By Mitch Striedl- As many of you already know, the Diocese of Rockford is kicking off the “Fortnight for Freedom” by having Red Masses in each deanery tomorrow. I would like to encourage your attendance at one of these Masses. Also please invite others to attend, so that each Mass has a large gathering. There will be no better way to start this Fortnight that to come together to celebrate the Eucharist.
Masses for Special GroupsThe traditional Red Mass, an annual event in most dioceses and archdioceses, asks the Holy Spirit to guide all those who seek justice. It is a special Mass for judges, attorneys, law professors and their students, as well as government officials in the legislative and executive branches. The yearly Red Massin Washington marks the opening of the judicial year for the U.S. Supreme Court and is usually attended by several Supreme Court justices and many other high government officials. Dating from the Middle Ages, the Red Mass gets its name from the red vestments worn by the celebrant and from the English tradition of red as the academic robe or hood color for those withlaw degrees.
Fortnight of Freedom Red Masses taking place around the diocese Friday
Aurora Deanery: noon; Holy Cross Church, 2300 Main St., Batavia. Msgr. Daniel Deutsch celebrant.
DeKalb Deanery: 12:05 p.m.; Christ the Teacher Church, 512 Normal Road, DeKalb. Msgr. Glenn Nelson celebrant.
Elgin Deanery: noon; St. Patrick Church, 6N487 Crane Road, St. Charles. Msgr. Joseph Linster celebrant.
Freeport Deanery: 5:15 p.m.; St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1400 Kiwanis Dr., Freeport. Msgr. P. William McDonnell celebrant.
McHenry Deanery: 7:30 a.m.; St. Mary Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., Woodstock. Msgr. James McLoughlin celebrant.
Rockford Deanery: noon; Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford. Bishop David J. Malloy celebrant.
Sterling Deanery: noon, St. Andrew Church, 708 Tenth Ave., Rock Falls. Msgr. Thomas Dzielak celebrant.
If you are unable to attend a Mass in person, you can watch the Rockford Red Mass online!
You can watch Bishop David J. Malloy celebrate the Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter on the diocesan website. Livestreaming of the Mass will begin at 12 Noon at www.rockforddiocese.org
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Fortnight for Freedom
The fourteen days from June 21, the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas Moore, to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to “Fortnight for Freedom”. During these days, our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power; St. Thomas Moore, St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul and the first martyrs of the Holy Roman Church. Culminating on Independence Day, this is a special period of prayer and public action that emphasizes both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.
From Bishop Malloy Of Rockford IL.
It is no mistake that our founding fathers gave these important rights priority in our constitution. The freedom of religion is rooted in the very dignity of every human person regardless of the individual faith they choose to practice.
Until recently, our laws have respected and honored the conscience rights of religious institutions and individuals— a heritage that has helped the United States stand out among free nations around the world. Assaults to our right to exercise the faith we hold dear, and our ancestors have held for more than 2,000 years, have been direct and unrelenting over the past two years.
As Catholics, we cannot and will not compromise our core beliefs. We cannot and will not allow any government mandate to force us to participate in any activity morally or religiously objectionable.
Therefore we take this opportunity to make our voices one and to make them heard through education, action and prayer. On the diocesan website you will find the tools necessary to do all of it. Please use these resources personally and in your parish so together, we might protect our first, most cherished freedom … religious liberty. Bishop David J. Malloy