Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Closing the Year of Faith

On October 11th 2012, the then Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the liturgical year to being the Year of Faith. This day was also the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th Anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Under the scriptural reference taken from Acts 14:27, "...They called the church together and reported what God had done with them and now he had opened the door of faith", the church reflected on the message to increase our faith in God.
During this sacred year for the church, Catholics were also invited to study and reflect on the documents on Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic Faith.
The Porta Fidei states that the Year of Faith "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Saviour of the world". In other words, the Year of Faith gave Catholics the opportunity to turn towards Jesus and experience him in a personal way and encounter his graces through the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist.
It was Pope Benedict's (XVI) greatest intention for us (as Catholics) to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ. In addition to increasing our love for God and his teachings, He wants us to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is the source and summit of our Catholic being.  
On Sunday November 24th, the Year of Faith will come to a close with a Papal Mass in St. Peter's Square. Pope Francis will also announce a new call for the New Evangelization to continue. At this special Mass, a special collection will also be taken up to assist those in need in the Philippines who were affected by the disastrous Typhoon which recently occurred. 

Faith without Good Deeds is Baseless - Msgr. Rino Fisichella 

The Special Mass for the Closing of the Year Faith at St. Peter's Square can be viewed on Sunday (Nov. 24th) morning at 6.30AM (Trinidad Time) on EWTN (Cable Ch. 10) with a repeat airing at 2PM (Trinidad Time).

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