Oct 4, 2012

The Year of Faith

Pope Benedict has announced a special 'Year of Faith'. You are invited!


The Year of Faith was launched in Limerick on Saturday, October 13th. Over 80 people from 30 parishes, chaplaincies, educational establishments, bookstores, and faith development programs gathered in the South Court Hotel.


In Limerick in October alone there was:

- a Diocesan Launch for the Year of Faith - details HERE


Not one but two conferences to celebrate

- 'Religion and the public good', in Mary Immaculate College HERE,

- 'Making space for God' Charasmatic conference HERE


Not one but two talks series to reflect and celebrate:

- Pobal Nessain Pastoral Area (South Court Hotel, Raheen): The legacy of Vatican II - HERE

- Dominican Biblical institute, Limerick: 'Catholicism in a fresh light'.  HERE


And thats just October!! Share the Good News, Get Involved, Celebrate!   Read below about

-          International events and resources

-          Irish events and resources

-          Limerick events and resources



“In our days too faith is a gift to rediscover, to cultivate and to bear witness to” because the Lord “grants each one of us to live the beauty and joy of being Christians.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Jan 10th 2010)


" Ever since the start of my ministry as (Pope) I have spoken of the need to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ.

... I have decided to announce a Year of Faith. It will begin on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013.

The starting date of 11 October 2012 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church ... Moreover, the theme of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that I have convoked for October 2012 is “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”.

This will be a good opportunity to usher the whole Church into a time of particular reflection and rediscovery of the faith. "  (Pope Benedict XVI)


International Resources

You can read the full text of Pope Benedicts announcement HERE.

A special international website with information on all aspects of this announcement is HERE.

Pastoral recommendations for diocese, parish and groups during this Year of Faith are available HERE.

Like the Congress, this 'Year of Faith' will have a special hymnHERE, and official logo (pictured above).

The Launch of the Year of Faith was on Thursday, October 11th 2012 - you can read Pope Benedicts homily HERE.



Irish resources

The Irish Bishops Conference is the umbrella for a large number of groups and resources that we all access on a regular basis. (Information about the IBC is HERE).  The IBC will be adding Irish resources and information about Irish events for the Year of Faith HERE. The Year of Faith Ireland Facebook page is HERE.


Here are some Irish resources might be helpful to you and your parish as you consider how to celebrate  the Year of Faith:

-          'Share the Good News' is the Irish catechetical directory and contains suggestions for faith formation for all groups, times of life, etc.  More details HERE

-          iCatholic - a website of short, informative Catholic videos which can be watched by individuals and groups. These include talks from the Eucharistic Congress, Alpha information, etc. HERE.

- - a prayer website which has daily prayer, novenas, retreats (Advent, Lent), Prayer with the Pope, Living Space: Commentaries on the daily readings, and space to leave prayers (Intentions and Remembrance). HERE

-         A list of Irish Catholic magazines, newspapers, radio & websites to explore HERE

-          A list of Irish retreat centres is available HERE & information about places of pilgrimage is HERE

- is a website with lots and lots of Catholic resources and news. See HERE

-         Programs like Alpha Ireland & Croi Nua may be of interest to your parish. HERE is a list of many other programs for your consideration - prepared by the Pastoral Development team at the Irish Bishops Conference

More will be added over the year.


Limerick Resources and Events

- You can find todays Mass readings, Sundays Gospel, A thought for the day, and Catholic News on the front of our website ( - Large white button, under priest/parish search)

- "Religion and the Public Good - Fifty Years after the Second Vatican Council". An International Conference commemerating the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Organised by the Dept of Theology @ Mary Immaculate College. October 10th & 11th, 2012. Venue: Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Speakers will include: Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor (UK); Prof. Myriam Wijlens (Germany); Prof. Mathijs Lamberigts (Belgium); Dr Kevin Williams (Ireland); Dr Leon Hooper SJ (USA); Mgr Eamon Martin (Ireland); Dr Anthony Towey (UK); Ms Mary Kenny (UK), and Bishop Noel Treanor (Ireland).

Further details from: Dr Patrick Connolly, E: or Ms Eileen Daly, E: T: +353 61 204962


- Limerick Diocesean Launch of the Year of Faith. A one day workshop for Parishes and Pastoral Areas. Speakers, workshops, and a wide variety of resources from over 20 faith development programs, groups and networks. Saturday, October 13th.


-   Sacred Space 102fm is a weekly programme on West Limerick 102fm. It includes inspirational music, chat, interviews, what’s on locally and not so locally and a reflection on the gospel reading of the day. You can hear the program, read the blog, find links to literally thousands of Catholic resources, websites and blogs HERE


- Limerick city is well served with Catholic bookshops: Abbey bookshop @ the Augustinian Church in O'connell St, and Knock Shrine bookshop in Little Catherine St. Veritas Publications also have a branch in Ennis.