The following is an excerpt from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops about the Year of Faith that Pope Benedict XVI has declared. The Year of Faith is meant to be a time for us to find ways to renew and deepen our Faith. Here at St. Rita Parish, we offer many ways and opportunities to do this. These include the RCIA program, the new Catholicism series, and various formation programs offered through our school, Youth, and Religious Education programs. Let us together re-enter the “Door of Faith” referred to in this article.
Year of Faith: October 11, 2012—November 24th, 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” would 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 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 to 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.
“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.” — Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter “Porta Fidei,” for the Indiction of the Year of Faith.