Fortnight For Freedom

Promote Religious Freedom At Your Parish

The Fortnight for Freedom was started by the USCCB in order to promote religious freedom during the weeks leading up to July 4th.

Here at Diocesan, we want to help you successfully promote this important event using your banners, bulletins, website, and app.



Please feel free to use one of our “Fortnight For Freedom” bulletin covers below. Just click the image to download a hi-res version.

Fortnight For Freedom
Fortnight For Freedom
Fortnight For Freedom
Fortnight For Freedom


Below are simple messages that can be used on your website, app, and social media to promote the Fortnight for Freedom.

Just copy & paste!

Day 1

Jesus taught us to care for all people. Join our Parish in prayer today for migrants and refugees. Through our prayer and works we can help those in need.

Freedom to serve migrants and refugees  | en español

Day 2

When Jesus washed his disciples feet he taught them true leadership through service. We should all follow his example and pray that we can lead others by first serving them.

May we be God’s servants first  | en español

Day 3

Pope Francis has been encouraging all catholics to care for the poor and needy. Join our parish in prayer this week for those who are less fortunate than us.

Freedom to care for the sick  |  en español

Day 4

Lets be a voice of truth in an ever increasing relativistic world. Pray with us today that truth may be spread through our actions.

Freedom to bear witness to Truth | en español

Day 5

Don’t we all want to know, love, and serve God with our lives? Join us today to pray for continued freedom to be able to live our lives for Christ.

Freedom to serve God with our whole lives | en español

Day 6

Intellect and free will are the essential characteristics that make us different from the animals. Join us today in being thankful for the gift of intellect and reason.

Freedom to seek the Truth  | en español

Day 7

Let us join together to pray for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East who do not share the same freedoms that we sometimes take for granted.

For Christians in the Middle East   | en español

Day 8

Join our parish today in prayer for education and specifically the freedom to have catholic schools in America. We are truly blessed as a nation.

Freedom to serve our communities through education   | en español

Day 9

As a church we aim to serve and care for the world. Let us pray today that we continue to enjoy the freedom of being able to do this important work.

For the freedom of the Church  | en español

Day 10

Adoption and care for the young and vulnerable are crucial services in America. Join us today in prayer for those trying to adopt and those children waiting to be adopted.

Freedom to serve families seeing and children awaiting adoption | en español

Day 11

We all know someone who needs help in one area or another. We are all called to serve the vulnerable among us. Let us pray for the grace and strength to do this with love, empathy, and compassion.

Freedom to serve the vulnerable | en español

Day 12

The community and families are the building blocks of society. Join our parish in prayer for our community that we may all work for the common good of others.

Freedom to build stronger communities | en español

Day 13

Let us pray for those who are on our borders that we can help and support in as many ways as possible.

For our brothers and sisters in Mexico  | en español

Day 14

On this final day let’s not forget to be thankful for the freedoms we do enjoy and pray that these freedoms continue.

Freedom to promote a culture of freedom for all  | en español


Click below to view our selection of “Fortnight for Freedom” banners. They match your bulletin cover and standing at over 6′ tall, you can be sure your parishioners will see it!

Fortnight For Freedom

Fortnight For Freedom: Our Most Cherished Liberty

According to Open Doors (a U.S.-based organization that tracks the global persecution of Christians), every month:

  • 322 Christians are killed because of their faith
  • 214 Christian churches/properties are destroyed
  • 722 crimes (such as beatings, false arrests. rapes) are committed against Christians because of their faith

These are sobering numbers. Yet, they are not mere numbers: they are our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is a father who leads his family in prayer daily. It is a girl who dreams of becoming a teacher. It is a pastor who prays over his faith community, trying to teach and enrich their faith.

Here in the U.S., religious persecution seems to be a far-off, “over there” occurrence. However, what is called our “first, most cherished liberty” is constantly being attacked in our secular society. In order to raise awareness regarding persecution and our need to safeguard religious freedom, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops declare a “Religious Freedom Week.” This year, it runs from June 22 until June 29.

While the U.S. bishops encourage dioceses and parishes to use as many of the resources for the Fortnight for Freedom as they can, the most urgent call is to prayer.

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.

In this short video, various religious leaders reflect on the need for American citizens to be vigilant about protecting this freedom, so that all may live in the knowledge that our faith is not simply a “Sunday-morning thing,” but a habit of being that permeates our society.