Calling all Catholics to join us in faith and action as we support National and Local initiatives to stand up for Religious Freedom!
For a two-week period, beginning June 21 on the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, to July 4, Independence Day, Catholics from the Diocese of Buffalo will join the faithful across the United States in “A Fortnight for Freedom,” described by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as, “a great hymn of prayer for our country.”
There will be numerous events and prayer services throughout the Diocese for Catholics to come together in prayer and solidarity; and to grow in their understanding of the fundamental religious, spiritual, theological, and ministerial facets of this issue.
Bishop Edward Kmiec will begin the fortnight on Thursday, June 21, at 3:00 p.m. with a Holy Hour at the Carmelite Monastery; and Bishop Edward M. Grosz, will conclude the observance with a Holy Hour at the Dominican Monastery on Tuesday, July 3.Please join us for any or all of these events!
Religious Freedom: Faithful Catholics as Citizens Prayer and Presentation Events
Thursday, June 21 Carmelite Monastery (75 Carmel Road, Buffalo) 3:00 pmHoly Hour with Bishop Edward Kmiec
Monday, June 25 Christ the King Parish (30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder) 7:00 pmPrayer and Presentation – The Spiritual Foundations of Religious Freedom.
Tuesday, June 26 St. Benedict Parish (1317 Eggert Road, Eggerstville) 7:00 pmPrayer and Presentation – The Theological Foundations of Religious Freedom.
Wednesday, June 27 Blessed Sacrament Parish (263 Claremont Avenue, Tonawanda) 7:00 pm Mass and Holy Hour for Religious Freedom. St. Jude Parish (800 Niaraga Falls Blvd, NTonawanda) 7:00 p.m. Songs, Stories & Psalms around the Flag outside the front of the Church. Bringa a chair and (if possible) a snack to share.
Thursday, June 28 St. Gregory’s Parish (200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville) 5:30 pm Prayer Gathering (outdoors) 7:00 pm Presentation – Religious Freedom: Our Ministerial Response as Catholics; followed by Holy Hour of Prayer and Adoration. The evening will include speakers, a Rosary led by Quiet Waters, a Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Benediction and Devotions, and an hour of Adoration with Fr. David Richards with worship music from our Regional Young Adult Ministry (“re:”). Pastor, Fr. Joseph Gatto will “shepherd” the evening as he speaks about “Our Ministerial Response as Catholics”. All of this will happen on St. Greg’s “front lawn” in front of the Holy Family Statue on Maple Road.
The Eucharistic Adoration Society and St. Martin of Tours Parish will host a Holy Hour for Religious Freedom on Thursday, June 28, 2012 beginning at 7:00 PM and ending at 9:00 PM at St. Martin of Tours, 1140 Abbott Road. The Holy Hour will begin with Benediction and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed with the Patriotic Rosary, followed by silent adoration and meditation, closing with Tantum Ergo and the Divine Praises and the Final Blessing at 9:00 PM.
Friday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m. at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church 3688 South Park Avenue, Blasdell.
Monday, July 2 St. Leo the Great Parish (885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst) 5:00 pm Prayer Gathering (outdoors), 7:00 pm Presentation in the Church – Religious Freedom: American Law and Catholic Faith given by two attorneys with the St. Thomas More Guild, Bill Baaki and Connie Farley .
Tuesday, July 3 Dominican Monastery (355 Doat Street, Buffalo) 3:00 pm Holy Hour with Bishop Edward Grosz