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 on 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: Male and Female. God, in his great goodness, created us in his image, “male and female he created them.” (Gen. 1:27). Men and women are equal in dignity and both very necessary for God’s plan for marriage. We are made for one another, and together God has shared with us the great honor of creating new life. Let us praise God for that and not try to change his plans.
Catholic Night with the Spikes: If you like baseball but didn’t get a ticket yet, please consider coming to the Spikes game this Sunday, the 24th, anyway. You’ll see lots of people you know even if we aren’t sitting together. First pitch is at 6:05pm at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Play Ball!