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Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2494

Private: Year of Faith

Year of Faith diary

The Year of Faith


A Diary of some events and list of resources available in the Diocese of Shrewsbury and elsewhere

The dedicated web section on the Bishops’ Conference website is substantial and now includes an integrated diary featuring events and initiatives in dioceses across England and Wales, a new Evangelisation Synod section, bespoke diocesan pages, resources, prayers, music and more. Please see: Daily ‘faith tweets’ are provided: @YoFtweets and








Knock Shrine Pilgrimage, Friday 3 May – Monday 6 May. Further details from Fr Pat Munroe at Our Lady’s Church, Stockport (0161 480 2489)



• Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land for the Year of Faith



• Several LPAs/parishes are already preparing public acts of witness and programmes of formation with visiting speakers. These are the ones from whom we have heard:



Ellesmere, St Michael

2012 Nov/Dec We will start a Foodbank with the other churches in Ellesmere



Clowbury Mortimer, St Elizabeth

Ludlow, St Peter

2013 Mar 29 Good Friday Walk of Witness

Updated website; renewed outside Notice Board

Emergency food parcels to Ludlow Foodbank

Support for local hospital and League of Friends



Macclesfield, St Alban

2012 Sept 7/8 Open church weekend; Exhibition on Faith and Development, and the History of the Parish

December 13 – St. Edward’s Macclesfield, on a shopping evening before Christmas, 6-7pm, Public Act of Witness for the Year of Faith: Singing of Carols in Macclesfield town Market Place

2013 June 17 Feast of St Barnabus, there will be a ‘Barnaby Procession’ (TBC)

2012 Nov 03 St Alban’s Primary School, Macclesfield – 10.00-12.30 A morning of information, discussion and prayer led by Sister Catherine Darby on what the Year of Faith means for us and for our parishes



Alsager, St Gabriel

2012 Oct 16 onwards, bi-weekly meetings to discuss Catholicism based on Fr Robert Barron’s Series

Regular updates on parish website

2013 Feb 11 Blessing of Our Lady of Lourdes Service Sandbach, St Winefride

Weekday evenings: Faith and Culture Course entitled ‘A Background to Modern Christianity’. To explore religious faith in 19th & early 20th Century through Art, Literature & Philosophy 3-5pm, 2nd Sunday of each month: the church will be open for prayer, public reflection and the. Sacrament of Reconciliation; this to be followed by High Tea in the parish hall

Saturdays & (some) Sunday afternoons: Sponsored cycle rides in support of Red Cross International (ICRC) & Medécins sans Frontières (MSF)


LPA 19 St Chad

For all three parishes: Pre-Advent Day of Recollection on Vatican II (10am-4pm)

Cheadle, St Chad

2012 Nov 11 Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial

Cheadle Hume, St Ann

2012/3 Acts of Witness at Christmas and in Holy Week (TBC)

Heald Green, Christ Church

2012 Dec 24, Ecumenical Carol Service


LPA 20 Mary Mother of God

2012 Oct 11 onwards: For part of each day, a church in the LPA will open, each parish taking a particular day. To be advertised in local paper

2013 Jan 01 Noon: Mass for Feast of Mary Mother of God

2013 Summer: Pilgrimage around all churches in LPA (TBC)


LPA 23 Plessington

Neston, St Winefride

2012 Oct 11 onwards (2nd Thurs of each month):

10 evening sessions on various topics, including overviews of the main Council Documents; invited speakership

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament daily (weekdays)

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (monthly)

2013 Jan ‘Churches together’ celebration of Year of Faith

Lent Recollections for different parish groups

May Marian Procession

June Corpus Christi Procession

July ‘Youth Social Exposure Programme’ (TBC)

Proposed: Reintroduction of ‘Sunday School Faith Formation’ for Children

Please let us know if your own LPA/parish is offering something similar, and it will be inserted into the diary on the Website.



2013 June 02 Feast of Corpus Christi

Catholics throughout the world are invited to spend time in adoration log the Blessed Sacrament at the same time

2013 July 26-29 World Youth Day

Bishop Mark with be participating in WYD with young people from the diocese, via video link. This will take place in Aylesford Priory (ME20 7BX), where there will be sizeable screen; the young people will have camp like accommodation to enable as many as possible to participate in the event taking place in Brazil.



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Important texts:

Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, gives his own view of and hopes for the Year of Faith:

The Congregation of the Faith’s ‘Note with Pastoral Recommendations for the Year of Faith’:

The working document for The Synod of Bishops’ XIII Ordinary General Assembly on the theme: “The New Evangelisation For the Transmission of the Catholic Faith” : <>


• Liturgical:

The Year of Faith has an official hymn entitled ‘Credo, Domine, adauge nobis fidem’, which will be translated shortly: <>


• Doctrinal:

Documents of Vatican II: <>


The Catechism of the Catholic Church:


• Cultural:

During the Year, there will be what is described as an ‘evocative itinerary of Art and Faith’ taking visitors across ‘the threshold of Faith through Beauty’. It will be a three-phase visit to some of the Vatican’s most beautiful museums: <>


• Pastoral:

A multi-lingual pastoral guide entitled ‘Living the Year of Faith’ is due to be published by the Holy See. We will let you know when it is available.



• Catechetical

For the Year of Faith, Bishop Philip Egan has overseen a systematic reading of the Catechism of the Catholic Church linked to the Sundays and Liturgical Seasons of the Year. Available on the website, it will be published in due course.

• Justice and Peace

Click on the link below to download the 20-page Justice and Peace Calendar for the Year of Faith

Justice And Peace Calendar For The Year Of Faith With Introduction 12 03 2013 (824.1 KiB)



• The website of the Conference of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has an important section on the Year of Faith:

• A new Catholic RADIO STATION – Heart Gives Unto Heart (HGUH) – will start broadcasting live on 7th October with Mass at 9:30 from studios in St John’s Seminary, Wonersh. The website is particularly attractive; it seeks both contributions and volunteers:

• A 4-part series entitled Doorway of Faith is available at Alive Publishing:<>

• Catholic Faith Exploration (CaFE) have produced a six-session DVD for the Year of Faith, incorporating material both new and old: <>



• The website of the Conference of Catholic Bishops has many interesting articles on the Year of Faith: <>


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Of special interest:

Catholicism presented by Fr Robert Barron in both book-form and in a set of DVDs. Though expensive, this is an exceptional catechetical tool for use either with groups or individually: <>


Please do not hesitate to forward any other information which you think would be useful for this diary of events and resources.

 Barbara Davies

Co-ordinator for New Evangelisation

Diocese of Shrewsbury