11th October 2012 - 24th November 2013
|The Diocesan Year of Faith Logo|
The Diocese is celebrating with the Universal Church the Year of Faith which runs from Thursday 11th October 2012 to Sunday 24th November 2013 (Feast of Christ the King).
On this page you can:
- See how the Diocese plans to celebrate the Year of Faith
- View plans for Diocesan events
- Find the Diocesan Year of Faith Anthem and hymn suggestions
- Find links to resources
- Get some inspiration
- And see how Pope Benedict is celebrating the Year of Faith
There are a number of initiatives planned and a summary of these are listed below. There are also some specific events that are being held and these can be viewed here. Keep visiting this page www.chch.catholic.org.nz/yearoffaith as more initiatives will be added.
Parishes, pastoral areas, schools and communities are being asked to develop their own initiatives for the Year of Faith, in light of the initiatives below.
If your parish has an event you wish to include here then please send an email
Sunday 23rd September 2012: Pastoral Letter
Bishop Barry has issued a pastoral letter that was read in parishes to introduce the Year of Faith to parishioners and inform people about the opening initiatives.
Icon - Mary, Mother of the Church
|During the Year of Faith a new icon of Mary, Mother of the Church will be blessed and move around the Diocese.|
The Diocese has commissioned an icon to be written for the Year of Faith. The icon is entitled 'Mary Mother of the Church'. The icon will be 'on pilgrimage' across parishes and schools for the Year of Faith. It was blessed by Bishop Barry at the Sunday Mass at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral on the opening for the Year of Faith (Sunday 14th October) at the 10.30am Mass.
"It will provide a focus for devotion, prayer and instruction. Mary, Virgin and Mother, is a living witness to us of faith in Jesus. She is the first of all his disciples, the one who shows us waht trust in God means" (Bishop Barry Jones, Pastoral Letter introducing the Year of Faith).
Prayer with the Icon of Mary Mother of the Church.docx (this is Word file that can be downloaded and modified as you wish)
Formation Opportunities for Pastoral Areas:
"One of the initiatives that the Diocese is offering is a programme of formation for pastoral areas. It is my hope that the courses offered will enable all the faithful to grow in their understanding of the faith throughout the course of this year. You will note that three of the workshops are on documents of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Benedict XVI has commended them to our study." - Bishop Barry
The four courses offered are:
PORTA FIDEI: Apostolic Letter for the Year of Faith - by Fr Paul Williamson SM
DEI VERBUM: The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation - by Dr Kath Rushton RSM
SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM: The Spirit of the Liturgy - by Fr John O'Connor
LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY - by Sr Eleanor Capper RSJ
LUMEN GENTIUM: The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church - by Charles Shaw
Posters for Parishes:
A poster for parishes and schools with the logo is being developed
A prayer card is in the process of being finalised and will be printed with one available for every parishioner and one available for senior students in our High Schools.
In addition to a prayer card, a wallet card is being produced. This is the size of a credit card and will be available to every parishioner and offered to senior secondary school students. This wallet card identifies the bearer as a Catholic and lists some obvious Catholic practices.
Weekly bulletin notices:
One bulletin notice will be sent to parishes each and every week of the Year of Faith. This will draw from the papal document Porta Fidei (The Door of Fatih).
For details about events for the Year of Faith, view our events page and look for the Year of Faith image (above)
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Sunday 7th – Saturday 13th October2012
“Evangelisation starts with Reconciliation”. As the year begins, Catholics are being invited to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the week of 7th to 13th October.
Sunday 14th October 2012: Opening of the Year of Faith
In Rome the opening will take place on Thursday 11th October. For us, each parish will celebrate the opening of the Year of Faith at its Sunday Masses on Sunday October 14th.
Sunday 2nd June 2013: Feast of Corpus Christi
Pope Benedict XVI will lead solemn adoration of the Eucharist on this day and is asking that every Cathedral and parish have an hour of silent contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament.
Sunday 24th November 2013: Closing of the Year of Faith – Feast of Christ the King
The closing will be the concelebration of the Mass for Christ the King at the CBS Arena in Addington on Sunday 24th November. At this stage it is envisaged Mass will be celebrated at midday and most Sunday Masses for this weekend in the greater Christchurch area will be cancelled. We hope for strong representation at this closing Mass from North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury and the West Coast.
There is a Year of Faith anthem that all are asked to learn, so that when we do come together there will be a common song able to be sung that is known to all. This is Jesus, True God and Rock of our Salvation, which has been taken from the Divine Office for the Chair of St Peter.
In addition there are some suggested hymns offered for the Year of Faith.
Pastoral Letter Sept 2012 - Year of Faith.pdf (Bishop Barry's letter for the Year of Faith)
Diocesan Year of Faith logo.pdf (PDF format)
Diocesan Year of Faith Logo.jpg (JPG format)
Prayer with the Icon of Mary the Mother of the Church.docx (this is Word file that can be downloaded and modified as you wish)
Take up your Cross.pdf (One of the suggested hymns for the Year of Faith)
Background to the Year of Faith
On 11th October 2011, Pope Benedict XVI announced a Year of Faith in his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei ("The Door of Faith") for the Universal Church.
The Year of Faith also concides the 20th anniversary of the publishing of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The closing of the Year in 2013 coincides with the Feast of Christ the King.
The link to the Second Vatican Council is intentional and there is an emphasis of looking again at the documents of Vatican II as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Year of Faith candles are being made by Giving Light and sold for $20
Read Archbishop John Dew's Blog at the Synod of Bishops in Rome
Read Fr John O'Connor's article published in The Press about the anniversary of Vatican II
Read an article...
Why I'm still a Catholic by Geraldine Doogue, an Australian journalist and radio and television host
Watch a Youtube clip...
Fr Robert Barron speaks about "What you believe makes a difference"
Pope Benedict will celebrate the Year of Faith with a number of lituriges and events... (Keep up to date by viewing this events page)
Oct. 7-28: The Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme of New Evangelization
Oct 21: canonisation of six martyrs of the faith
Oct. 26-30: a World Congress for Catholic teachers
Nov. 15-17: international conference for health care workers on the theme “the hospital, a place of evangelization: a human and spiritual mission"
Dec. 1: Benedict XVI will celebrate the first Vespers of Advent for the Pontifical Universities, the Seminaries and the Ecclesial Colleges.
Dec. 20-May 1: an exhibition of the Year of Faith at Castel Sant'Angelo
Dec. 28-Jan. 2: the Taizé community in collaboration with the Vicariate of Rome promotes a European youth meeting
Jan through November: inauguration of a major exhibition at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls dedicated to the Basilica itself and Vatican II.
Feb. 25-26: international congress dedicated to Saints Cyril and Methodius at the Pontifical Oriental Institute and at the Gregorian University
April 4-6: conference for Catholic associations dedicated to education
April 13: concert titled “Oh My Son” in Paul VIth Hall
Also in April: Day of Seminaries and a Day of Study dedicated to Vatican II documents
April 28: Pope will confirm a group of young people and meet with others who recently have been or are about to be confirmed in their home countries.
In May, the Pope will make a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter.
June 2: feast of Corpus Christi: Benedict XVI will lead the solemn adoration of the Eucharist and is asking every cathedral and parish to have an hour of silent contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament at exactly the same hour.
June 16: the Pope will preside over a celebration of the Church's witness to the dignity and value of every human life
June 22: concert in St. Peter's Square for the Year of Faith
July 7: Benedict XVI will meet with seminarians and novices, who will make a pilgrimage to Rome to demonstrate "the joy of their decision to follow the Lord in serving his Church"
July 23-28: World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro
Sept. 18-19: a workshop organized by the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Pontifical Universities to examine the value of “the Catholic Church's Catechism” in the teaching of theology
Sept. 29: Day for Catechists celebrated in the presence of Benedict XVI
Oct. 13: the Pope will celebrate a Marian Day together with a host of Marian Associations