Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

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Fortnight for Freedom


Mass (10am) at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Monday, July 4th to conclude the Fortnight for Freedom



Once again, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging Catholics across our country to enter into the period of the two weeks leading up to the Fourth of July with a strong focus on prayer, education, and reflection on our first freedom, freedom of religion.

To help us, the Conference has provided some very helpful items to assist us in making these
days very special opportunities for prayer, education, and reflection.
Among the items offered by the USCCB are:

  1. Daily Reflections for each day of the Fortnight which can be used personally for a
    better understanding of the importance of what is exactly at stake and/or be used
    for the people’s benefit either as items in the bulletin or in homilies based on the
    reflections. ENGLISH | SPANISH
  2. A Question and Answer resource which can be used to increase the understanding
    of the issues at stake.ENGLISH | SPANISH
  3. A Litany for Liberty which can be prayed either in a group setting led by a leader
    or prayed on one’s own.ENGLISH | SPANISH
  4. Fact Sheets on Current Threats to Religious Liberty.
    The USCCB has created various fact sheets in English and Spanish.  Click HERE to access the web page.
  5. A sheet including Prayers of the Faithful for respect for all human life, for
    strengthening marriage and family life, and for the preservation of religious
    liberty.ENGLISH | SPANISH
    Click HERE for additional prayer resources from the USCCB.

Having reviewed all the above items, I strongly encourage pastors and their staff members to identify what items might find helpful about this very
serious subject.

It is my hope, as I am sure it is yours, that our Religious Freedom as Americans remain intact. To
ensure this is unchanged, we must do all we can to protect and strengthen this right.

Lastly on Monday, the Fourth of July, there will be a 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St.
John the Evangelist to conclude the 2016 FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM. I hope that a good number of the faithful are able to gather for this Mass, thus highlighting our commitment as a diocese to embrace our Freedoms.

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