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Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
June 22, 2015
For immediate release

Albany Diocese, led by Bishop Scharfenberger, to observe Fortnight for Freedom

Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger will be joined by Catholics from around the diocese to mark this year’s observance of “Fortnight for Freedom,” as he leads one of several such related events next week.

The Albany Diocese gathers Sunday with Bishop Scharfenberger for a special Holy Hour for Religious Liberty and Freedom of Conscience at 7 PM at the Catholic Community of St. Edward the Confessor in Clifton Park. St. Edward’s is located at 569 Clifton Park Center Rd.

The Bishops of the United States have called for a third annual “Fortnight for Freedom”, a two-week period of prayer, study and action to address many current challenges to religious liberty both here and abroad.

Nationally this year the Fortnight for Freedom coincides with a time when the liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power: St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, Sts. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.

The theme of this year’s Fortnight – “Freedom to Bear Witness” – will focus on the freedom to bear witness to the truth of the Gospel. The USCCB has a special website, www.fortnight4freedom.org, with a wide range of resources supporting this effort.

The local observance schedule is as follows:

Patriotic Rosary on Sunday, June 28, after 8 & 11 a.m. Masses, Immaculate Conception, Glenville.

Diocesan Holy Hour for Religious Liberty & Freedom, led by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, Sunday, June 28, 7 p.m. at St. Edward the Confessor, Clifton Park.

Exposition of the Eucharist and Patriotic Rosary on Wednesday, July 1, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel worship site in Amsterdam.
Patriotic Rosary on Saturday, July 4, after 9 a.m. Mass at St. Madeleine Sophie Church, Schenectady.