Church of the Immaculate Conception

  The Roman Catholic Community of Glenville, New York

Fortnight for Freedom

Our Catholic bishops have urged an intensification of penance and prayer for religious freedom in our country.  In the words of our Holy Father Pope Francis ... "religious freedom is more often affirmed than put into practice."  Therefore, defending religious liberty and making it available for everyone, is everyone's responsibility.  In doing this, we "guarantee the growth and development of the entire community."  So, let us work together to create "a culture of encounter" in which "believers and nonbelievers collaborate together to promote a world where injustices can be overcome and every person may be welcomed and contribute to the common good."  

You are invited to pray for our country during Fortnight For Freedom (June 21 - July 4).  Come join the Glenville Knights of Columbus, Respect Life Committee and other parish ministries as we pray for our country on
Tuesday, June 27 from 6:30 - 7:30pm in the church.  The evening will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, scripture reading and reflection, recitation of the Rosary, procession and Benediction.

We are called to follow Christ as missionary disciples by seeking the truth, serving others, and living our faith in all that we do.

Pray - Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, pray that we would be servants of our country, but God's first.

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O GOD OUR CREATOR,

From your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son,
Jesus Christ.

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,

You call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,

bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel

to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us in our vigilance

for the gift of religious liberty.

Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church

and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome –

for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,

and all who come after us –

this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord. 

Amen