Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thank you!

During this Thanksgiving week, we want to say THANK YOU to everyone who's followed the Year of Faith on this blog. Blessings!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Atop Mount Precipice, local Catholics, pilgrims celebrate Year of Faith

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From CNS: NAZARETH, Israel (CNS) -- Using Abraham from the Old Testament and Mary from the New Testament as role models, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal extolled the power of faith in a special Mass marking the conclusion of the Year of Faith.

"We must hold on to our faith and accept things from God even though they may be (problematic) in the eyes of other people," he told some 7,000 local Catholics and international pilgrims gathered on Mount Precipice, overlooking the city of Nazareth, Nov. 17.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Special collection for Philippines during the closing Year of Faith Mass

Vatican Radio reports that the Vatican has announced that a special collection will be taken up Sunday November 24th at the Mass presided in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Francis marking the end of the Year of Faith.

According to the Council for the New Evangelization, volunteers will pass amongst the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square before the beginning of the liturgy to collect donations. The Philippine collection, in fact, may be the first of its kind. As far as many officials in the Vatican can recall, no collection has been taken up at a papal mass in recent memory.

Read the entire report here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Three end-of-year highlights

From Rome Reports: The Year of the Faith is coming to an end and the Vatican has revealed three major highlights that will take place before the closing Mass on November 24th, which is the Feast of Christ the King. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

A gift from Pope Francis for the end of the Year of Faith

From Rome Reports: 'Tens of thousands of people who came out to St. Peter's Square to celebrate the Angelus with Pope Francis, actually received a gift. They left with a small box of spiritual medicine....' Watch:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Each of us has the duty to evangelize

One of the tenets of the Year of Faith has been an emphasis on the New Evangelization. Russ Shaw posts on the OSV Daily Take blog:

The Bible study group had been discussing the Sunday readings, which naturally led to the subject of evangelization, which naturally led to our responsibility for preaching the Good News. Suddenly the subject was evangelization and us. A woman had a question.

"I heard the diocese was putting together an evangelization plan," she said, "but I haven't seen anything about it in the parish yet. Do you know anything about that?" And she turned a quizzical eye on me.

Now, right here I should say that when it comes to real-life evangelizing, this good woman can run rings around me and just about everybody. She's a woman of faith who's eager to share her faith with others and has plenty of practice doing that. Nothing I said should be taken as a putdown of her.

"I don't know what the diocese has in mind," I replied. "And I certainly agree that a plan is needed if people are supposed to work together in evangelizing teams. But really — there's no reason why individual Catholics must wait for the word from on high before they evangelize. The right and the duty to do that come to each one of us with baptism and are reaffirmed and strengthened by confirmation.

Read the entire post here.