Prayer for Religious Liberty Prayer Cards Now Available
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling for a nationwide prayer campaign for the protection of religious liberty and conscience protection rights. The call is the result of several threats including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that forces employers, including religious ones, to provide contraception/sterilization in their health plans.
The announcement followed the invitation issued by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge to the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh to participate on March 30 in the required Lenten practices of prayer and abstinence along with the practice of fasting as an offering for the cause of religious freedom. In addition to the individual prayers of the faithful, Bishop Burbidge will celebrate 12:10 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral for this intention.
To support the national prayer effort, the USCCB has posted prayer resources at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/resources-on-conscience-protection.cfm.
The heart of the campaign is a new “Prayer for Religious Liberty” prayer cards, in English and Spanish, and available electronically. They can be downloaded and printed locally. The cards feature different images of the Blessed Virgin Mary & St. Thomas More. Bulk packages of prayer cards will soon be available. They may be ordered at http://www.usccbpublishing.org/ and ready for shipping in April.
The full text of “United for Religious Freedom,” prayer campaign resources, and related information on religious liberty and conscience rights, are at www.usccb.org/conscience.
To view and print the cards:
Immaculate Conception – Patroness of the United States (PDF)
Our Lady of Guadalupe – Patroness of the Americas (PDF)
St. Thomas More – Patron of Religious Freedom (PDF)