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Fortnight for Freedom Flyer
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The U.S. Bishops have called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a nationwide 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21 to July 4.

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, Sts. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action emphasizes both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted invites the public to pray for religious freedom at the following Masses:

Saturday, June 22 – Feast of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher

Bishop Olmsted will celebrate the 11 a.m. Mass at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral for the Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, 6351 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix.

Sunday, June 23 – 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Bishop Olmsted will celebrate the 9 a.m. televised Mass at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral.

Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares will celebrate the 10:30 am Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, 1975 Daytona Ave., Lake Havasu City.

Monday, June 24 – Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist

Bishop Nevares will celebrate the Noon Mass at St. Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd St., Phoenix.

Saturday, June 29 – Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

Bishop Olmsted will celebrate the 5 p.m. Mass at St. Paul Parish, 330 W. Coral Gables Dr., Phoenix.

Bishop Nevares will celebrate the 5 p.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish, 700 N. Bill Gray Road, Cottonwood.

Sunday, June 30 – 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Bishop Olmsted will celebrate the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Peter Indian Mission, 1500 N. St. Peter Road, Bapchule.

Bishop Olmsted will celebrate the 5 p.m. Mass of Perpetual Vows at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 2121 S. Rural Road, Tempe.

Bishop Nevares will celebrate the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. John Vianney Parish, 180 Soldier Pass Road, Sedona.

Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day

Bishop Nevares will celebrate the 8:30 a.m. Mass at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral followed by praying the rosary.