The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta  

Faithful Citizenship logoFortnight For Freedom
June 21st to July 4th

The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer, study and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services. The Fortnight begins on June 21, the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More and ends on July 4, Independence Day.

For more information about the Fortnight for Freedom observances in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, please contact Mary Boyert at (404) 920-7360, or send an Email to mboyert@archatl.com.

Prayer

This year's observance in the Archdiocese of Atlanta will first and foremost be covered in prayer. Following are a listing of the special Masses for Religious Freedom, and Prayer Services currently scheduled. Please check back often, as additional events are being confirmed regularly.

Masses For Religious Freedom

Thursday, June 20

5:30p.m. Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta
June 21 - July 4 9:00a.m. The "Prayer for Freedom" will be said at all Sunday Masses during the Fortnight.
St. John Neumann, Lilburn

Monday, June 24

6:00p.m. Our Lady of the Mountains, Jasper
Tuesday, June 25 6:30p.m. Mass and Adoration
St. Monica, Duluth

Tuesday, June 25

7:00p.m. St. Peter Chanel, Roswell

Wednesday, June 26

7:00p.m. Holy Family, Marietta

Wednesday, June 26

7:00p.m. Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Atlanta

Wednesday, June 26

7:00p.m. St. Philip Benizi, Jonesboro
Thursday, June 27 6:30a.m. Votive Mass for Liberty
St. Francis de Sales, Mableton

Friday, June 28

12:00noon St. Dominic Chapel, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, Smyrna

Friday, June 28

7:00p.m. All Saints, Dunwoody

Wednesday, July 3

12:15p.m. St. Anna, Monroe
Wednesday, July 3 6:00p.m. Bilingual Mass
St. Brendan, Cumming
Thursday, July 4 8:30a.m. St. Pius X, Conyers
Thursday, July 4 9:00a.m. Votive Mass for Liberty
St. Francis de Sales, Mableton
Thursday, July 4 9:00a.m. St. Matthew, Tyrone
Thursday, July 4 9:00a.m. Mass and Adoration
St. Monica, Duluth
Thursday, July 4 10:00a.m. St. George, Newnan
Thursday, July 4 10:00a.m. Holy Spirit, Atlanta
Additional Prayer Services
June 21 - July 3 Daily Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration ending July 3 at 6:00p.m.
St. Brendan, Cumming
June 21 - July 4 Weekdays All Rosaries said after daily Mass during this period will be dedicated to the Fortnight for Freedom. Mass times 9:00 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and 6:00 p.m. on Friday. No Mass on Thursday.
St. Gabriel, Fayetteville
June 21 - July 4 Weekends All Rosaries (said one-half hour before every weekend Mass) during this period will be dedicated to the Fortnight for Freedom. Mass schedule
St. Gabriel, Fayetteville
June 21 - July 4 7:00a.m. The Rosaries will be prayed each day during the Fortnight, in the Eucharistic Chapel of Peace.
St. Joseph, Marietta
June 21 - July 4 9:00a.m. Special prayers for religious freedom (Rosary, Litany for Freedom or Divine Mercy Chaplet) will be said at all 9:00 a.m. daily Masses during the Fortnight.
St. John Neumann, Lilburn
June 21 - July 4 6:00p.m. Meditation and Rosary following 5:30pm weekday Mass during the Fortnight.
St. Thomas More, Decatur
June 21 - July 4 7:00p.m. The Rosaries will be prayed each day during the Fortnight, in the Eucharistic Chapel of Peace.
St. Joseph, Marietta
Sunday, June 23 11:15 a.m. Patriotic Rosary on the grounds near the statue of Mary in the back of the parking lot.
St. Lawrence, Lawrenceville
Monday, June 24 7:00p.m. Prayer in the Park. Join us for the Patriotic Rosary in front of Duluth City Hall at Town Center.
Sponsored by St. Monica, Duluth.
Tuesday, June 25 8:45a.m. Litany for Liberty will be said by the community before the 9:00 a.m. Mass
St. Matthew, Tyrone
Tuesday, June 25 9:30a.m. - 7:00p.m. All day adoration of the Blessed Sacrament beginning after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. There will be Evening Prayer at 4:30 p.m., Benediction at 6:45 p.m. and Reposition at 7:00 p.m.
St. Stephen the Martyr, Lilburn
Tuesday, June 25 7:00p.m. Holy Hour for Religious Liberty
St. Thomas More, Decatur
Thursday, June 27 9:30a.m. Eucharistic Adoration will begin after the 9:00 a.m. Mass
St. John Neumann, Lilburn
Thursday, June 27 7:00p.m. Benediction Service
St. John Neumann, Lilburn
Thursday, June 27 8:45a.m. Litany for Liberty will be said by the community before the 9:00 a.m. Mass
St. Matthew, Tyrone
Sunday, June 30 10:45a.m. Patriotic Rosary (In the Rosary Garden)
St. Oliver Plunkett, Snellville
Monday, July 1 7:00 p.m. Prayer in the Park. Join us for the Patriotic Rosary in front of Suwanee City Hall at Town Green.
Sponsored by St. Monica, Duluth.
Monday, July 1 7:45 p.m. Patriotic Rosary following 7:00 p.m. Mass
Holy Cross, Atlanta
Tuesday, July 2 8:45 a.m. Litany for Liberty will be said by the community before the 9:00 a.m. Mass
St. Matthew, Tyrone
Wed, July 3 5:00-9:00p.m.

A Celebration for All Ages of the Fortnight For Freedom
St. Brendan, Cumming

  • 5:00p.m. - Solemn Rosary for Freedom
  • 5:45p.m. - Benediction and Conclusion of 14 Days of Adoration
  • 6:00p.m. - Bilingual Mass; Dinner in Social Hall follows Mass
  • 7:30p.m. - Guest Speaker: Retired U.S. Army Lt. General John E. Miller
  • 8:00p.m. - Musical Entertainment provided by Parishioner, Thomas C. Clements
Thursday, July 4 All Day Eucharistic Adoration
St. Luke the Evangelist, Dahlonega
Thursday, July 4 8:45a.m. Litany for Liberty will be said by the community before the 9:00 a.m. Mass
St. Matthew, Tyrone
Thursday, July 4 9:15a.m. Patriotic Rosary following 8:30a.m. Mass
St. Peter Chanel, Roswell
Thursday, July 4 6:00p.m. Holy Hour
St. Luke the Evangelist, Dahlonega
Thursday, July 4 7:00p.m. Dinner and Doctrine
St. Luke the Evangelist, Dahlonega
Resources For Personal Prayer and Parish Planning
For Daily Reflections for the Fortnight for Freedom, a Litany for Liberty, Prayers of the Faithful, Parish Resources and more, go to: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/fortnight-freedom-prayer-resources.cfm

Study

Religious liberty is the first liberty granted to us by God and protected in the First Amendment to our Constitution. It includes more than our our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It also encompasses our ability to contribute freely to the common good of all Americans.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights states the following: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religioun, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Following is a listing of educational opportunities scheduled throughout the Atlanta area during the 2013 Fortnight for Freedom, followed by links to resources for personal study and parish planning.

Educational Opportunities

Wednesday, June 19

5-7:00p.m.

Theology on Tap - Pre Gathering

Free wine and cheese at Mary's Garden Catholic Book Store.

Mary's Garden Catholic Book Store
7706 Spalding Drive,
Norcross, GA 30092

Wednesday, June 19 7-10:00p.m.

Theology on Tap

"Religious Freedom Isn't Free - Why Should August 1st Matter to Me?"

Speaker: Mary Boyert, Archdiocese of Atlanta Director of Respect Life Ministry

Dagwood's Pizza
7746 Spalding Drive,
Norcross, GA 30092

$10.00 includes cover, pizza, salad, and drinks

Friday-Sunday, June 21-23 Weekend
Retreat
Church/World, Church/State: The Social and Political Vision of Vatican II. Spring Hill College Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality at Ignatius House. Includes study of Dignitatis Humanae, the Church's Declaration on Religious Liberty. For registration information contact Maria Gaeta Cressler, MTS (404) 255-0503 mcressler@IgnatiusHouse.org
Wed, July 3 5:00-9:00p.m.

A Celebration for All Ages of the Fortnight For Freedom
St. Brendan, Cumming

  • 5:00p.m. - Solemn Rosary for Freedom
  • 5:45p.m. - Benediction and Conclusion of 14 Days of Adoration
  • 6:00p.m. - Bilingual Mass; Dinner in Social Hall follows Mass
  • 7:30p.m. - Guest Speaker: Retired U.S. Army Lt. General John E. Miller
  • 8:00p.m. - Musical Entertainment provided by Parishioner, Thomas C. Clements
Learn More About Religious Liberty
Educational Resources http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/fortnight-freedom-educational-resources.cfm
Fact Sheets http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/fortnight-for-freedom-fact-sheets.cfm
Dignitatis Humanae, The Church's Declaration on Religious Liberty http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decl_19651207_dignitatis-humanae_en.html

 

Action

Pope Benedict XVI spoke last year about his worry that religious liberty in the United States is being weakened. He called religious liberty the "most cherished of American freedoms." However, unfortunately, our most cherished freedom is under threat in a number of areas, including the HHS mandate for sterilization, contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, Catholic foster care and adoption services losing government contracts because those Charities refused to place children with same-sex couples or unmarried opposite-sex couples who cohabit. For information about other threats to religious liberty, please go to the link to Fact Sheets listed above.

Individual action is needed on a number of fronts, most especially in the area of conscience rights. Please consider taking the following actions:

  • Send Emails to your federal elected officials, asking them to co-sponsor H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act. For details, go to: http://nchla.org/actiondisplay.asp?ID=292
  • Stay up-to-date on current religious freedom issues, sign up for text messages from the USCCB. It's easy. Just text the word "FREEDOM" to 377377.
  • A postcard campaign (launched in 2009) generated tens of millions of postcards to Congress and yielded great results! Prompted by the Church's pro-life and religious freedom concerns, the USCCB is hosting another campaign, the "Project Life and Liberty" postcard campaign. Contact the Respect Life Ministry of the Archdiocese to participate. Call (404) 920-7362 or send an Email to RespectLife@archatl.com.
  • Make a commitment to respond to the Catholic Bishops of the United States' call for a nationwide effort to advance a movement for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance, and sacrifice. For more details, go Here.

Almighty God, Father of all nations,
For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1).
We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty,
the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good.
Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties;
By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those
 who live in this blessed land.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,
and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

– Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012

Learn More About It

  • For more information about the Fortnight for Freedom observances in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, please contact Mary Boyert at (404) 920-7360, or send an Email to mboyert@archatl.com
  • For more information about the United States Bishops' call for the Fortnight for Freedom please go to Fortnight for Freedom USCCB Website.