Fortnight for Freedom

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Good afternoon on this, the first day of the Fortnight for Freedom!

Remember that this two-week period is intended to be a special time of prayer, fasting, study, catechesis, and public action, which will emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.


STUDY/CATECHESIS

Be sure to pick up, read, and share the upcoming June 22 special edition of the St. Louis Review, which is devoted to the matter of religious liberty.

You know how important it is to be engaged and serve as a witness in our culture. Unlike the secular media, the Catholic press plays an essential role in informing Catholics of our important issues of the day through the lens of the faith.

It is vital that Catholics continue to be informed on the subject of religious liberty, which Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has described as “our first, most cherished freedom.”


Presentations on Religious Liberty, the HHS Mandate, and Our Faith.

This summer, Dr. Ed Hogan, Director of the Paul VI Institute, and Monsignor Michael Witt of Kenrick Glennon Seminary will be giving presentations throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis regarding the HHS Mandate. The presentations will clearly explain the nature of the mandate, as well as provide a thorough explanation of why the Church is against it. See Flyer


Persecuted Saints

Throughout the fortnight, we have highlighted 14 saints and holy men and women who were persecuted and/or martyred for their defense of the Faith in the face of the endangerment of religious freedom. 

Fourteen people from around the archdiocese will introduce you to these brave men and women, starting today with Ss. Thomas More and John Fisher as introduced by Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Robert Hermann.  

I invite you to visit the Saint Spotlight on the archdiocesan website and learn about these saints during these next 2 weeks of prayer, fasting, and catechesis.

 


PRAYER

Every day at 3:00PM, you can join Archbishop Robert Carlson in prayer as he prays the Prayer for Religious Liberty.  All you need to do is tune in to Covenant Network at WRYT AM 1080 or KHOJ AM 1460, or online at http://www.covenantnet.net/.  If you would like a copy of the prayer, you can go to the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ Religious Liberty webpage and download a copy of the prayer for yourself.  The address is: http://archstl.org/liberty and the prayer is located in the “Action Kit” area of that page.


WITNESS

If you don’t already have your “I Stand With the Catholic Church” t-shirt, order one today and proudly wear your faith on your sleeve…so to speak… 

You can order your shirts by going to our vendor, St. Peter’s List, at http://spl-shop.myshopify.com/.  It’s a fast, easy, and safe way to make your purchase!

 

Be aware of the fact that, for those of us in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Fortnight for Freedom is only one part of a larger, six-month-long Campaign for Religious Liberty, which began on Pentecost and continues through November 25, the Solemnity of Christ the King.

Please take some time in prayer to consider how you, your family, your neighbors, your parish, etc. can become involved in the campaign.