Getting Resourced: Year of Faith

K?ren North

K?ren North looks at resources to support the Year of Faith. The author is training and development co-ordinator for youth ministry in Southwark diocese.

Only though believing then, does faith grow stronger; there is no other possibility for possessing certitude with regard to one?s life apart from self-abandonment, in a continuous crescendo, into the hands of a love that seems to grow constantly because it has its origin in God.

Pope Benedict XVI

(Porte Fidei, paragraph 7)

The extract from Porte Fide, exemplifies beautifully Pope Benedict?s thoughts from his introductory letter about the Year of Faith, which began in October 2012 and runs through to 24 November 2013. He calls us to respond to the invitation to explore the documents of the Second Vatican Council and also the Catechism. This is an opportunity to deepen our faith and to enable greater confidence in passing it onto others. Here follows a brief overview of some of the many helpful and supportive resources available.

A link to the full text of Porta Fidei can be found at: motu-proprio_20111011_porta-fidei...

A good place to start is the official Year of Faith website, which has links to events, resources, documents and catechesis:

The Catholic Church in England and Wales Home/Featured/Year-of-Faith

The Bishops? Conference site has some useful resources and links, including; videos, podcasts, tweets, resources and links to events that are happening in different dioceses. The video section contains (mainly bishops) witnessing to their faith and some of the tweets provide current updates on events and happenings. Particularly good are the podcasts, which provide commentaries to support people in their faith exploration. These include reflections by Fr James Hanvey SJ and Susy Brouard from CAFOD.

Doorway to faith

A four part series of booklets corresponding with the four sections of the catechism. Advent and Christmastide think about ?what we believe? (the profession of faith), Lent looks at ?prayer?, Eastertide the ?Sacraments? and Ordinary time emphasises the ?moral life?. Each booklet has a day by day exploration of the catechism, with readings, reflections, quotes from Youcat, scripture and daily prayers. A great resource for taking time out to reflect where there are only a few minutes available. I think that this is a total bargain at ?1.50 per book ? available from the back of most parishes or the Year of Faith website.

Nottingham Diocesan ?Year of Faith? Resources Page

Many dioceses have dedicated web pages for the Year of Faith ? Nottingham?s is especially helpful. Several free downloads are available, including, ?Reading the Bible and Catechism in a Year?, ?Read the Gospels and Youcat in a Year? and ?Mary, Woman of Faith?. Bishop Malcolm?s Opening the Door of Faith videos, centering on different areas of the Catechism, are helpful, accessible, and informative.

?Inspiring Faith? ? Southwark Catholic Youth Service ? Year of Faith Film Project

To mark the Year of Faith, Southwark Catholic Youth Service are producing weekly videos for use with young people in parish and school settings. The aim of the project is to inspire and encourage young people in reflecting on their own faith and life situations. Each week a new video of faith witness (each inspired by scripture) is uploaded ? access by means of a (free) subscription to Vimeo.

Hallam Diocesan Year of Faith Resources

Some really helpful paper-based downloadable resources covering the foundational statements about the Church, the Word as God?s Revelation, Ecumenism, Liturgy and mission to name a few. A useful tool for small study and prayer groups.

Made for Greatness

Birmingham Diocese?s Year of Faith website aimed at young people and those who work with them. Three main sections entitled ?pray? ?reflect? and ?saints? are designed to encourage reflection, prayer and direction in faith. Some excellent material here combined with easy navigation ? well worth checking out.

WYD @ Home

This year the Brightlights Festival will take place over the World Youth Day weekend 26th-29th July 2013, in the grounds of Aylesford Priory (home to the Carmelite community). Brightlights is an annual Catholic young adults festival open to anyone between the ages of 16-30. In the past few years it has grown from being a diocesan festival to serving most of the South East of England and further afield. This year the themes of WYD is ?Go and make disciples of all peoples? (Mt 28.19) and there will be a large screen link-up with WYD in Rio, live bands, catechesis and guest speakers together with a carnival atmosphere. Several dioceses will also be offering catechesis in the run up to the event. For more information or to book, check out the above link.