Obama and his administration are attacking one of our most cherished, fundamental rights - religious liberty.
This is a First Amendment issue.
Obama's oppression of Catholics will not stand. He can't force us to violate the teachings of our faith.
God grants us freedom. Our rights are endowed by our Creator. Obama's decrees cannot take them away.
Obama should rethink his decision to make religious persecution part of his legacy as president.
The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action will emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country have scheduled special events that support a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty.
Opening Mass—June 21 in Baltimore, MD
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption
Celebrant: Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
Closing Mass—July 4 in Washington, DC
Time: 12:10 p.m.
Location: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Celebrant: His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
Homilist: Most Reverend Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
Nationwide Telecast: EWTN cable network. Check your local listings.
Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
O God our Creator,
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.
Here is information on the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Observance of the Fortnight for Freedom:
• Thursday, June 28, 7 pm Rosary; 7:30 pm Mass
Holy Angels Parish,138 North 8th Ave, West Bend 53095
Bishop Donald Hying presiding
• Sunday, July 1, Nazareth Day for Families at Holy Hill
Bishop Donald Hying presiding
For more information and to register please visit
• Monday, July 2, 7 pm - Holy Hour for Freedom
With a Candle Light Procession
St. Jerome Parish, 995 S Silver Lake St, Oconomowoc 53066
• Wednesday, July 4, 9 am Mass
St. Mary’s Visitation Parish, 1260 Church St, Elm Grove 53122
Archbishop Jerome J. Listecki presiding
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