Diocesan Events for Fortnight for Freedom
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse
The Fortnight for Freedom is the fourteen days from June 21 to July 4, Independence Day. This time will be dedicated to a special period of prayer, study, and catechesis that will emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. These two weeks celebrate 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. “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.”
–Thomas Jefferson, Letter to New London Methodist, 1809.
Events in the Diocese for Fortnight for Freedom
Fortnight for Freedom Opening Mass
Thursday June 21, 2012, 12:10PM
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse NY
Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham, Celebrant and Homilist
The entire diocese is invited to attend the opening Mass with Bishop Cunningham in praying for religious freedom.
“Are Catholics Really Being Persecuted?”
Wednesday June 27, 7:00PM in Saint Patrick’s Parish Hall
An Informational Session on the Topic of Religious Freedom in Our Time
Saint Patrick’s Church is located at 9 Leroy St. Binghamton NY 13905
Holy Hour for Religious Freedom with Evening Prayer
Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul
Friday June 29, 2012 5:30PM-6:30PM at Saint Thomas Aquinas
Please join us in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration and petition for religious freedom on the day when the church remembers the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul who suffered religious persecution in the name of Christ.
Saint Thomas Aquinas is located at 1 Aquinas St. Binghamton NY 13905
Youth Movie Night
Featuring Karol: A Man Who Became Pope
Saturday June 30, 2012 8:00PM at Seton Catholic Central
Movie to be shown outside, rain location: school gym
Karol is a movie about Pope John Paul II growing up in Poland under both Nazi and Soviet persecution. Its messages of religious freedom and the persecution of the church are very relevant for society today.
Seton Catholic Central is located at 70 Seminary Avenue
Binghamton, NY 13905
Western Region: Onondaga County
St. Mary's Church in Baldwinsville
47 Syracuse Street
Baldwinsville NY 13027
On June 22nd we will hope a Movie Night in our Gathering Space beginning at 7:00pm. We will watch “A Man for All Seasons”, the story of St. Thomas Moore.
June 24th after the 9:00m Liturgy, we will host a Coffee Hour in our Gathering Space. Fr. Scardella will speak on the Bishop’s document, Our First and Most Cherished Liberty and Judge John Brunetti will speak on the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights and its Interpretations.
July 3rd– 9am- 6:00pm the First Tuesday our time of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be dedicated to prayers for our religious liberty which will close our parish’s observance of the Fortnight for Freedom.
Holy Family Church
127 Chapel Drive
Syracuse New York 13219
June 27--In conjunction with the Bishops' nationwide Fortnight for Freedom initiative, Holy Family will be celebrating a Holy Hour for Religious Freedom on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, beginning at 6:30 pm. Confessions will be available. Fully accessible facility. All are welcome. 315-488-3139
St. Patrick's Church, Jordan
28 N. Main Street
Jordan New York
A Holy Hour for Religious Freedom at St. Patrick's in Jordan on Sunday morning, July 1, 2102 in the church from 9:00 - 10:00am. We have also copied the inserts on Protecting Consciences and Religious Liberty for our people and we will be saying the prayer for religious freedom at all Masses offered here from June 21 through July 4th.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
3494 NYS Route 31
Baldwinsville NY 1027
Reciting the prayer "That freedom of religion, as guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States of America, be respected and protected, as was the intent of our nation's Founding Fathers. We pray to the Lord"
Holy Cross Church
4112 E. Genesee Street
DeWitt NY 13214
Holy Hour and Benediction
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: Catholic Lawyers Guild, Catholic Medical Association, Diocesan Public Policy Office, Holy Cross Church, Order of Malta, Order of the Holy Sepulcher
St. Rose of Lima Church
409 S. Main Street
North Syracuse NY 13212
St. Rose of Lima Church will be holding Adoration from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on the following dates to celebrate the "Fortnight for Freedom" - June 22nd, June 29th & July 6th.
St. Francis Xavier Church
1W. Main Street
Marcellus New York
St. Francis parish will be having a holy hour for religious freedom on July 3, with exposition, prayer of the Rosary and Benediction.
St. Joseph Church
5600 W. Genesee Street
Camillus NY 13031-1300
St Joseph's Chuch, Camillus is following the guidelines of reading the respective reflections each day at daily Mass and/or communion service. On July 3rd at 7pm we are having an hour of prayer with appropriate readings, homily, music, rosary and benediction
St. John the Evangelist
22 Church St.
Camden NY 13316
The Prayer for Religious Freedom, as well as the intercessions are incorporated into all of our celebrations.
June 26th, is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is 6:30 a.m. – 8: 30 a.m. with meditation to include the Litany for Liberty.
Our Bulletins have excerpts incorporated into them from the Reflections for the Fortnight For Freedom.; as well as the logo. Handouts received from the Diocese have been inserted into the bulletin.