious Liberty in this country. All are welcome.

USCCB
To learn more on the Fortnight for Freedom, check the USCCB web page.

Ideas for individuals

  • Fast or make an appropriate act of reparation in this period, such as meatless Fridays or a fast day on Wednesdays.
  • Make a Novena for religious freedom, from June 26 to July 4, inclusive.
  • Obtain a prayer card for religious freedom and educational materials on religious freedom on the display on the table at the entrance of the Church
  • Take action in support of religious freedom using the NCHLA Action Alerts.
  • Read the statement Our First, Our Most Cherished Liberty.
  • Use the Fortnight for Freedom reflections on Dignitatis Humanae for personal reflection. These reflections and readings from the Vatican II document Declaration on Religious Liberty are available in English and Spanish and are intended for daily use during the Fortnight for Freedom.
  • Text the word "Freedom" or "Libertad" to 377377 to defend your right to live your faith

Prayer Resources


O God our Creator,
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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