Fortnight For Freedom - A Summer Pilgrimage of Liberty

On April 12, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21-July 4. read more...

 Bishop's Letter to the Faithful

June 1, 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have joined with my brother bishops in calling for a “Fortnight for Freedom” from June 21-July 4 as a “special period of prayer, study, catechesis and public action”.  Upon prayer and reflection I am inviting each of you to join in a diocesan expression of our unity on religious freedom.

During the fourteen days of this “Fortnight of Freedom” I am asking you to gather together as a community of faith for the celebration of Mass, adoration, recitation of the rosary and talks on religious liberty.  Each day, between June 21 and July 4 we will designate 11 different locations around the diocese for worship, prayer, inspiration and action.  

This “Fortnight for Freedom” is an opportunity for you and your family to make a “spiritual summer pilgrimage” as our diocesan family prays for the preservation of religious liberty both for our church and nation.  It will be a time for us to reflect upon the strength of our Catholic and American heritage-especially when they have stood against political pressure.

Each of our parishes have received resource packets for the Fortnight for Freedom with recommendations for individual and community actions.  Please consult your parish bulletin and parish office for more information.

I wish you the blessings of the Most Holy Trinity, which solemnity we celebrate this weekend.

Yours in the love of our Triune God,
Robert W. Muench
Bishop of Baton Rouge

Fortnight For Freedom materials from the USCCB

Parishes are encouraged to consider placing this link on their websites and bulletins.

 Schedule of Events

Date Time Location Event
Thurs. June 21 07:00pm St. Joseph—Ponchatoula Mass, followed by rosary & talk
Fri. June 22 11:50am St. Joseph Cathedral Sacred Heart Novena
Fri. June 22 06:30pm St. Thomas More Mass
Sat. June 23 04:00pm St. Mary—New Roads Mass, followed by prayer
Sun. June 24 11:00am St. John—Zachary Mass, followed by family meal
Mon. June 25 Anytime Your Local Adoration Chapel Adoration, Fasting
Tues. June 26 06:00pm Our Lady of Mercy Mass, followed by talk - Presented by Danny Loar
Wed. June 27 06:00pm  Holy Family—Port Allen  Mass, followed by rosary
Thurs. June 28 06:30pm  St. Joseph—Fr. Settlement  Mass, followed by youth activity
Fri. June 29 11:50am  St. Joseph Cathedral  Sacred Heart Novena
Sat. June 30 04:30pm  St. Catherine—Donaldsonville  Mass, followed by Rosary
Sun. July 1 10:00am  St. Joseph Cathedral  Mass (Televised), Celebrated By Bishop Robert W. Muench
Mon. July 2 Anytime  Your Local Adoration Chapel  Adoration, Fasting
Tues. July 3 06:30pm  Our Lady of Peace—Vacherie  Mass
Wed. July 4 05:15pm  St. Michael—Convent  Mass