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26 Jun

The True Meaning of July 4th – Independence Day

For 240 years, Independence Day has been celebrated as the most significant of all American holidays –  as the day we declared our independence from the tyranny of King George III and Great Britain.  This Declaration proclaimed to the world our emergence as a new sovereign nation to be based on the principles  stated in the pledge to our flag, “under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed,…”

We humbly thank our Founders who gave us this Declaration of Independence  which  will remain for future generations of Americans the beacon of liberty, the upholder of our divine unalienable rights and the guardian of our independence.  We must never forget the price paid for our freedom and the reasons why freedom is worth paying the price.

(thenewamerican.com, 7/4/11, 7/4/16; dailysignal.com, 6/10/10; reference.com)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 5:1
19 Jun

Fortnight For Freedom: Freedom for Mission
June 25 and June 28

“Challenges against fundamental 1st Amendment religious liberty rights, recent Supreme Court decisions on marriage, aggressive attempts to make euthanasia legal – we realize that we are definitely at a crisis point, a moral and ethical tipping point.”        Bishop John O. Barres

“Mass Celebrating the 2017 Fortnight For Freedom” 

Sunday,  June 25

12:30pm – Bishop Robert J. Brennan – Celebrant

St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre, 11570

“Rosary & Rally For Religious Freedom”

 Wednesday, June 28,

6:00pm – Public Witness Rosary in front of auditorium facing Newbridge Road

7:00pm – Fortnight Rally for Religious Freedom – in auditorium

  Bishop John O. Barres – keynote speaker

Holy Trinity High School, 98 Cherry Lane, Hicksville, 11801

Light refreshments served following program
Co-sponsored by the Diocese of Rockville Centre and CFFR
 
11 Jun

Fortnight For Freedom: Freedom for Mission

Fortnight For Freedom: Freedom for Mission

June 21, June 25, June 28

 “The Joy of The Gospel”

Bible illuminations, scripture, hymns and meditation. Concluding with Benediction

Wednesday, June 21

6:00pm – Preview of St. John’s Bible

7:00pm – Visio Divina – Seeing the Word

Benediction

St. Bernard’s Church, 3100 Hempstead Tpk, Levittown, 11756

“Mass Celebrating the 2017 Fortnight For Freedom” 

Sunday,  June 25

12:30pm – Bishop Robert J. Brennan – Celebrant

St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre, 11570

“Rosary & Rally For Religious Freedom”

 Wednesday, June 28,

6:00pm – Public Witness Rosary in front of auditorium facing Newbridge Road

7:00pm – Fortnight Rally for Religious Freedom – in auditorium

  Bishop John O. Barres – keynote speaker

Holy Trinity High School, 98 Cherry Lane, Hicksville, 11801

Light refreshments served following program
29 May

School to Teacher: Don’t Pray for your Colleagues

“Teachers may meet with other teachers for prayer or Bible study to the same extent that they may engage in other conversation or nonreligious activities.” from Free To Speak, Guidelines from U.S. Department of Education

School to Teacher: Don’t Pray for your Colleagues

Maine: H.S. educational technician, Toni Richardson, filed charges of religious discrimination and retaliation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in May, after being instructed to never use phrases like, “I will pray for you” and “You are in my prayers” in private conversations with coworkers.

Toni had tried to privately encourage a coworker with whom she attends church, by saying, “I will pray for you.” Yet months later, after a falling out, this coworker lodged a complaint against her and the school gave Toni an official “coaching memorandum” which told her that stating, ‘you were in my prayers’, is not acceptable. The memorandum said that she could not use “phrases that integrate public and private belief systems” while at school. The memo specifically explains she will face discipline or dismissal in the future for using these phrases.

“What Augusta Public Schools did by punishing Toni for discussing her faith in a private conversation with a coworker is unconscionable,” said a Maine law firm. “The law is clear: employers cannot discriminate against employees who privately discuss their faith while at work.”

“School employees are not required to hide their faith from each other while on campus,” said First Liberty Senior Counsel. (apnews.com, 5/16/17; mainepublic.org, 5/17/17; frc.org, 5/19/17)

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” Philippians 4:6

Save the Date:

  • June 21
    Opening of 2017 Fortnight For Freedom, “Joy of the Gospel”
    St. Bernard’s Church, Levittown
    Meditating on illuminations of Sacred Scriptures
    Preview of St. John’s Bible at 6:00pm in Parish Center
    “Visio Dining – Seeing the Word” and Benediction at 7:00pm in the church.
  • June 28
    Fortnight Religious Freedom Rally, keynote speaker, Bishop John O. Barres
    Holy Trinity H.S., Hicksville
    6:00pm Rosary, 7:00pm Program