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Year of Faith

Year of Faith: Oct. 11, 2012-Nov. 24, 2013

In observance of the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has issued his first pastoral letter as Bishop of Trenton. Entitled “One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church: I Believe, We Believe,” the pastoral letter is written to the people of the diocese.

Bishop begins special writing series on new evangelization

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will close out the Year of Faith with a series of pastoral essays on the new evangelization, an initiative promulgated during the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II and renewed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011. Read on...

Year of Faith: Where do we go from here? | Nov. 21

While I attended the recent meeting of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, a reporter asked to interview me about the Year of Faith that is drawing to a close this weekend on the Solemnity of Christ the King. He wanted to know how our Diocese celebrated the year. Read on...

Bishop O'Connell focuses on how being a witness is the best teacher of our faith | Oct. 25

The mission of the Catholic Church has not changed since Our Lord Jesus Christ stood up in the synagogue in Nazareth and read, quoting from chapter 61 of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim a year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4: 18-19). Read on...

Bishop O'Connell focuses on various ways to catechize | Oct. 10

As the Bishop of the Diocese, I have the great privilege of traveling to our parishes to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. I share this joyful task with the Episcopal Vicars for each of our four counties. This is one of the contexts in which the contribution of our parish religious education programs (and Catholic schools as well) to the faith life of the young is made manifest. Read on...

"Catholic education is for everyone" | Sept. 26

During his April 17, 2008 “Address to Catholic Educators” in Washington, D.C., Pope Benedict XVI stated that “Education is integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News.” He acknowledged the primary role that educational institutions play in the Church’s mission of evangelization. Read on...

"Learning Our Faith: A life-long process, a life-long effort" | Sept. 13

While working in Catholic higher education, I often heard the notion of inspiring “life-long learning” applied to marketing efforts within the academic enterprise. It is a good and right concept, well worth pursuing. Read on...

The 'New' Evangelization: What's 'new' about it? | Aug. 28, 2013

Since the pontificate of Blessed – soon to be canonized – Pope John Paul II, the phrase “new evangelization” has become part of our Catholic vocabulary. As he used it, the term describes an effort in the Catholic Church to reach out to baptized Catholics who have, for any number of reasons, drifted from the practice of the Catholic faith. Read on...

Pastoral Letter of the Bishop of Trenton

One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church: I Believe, We Believe


My dear brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Trenton:
In announcing the upcoming “Year of Faith,” which celebrates the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and the Twentieth Anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI explained that “to rediscover the content of faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed and to reflect on the act of faith is a task every believer must make his own (Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei, 9, October 11, 2011).”  It is fitting, then, at the beginning of this “Year of Faith,” that the Diocese of Trenton joins with the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world in a period of reflection and celebration of our Catholic faith.  more...

 

Year of Faith: Oct. 11, 2012-Nov. 24, 2013

"…They called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith..."(Acts 14:27).

In the Acts of the Apostles, we learn that God has opened the door of faith for the early Church.But did you know that God has opened the door of faith for each one of us and he invites us to step through the threshold into a deeper relationship with him.The upcoming Year of Faith is an opportunity for every Catholic to turn towards Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and rediscover the Faith and Church.

With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei. . . , Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. . . (Vatican II) and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.

"The 'door of faith' (Acts14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church."

-Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei for the Indiction of the Year of Faith.

The upcoming Year of Faith is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.

On these pages you will find videos and links to a variety of resources to help you renew you baptismal call by living out the everyday moments of their lives with faith, hope and love. Our Q & A will help you better understand what the Year of Faith is all about.

Videos for Year of Faith

Watch Year of Faith videos like the Catechism series, Fishers of Men, Many Faces in God's House series and more. View Video

The resources on this page are offered to help you with Year of Faith activities, especially developing materials and creating print/web advertising.

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