Fortnight for Religious Freedom
A Fortnight for Religious Freedom was held throughout the country June 21-July 4. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called for the Fortnight in response to the federal mandate that would require virtually all employers to provide health insurance that would include abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception. The requirement is a violation of our principles, and thus a violation of our religious freedom.
Here in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak presided and preached at a Holy Hour for Religious Freedom on June 21 at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown; June 24 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona; June 28 at Saint Benedict Parish in Carrolltown; and July 1 at Our Lady of Victory Parish in State College. Each service included the celebration of Evening Prayer with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.
Saint Patrick Parish, 704 Patrick Lane, Newry, will hold a Prayer Hour for Religious Freedom every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. through early November.