June 16, 2017

Faithful Throughout The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Participate In National Fortnight For Freedom

This year’s theme is Fortnight for Freedom 2017: Freedom for Mission

 Faithful throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are encouraged to take part in the sixth annual Fortnight for Freedom being observed nationally June 21 to July 4, 2017, and sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The Fortnight for Freedom is a unique opportunity for Catholics across the nation to respond in a united fashion to the numerous challenges infringing upon our first, most cherished freedom – that of religious liberty.

 Reverend G. Dennis Gill, Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and Director of the Archdiocesan Office for Divine Worship, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass for Religious Freedom at the Cathedral Basilica immediately following a Holy Hour. Confessions will also be heard beginning at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.


Sunday, June 25, 2017
5:30 p.m. (Holy Hour)
6:30 p.m. (Mass)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Locally, the observance will be parish-based.  Suggested modes of participation include: daily praying of the Rosary; adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament; praying for religious freedom in all meetings and assemblies in the parish during these two weeks; and various parish outreach efforts, especially to the needy and the poor, to demonstrate how religious freedom enables the Church to be of service to others. 

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Editor’s Note:  To learn more about the Fortnight for Freedom, please visit www.fortnightforfreedom.org.

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