Fortnight For Freedom: Catholic parishes throughout the U.S.A. will observe a “Fortnight of Freedom” from June 21st through July 4th this year. This period will be devoted to prayer that our federal government will respect the consciences of believers of all faiths and not impose its agenda upon us. In particular as Catholics we pray that our schools, hospitals and other institutions will not be forced to pay for birth control, abortifacients and sterilizations through government-mandated medical coverage for our employees.
We thank the Knights of Columbus Council #4678 for providing the prayer cards for the Fortnight. We will recite this prayer after the Prayer of the Faithful petitions of all Masses through July 4th. Feel free to take a card home and pray the prayer at home.
As part of this Fortnight, Bishop Mark Bartchak will come to Our Lady of Victory Parish this Sunday, July 1st to lead a Holy Hour for Religious Freedom at 7:00pm in our church. Please make every effort to attend. We need to join our Bishop in beseeching God to spare us from government interference in our religious life, which could conceivably result in the closing of Catholic Charities and even our Catholic schools.
Attention Married Couples: As part of his Marriage Building Initiative, Bishop Bartchak has asked that each parish in the Diocese ask prayers once a month for those married couples of our parish who are celebrating a wedding anniversary that month. We will be announcing the anniversaries on the weekend of July 14/15. If you are celebrating your wedding anniversary in July and would like to be mentioned in the announcements and included in the petitions, please notify Diane at the church office by July 12.
Marriage Building Initiative: No Perfect Marriages: No spouse is perfect; no marriage is perfect. Yet in every marriage there is something to celebrate. When marriage partners focus on the goodness in their relationship, new energy emerges to get through the hard times and challenges of family life. Appreciative comments to one’s spouse, celebrating anniversaries, thanking God for the gift of marriage to this special “other” are all worthwhile habits which keep a relationship fresh and growing.
Independence Day Mass Schedule: There will be two Masses here on the 4th of July: one at 9:00am and one at 12:05pm. There will not be a Mass at 7:00am or 7:00pm on that day.
4th of July: Fr. Matt, Fr. Chinemere and myself would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!