Year of Faith
October 11, 2011,
Pope Benedict XVI issued the Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei,
establishing a “Year of Faith.” The Year of Faith, will begin on October 1, 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.The Year of Faith will conclude on November 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King.
The Year of Faith is a
“summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). Pope Benedict XVI sees this Year of Faith as an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion,
—a chance for each of us to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him.
The pope has described this conversion as opening the “door of faith”
("…They called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith..."(Acts 14:27)).
The door of faith is opened at one’s baptism, but during the Year of Faith, Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it, and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his church.
During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the
Documents of Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church
so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith. Catechetical leaders are encouraged to incorporate Year of Faith activities and events during the coming year.
Here are some resources you might find helpful.
The Vatican website on the Year of Faith
The USCCB website, NEW: PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH
Documents of the Second Vatican Council.
Video - Pope inaugurates the Year of Faith and invites to rediscover Second Vatican Council
The twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Prayer for the Year of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe that You
are one God in three divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe
that Your divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that he will come
to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths the holy
Catholic Church teaches because You have revealed them, who can neither deceive
nor be deceived. In this faith I intend to live and die.
We turn to you in humble supplication for ourselves and our Parish and Diocese in which we work, live, and pray, that this Year of Faith may be a true source of renewal for each of us. May we be strengthened to live our faith in the midst of the world with joy and love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.