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Rally for religious freedom scheduled for June 26 at the Holy Spirit

The Archdiocesan Offices for Life and Social Justice are co-sponsoring “Pray – Think – Take Action for Religious Freedom,” an event that will take place from 4 pm to 7:30 pm on June 26 at Holy Spirit Parish in Overland Park. PHOTO BY JAMES COLEMAN / UNSPLASH

by Joe Bollig
joe.bollig@theleaven.org

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Good food, good music and a good time for a good cause await Catholics in the Archdiocese who attend a rally for religious freedom this month.

The Pro-Life and Social Justice Archdiocese offices are co-sponsoring “Pray – Think – Act for Religious Freedom”, an event that will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 26 at Holy Spirit Parish, 11300 W . 103rd St., Overland Park.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the issue of religious freedom.

“There are a lot of people who don’t realize, or even know, that our religious freedoms are under attack in many ways,” said Deb Niesen, senior consultant for the Archdiocese’s Pro-Life Office. “We are working to prevent this.

“This is an educational opportunity for people to come and find out what is going on and how they can act to preserve our religious freedoms, so that the church and all believers can continue to practice their faith in their homes and in the world. public place. “

All Catholics are invited and there is no charge to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers.

All activities will take place outside, with the exception of the opening Mass with Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, which will be celebrated inside the Holy Spirit Church. (See box for scheduled activities.)

The archdiocesan-sponsored event takes place during Religious Freedom Week, June 22-29, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information, visit the website at: usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek.

One of the guest speakers at the event is Jeanette Pryor, policy specialist for the Kansas Catholic Conference. Its subject is: “The culture of freedom in public policies”.

“For the Kansas Catholic Conference, what we’re talking about is the general erosion of this culture of freedom in public policy,” Pryor said. “We try to step away from specific issues and just look at the erosion of people’s sense of freedom when they talk about their positions on public policy – especially the church.”

One of the big issues preoccupying the conference is the state’s proposed constitutional amendment “Value Them Both”.

“We are of course concerned [that] If the state’s “Value Them Both” constitutional amendment is not passed, the Kansans will be required to violate their religious freedom and pay for abortion with state tax funds, ”Pryor said. “We will report it and it is a big concern.”

Scheduled event

• 4 p.m. – Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph F. Naumann

• 5:30 p.m. – Free cooking dinner and live music by All Things I Am, Joe and Cayleigh Heron

• 6:15 a.m. – Keynote speakers

• 7 p.m. – Rosary with the Holy Family School of Faith

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