The Year of Faith
In his Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei Pope Benedict XVI announced a Year of Faith which will begin on October 11, 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and which will end on November 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King. Pope Benedict hopes that the Year of Faith will “help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing faith with others.” This Year of Faith is meant to turn us once again to the Lord Jesus, to rediscover our faith and to encourage us to be faith-filled witnesses who inspire others. It is a special opportunity for us to look again at the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the documents of the Second Vatican Council.
"Rediscover the Joy" is the underlying theme of the year
There are six themes for our Year of Faith:
- THE FAITH WE BELIEVE (Focus on the Creed) October – November 2012
- THE FAITH WE LIVE (Focus on Faith in Action) December 2012 – January 2013
- THE FAITH WE PROFESS (Focus on Easter) February – March 2013
- THE FAITH WE CELEBRATE (Focus on Sacraments) April – June 2013
- THE FAITH WE SAVOUR (Focus on Rest & Reflection) July – August 2013
- THE FAITH WE SHARE (Focus on Evangelization) September – November 2013
Special Events and Activities
- Summer 2013
Don’t leave for vacation without your Bookmark Prayer Card, available in Parishes at the end of June with suggested books, DVDs and movies on faith issues to enjoy during the summer months.
- October 29-31, 2013
The focus of the annual Priests’ Seminar will be on evangelization. Following this, a similar seminar will be offered for all lay leaders in the Diocese. Details to come.
- November 9, 2013
Diocesan Ministry Leaders' Conference To awaken in people an understanding that we are all called to evangelize. To help us see that this begins with our baptism. To understand that everyone is engaged in this work!
- November 24, 2013
Join us for one of the closing Eucharistic Celebrations for the Year of Faith and Commissioning Rite which will take place on the Feast of Christ the King. Masses will be celebrated at: The Cathedral of Christ the King in Hamilton at 4:00 p.m, the Church of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph at 3:00 p.m, and Immaculate Conception Church in Formosa at 3:00 p.m.
Past events for the Year of Faith
- Lent 2013
Bishop Crosby’s Lenten Pastoral Letter is here!
Click here to read
- Easter Sunday. March 31, 2013
Baptismal pins were distributed to all Catholics in our Diocese who renewed their baptismal promises at Easter.
- Saturday, April 13, 2013
Our one day conference on the Sacraments took place at the Hamilton Convention Centre.
Thanks to all who helped make this day a success!
- Sunday, June 2, 2013
Annual Celebration of Marriage Anniversaries at the Cathedral of Christ the King.