Fortnight for Freedom events scheduled


The following events are scheduled as part of the Fortnight for Freedom campaign June 21-July 4.
June 18-July 3, Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish, Muscatine, will be open for prayer at St. Mathias Church from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday. On weekdays from 7-8 p.m. is prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
• June 21, Bishop Martin Amos will open the fortnight with a holy hour at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport, at 7 p.m.
• June 21, Ss. Mary & Mathias will host a holy hour at 7 p.m. in the main church.
• June 21-29, Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish will have adoration in the chapel on Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Thursday is a 6 p.m. rosary, Friday at 3 p.m. is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and 6 p.m. is the rosary in Spanish.
• June 23, Ss. Mary & Mathias will show a movie on St. Thomas More called “A Man for All Seasons” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Gannon Hall at St. Mathias.
• June 26, Ss. Mary & Mathias will have a diocesan DVD presentation by Kent Ferris, director of social action for the Diocese of Davenport, from 6-7 p.m. in Gannon Hall.
• June 24, St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Davenport, will host a holy hour at 6 p.m. Evening includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with prayer, praise music and readings.
• June 28, St. Paul the Apostle will pray the rosary with intentions for religious freedom at 6 a.m., 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. A roundtable discussion about implications of the health insurance mandate on religious freedom will follow the rosary at 6:30 p.m.
• July 1, The Diocese of Des Moines will sponsor a pre-Independence Day celebration walk and picnic from noon to 3 p.m. The noon walk starts at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines and continues to the State Capitol’s east lawn. The picnic, from noon to 3 p.m., will be held on the east lawn near the World War II monument. Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the east lawn. Bring your own picnic or purchase food at the BBQ. Speakers include Bishop Richard Pates of the Des Moines Diocese, Tom Chapman of the Iowa Catholic Conference, Joe Connolly, president of St. Albert Catholic schools, and Barbara Decker, president of Mercy College. For more information visit
• July 4, Ss. Mary & Mathias will have a Mass at 8 a.m. at St. Mathias and noon public prayer at city hall. A parish float for religious freedom will be in the city parade. To participate, call Sue Miller at (563) 264-8357.
• July 4, St. Paul the Apostle will celebrate Mass with a focus on religious freedom at 9 a.m. in the church.

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