The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty. The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, 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. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.
Several parishes are hosting Fortnight For Freedom events:
St. Joseph, Richardson. Its fourth annual Patriotic Rosary will be held in the sanctuary on Sunday, June 28, immediately following the 12:15p Mass.
The Patriotic Rosary consists of five decades of the Sorrowful Mysteries, remembering those who died defending our country and all the babies lost to abortion since Roe vs Wade in 1973. Each of the fifty Hail Marys is said for one of our fifty states. Knights and Squires from St. Joseph KC Council 8954 will do readings from the Founding Fathers and the congregation will sign patriotic songs. After the rosary, light refreshments will be served in the Forum. Everyone is welcome.
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To mark the annual Fortnight for Freedom, St. Mark in Plano is hosting two Patriotic Rosaries at the beginning and end of the Fortnight:
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae, Of Human Dignity). These reflections and articles are intended for daily use during the Fortnight for Freedom, and the readings and the questions that follow can be used for group discussion or for personal reflection.
Continuing the Search for Religious Liberty, The Contribution of Dignitatis Humanae.
April 21, 2015, Archbishop William E. Lori
Of Human Dignity, The Declaration on Religious Freedom at 50
March 18, 2015, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Capuchin, First Things
O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
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.