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Year of Faith

<b>The Catholic Church celebrates a Year of Faith!</b> <br />This sacred time will be marked by evangelization efforts, catechetical opportunities, prayer experiences and liturgical celebrations.

Pope Benedict XVI called for a Year of Faith, October 2012 to November 2013

This sacred time provided Catholics locally and throughout the world a precious opportunity to celebrate, deepen and share the spiritual richness of their Catholic faith. 

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith - Why a Year of Faith?

What a journey! Thanks to a proclamation from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, we have traveled together through a Year of Faith from October 2012 to November 2013. So, what do we do now? Bishop Hying has more on carrying this year with us, forever.

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Announcing the Year of Faith

October 11, 2011 - With the Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith.

Opening Mass Homily

Listen to Archbishop Jerome Listecki's homily for the opening Mass for the Year of Faith.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

Catechism of the Catholic Church listed on the Vatican's website. (Multilingual)


Disciples Called To Witness

Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization is a website established by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, designed to help diocesan and parish leaders seeking to develop faith formation programs for the New Evangelization.


Pastoral Recommendations for the Year

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued its Note with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith.


Cardinal Dolan - 7 Point Evangelization Plan - Full text

Cardinal Dolan's 7 Point Evangelization Plan. Full text of address to the College of Cardinals on February 23, 2012.


Catechism: Beliefs And Teachings

A catechism is the name given to a written work that contains a summary of all the beliefs of the faith that is used as a teaching tool.


Recommendations for Parishes

Information specific to parishes taken from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's Note with pastoral recommendations. (PDF format)


Cardinal Dolan - 7 Point Evangelization Plan - Summary

This links to a summary of Cardinal Dolan's, 7 Point Evangelization Plan, as posted on


Family Resources - USCCB

Things that families can do, right in the home, to help deepen their relationship with Christ.


For Your Marriage

An initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.



Resources from the central office, USCCB and the Vatican.


Resources for Purchase

Year of Faith Resources, produced by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, to help promote at the parish level.


US Bishops Year of Faith Website

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Year of Faith website containing links and video clips related to this special year.


Various Vatican II Resources

Catholics will find the following Vatican II resources helpful as they strive to learn more about their faith.


Vatican Year of Faith Website

The Year of Faith website established by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization which includes the Year of Faith logo, hymn and other materials. Click on “Annus Fidei.”


Ways to Live the Year of Faith with Young People

Ideas to help young people fully live the Year of Faith. Available in English and Spanish.
Cómo vivir el Año de la fe con la juventud.


Year of Faith Q & A

Questions and Answers about the Year of Faith as addressed on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.


The Door of Faith - Study Guide

This is a 5-part study guide to Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei, announcing the Year of Faith. The Study Guide is specially designed for small group use, and contains five simple sessions with prayer, discussion questions, and the full text of Porta Fidei.



The official teachings of the Catholic Church.


Catholics Come Home

Visit the Catholics Come Home website, where they try to help you begin or continue your faith journey, so you can find true peace, happiness and purpose in life.


Plenary Indulgence

Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki has issued a Plenary Indulgence on the following occasions.


Any Given Sunday – Video

From the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry – short video clips of people talking about “Why go to Church.”


New Evangelization

Inviting people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.


Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization

“Lineamenta” or preparatory document for the Oct 2012 Synod on the New Evangelization.



An adult formation program that enhances and supports the Church’s mission to evangelize and teach what Catholics believe and why. Created and hosted by Fr. Robert Barron.



Year of Faith Prayer

O God, as you sent your Holy Spirit
upon the early Church
in the fiery tongues and the
mighty wind of Pentecost,
so now, we ask you to send that
same Spirit upon us
that we may go forth to proclaim
the Gospel of Christ to every creature. 
We humbly pray that you deepen
your Trinitarian life within us;
make us effective and holy witnesses
of Jesus’ death and Resurrection;
help us to live our Catholic faith
with such joy, conviction and love
that others will be drawn to the
sacred mystery of your Church
and the powerful grace of the sacraments. 
We implore you to make us
ministers of your Word,
in speech and action, in truth and charity,
in the mystery of Jesus’ cross
and the light of his resurrected glory.

(Auxiliary Bishop Donald J. Hying)


Oración del Año de la Fe

O Dios, así como mandaste tu Santo Espíritu
sobre la Iglesia primitiva
en las lenguas encendidas y el
fuerte viento de Pentecostés,
ahora, te pedimos que mandes ese
mismo Espíritu sobre nosotros,
para que podamos salir a proclamar
el Evangelio de Cristo a cada criatura.
Humildemente oramos que tú aumentes
tu vida Trinitaria entre nosotros;
haznos testigos santos y efectivos
de la muerte y Resurrección de Jesus;
ayúdanos a vivir nuestra fe católica
con tal alegría, convicción y amor
que atraiga a otros al
sagrado misterio de tu Iglesia
y a la gracia poderosa de los sacramentos.
Te suplicamos que nos hagas
ministros de tu Palabra,
en la expresión y la acción, en la verdad y la caridad,
en el misterio de la cruz de Jesús
y en la luz de su gloriosa resurrección.

(Auxiliary Bishop Donald J. Hying)

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