RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WEEK
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asks Catholics to observe Religious Freedom Week, saying: "We are called to follow Christ as missionary disciples by serving others and living our faith in all that we do. Let us take a few moments each day from June 22 - June 29 to pray, reflect, and take action on religious liberty, both here in this country and abroad." The USCCB website has extensive resources including bulletin inserts and policy statements: usccb.org. Events will be held nation-wide during this period.
In the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will ask all parishes to hold a holy hour during the week. In addition, the following archdiocesan events are open to all:
- June 22: Vespers with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Star of the Sea Church, 4420 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, 5:45 pm Held on the Memorial of the English martyrs Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More, executed at the order of King Henry the VIII. Following Vespers, the Young Adult Ministry invites young adults (21-39) to a happy hour with Archbishop Cordileone, 6:15 pm at Steins Restaurant, 732 Clement St. (near 9th Ave.).
- June 27: Young Adults Mass for Religious Freedom with Auxiliary Bishop Robert Christian, O.P. St. Dominic Church, 2390 Bush St., San Francisco, 7:30 pm
- June 29: Vespers and Panel Discussion Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 666 Filbert St., San Francisco, 7:00 pm Held on the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul. Followed by a discussion of the international implications of religious freedom with representatives of a missionary society and others from countries where Christians face persecution. Wine and cheese, coffee and cookies provided.