Year of Faith 2012-2013
Bishop John Buckley will launch the ‘Year of Faith’ at a special Mass in the North Cathedral on Saturday 13th October at 6pm. An open invitation is exended to parishioners all across the Diocese to attend.
The Year of Faith will be inaugurated by Pope Benedict on Thursday October 11th in Rome. In his letter “Porta Fidei” (Door of Faith) the Holy Father asks the Church across the world to observe this special year dedicated to the gift of faith in Christ as we experience it for ourselves and as we are sent to share it with others. It offers us a wonderful opportunity to deepen our knowledge of our faith so that we can be more confident about witnessing to it and inviting others to share it with us.
A booklet DOORWAY TO FAITH– unlocking the Mystery of faith will be available at the Masses at the weekend. €2. A journey of Prayer through the Catechism of the Catholic Church for the Year of Faith 2012-2013.
Apostolic Letter from Pope Benedict XVI for the Year of Faith
“The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. John 17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 John 4) the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord’s glorious return.” – Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter from Pope Benedict XVI for the Year of Faith
Click on the following link to read the full text of the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter which was issued on 11 October 2011.
Resources for the Year of Faith are available from the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane, Cork.