Year of Faith


10/10/2012 3:30 pm

Crucifix in Shrewsbury Cathedral

The Diocese of Shrewsbury for the Year of Faith encourages study and prayer accompanied by acts of charity, following what the Holy Father wrote in his Apostolic Letter:

“What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end”.

Pastoral Letter

In his pastoral letter Bishop Mark Davies writes of the Year of Faith:

"..This is not meant to be an exercise in nostalgia but an opportunity, in Pope Benedict’s words “to usher the whole Church into a time of particular reflection and rediscovery of the faith” (Porta Fidei n. 4).

I am conscious that whenever I mention the Second Vatican Council, a significant part of every congregation is too young to remember this event of the early 1960s. It is, of course, difficult to encompass in a few words so vast an undertaking which gathered all the bishops of the world with the Pope in continuous prayer and meetings across the course of more than three years. And it is important that we do not confuse such a Council with the politics of a “church parliament” or with the short-lived optimism of a past decade.

Pope John, now Blessed John XXIII, made clear that he had a lasting purpose in calling this Council: he desired above all that the assembled bishops would find ways of both guarding the truths of our faith, and teaching them more effectively amid the rapidly changing circumstances of our time.."

On the diocesan website a programme will be offered for each Sunday of the Year of Faith which can also form the basis for homilies or parish reflection.

The bishop has also asked parishes to look at new ways of giving public witness to our faith during the course of this Year.

Bishop Mark Davies' pastoral letter


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