Today I was honored to attend the Mass for the Richmond Diocese at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart with Bishop Francis DiLorenzo as the celebrant. The Diocese of Richmond and Arlington in the Commonwealth of Virginia have joined together with other diocese across America to support special events during the 14 days of Fortnight for Freedom.
Bishop DiLorenzo preached a great homily and emphasized that he is the shephard for his flock and his job is to educate, and it is up to the lay faithful to stand up for religious liberty and to put words into action. Bishop DiLorenzo reminded the parishioners of the history of America’s founding fathers and their values to uphold religious liberty. He also referenced letters of support from other faiths, and many other Catholic and faith organizations involved with the lawsuit with the federal government. At the end of his homily the crowd met him with applause of approval.
I was amused that Bishop DiLorenzo, who has shunned technology, now has an iPad and said he likes the ease of use and now enjoying the many good Catholic websites. Bishop Dilorenzo urged the parish to visit the websites for Fortnight for Freedom and the Virginia Catholic Conference to learn more about religious liberty and resources for the parishes to use in the days ahead (links below).
Here is a good video message from Cardinal Sean O’Malley who will be having a live town hall meeting on Monday evening at 8-9pm (EST) that will be Catholic TV and Relevant Radio. (links below)
Reminder to my fellow Virginian’s: Please consider coming on Sunday, July 1st from 7-8pm for a prayer service with songs, and you are invited to write on the free speech wall at the 1st Amendment Monument on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.
I have written two previous blogs about the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart:
Previous Blog: Fortnight for Freedom–Baltimore
Virginia Catholic Conference – Fortnight for Freedom (Arlington & Richmond Diocese)