Religious Freedom Week June 22 - 29.
Each year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) observes
Religious Freedom Week
. Beginning with the feast day of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, and including the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, the week-long commemoration ends with the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Religious Freedom Week will be observed this year from June 22 to June 29 and the theme chosen is
Solidarity in Freedom
. “Solidarity means much more than engaging in sporadic acts of generosity. It means thinking and acting in terms of community” (
, 116). Religious freedom allows the Church, and all religious communities, to live out their faith in public and to serve the good of all.
The USCCB has prepared resources to “
Pray – Reflect – Act
” which may be found at:
. Each day focuses on different religious liberty topics of concern for the bishops. These materials were prepared to help people understand religious liberty from a Catholic perspective, pray about particular issues, and act on what they learn by advocating for policies that promote religious freedom.
The USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty collaborated with the Office of International Justice and Peace to raise awareness and show solidarity with people throughout the world who suffer for their faith, from the persecution of Christians in Nicaragua to highlighting
Pope Francis’s trip to Iraq
this year. Domestically, a major area of concern continues to be freedom for Catholic institutions, such as schools, hospitals, and child welfare service providers, to carry out their missions with integrity.
Through prayer, education, and public action during Religious Freedom Week, the USCCB hopes to promote the essential right of religious freedom for Catholics and for those of
Connect with the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty. Text FREEDOM to 84576 and
sign up for
First Freedom News
, the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty’s monthly newsletter.
Sunday 9AM Live-stream Mass
Although the dispensation from Sunday Mass has ended, we will continue to offer live streamed Mass on Sundays at 9AM for those unable to come to church due to illness, infirmity or distance.
Please note that outdoor Communion following this Mass will no longer be offered due to diocesan decree.
See this weekend's Mass on YouTube at
Fr. Ed Blanchett
on Friday, June 11 at 3:00PM