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2013 Fortnight for Freedom: June 21 to July 4
Ecumenical Prayer Service set in diocese

Visit www.usccb.org/freedomThe U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.

The fortnight runs from the feast of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, who were both executed for defending the Catholic faith, through Independence Day.

The campaign will open in the diocese with an Ecumenical Prayer Service for Religious Freedom led by Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg.

Bishop Brandt will be joined by priests of the diocese and ministers of other denominations.

Read the full story in The Catholic Accent.


From the USCCB | Updated Action Alert


·         Please write to Congress opposing the mandate, calling for conscience protections. Ask your representative and senators to support the Health Care Conscience Rights Act and to ensure respect for the religious liberty and conscience rights of all participants in our nation's health care system. You are encouraged to personalize the action center's message body.


·         In addition to sending an email, please call your local Congressional Representatives! The U.S. Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121, or call your representative's local office. Additional contact info can be found on representatives' web sites. Visit www.house.gov.


·         Lastly, to stay up-to-date on current religious freedom issues, sign up for text messages from the USCCB. It's easy. Just text the word "FREEDOM" to 377377.


·         A postcard campaign (launched in 2009) generated tens of millions of postcards to Congress and yielded great results! Prompted by the church’s pro-life and religious freedom concerns, the USCCB will host another campaign, the "Project Life and Liberty" postcard campaign. We need your support for the success of this campaign!

Get Informed

Fortnight for Freedom | Ecumenical Prayer Service HomilyReadDiocese6/21/2013
Catholics to take part in Fortnight for FreedomReadTrib Live6/11/2013
A letter from Hobby Lobby stores CEOReadCalfornia Catholic Daily11/28/2012
Persecution of Catholics is facilitated by internal dissent, Archbishop Carlo Vigano stresses in a speech at the University of Notre Dame ReadNational Catholic Register11/13/2012
Religious Freedom, Persecution of the Church, and Martyrdom by Archbishop Carlo Maria ViganoReadUniversity of Nortre Dame11/5/2012
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Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty


O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
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.



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