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Canandaigua: June 8th and the Fortnight Planning

June 11th, 2012, Promulgated by Diane Harris

St. Mary Canandaigua sponsored a second silent procession to the Ontario County Courthouse this year.  The first was on March 23, 2012, also in response to the USCCB’s  urging, and the second was held on June 8, while simultaneous processions were being held country wide.  For the Canandaiguans, it was another stop on the way to the Fortnight for Freedom.



According to Deacon Claude Lester, approximately 250 people participated in the silent procession.  Upon arriving at the courthouse and at the ceasing of the pealing church bells, those in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  A picture album of the event is archived on and the Rochester Diocesan Courier carried a number of pictures, which can be viewed at:   The Courier also published an article mentioning both the Canandaigua silent procession and the Rochester March with Speakers.  Visit that article at:

A Stop on the Way to the Fortnight:

As most readers know, the USCCB has asked parishes and dioceses to hold certain events between June 21 and July 4 in support of Religious Freedom.  In Canandaigua the entire two weeks will be a series of events held at Notre Dame Retreat House. 

Everyone is welcome; admission is free and will be supported by good will offerings.  The current program (subject to changes) is published on the site: and consists of liturgical as well as patriotic events, speakers of renown, movies, presentations by The Theater of the Word, Mass every morning, an Adoration Chapel, and — what many have been waiting for:  a Local Premiere of For Greater Glory.  See the movie trailer at:

While the Festival for Freedom will have 3 showings on June 30th (10AM, 1:30PM, and 4PM,) the chapel only holds about 200 people so reservations are encouraged.  Email to make a reservation.  More information on other events will follow.


One Response to “Canandaigua: June 8th and the Fortnight Planning”

  1. avatar Eliza10 says:

    It looks like June 8 was another success! I would have liked to have been there, but I had to work. I will get out to Notre Dame for some of the fortnight celebrations. I certainly should be able to come some days, even if I have to leave by 3 or 4.

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