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The Year of Faith
11 October 2012  to 24 November 2013 -
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With his Apostolic Letter, 'Porta fidei', of 11 October 2011, Pope Benedict XVI declared a 'Year of Faith' beginning on 11 October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II, concluding on 24 November 2013, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Universal King. to read more on the Vatican website and others, see links below

The Holy Father invited all Christians to come to a deeper understanding of the faith that has been handed on to them from the apostles, to grow in deeper friendship with the One who calls to life, and to grow in confidence so as to live out and witness to our faith in the world in which we are immersed. This 'Year of Faith' may be a real opportunity for us to rediscovery the beauty of knowing the friendship of Christ and to seek to draw others into that loving friendship. This Year, also allowed us to familiarise ourselves not only with the thoughts and reflections of the Second Vatican Council, but also the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

    How well do you know your faith? How well do you know scripture? How confident are you in discussing your faith with others, even your family? We all need to know the Lord better, we all need to become even closer to him before that day when we shall see him as he really is! It is more difficult to really love someone that we do not know personally or that we do not know very well. It is very difficult to justify your faith to others if you are unsure of the true facts or that you cannot articulate them when asked. In order that we should all become more aware of the beauty and depth of the great grace of our faith, Pope Benedict has declared a Year of Faith to mark the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. 

The Year of Faith logo shows a boat representing the Church with the IHS motive making up the sail. IHS representing the name of Jesus and also recalling the legend that Constantine, the Roman Emperor, saw a vision of the Cross surrounded by the words ‘in hoc signo vinces’ in this sign you will conquer.

Local: Across the parish we watched a beautiful series of 10 DVD’s, 'Catholicism'. The DVD talks by Fr Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary, Chicago, challenge us to discover a deeper meaning to our Christian faith. Fr. Philip. Catholicism, the journey of a lifetime. A series of 10 exciting DVDs on the Catholic Faith more info link      1. Amazed and Afraid –the Revelation of God become Man.         2. Happy Are We: the Teachings of Jesus.     3. The Ineffable Mystery of God: that than which nothing greater can be thought.      4. Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast: Mary, Mother of God.     5. The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure.      6. A Body both Suffering and Glorious: the Mystical Union of Christ and the Church.     7. Word made flesh, True Bread of Heaven: the Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist.      8. A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints.       9. The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit.      10. World Without End: The Last Things.

7th October 2012, Pastoral Letter from Bishop Christopher Budd concerning 'The Year of Faith ' 
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24th November 2013, Pastoral Letter from Bishop Christopher Budd at the end of 'The Year of Faith ' (Solemnity of Christ the King)
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  • Catholic Church in England and Wales - Year of Faith | other resources

  • Liturgy Office - YOF resources

  • Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation - Year of Faith website

  • Bishop Christopher's message on The Year of Faith - listen to audio, link above. see also Pastoral Letter 7th Oct 2012 with listen link above

  • read the Catechism in a Year a useful link to study the Catechism daily. Please pass it on. Subscription is free.

  • read the Catechism online here + Catechism faq's (USCCB links) | Catechism search engine (info)

  • YouCat The Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. New official guide to the Catholic Faith for young people and adults. CTS Catholic Truth Society online bookshop may still have YouCat and YOF resources available, if you search their site.

  • The Year of Faith from Emmanuel House Galway

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Catechism 133 " The Church "forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful... to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ."
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