Year of Faith / El Año de la Fe
Message From Bishop Wester
The Year of Faith is a time of renewal; an opportunity for us to deepen our relationship with Christ. During the Year of Faith, we are asked to focus on three pillars of Catholicism; catechesis, to nurture our faith; the liturgy, to celebrate our faith; and charity, to live our faith. All of these things together combine to give the Holy Spirit an opportunity to work in us and through us, so we can be open to the Spirit's action in our lives.
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH
I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.
What is the Year of Faith?
At certain times in the history of the Church, popes have called upon the faithful to dedicate themselves to deepening their understanding of a particular aspect of the faith.
The upcoming Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI is a "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world" (Porta fidei 6). The pope has described this conversion as opening the "door of faith" (see Acts 14:27). The "door of faith" is opened at one's baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.
How do we observe the Year of Faith?
In the Diocese of Salt Lake City, we observed the opening of the Year of Faith with Midday Prayer at the Cathedral of the Madeleine on October 11. The People of God are called to deepen our faith through prayer, study of the Scriptures, and acts of charity. 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the Holy Father encourages study of the Council documents. We strengthen our faith through study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which was published 20 years ago.
The Year of Faith can be observed by following the three pillars:
- Evangelization & Catechesis: We announce the faith and through careful study, we hand the faith on to others.
- Worship: We celebrate our faith liturgically and in private prayer.
- Charity: Following the Word of God and Christ's example, we share our gifts, talents and treasure with others, especially those among us who are most needy.