Here are some of the events and activities that are occurring at the parish that I work at in Scottsdale, Arizona – Our Lady of Perpetual of Help. Realizing that many people have many wonderful ideas already planned for the next 13 1/2 months, I wanted to provide with you some of our events. If you find yourself in Phoenix during this Year of Faith, I invite you to come and visit us. Please take at look at reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church through the Year of Faith. There is nothing better than reading the Catechism and understanding the “menu” of our faith. It is a great tool for the Catholic Church and we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of it’s release this year as well.
YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013 – Thursday Nights from 7:00-8:30pm
October 18 – The Dangers to Religious Freedom from the HHS Mandate, Presenter: Nikolas Nikas, President and General Counsel of Bioethics Defense Fund
October 25 – Voting with a Catholic Conscience, Presenter: Brad Hahn, Allied Attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom
November 1 – A Night with the Saints (After Solemnity Mass), Presenters: Fr. Chad King and Tom Perna
November 8 – The Basics of the Second Vatican Council, Presenter: Fr. Chad King
November 15 – The New Evangelization, Presenter: Tom Perna
Other Events throughout the Year of Faith:
November 10-11: Weekend of Adoration with Michael John Poirer
December 8: Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration – Festival of Roses
December 10-12: Advent Parish Mission, Mission Diretor: Mr. Michael Cumbie
January – May 2013: Ongoing Adult Faith Formation, The Mass Explained, and Workshops in Prayer
February 2: Candlemas for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
February 7: Ash Wednesday
April 3: Anniversary of the Dedication of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
April 11: Treasures of Faith
If you have not already, I would also encourage you to view the Official Year of Faith websites for the Vatican, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Diocese of Phoenix and your own diocese. Also, Fr. Robert Barron has taken the Catholic World by storm with his series, Catholicism. Follow him on his website – Word on Fire and you will appreciate your faith even more. We live in exciting times and this upcoming Year of Faith is a great opportunity for us to grow in our love for the Catholic faith and to bring those individuals we know who have left the Catholic Church back into the fold.
Pray with me an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be…for all Catholics around the world this day, especially those brothers and sisters who have “fallen away” from the Catholic Church.
Come Holy Spirit!