In recognition of Religious Freedom Week, June 22-June 29, this passage is taken from the USCCB website and acknowledges the important work of the namesakes of our parish, St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More. For more prayers and information on Religious Freedom Week, visit the USCCB web site www.usccb.org/freedom
Saturday, June 22 Memorial of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More
"Pray that, like SS. John Fisher and Thomas More, we might have the wisdom and the courage to be good servants of our country, though always servants of God first.
Reflect: Religious Freedom Week is a fitting time to reflect not only on religious liberty, but on what it means to be both American and Catholic. Perhaps somewhat ironically, two English saints point us in the right direction. We remember the martyrs, St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, in part, because they were steadfast in the truth, and thus exemplify courage in the exercise of conscience. They also show us what patriotism means for Christians. They loved and served their country. Thomas More carried out his lay vocation as a civil servant, while John Fisher lived out the clerical vocation as a most faithful bishop. At the same time, when forced to choose between the king of England and Christ the King of the Universe, they adhered to Jesus and His Church. We need the fortitude and wisdom to animate the Church today, as we navigate these tumultuous times.
St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, pray for us!"