Bishop Cistone to Celebrate Special Mass For Religious Freedom Amidst HHS Mandate and Attempts at Marriage Redefinition
WHAT: Mass To Mark End Of National Fortnight For Freedom Campaign
WHEN: 8:00 a.m. Thursday, July 4
WHERE: St. Dominic’s Chapel on Grounds of Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption
SAGINAW — The Most Rev. Bishop Joseph Cistone will celebrate a special Mass in St. Dominic’s Chapel to mark the end of the Fortnight For Freedom, raising awareness of the growing concern over threats to religious freedom in the United States and abroad.
The Fortnight For Freedom is a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the January 1, 2014 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that attempt to redefine marriage, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.
The HHS mandate requires that almost all employers, even those with moral objections to contraception, abortion and sterilization, provide employees contraceptives, including those that cause abortion, and sterilization, free of charge as part of services for women under the new health care law.
Supreme Court rulings that recently attempted to redefine marriage, as well as religious liberty issues in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services, are also of grave concern. "In the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, we will continue to focus on protecting the institution of marriage between one man and one woman.” said Terri Grierson, Director of Christian Service for the Diocese of Saginaw. “We believe marriage to be a sacred covenant that reflects Christ's love for the Church. Our traditional vision of marriage affirms God's ongoing plan for creation and the unique role of each man and woman.”
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration for blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, 2012, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patronal feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.
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