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Year of Faith

YoF-logoOn October 11, 2012, the Church will embark on a Year of Faith. Called by Pope Benedict XVI and coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for all the faithful to recommit themselves to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ.

In his letter announcing the Year of Faith the Holy Father expressed three desires:

We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is “the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; ...and also the source from which all its power flows.” At the same time, we make it our prayer that believers’ witness of life may grow in credibility. To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year.

It is our prayer that these hopes be fulfilled in our diocese through various programs of faith formation, missionary and apostolic activity, and liturgical celebrations -- both locally and regionally -- so that, called to be “one body, one spirit in Christ,” we may bear witness to our Catholic faith in the world.

About the Logo

The logo is composed of a square, bordered field on which a boat, symbolizing the Church, is represented as sailing on a graphically minimal representation of waves. The main mast of the boat is a cross from which sails are displayed in the form of dynamic signs which compose the trigram of Christ (IHS). The background to the sails is a sun which, associated with the trigram, refers also to the Eucharist.

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