Year of Faith

Pope Benedict has proclaimed October 11, 2012- November 24, 2013 the Church’s Year of Faith in his Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei.  The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has prepared its Note with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith which provides concrete guidance on how the universal Church can fruitfuly celebrate this year.

October 11, 2012 is also the 20th anniversary of publication for the Catechism of the Catholic Church. October will also see bishops from around the world convening for their General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops convoked by the Holy Father,  to discuss the synod’s theme, “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”

Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization Year of Faith 2012-2013
The go-to website for information on the Year of Faith.  Excellent resources and information. Highly recommended.

The following resources are posted here to help readers enter into the spirit of the Year of Faith.  More will be added in the coming weeks:

Document Summaries
Summary of Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Letter, Porta  Fidei  
(Ten page summary of document, with summary headings)
Porta Fidei Executive Summary
(Four page condensed summary – will be helpful for presentations)
Summary of CDF’s Note With Pastoral Recommendations for the Year of Faith
(Ten page summary of CDF Note, with summary headings)

Adult Faith Resources
Reflecting on our Adult Faith. Ten Modules for Individual or Group Reflection
(RCCDSB Resource.  Suitable as part of school staff meeting or part of twilight retreat)
The Laity at the Dawn of the Third Millennium
(Fourteen Modules for Adult Faith Reflection in Light of Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church):
Who are the Laity?
Working for the Justice of Christ’s Kingdom
The Duty to Speak
Called to Live as Soul of the World
Catholic Education Week 2013 Growing Together in Faith
1. Advent – “Faith that is … Rooted”
2. January – “Faith that is … Nurtured”
3. February – “Faith that is … Discerned”
4. March – “Faith that is … Witnessed”
Prayer Services
The Door of Faith
(Prayer for Catholic educators/leadership at the start of the Year of Faith)
Faith, Professionalism and Wellness
(5 minute prayer service to open a PA session or day)
 Our Journey in Faith
(Prayer to open board wide school council gathering)
Educating in the Light of Faith
(Suitable for Inservice/New Teacher Induction)
The Gift of Faith
(Prayer service to celebrate the virtue of Faith)
Disciples and Citizens
(Opening Prayer, TPA Inservice, Curriculum Inservice, Staff or Leadership Meeting)
 
Retreat Prayers and Outlines
Nurturing the Seeds of the Kingdom
(Prayer to Invoke Holy Spirit at start of a staff retreat)

Staff Twilight Retreat Outline
(From EOCCC’s Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools)
 

Articles
The Year of Faith is the Year of the Catechism – Pope Benedict
(Maryvale Academy)
Keeping the (Year of) Faith in 2012
(By Ryan N.S. Topping  First Things Magazine January 23, 2012)

 Further Faith/Prayer Resources
RCCDSB School & Staff Prayer Resources by Theme
RCCDSB Monthly-Seasonal Prayer Services 
RCCDSB Faith, Hope and Love Resources
(See “Catholic Character Development” section)