Fortnight for Freedom is a 14-day period from June 21 -- on the vigil Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More -- to July 4 when Catholics from across the United States are being asked by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to focus on prayer, special devotions and catechetical sessions dedicated to the preservation of religious freedom.
Below are materials provided by the USCCB:
USCCB Fortnight4Freedom web site
Homily notes for daily Mass
Notas y Comentarios para las Homilías
Sample Homily for Sunday, 6/24
Ejemplo para una Homilía, 6/24
Sample Homily for Sunday, 7/1
Prayers of the Faithful
Oracion de los Fieles
Litany for Liberty
Letanía por la Libertad
Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities Letter on the HHS Mandate
Secretaría de Actividades Pro-Vida: Doce puntos que todos deben conocer sobre el "Mandato de anticonceptivos"
Parishes Defend Religious Freedom
In our Archdiocese, here is what some of the parishes are doing to protect our religious freedom:
- Saint Ann in Avon – formed a ministry called, “Defenders of Faith.” The group will research issues and communicate methods by which parishioners can fight legislation and mandates that threaten religious freedom. To join, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sacred Heart in New Britain – A book of intentions and prayer is available at the pulpit for parishioners to include their thoughts and prayers.
- SS. Peter and Paul in Wallingford – From June 21 to July 4, the parish will host an evening of prayer at 6 p.m. dedicated to ending the threat to freedom of religion.
- Church of the Epiphany in Cheshire - We will say the Litany before each Mass celebrated during the period of the Fortnight.
- Church of Saint Luke in Hartford - "Prayers for Religious Liberty" will be said after all Masses.
- Our Lady of Loreto Church in Waterbury has posted the Prayer for Religious Liberty in the bulletin asking parishioners to pray every day.
- Saint Augustine Church in Hartford - Throughout the Fortnight for Religious Freedom the Memorare for Religious Liberty will be prayed after each Mass. On Tuesday, July 3, 2012 (Feast of Saint Thomas, the apostle) a bilingual (English and Spanish) Holy Hour at 5:30 p.m. and Mass at 6:30 p.m. will be offered for Religious Liberty.
- Saint Anne/Immaculate Conception in Hartford - Throughout the Fortnight for Religious Freedom the Memorare for Religious Liberty will be prayed after each Mass. On Wednesday, June 27, 2012 (Memorial of Saint Cyril of Alexandria, bishop and doctor of the Church) a bilingual (English and Spanish) Holy Hour at 6 p.m. and Mass at 7 p.m. will be offered for Religious Liberty.
- Saint Paul and Saint Augustine in Glastonbury - An hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after one of the daily and Sunday Masses, recitation of the Patriotic Rosary in the evening on each day of the fortnight period and a candlelight procession on the grounds of Saint Paul Church on July 3rd.
- St. Louis Church in West Haven - On Monday July 2, at 8:00 PM, the church will be having a multi-lingual Holy Hour for religious freedom.
- Our Lady of Pompeii in East Haven - On June 22, “A Man for All Seasons,” the story of St. Thomas More (lawyer, chancellor, and martyr) that details his struggle to remain faithful to the Church in the face of religious persecution will be shown. The movie presentation is being co-sponsored by St. Augustine in N. Branford. It is free.
- St. Augustine in North Branford – On June 26, The pro-life ministry will explain the federal health care mandate and how it violates our religious freedom.
- St. Stephen in Hamden –On July 6th, the parish will host a Eucharistic Adoration at 3 p.m. for the preservation of religious freedom.