Year of Faith


Pope Benedict XVI announced that the Church will celebrate a Year of Faith

Beginning on October 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and ending on November 24, 2013, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King (Christ the King).

Both of these events (Second Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Catholic Church) are significant moments in the faith life of Catholics. The Year of Faith is designed to renew the faith of Catholics so that we will be credible, joy-filled witnesses to the Risen Lord in the world today, capable of leading others to faith.

The goal of the Year of Faith is to foster:

- an encounter with Christ (which is the foundation of our faith) through authentic witnesses to faith,
- a deeper understanding of the truths of our faith that Jesus revealed

At the universal level of the Church, we are encouraged to:

- participate in pilgrimages to sacred sites closely tied to our faith such as Rome, the Holy Land and Marian sites such as Walsingham, Lourdes, Fatima
- participate in diocesan talks that promote the understanding of the contents of your faith- deepen our knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
- support and participate in ecumenical initiatives

At the parish level we are encouraged to:

- read, reflect on, and discuss the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter on the Year of Faith Porta Fidei
- intensify celebration of the faith especially in our celebration of the Mass and through deepening our Prayer life
- devote greater attention to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (through homilies, days of study, greater accessibility to resources related to these two significant moments in the life of the Church)
- renew our personal efforts to communicate our experience of faith to others

On this website we have linked resources that will help you on your journey of Faith. This initiative for the Year of Faith is designed to help you in the joyous rediscovery of your faith.

"I believe in order to understand, and I understand , the better to believe"
St Augustine of Hippo