The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta  

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

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2014, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. This is the third Fortnight, which was originally instituted by the U.S. Bishops in 2012, in response to the federal HHS contraceptive mandate, which continues to threaten our religious liberties today. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church's teaching. For more information about the Fortnight for Freedom 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 is a listing of Masses, liturgies and other events that are taking place throughout the archdiocese. Please check back often, as additional events are being confirmed. For parish address and directions, please go to this link: http://www.archatl.com/parishes/.

Parish

Date

Time

Event

Holy Trinity

June 21-July 4

Daily during the Fortnight

Educational Display with many resources including fact sheets, posters, prayers and list of appropriate movies about religious freedom

Holy Trinity

June 21-July 4

Daily

Opportunity for personal prayer with materials offered at the Educational Display

Holy Trinity

Fridays

11:00 a.m.

Weekly Rosary (not on July 4)

Holy Trinity

Saturdays

7:00-8:00 a.m.

One hour of Adoration each week dedicated to Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty

Holy Trinity

June 21-July 4

Daily

Prayer intentions for religious liberty to be offered at every Mass

Immaculate Heart of Mary

June 28

8:30 a.m.

Mass for Religious Freedom

Mary Our Queen

July 1

7:00 p.m.

Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Religious Freedom

St. Bernadette

June 22

6:00 p.m.

Parish movie night: “A Man For All Seasons”

St. Bernadette June 28 5:00 p.m. Rosary for Religious Freedom

St. Bernadette

July 4

TBA

Mass for Religious Liberty

St. Bernadette

June 21-July 4

Throughout the Fortnight

Bulletin announcements and daily prayer intentions

St. Brendan

June 23-July 4

At all times but not during Mass

Perpetual Adoration praying for religious freedom

St. Brigid

June 30

7:00 p.m.

Holy Hour for Life and Religious Liberty in the Parish Chapel

St. Francis of Assisi, Blairsville

June 21-July 4

N/A

Posting information about the Fortnight in parish bulletin

St. Francis of Assisi, Blairsville

June 21-July 4

All daily and weekend Masses

Will be praying for Religious Liberty during the Prayers of the Faithful

St. James the Apostle

June 21-July 4

N/A

Link on parish website to U.S. Bishops’ Statement on Religious Freedom

St. James the Apostle

June 21-July 4

N/A

Link on parish website to Archdiocese of Atlanta Fortnight for Freedom information

St. James the Apostle

June 21-July 4

N/A

Prayer cards available at parish information center

St. James the Apostle

June 21-July 4

All Masses

Intercessions for Religious Freedom and Life will be included in the Prayers of the Faithful

St. James the Apostle

June 25

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Rosary, followed by Holy Hour of Adoration

St. James the Apostle

June 26

9:15 a.m.

Movie “Man for All Seasons” with coffee and doughnuts

St. James the Apostle

July 2

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Rosary, followed by Holy Hour of Adoration

St. James the Apostle

July 4

9:00 a.m.-Noon

First Friday Adoration

St. John Neumann

 June 21-July 4

Weekend Masses

Prayer for Religious Liberty before Mass; special intention during mass

St. John Neumann

June 21-July 4

After Daily Mass

Patriotic Rosary

St. John Neumann

June 21-July 4

Daily

Decorating parish campus with flags and signs

St. John Neumann

June 21-July 4

Various times

Distributing prayer cards

St. Joseph-Athens

July 4

8:30 a.m.

Mass for Religious Freedom. Additional plans to be announced.

St. Matthew-Tyrone

June 21-July 4

When narthex is open

Table with information, prayer cards and printed novena in English and Spanish

St. Matthew-Tyrone

June 21-July 4

Daily Mass

Religious Freedom intentions will be offered at every Mass during the Fortnight

St. Matthew-Tyrone

Thursday, June 26

 

Prayers for the Defense of Religious Liberty will be said at today’s Holy Hour

St. Matthew-Tyrone

Thursday, July 3

 

Prayers for the Defense of Religious Liberty will be said at today’s Holy Hour

St. Matthew-Tyrone

June 21-July 4

Daily

Daily Rosary will be said each day of the Fortnight by one or more of our prayer warriors

St. Michael-Gainesville

June 13

7:00 p.m.

Movie Night:-For Greater Glory, at the John Paul II Center

St. Michael-Gainesville

June 19

7:00 p.m.

Mass for Religious Freedom, including the Litany for Liberty, at the St. Michael Pastoral Center

St. Michael-Gainesville

June 22

After 1:00 p.m. Mass

Eucharistic Procession, at the St. Michael Pastoral Center

St. Michael-Gainesville

June 30

Daily after 9:00 a.m. Mass

Litany for Liberty, at the main church

St. Michael-Gainesville

July 4

9:00 p.m.-9:00 a.m.

Eucharistic Adoration, at the John Paul II Center

St. Monica

June 21-July 4

7:30 p.m.

Community witness of faith: Daily Patriotic Rosary, at Suwanee City Hall on Buford Highway.

St. Monica

June 21-22

After Masses

Religious Liberty Information Table in the Narthex

St. Oliver Plunkett

Sunday, June 29

10:45 a.m. (Immediately following the 9:30 a.m. Mass )

Patriotic Rosary in the prayer garden. Boy Scouts will participate.

St. Philip Benizi

Weekends

N/A

Fortnight for Freedom announcement in Parish Bulletin

St. Philip Benizi

 

N/A

Link on parish website to USCCB Statement on Religious Freedom

St. Philip Benizi

June 21-July 4

 

Religious Freedom Prayer Cards available in the Gathering Space

St. Philip Benizi

 

 

Intercession in the Prayers of the Faithful

St. Stephen the Martyr

Tuesday, June 24

9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

All Day Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to pray for the protection of religious liberty

St. Stephen the Martyr

Tuesday, July 1

9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

All Day Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to pray for the protection of religious liberty

St. Thomas More

June 21-July 4

See description

Rosary and prayer for protection of religious freedom will be prayed in the adoration chapel after the daily 5:30 p.m. Masses, the 5:30 p.m. Saturday vigil Masses, the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Masses and the 10:00 a.m. Mass on July 4.

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.

Please go to the following link for resources for personal study on the topic of religious liberty.

USCCB Fortnight for Freedom Educational Resources

Fortnight For Freedom Fact Sheets

Dignitatis Humanae, The Church’s Declaration on Religious Liberty

Action

Pope Emeritus 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: NCHLA Action Center
  • 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.
  • 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 to: Call To Prayer For Life, Marriage, And Religious Liberty

LEARN MORE ABOUT IT

For details about the Fortnight for Freedom in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, call 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:

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/

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