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The Fortnight for Freedom will once again take place from June 21 to July 4, as originally proposed by the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty in their core document, Our First, Our Most Cherished Liberty.  The Fortnight for Freedom is a two-week “special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action [that] would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.”  During the Fortnight, our liturgical calendar celebrates 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.  In the secular calendar, we anticipate that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule at some point during the Fortnight (likely around June 30) on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases, which are challenges to the HHS mandate brought by for-profit businesses.

This year, the Ad Hoc Committee would like to emphasize the link between religious liberty and service to the poor and vulnerable through the theme of Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve.  With this theme in mind, we are inviting all Catholics of the Diocese of Austin to participate in service opportunities available during the Fortnight for Freedom.  Catholic parishes, schools and organizations have been invited to offer special opportunities for service and these will be posted here as they come in.  You are encouraged to follow the links available or contact them directly to get involved.

Share your Freedom to Serve experiences and photos with us with #free2serve!  You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Photos from Catholics across the Diocese serving during the Fornight for Freedom can be shared and viewed at trycapsule.com/free2serve.  Share a photo on Instagram with #free2serve and it will automatically be added to our album!  This applies only to Instagram accounts set to public.  You can also upload photos directly at trycapsule.com/free2serve or by using the CapsuleCam app on iPhone or Android.  We can't wait to see Catholics of central Texas putting religious liberty into action!

Fortnight for Freedom Service Opportunities

You can contact a nearby parish, school or lay organization to see how you can help during the Fortnight for Freedom.

Organization City Date(s) Description Contact
Gabriel Project All (Training in Austin) June 28

Gabriel Angel Training: Gabriel Project Angels are trained volunteers who work with those in need of emotional and spiritual support due to a crisis pregnancy.There is a need for angels across the diocese.

More information and contact here.
Austin Vigil for Life Austin June 21 Mass will be followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. A caravan will then travel to an abortion facility where the rosary will be prayed. Attendees will meet for refreshments to end the morning of prayer. More information and contact here.
John Paul II Life Center Austin June 26 or July 3

Take a tour and prayerfully consider serving us or other pro-life groups in our mission of furthering a Culture of Life.

kimberly@jpiilifecenter.org
Saint Louise House Austin July Help a school-aged child prepare to go back to school, ready for success! We are in need of 10 sponsors to provide a backpack and school supplies (based on the child’s school supply list). Mindy Heredia, Volunteer Coordinator, by June 27th at mheredia@saintlouisehouse.org
Saint Louis House Austin Throughout the Fortnight and the year   www.saintlouisehouse.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/
         

Historic Eucharistic Procession

Join the Knights of Columbus Council 14055 for a historic Eucharistic procession which begins at St. Mary Cathedral and continues into the State of Texas Capitol Rotunda.  Never in the history of our nation, has the Blessed Sacrament been brought in Eucharistic Procession, with Benediction, into any state capitol building.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

St. Mary Cathedral
203 East 10th Street, Austin, Texas

Mass 9:30 a.m.
Procession 10:30 a.m.

Download the flier.

Read the Catholic Spirit article.

Recommended activities for parishes:

  1. A homily on religious freedom is given on either the weekend of June 21-22 or June 28-29.
  2. Encourage all Catholics to pray the rosary each day during the two-week period.
  3. Hold a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Liberty.
  4. To conclude the Fortnight for Freedom on July 4, all church bells in the diocese ring at 12:00 noon.

 

Additional possible activities include:

  • All parishes are encouraged to incorporate a prayer for the protection of religious liberty during liturgically appropriate times when Mass is celebrated during the Fortnight for Freedom.  Prayer cards with a prayer for the protection of religious liberty can be ordered from the Office of Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living at no cost.  Please allow two weeks turnaround time.  You may keep the prayer card in your parish for daily or weekly prayer by Mass attendees or distribute to your parishioners to be prayed daily wherever they are.  Click to see examples of the prayer cards.
    • Parishes are encouraged to incorporate the prayer—as appropriate—into already-scheduled meetings, Eucharistic adoration, etc.
  • Encourage your parishioners to fast or make an appropriate act of reparation in this period, such as meatless Fridays or a fast day on Wednesdays.
  • Hosting/providing talks on religious freedom, Dignitatis Humanae, and the Church’s teaching on sexuality.  Talks can be requested from the Culture of Life Speakers' Bureau.  You can choose from the available list or you can make a special topic request.  Brochures on contraception and Natural Family Planning are available from the Office of Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living.
  • Encouraging your faithful to make a Novena for religious freedom, from June 26 to July 4, inclusive.
  • Providing a visible focal point for the faithful to learn more about religious freedom, and redouble their own efforts of prayer and reparation.  This can be a place near the entrance to your sanctuary for your parishioners to obtain a prayer card for religious freedom, educational materials on religious freedom, and devotional materials for the Sacred Heart.
  • Encouraging parishioners to take action in support of religious freedom using the NCHLA Action Alerts.
  • Parishes can encourage and promote reading of the statement Our First, Our Most Cherished Liberty (en español). In addition to promoting it generally among parishioners, parishes may wish to engage existing small communities to read and discuss the document.
  • Utilize the Fortnight for Freedom reflections on Dignitatis Humanae for group discussion or for personal reflection.  These reflections and readings from the Vatican II document Declaration on Religious Liberty are available in English and Spanish and are intended for daily use during the Fortnight for Freedom.
  • Use your bulletin, website, and social media to educate about the Fortnight for Freedom and the need to pray and work for religious freedom.  Graphics can be downloaded from the USCCB website.  You can also create banners or signs to display on your parish grounds.
  • Promote the U.S. bishops' texting campaign through your website and bulletin.
  • Additional ideas for parishes from the USCCB.

 


Additional Prayer Resources

Bulletin Announcement

The third annual Fortnight for Freedom takes place from June 21—the vigil of the Feast of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day.  This year, we are emphasizing the link between religious liberty and service to the poor and vulnerable through the theme of Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve.  All are invited to participate in service opportunities available during the Fortnight for Freedom.  Special service opportunities offered by our Catholic parishes, schools and local organizations can be found at www.austindiocese.org/fortnightforfreedom.  All are invited to share their service experiences through social media using #free2serve.

La tercera celebración anual de la Quincena por la Libertad se llevará a cabo del 21 de junio –la vigilia de la Festividad de St. John Fisher y Santo Tomás Moro- al 4 de julio, Día de la Independencia. Este año, estamos enfatizando el vínculo entre la libertad religiosa y el servicio a los pobres y vulnerables a través del tema de la Quincena por la Libertad: Libertad para Servir. Todos están invitados a participar en las oportunidades de servicio disponibles durante la Quincena por la Libertad. Oportunidades de servicio especiales ofrecidas por nuestras parroquias Católicas, escuelas y organizaciones locales pueden ser encontradas en www.austindiocese.org/fortnightforfreedom. Todos están invitados a compartir sus experiencias a través de las redes sociales usando #free2serve.

Parish Activities

Send us information on how your parish is participating in the Fortnight for Freedom in the form of a URL, pdf, Word or Publisher document and we will post them here.

 

Questions can be directed to the Office of Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living at (512) 949-2486 or yvonne-saldana@austindiocese.org.

La Quincena por la Libertad se llevará a cabo de nuevo del 21 de junio al 4 de julio, como fue originalmente propuesto por el Comité Ad Hoc para la Libertad Religiosa del  USCCB (Conferencia Episcopal de Estados Unidos) en su documento principal, La Primera y Más Preciada de Nuestras Libertades. La Quincena por la Libertad es un “periodo especial de oración, estudio y acción pública [que] enfatizaría ambas cosas, nuestra herencia Cristiana y  nuestra herencia Americana de libertad”. Durante la Quincena, nuestro calendario litúrgico celebra a una seria de grandes mártires quienes permanecieron fieles frente a la persecución por parte del poder político –San John Fisher y Sto. Tomás Moro, San Juan Bautista, los Santos Pedro y Pablo y los Primeros Mártires de la Iglesia de Roma. En el calendario secular, anticipamos que la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos decidirá en algún momento durante la Quincena (probablemente alrededor del 30 de junio) sobre los casos  Hobby Lobby y Conestoga Wood Specialties, los cuales son retos al mandato del Departamento de Salud (HHS Mandate en inglés) hechos por parte de negocios con fines de lucro.

Este año, el Comité Ad Hoc para la Libertad Religiosa quisiera enfatizar el enlace entre la libertad religiosa y el servicio a los pobres y vulnerables a través del tema para la Quincena por la Libertad: Libertad para Servir. Con este tema en mente, estamos invitando a todos los Católicos de la Diócesis de Austin a participar en las oportunidades de servicio disponibles durante la Quincena por la Libertad. Parroquias, escuelas y organizaciones Católicas han sido invitadas a ofrecer oportunidades especiales de servicio y estas serán publicadas aquí en el orden en que vayan presentándose. Usted está invitado a seguir los enlaces disponibles o a contactarlos a ellos directamente para involucrarse.

¡Comparta sus experiencias y fotos con nosotros durante el programa Libertad para Servir usando la clave #free2serve! Nos puede encontrar en Facebook y en Twitter.

Fotos de Católicos alrededor de la Diócesis sirviendo durante la Quincena para la Libertad pueden ser compartidas y vistas en trycapsule.com/free2serve. Comparta una foto en Instagram con la clave #free2serve ¡y ésta se agregará automáticamente a nuestro álbum! Esto aplica solo a cuentas Instagram públicas. También puede subir fotos directamente a trycapsule.com/free2serve  o usar la aplicación CapsuleCam para iPhone o Androide !Esperamos con ansias ver a  los Católicos del centro de Texas poniendo la libertad religiosa en acción!

Oportunidades de Servicio de la Quincena por la Libertad

Usted puede contactar a su parroquia, escuela u organización más cercana para conocer de qué maneras usted puede ayudar durante la Quincena por la Libertad.

Organización Ciudad Fecha(s) Contacto
       
       

Actividades recomendadas para parroquias:

  1. Una homilía sobre libertad religiosa en alguno de los fines de semana del 21-22 de junio o del 28-29 de junio.
  2. Invitar a Católicos a rezar el Rosario cada día durante el periodo de dos semanas.
  3. Llevar a cabo una Hora Santa Eucarística por la Vida, el Matrimonio y la Libertad.
  4. Para concluir la Quincena por la Libertad el 4 de Julio, hacer sonar todas las campanas de la diócesis a las 12:00 del día.

 

Todas las parroquias están invitadas a incorporar una oración por la protección de la libertad religiosa durante tiempos litúrgicos apropiados cuando la Misa sea celebrada durante  la Quincena por la Libertad. Tarjetas de oración con una oración por la protección de la libertad religiosa pueden ser ordenadas a la Oficina de Actividades Pro-Vida y Castidad.