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Primary Documents

Porta Fidei (Apostolic Letter “motu proprio data” for the Indication of the Year of Faith)
Pope Benedict XVI; October 11, 2011.
This letter is the Holy Father’s official announcement of the Year of Faith.

“Pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith”
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; January 6, 2012.
This document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith includes general guidelines as well as suggested activities for parishes during the Year of Faith.

Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Faith
Vatican Information Service; October 5, 2012
The faithful may gain a plenary indulgence during the Year of Faith according to these norms established by the Holy Father. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki discuess particular ways in which the faithful of the diocerse may gain these indulgences in this column in the Catholic Times.

Documents of Vatican Council II
The Year of Faith commemorates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II.

Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Year of Faith also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism by Pope John Paul II.

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Published in 2006, the USCCA is a local catechism which includes stories, doctrine, reflections, quotations, discussion questions, and prayers to lead the reader to a deepening faith.

Released in 2011, the YouCat is a youth catechism based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church in a question and answer format.

Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers
Published in 2007 by the USCCB, this resource can help families celebrate their faith throughout the liturgical year.

Disciples Called to Witness
This resource from the USCCB offers an overview of the New Evangelization, including reflection questions that would be useful for pastoral councils and other parish leaders.

Recommended Resources

Year of Faith Official Website
Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization
This site includes downloadable versions of the official Year of Faith logo in English and Spanish as well as other resources from the Vatican.

Year of Faith Resources
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Resources from Publishers

I Believe Newsletter
Franciscan Media; $18.00 for a 12 issue subscription; bulk pricing available
From the publisher: “In conjunction with the Year of Faith, this new parish resource from Franciscan Media and Servant Books will help you understand and teach the basic beliefs of the Catholic faith. The I Believe newsletter will help engage parishioners in their faith by taking them step by step through the Nicene Creed, with explanations and reflections for each creedal statement.”

Longing for the Holy
Renew International; $120 parish kit; $16.95 participant book
From the publisher: “Experience how the gentle spiritual guidance and practical wisdom of best-selling author, Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I. can enliven everyday life. This is an ideal process for enriching the spirituality of your RENEW group, for small faith-sharing communities, and for individual reflection, as it covers different dimensions of contemporary spiritual life.”

Renew Your Faith Bulletin Inserts
Our Sunday Visitor; $47.80 for 50 sets of four inserts
From the publisher: “Specially created for the Year of Faith, Renew Your Faith is a four-part bulletin insert series that enlivens Catholic faith. Parishioners are educated about the Year of Faith, better understand the Apostles' Creed, and are inspired with ideas for ways to strengthen their faith through prayer, the Mass, outreach, and evangelization!”

“Teaching During a Year of Faith” Webinar Recording
Loyola Press; facilitated by Joe Paprocki, National Consultant for Faith Formation
In August 2012 Joe Paprocki of Loyola Press offered a webinar for catechists and teachers on how to use the Year of Faith to foster an encounter with Christ through authentic witnesses to faith and a deeper understanding of the truths of our faith that Jesus revealed. This hour-long presentation would be useful as part of a teacher or catechist retreat at any time during the Year of Faith.

Year of Faith Companion
Magnificat; $6.95; bulk pricing available
From the publisher: “A comprehensive, page-a-day booklet designed to strengthen the life of faith. Each day features one of eight cornerstones of the Catholic Faith: Profiles of the holy men and women of the Bible; Reflections on Sacred Scripture; Short explanations on the Catechism; Devotions for deepening faith… A practical way for families and parishes to celebrate the Year of Faith from start to finish.”

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