From the Desk of Father Mac
of Ordinary Time
My Dear Friends in Christ,
This week we celebrate
Independence Day, our nation’s birthday, recalling the day when
Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
This watershed document would pave the future of what would arguably
become the greatest nation on earth, the United States of America.
How are we as Catholics and American citizens supposed to
celebrate this great day? John Adams, one of our nation’s Founding
Fathers, wrote this: The Fourth of July “ought to be
commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to
God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with
shews, games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and illuminations from
one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward
How are we doing in celebrating the
Fourth of July in the manner Adams envisioned? We have the parades,
the pomp and parade, and the sports. We have the bonfires and
illuminations. But the Solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty? Most
of us probably don’t live up to that calling on the Fourth of July.
But as John Adams reminds us, we owe God more than anyone else
for what occurred 241 years ago. In fact, the most famous part of
the Declaration of Independence explicitly points to God as the
source of our freedom: “We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their
Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
parents, or politicians, or government, is the source of our most
important rights. Only God. As the source of our rights, he deserves
the highest praise, honor, and glory on Independence Day (and every
There are many ways to honor God on Independence Day.
Perhaps you can read a passage from the Bible with your family to
kick off the festivities, or you could pray a family rosary with
special intentions for our political leaders and our country’s
future. You could take turns naming a right or a freedom for which
you are grateful and giving thanks to God for all of the blessings
He has bestowed on our nation.
On behalf of the clergy and
staff of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Parish I wish you and your family
a Blessed, Happy, and Safe Independence Day.
For Information, please contact the
Parish Office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 818.986.8234