The U.S. bishops have scheduled The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve, which will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2014. This comes during the 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 serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church’s teaching.

There are many ways parishes can observe the Fortnight, such as praying the Prayer for Religious Freedom, posting information in the parish bulletin, sponsoring a Mass for Religious Freedom, scheduling special prayers and novenas, as well as educational events. Please see 14 Ways your parish can celebrate the Fortnight, for some excellent ideas. The USCCB web site, Fortnight4Freedom.org, has additional resources, and more will be added soon. Our office has prepared some suggestions on preparing for a Mass for Religious Freedom (attached).

If your parish is planning any activity in observance of the Fortnight, will you please provide me with the details so it can be posted on our web site? In addition, if your parish has a “religious liberty” committee or chairperson, please send me their contact information. You can call me at (404) 920-7362 or send an Email to mboyert@archatl.com.

Thank you for your support for the 2014 Fortnight for Freedom!