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Arlington diocesan parishes, Cathedral to host ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ events

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Parishes throughout the Arlington Diocese will join Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in raising awareness about the importance of religious freedom during the annual “Fortnight for Freedom.”

The parish events will complement an opening Mass celebrated by Bishop Burbidge June 22 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. A reception will follow in Burke Hall.

Alexandria: St. Mary Church will host “Vespers for Freedom” at 7 p.m. June 29th.

Annandale: Eucharistic exposition begins after the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Ambrose Church. A rosary will be prayed at the top of every hour. The event concludes with benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 3:30 p.m. 

Gainesville: A Holy Hour will begin at 7 p.m. June 21 at Holy Trinity Church. 

Springfield: St. Raymond of Peñafort parishioners will recite a prayer for religious freedom and novena prayers to St. Thomas More after the 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday Masses and 8 a.m. weekday Masses. Holy Hours are scheduled for 6 p.m. June 21 and 28.  

The USCCB launched Fortnight for Freedom in the summer of 2011 to promote and preserve protection of religious liberty through prayer and activism. This year’s theme, “Freedom for Mission,” is focused on the importance and value of freedom to be witnesses to the Catholic faith in prayer, serving others and promoting a culture of freedom. 

For more resources, additional events and information about threats to religious liberty, visit arlingtondiocese.org/fortnight. To share information about events at your parish, leave a comment below or on the Catholic Herald Facebook page


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