What Is the Year of Faith?
Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has called for the entire Church around the world to celebrate a special “Year of Faith.” It will begin October 11, 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on November 24, 2013. The starting date also marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
All parishes and other Catholic communities are urged to take this year as an opportunity to help Catholics deepen their faith and share their faith with those outside the Church. How do we go about doing that? The Holy Father tells us in the Apostolic Letter that announced the year: “We must rediscover a taste for feeding ourselves on the word of God, faithfully handed down by the Church, and on the bread of life, offered as sustenance for his disciples” (Porta Fidei, October 11, 2011).
Archbishop Wilton Gregory has also declared the Year of Faith to be a Marian year for the Archdiocese of Atlanta as well, with the theme Faith Personified: Our Blessed Mother.
The convergence of the papal Year of Faith, the declaration of a Marian Year in our Archdiocese, and the U.S. Bishops’ catechetical theme presents a rich opportunity for catechesis. This year, beginning on October 11, 2012, is further enhanced by the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The three emphases:
The Papal Year of Faith invites all Catholics to renewal and conversion.
Read more about the Year of Faith from the USCCB website here.
The apostolic letter published by the Holy Father announcing this special year is called Porta Fidei (“The Door of Faith”). It lays out the goals for the celebration and how all Catholics can take part to make it a season for deepening their faith and drawing closer to God. For the full text of Porta Fidei in English, click here [http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/motu_proprio/documents/hf_ben-xvi_motu-proprio_20111011_porta-fidei_en.html].
For the full text in Spanish, click here [http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/motu_proprio/documents/hf_ben-xvi_motu-proprio_20111011_porta-fidei_sp.html].
St. Brendan’s Office of Adult Faith Formation will offer a number of programs and events that will help you grow in faith during this momentous year. Be sure to look for details in our weekly parish bulletin; on our parish website; in our parish e-newsletter, The Focus; and in flyers in the church narthex literature rack.
“The Year of Faith … is a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world. … We want to celebrate this Year in a worthy and fruitful manner. Reflection on the faith will have to be intensified, so as to help all believers in Christ to acquire a more conscious and vigorous adherence to the Gospel. … We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope.” – Pope Benedict XVI