Parishes in England & Wales Prepare for ‘Year of Faith’

Parishes across England and Wales are being sent free resources to prepare for a worldwide Catholic celebration of faith. Pope Benedict XVI will open a ‘Year of Faith’ on 11 October 2012, which will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. The start of the Year coincides with three significant events in the life of the Catholic Church: 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Synod of Bishops in Rome focusing on evangelisation.

The Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis will coordinate resourcing the Year in England and Wales. Bishop Kieran Conry, Department Chair, said: ‘The Year provides a wonderful opportunity for the Catholic community in England and Wales to be renewed in, to celebrate and share the joy of its faith in Jesus Christ. The Pope writes: “Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy.” Porta Fidei, 7 May this be our shared experienced as we prepare for the Year and may our combined efforts serve fruitfully the mission of the Church.’

Every parish in England and Wales will receive five booklets, which are aimed at parish priests, catechists and / or parish councils, to support their preparations. The booklets propose a number of key themes and highlight resources and initiatives that will be offered in support of catechesis and evangelisation. Some additional copies are available on request from the Bishops’ Conference, Home Mission Desk.

The resources will begin arriving in parishes this week. A new web section on the Bishops’ Conference website can be found at:


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