Pope Benedict XVI has designated from October 2012 to November 2013 as the "Year of Faith." The Year of Faith is a "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord." The Pope asks that we make every effort to increase our faith and relationship with our Lord and arouse within ourselves "the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction." More urgently than ever, we need to be witnesses for Christ and live the faith that we all profess each week at Mass.
Matthew Kelly, of DynamicCatholic.com, Catholic author of the books and CD's we have handled out at Christmas time the past two years, and writer of many of the books available in our kiosk in the church vestibule, poses the question: "When 70% of Catholics don't go to church on Sunday, isn't it time we did something?" He further states that "80% of our Confirmandi each year will leave the church before they reach the age of 30!"
We need to do a better job of living our faith and becoming ambassadors for Christ. It is by faith that we have been saved, not by anything of our own doing (Eph 2:8). What better time than this Year of Faith to reflect on the gift of faith, to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the teaching of the Church found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and to read, reflect and pray with the Sacred Scriptures?
Our parish Lenten retreat, Living the Eucharist, will help you to nourish and strengthen your gift of faith and more fully appreciate the Eucharist we celebrate.