Fortnight for Freedom
At the request of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, all dioceses throughout our country will conduct a “Fortnight for Freedom,” beginning June 21 and concluding on July 4. The 14-day observance, which was first conducted in 2012, will focus on prayer, education and peaceful public action to protect our religious freedom with respect to the gift of life, marriage, conscience rights, as well as its application to immigration, adoption and health care and humanitarian concerns.
In observance of the Fortnight for Freedom, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate Mass on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Cary, beginning at 6:00 pm. This Mass will be followed by a picnic, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, on the parish grounds. Parish representatives are invited to attend. The faithful are also invited to bring baby formula and diapers as a donation to Catholic Charities in response to the service theme of the Fortnight.
During the Fortnight, the faithful are encouraged to pray for the intention of preserving and promoting religious freedom. Parishes and the faithful are also encouraged to dedicate the intention of preserving and promoting religious freedom to any of their regularly scheduled devotions, such as Holy Hours, the Holy Rosary, during the observance of the Fortnight.
Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, without having to compromise that very same faith? (A Statement on Religious Liberty – USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty)
Diocese of Raleigh Resources
Bishop Burbidge's Letter to the Faithful (PDF)
Bulletin Announcement (PDF)
Prayers of the Faithful (PDF)
Why We Need a Health Care Conscience Rights Act 2014: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)
USCCB's Fortnight for Freedom website
Parish guide to celebrating the Fortnight (PDF)
14-Day Study Guide on Dignitatis Humanae
Frequently Asked Questions about Religious Liberty
Litany for Liberty (PDF)
Current threats to religious liberty in the U.S.
Holy Hour Template (PDF)