The Year of Faith 2012 - 2013

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In the Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei (The 'Door of Faith'), Pope Benedict XVI announced that the universal Church would celebrate a Year of Faith beginning on October 11th 2012 and ending on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King on November 24th 2013.  This is a special year in which we are asked as to reflect on the gift of faith as the universal Church, episcopal conferences, diocesan level, parish, community, association, movements and individually.
The Year of Faith has a three-fold focus: knowing our Catholic faith, living it out sacramentally within the church and in the world, and sharing the faith through evangelization and catechesis. This is a wonderful opportunity to plan what you might do to grow in those three areas. Each of us as baptised christians has a personal responsibility to grow and deepen our own knowledge of our faith and also have a responsibility to share that knowledge. Each of us, by virtue of our baptism are called to be "prophet, priest and king". But often we find it difficult to make the time to sit, reflect and pray. This Year of Faith gives us the opportunity to "rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ".
October 11th 2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Both of these occassions mark important moments in the history of the church in the last fifty years; moments of history to which we are only now beginning to see bear fruit. The anniversary provides us with an opportunity to sit with some of these documents and see what they actually say; as opposed to what we and others think they say! 
The official Vatican Year of Faith website has many resources including:
The last three links are particularly useful as some of the recommendations for this Year of Faith are to study the Catechism and the Documents of the Second Vatican Council.


Some suggestions for links for articles and reflections during the year (which we will try to add to):
Through out the year, you can see what SS102fm has posted on the Year of Faith by looking for the "Year of Faith" tag in the list to the side or by clicking HERE.

Here on SS102fm over the last couple of years we have done a number of programmes looking at various issues of faith and below we bring together links to the various podcasts/programmes which look at the items discussed. But please browse through our tags/labels on the left hand side of the blog to give you an idea of the topics we have discussed or posted on the blog.

The Sacraments
Liturgical Seasons and celebrations
  • Vocation - Fr Chris O'Donnell on the meaning of vocation in the the Christian life and not just for the priestly or religious life
  • What is a Saint?
Devotions and Pilgrimages
Dei Verbum - Understanding Divine Revelation

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