Year of Faith


10/10/2012 3:20 pm

Bishop Christopher Budd

Pastoral Letter

In his letter at Pentecost Bishop Christopher Budd invites his diocese during the Year of Faith to not only "learn something by heart, but to know better our Lord Jesus Christ and to know about whom we speak."

"The possibility of our coming to faith in Christ Jesus is totally dependant on the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The Feast of Pentecost celebrates that gift, which is the final outpouring of the gift of Easter.  Ours is an Easter faith, which is centred solely on Jesus Christ, born, condemned, killed and risen for us.  Jesus is the irreplaceable focus of the Christian faith and we can only hold that focus through the power of the Holy Spirit.  As we pray “Come Holy Spirit”, we pray that we may come to know Jesus more deeply and intimately.

In declaring a year of faith from 11th October (the anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council) until the Feast of Christ the King 2013, Pope Benedict has given us an opportunity to engage with our Christian faith.  He has invited us to use the Catechism of the Catholic Church, one of the fruits of the Council, to grow in our fidelity to Our Lord. 

He is not suggesting a scholastic programme leading to some form of qualification; he is directing our attention to the way we live our faith.  He wants us to come to know Jesus Christ better: what he stands for, the quality of life expected of a disciple and the ability to talk with others about what we believe."

Bishop Christopher Budd's pastoral letter


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