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There have been a number of events and opportunities for prayer and devotion in our deanery as we continue our Year of Faith.

Details of Future Events will Appear Here

Bishop Malcolm's Series of Talks on the Year of Faith
  Session Eleven - Catholic Social Teachings
  Session Ten - Sacraments of Healing & Mission
  Session Nine - Sacraments of Initiation
  Session Eight - The Creeds
  Session Seven - The Resurrection
  Session Six - The Lord's Prayer
  Session Five - The Holy Spirit
  Session Four - God, the Father
  Session Three - Jesus, Son of God
  Session Two - Mary, Woman of Faith
  Session One - What Is Faith?
  Introduction to the Year of Faith
From Nottingham Diocese Year of Faith's YouTube Channel

On Thursday 11 October Pope Benedict XVI announced that the Catholic Church throughout the world would celebrate a ‘Year of Faith.’ The Year of Faith will continue until the 24 November 2013.

On Sunday 14 of October, people from across our diocese gathered at our Cathedral in Nottingham to welcome and begin ‘The Year of Faith.’
 
As a Diocese we are doing a lot of different things throughout the Year of Faith.  To find out more about the Year of faith and to find out what’s going on in our diocese please visit www.nottinghamdooroffaith.com
 
The Year of Faith will give us all the opportunity to reflect and go deeper into our Faith and what it means to us. Throughout the year Bishop Malcolm will be sharing his thoughts and teachings with us via a selection of short videos. A video a month will be created and uploaded to help us explore different aspects of our faith.

You can find these videos to the right.


Pope Benedict XVI Continues Catechesis on Faith
[11 November 2012]

In his general audience last week, Benedict XVI, focused on a "fascinating aspect of human and Christian experience: the fact that man carries within him a mysterious desire for God".

Such an affirmation, the Pope went on, "may seem provocative in the context of secularised Western culture. Many of our contemporaries could, in fact, object that they feel not the slightest desire for God. For large sectors of society He is no longer awaited or desired; rather He leaves people indifferent, something about which they do not even have to make an effort to express themselves."Yet the fact is that what we have defined as 'desire for God' has not completely disappeared and still today it emerges in man's heart in many different ways".

The Pope referred back to his first encyclical letter, Deus Caritas Est, where he explained how this desire for God is implicit in the human experience of desire in general, but particularly in the desire for love. "Human desire always tends towards certain concrete things which are often anything but spiritual, yet it nonetheless has to consider the question of what good truly is, and this means facing something other than itself, something man cannot construct but is called to recognise. What is it that can truly satisfy man's desire?"

The pope suggested that helping people to reflect on the nature of human desire, and to purify it in the light of their experience, would lead to a recognition that human happiness depends on the love of others and ultimately on the love of God. "Man is well aware of what does not satisfy him, but is unable to imagine or define that which would make him experience that happiness for which his heart longs."

In order to properly evaluate and purify the longings of the human heart the Holy Father proposed "the acquisition or reacquisition of a taste for the authentic joys of life. Not all satisfactions produce the same effect upon us; some leave positive traces and are capable of pacifying our hearts making us more active and generous. Others, on the other hand, following the initial light they bring, seem to delude the expectations that aroused them and sometimes leave bitterness, dissatisfaction or a sense of emptiness in their wake".

Finally the Holy Father noted that "desire always remains open to redemption, even when it takes the wrong paths, when it seeks artificial paradises and seems to lose its capacity to desire the true good. Even in the abyss of sin man never loses that spark which enables him to recognise and savour what is truly good, and to start along the path of ascension on which God, with the gift of His grace, will not fail to give His aid".

"This does not mean, then, smothering the desire that is in man's heart, but liberating it so that it can reach its true height. When desire opens a window to God this is a sign of the presence of faith in a person's heart, faith which is a grace of God".

The complete text of this week address can be found online here.


Pope Benedict XVI Continues Catechesis on Faith
[4 November 2012]

Is faith only personal and individual? Does it only concern my own person? Do I live my faith alone? Certainly, the act of faith is an eminently personal act that takes place in the most intimate depths of our being and signals a change in direction, a personal conversion. It is my life that is marked by a turning point and receives a new orientation.

In the liturgy of Baptism, at the time of the promises, the celebrant asks for a manifestation of faith, and he puts forward three questions: Do you believe in God the Father Almighty? Do you believe in Jesus Christ his only Son? Do you believe in the Holy Spirit? Historically, these questions were addressed personally to the one who was to receive baptism, before immersing him three times in water. And today, too, the response is in the singular: “I believe”. But my belief is not the result of my own personal reflection, nor the product of my own thoughts. Rather, it is the fruit of a relationship, of a dialogue that involves listening, receiving and a response. It is a conversation with Jesus that causes me to go out of my self-enclosed “I” in order that I may be opened to the love of God the Father. It is like a rebirth in which I discover that I am united not only to Jesus but also to all those who have walked, and who continue to walk, along the same path. And this new birth, which begins at baptism, continues throughout the whole course of life.

I cannot build my personal faith on a private conversation with Jesus, for faith is given to me by God through the community of believers, which is the Church. It numbers me among the multitude of believers, in a communion which is not merely sociological but, rather, which is rooted in the eternal love of God, who in himself is the communion of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - who is Trinitarian Love. Our faith is truly personal only if it is also communal. It can only be my faith if it lives and moves in the “we” of the Church, only if it is our faith, the common faith of the one Church.


Pope Benedict XVI Continues Catechesis on Faith During General Audience [28 October 2012]

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 25, 2012 (Zenit.org). In his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the nature of faith to the thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square. The Pope's words are part of a new series of catechesis delivered during the Year of Faith.

Stating that a new education in the faith is necessary, the Holy Father emphasized that the knowledge of the truths of faith should come from above all from a true encounter with God in Jesus Christ. "Today, along with so many signs of goodness, a kind of spiritual desert is also widening around us. Sometimes we get the feeling from certain events we hear about each day that the world is not moving towards the building up of a more fraternal and peaceful community," the Pope said.

"Despite the grandeur of scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs, men today do not seem to have become freer and more humane; so many forms of exploitation, manipulation, violence, oppression and injustice still remain." A firm foundation, he continued, was needed to give life a real meaning. "This is precisely what faith gives us: it is a confident entrusting of oneself to a “Thou” who is God; it provides a kind of certainty different from but no less sure than what comes to us from exact calculation or science," "Faith is not simply a matter of man’s intellectual assent to truths about God; it is an act whereby I freely entrust myself to a God who is a Father and who loves me; it means clinging to a “Thou” who gives me hope and confidence. To be sure, this adherence to God is not devoid of content: it enables us to know that God himself revealed himself to us in Christ." "Faith offers us sure hope and direction amid the spiritual confusion of our times. Before all else, faith is a divine gift which enables us to open our hearts and minds to God’s word and, through Baptism, to share in his divine life within the community of the Church. Yet faith is also a profoundly human act, engaging our intelligence and freedom,"


From Pope Benedict’s opening address for the Year of Faith [21 October 2012]

“I believe that the most important thing, especially on such a significant occasion as this, is to revive in the whole Church that positive tension, that yearning to announce Christ again to contemporary man. But, so that this interior thrust towards the new evangelisation neither remain just an idea nor be lost in confusion, it needs to be built on a concrete and precise basis, and this basis is the documents of the Second Vatican Council, the place where it found expression. This is why I have often insisted on the need to return, as it were, to the “letter” of the Council – that is to its texts – also to draw from them its authentic spirit, and why I have repeated that the true legacy of Vatican II is to be found in them. Reference to the documents saves us from extremes of anachronistic nostalgia and running too far ahead, and allows what is new to be welcomed in a context of continuity. The Council did not formulate anything new in matters of faith, nor did it wish to replace what was ancient. Rather, it concerned itself with seeing that the same faith might continue to be lived in the present day, that it might remain a living faith in a world of change.”  

“I believe that the most important thing, especially on such a significant occasion as this, is to revive in the whole Church that positive tension, that yearning to announce Christ again to contemporary man. But, so that this interior thrust towards the new evangelisation neither remain just an idea nor be lost in confusion, it needs to be built on a concrete and precise basis, and this basis is the documents of the Second Vatican Council, the place where it found expression. This is why I have often insisted on the need to return, as it were, to the “letter” of the Council – that is to its texts – also to draw from them its authentic spirit, and why I have repeated that the true legacy of Vatican II is to be found in them. Reference to the documents saves us from extremes of anachronistic nostalgia and running too far ahead, and allows what is new to be welcomed in a context of continuity. The Council did not formulate anything new in matters of faith, nor did it wish to replace what was ancient. Rather, it concerned itself with seeing that the same faith might continue to be lived in the present day, that it might remain a living faith in a world of change.”

All of the documents of the Second Vatican Council are available online.  The four main constitutions which will provide the substance of our reflection in the Year of Faith can be found at the links below.  We have also ordered some hard copies from CTS which have yet to arrive.

Lumen Gentium – Dogmatic Constitution on the Church
http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html

Sacrosantum Concilium – Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19631204_sacrosanctum-concilium_en.html

Gaudium et Spes – The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World
http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19651207_gaudium-et-spes_en.html

Dei Verbum – Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19651118_dei-verbum_en.html

Diocesan Website for Year of Faith:  www.nottinghamdooroffaith.com

Parish Resources:  A selection of books are available from our CTS bookstand in the porch and will be updated regularly during the year.


Pope Begins new series of talks for the Year of Faith [14 October 2012]

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I would like to introduce a new series of catecheses that will be developed throughout the course of the newly inaugurated Year of Faith and that, for the time being, will interrupt the series dedicated to the school of prayer. I called this special Year with the Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei, so that the Church might experience a renewed enthusiasm in her faith in Jesus Christ, the only Saviour of the world, reawaken her joy in walking on the way he has pointed out to us, and witness in a tangible way to the transforming power of faith.

The 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council is an important occasion to return to God, to deepen and to live one’s faith more courageously, to strengthen one’s sense of belonging to the Church, the “teacher of humanity”, who through the proclamation of the Word, the celebration of the Sacraments and deeds of charity leads us to encounter and to know Christ, true God and true man. It is an encounter not with an idea or a plan of life, but with a living Person, who profoundly transforms us from within by revealing to us our true identity as children of God.

Encountering Christ renews our human relationships by directing them, day by day, to a greater solidarity and fraternity, in accord with the logic of love. Faith in the Lord is not something that affects only our minds, the realm of intellectual knowledge; rather, it is a change involving the whole of our existence: our feelings, heart, mind, will, body, emotions and human relationships. With faith, everything changes in us and for us, and it reveals clearly our future destiny, the truth of our vocation in history, the meaning of our lives, the joy of being pilgrims en route to our heavenly homeland.

 

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