Year of Faith. Oct. 11, 2012 - Nov. 24, 2013

From the Year of Faith committee: Recommendations and plans

(PDF) Overview

From the Office of Worship: For the weekend of Oct. 6/7

(PDF) Readings and prayers for opening Masses

From the Office of Worship: Ritual for the opening of the Year of Faith
The Office of Worship has prepared an opening ritual for the Masses offered at the beginning of the Year of Faith. Matthew Clark, administrator, offers the following comments:

The ritual (see link below) is brief and works with the basic liturgical symbols familiar to most Catholics. It is simple enough for most parishes to enact with little difficulty. It relies on symbol language to communicate on many levels and engages the entire assembly through a short acclamation. It requires no worship aid and a minimum of one speaker. It occurs in front of the assembly where all will see it.

Interested parishes could elaborate this ritual:

  • by meeting in a separate location and processing the entire assembly into the church.
  • by adding a Scripture passage that speaks of faith.
  • by creating a sung response
  • using the “knocking at the door” done for the dedication of a church and for RCIA Rite of Acceptance.

(PDF) Ritual for the opening of the Year of Faith

(Microsoft Word doc.) Ritual for the opening of the Year of Faith

About the Year of Faith
With his Apostolic Letter of Oct. 11, 2011, Porta Fidei..., Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" will begin on Oct. 11, 2012 and conclude on Nov. 24, 2013. Click here to read the Apostolic Letter.

Oct. 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council... (Vatican II) and also the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.

The upcoming Year of Faith is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion — to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. 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.

Resources — Faith formation on Vatican II:


Vatican II + 50
These are resources published by the Cardinal Cardijn Center.
Boston College
This list of resources is published by the Church in the 21st Century project sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry at Boston College. 
Twenty-Third Publications
This pastoral resource page contains downloadable programs on Vatican II for parish use.

Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II. Ed. by Richard Gaillardetz and Catherine Clifford.
This book is written specifically for parish adult education opportunities. It can easily be broken down into sessions over the 13 months of the Holy Year. The chapters are designed to be read sequentially.

What Happened at Vatican II. Ed. by John W. O'Malley.
What Happened at Vatican II captures the drama of the council, depicting the colorful characters involved and their clashes with one another.

Living Vatican II: The 21st Council for the 21st Century. By Gerald O'Collins, SJ.
This memorable book by eminent theologian Gerald O'Collins tells the story of the aftermath of Vatican II and how it affected him personally.

Vatican Council II: Constitutions, Decrees, Declarations. A Completely Revised Translation in Inclusive Language. Ed. by Austin Flannery, O.P. Northport, NY: Costello Publishing, 1996.
Fr. Flannery was one of the major authoritative translators of all 16 documents of Vatican II into English. This new edition, with official permission, has rendered those documents into inclusive language.

Vatican II Today: Calling Catholics to Holiness and Service. Ed. by Judy Ball and Joan McKarney. Cincinnati, OH: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2005.
This book offers a look at the major elements of Catholic faith as presented through the lens of the different documents of Vatican II.

A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II. By Edward P. Hahneneberg. Cincinnati, OH: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007.
This book explores each of the 16 documents of Vatican II. The author divides the documents into 3 categories: the Constitutions, the Church as the People of God, and the Church of the World.

Theological Highlights of Vatican II. By Joseph Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI). New York: Paulist Press, 2009. Introduction by Thomas Rausch, S.J.
Cardinal Ratzinger's report on the debates and struggles that made up each of the four sessions of Vatican II (1962-65), along with theological commentary.

A Brief History of Vatican II. By Giuseppe Alberigo. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2006. Foreword by John W. O'Malley, S.J.
The author examines each of the steps toward the council from the election of John XIII to the opening sessions, as well as each session of Vatican II. Alberigo is one of the internationally recognized experts on interpretting Vatican II.

101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II. By Maureen Sullivan, O.P. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2002.
In a very accessible manner, Sr. Sullivan guides the reader through each of the stages of the Second Vatican Council and the theological, historical, and ecclesiological significance of what happened. She divides her presentation into the following sections: On the Calling of Vatican II; The Players, the Tensions, the Media; First Sessions; A New Pope for the Second Session; Third Session; Fourth Session; The Church Right After the Council - The Early Years; The Church Today - The Legacy of Vatican II.

(Video) The Vatican Television Center presents: The II Vatican Council from Pope John XXIII to Pope Paul VI - (Concillo Vaticano II; Sobor Watykanski II). HDH Communications; ASIN: B000QC0V06.
This set of DVDs is good for adult groups and high school students. It is a concise presentation of the council, using actual film footage from the different sessions.

Resources — Faith formation on Catholic faith:

Catechism of the Catholic Church. Second Edition. [Revised in accordance with the official Latin text promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1997.] Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Washington, DC: USCCB Publishing, 2000.

Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church. Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Washington, DC. USCCB Publishing, 2006.
I the words of Pope Benedict XVI, who promulgated this resource:
The Compendium is a faithful and sure synthesis of The Catechism of the Catholic Church. It contains, in concise form, all the essential and fundamental elements of the Church's faith, thus constituting...a kind of vademecum which allows believers and non-believers alike to behold the entire panorama of the Catholic faith.

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Washington, DC: USCCB Publishing, 2006.
In this resource, the U.S. bishops have adapted The Catechism of the Catholic Church for adult religious education and discussion groups. It follows the same arrangement of content of the full Catechism. It structures each chapter in the following way:

  1. Story or Lesson of Faith
  2. Teaching: Its Foundation and Application
  3. Sidebars
  4. Relationship of Catholic Teaching to the Culture
  5. Questions for Discussion
  6. Doctrinal Statements
  7. Meditation and Prayer

Catholicism in the Third Millennium [Second Edition]. By Thomas P. Rausch. S.J. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2003.
This book is very appropriate for adult faith formation. It includes focus questions at the end of each chapter. The author takes a look at the major elements of Catholic faith. It begins with a special look at the Second Vatican Council and then a chapter on the nature of faith.

(Video) Catholicism DVD Box Set. Presented by Fr. Robert Barron. Word on Fire Studio; ASIN: B005J6U77Q.
This popular series has gained much national attention. The product description from Amazon states:
Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith for the First Time in breathtaking, high-def cinematography, the beauty, goodness and truth of the Catholic Faith are illustrated in a rich, multimedia experience. The box set includes five DVDs, each containing two episodes. Each episode runs 50-60 minutes. English and Spanish subtitles are included as viewing options.