On October 11, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI issued an Apostolic letter declaring that the Universal Church is to celebrate a Year of Faith to begin October 2012 and to conclude November 24, 2013, the Feast of Christ the King. In the letter, Porta Fidei (“door of faith”), the Holy Father noted the special year would commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and the 20th anniversary of the revised Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Diocese of Raleigh will begin celebration of the Year of Faith at the annual Diocesan Catholic Convocation, Saturday, October 20, 2012. The day-long Convocation will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cary.
In his decree, Pope Benedict expressed his hope and desire that the faithful will use the year to renew themselves in their faith and rediscover the joy that the Catholic faith offers.
In preparation for the Year, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge appointed a Year of Faith Committee under the guidance of Msgr. Jeffrey Ingham, Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Southern Pines, to develop resource material and activities that can be used by individuals, families and parishes to celebrate this special year.
The packet is now available on the Diocesan website, accessible by clicking on the Year of Faith button on the left side of the home page. The material includes a pastoral letter from Bishop Burbidge and the Holy Father’s Apostolic letter. The resource packet, which is designed to be user-friendly, is divided into four sections, each based on the four pillars of the Catholic Catechism, with each pillar subdivided into two themes. Every theme contains prayers, scripture readings, reflection questions, catechesis, fast facts and faith-in-action.
Parishes, schools, families and individuals can select sections useful to the growth and enrichment of their faith journey. Included in the packet are pages for children and young people.
“I strongly urge you to take every opportunity in your parish, in your formation programs and in your celebrations to use these materials and to offer your own creative ideas and gifts to enhance and highlight this important year in our Church,” Bishop Burbidge wrote in his pastoral letter. He expressed his gratitude to the Year of Faith Committee for producing resources to “help us in the formation, witness and celebration of our Catholic faith,” the Bishop said.
Sr. Rose Adams, IHM, Executive Director of Catholic Formation and Evangelization in the Diocese, and Mrs. Mary DiSano, Coordinator of Catechetical Ministry, presented the resource packet to parish faith formation ministers on August 2. Principals and directors of early childhood centers will receive the packet on August 3 at their annual meeting prior to the start of the new school year.
View the Diocesan Year of Faith resource packet
Above and below: Sr. Rose Adams, IHM, Executive Director of Catholic Formation and Evangelization, introducing the Year of Faith resource material to faith formation ministry personnel from parishes throughout the Diocese at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh on August 2. Click photos to view larger.