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Parish invites adorers for Religious Freedom Week

St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion will be observing Religious Freedom Week – June 22 to June 29 – with Eucharistic adoration every evening during the week.

The parish is inviting everyone to join in the worship and prayer.

For more than 10 years, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called for an annual observance for religious freedom, especially as challenges to that freedom have arisen.

Significantly, the week begins and ends on days when the Church honors martyrs who famously suffered religious persecution. June 22 marks the memorial of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More, while June 29 is the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

The theme for this year’s Religious Freedom Week is “Called to the Fullness of Dignity.” Each day also has a theme. St. Columbkille will be praying with daily themes provided by the USCCB.

The times for Eucharistic adoration and the themes:

Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Respect for Sacred Spaces – “Pray that all people of faith would be free to gather in houses of worship with fear.”

Sunday, June 23, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Blasphemy and Apostasy Laws – “Pray for all people of faith who live in fear of persecution under unjust blasphemy laws.”

Monday, June 24, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Freedom to Speak the Truth – “Pray that the Holy Spirit would give us the courage to bear witness to the truth of the Gospel, even in the face of social and legal pressure.”

Tuesday, June 25, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Service to Immigrants – “Pray that the Lord would protect all migrants and refugees, and that all those who work with people on the move would be free to serve.”

Wednesday, June 26, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: India – “Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in India who face harassment and violent attacks.”

Thursday, June 27, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Faith at Work – “Pray that business leaders would be free to promote a culture of life in their workplace.”

Friday, June 28, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Civility – “Pray that God would give us the grace to remember the dignity of all and invite others to do the same.”

Saturday, June 29, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Catholic Healthcare – “Pray that governments will respect the consciences of all individuals and institutions that care for the sick and vulnerable.”


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