Year of Faith: Oct. 11, 2012-Nov. 24, 2013
In observance of the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has issued his first pastoral letter as Bishop of Trenton. Entitled “One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church: I Believe, We Believe,” the pastoral letter is written to the people of the diocese.
Pastoral Letter of the Bishop of Trenton
One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church: I Believe, We Believe
My dear brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Trenton:
In announcing the upcoming “Year of Faith,” which celebrates the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and the Twentieth Anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI explained that “to rediscover the content of faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed and to reflect on the act of faith is a task every believer must make his own (Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei, 9, October 11, 2011).” It is fitting, then, at the beginning of this “Year of Faith,” that the Diocese of Trenton joins with the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world in a period of reflection and celebration of our Catholic faith. more...
Year of Faith: Oct. 11, 2012-Nov. 24, 2013
"…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).
In the Acts of the Apostles, we learn that God has opened the door of faith for the early Church.But did you know that God has opened the door of faith for each one of us and he invites us to step through the threshold into a deeper relationship with him.The upcoming Year of Faith is an opportunity for every Catholic to turn towards Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and rediscover the Faith and Church.
With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei. . . , Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. . . (Vatican II) and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.
"The 'door of faith' (Acts14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church."
-Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei for the Indiction of the Year of Faith.
The upcoming Year of Faith is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.
On these pages you will find videos and links to a variety of resources to help you renew you baptismal call by living out the everyday moments of their lives with faith, hope and love. Our Q & A will help you better understand what the Year of Faith is all about.
Videos for Year of Faith
Watch Year of Faith videos like the Catechism series, Fishers of Men, Many Faces in God's House series and more. View Video
The resources on this page are offered to help you with Year of Faith activities, especially developing materials and creating print/web advertising.
Use of the Year of Faith Logo
The Year of Faith logo is copyright protected. The copyright belongs to the Holy See in the person of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Bishops' Conferences, Dioceses, Parishes, Catholic Movements and Associations are allowed to use the Logo for their pastoral activities. The logo is not for commercial use.
For the use of the logo and guidelines for the Year of Faith, please seek permission from:
Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization
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