With the Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei – The Door of Faith – Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith for all Catholics throughout the world. This year begins on 11th October, 2012 and concludes on 24th November 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King.

The Year of Faith gives us all a graced opportunity to nourish the life of faith we have been given. None of us stays believing automatically: our faith needs to be fostered and cherished, fed and fortified; otherwise it can die from indifference or neglect. The Year of Faith gives us a favourable time to deepen our personal faith in the Lord and strengthen our attachment to the believing community.

As part of the worldwide community of followers of Jesus, we Catholics have a special opportunity during the Year of Faith to deepen our attachment to Jesus as Lord, strengthen our ties with all who believe in Jesus, and witness to our faith with a sense of pride.

To help mark your journey through the Year of Faith, our parish of St. Mary of the Angels & St. Clare have different events programmed.

  •  On Saturday, 13th October Mary O’Broinn of the Ember Mission team from Dublin will speak to us about the Parish Mission that will take place next year from 3rd – 10th May. Her initial visit coincides with our Forty Hour Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, an opportunity for all to pray in the real presence of Jesus  for the success of our Mission.

  • A team from the Legion of Mary Perigrinatio Pro Christo (Journey for Christ) will visit the parish from 30th March to 6th April, 2013. We must always remember that the Eucharist is the centre and source of our Faith.

Mass is celebrated almost daily in our beautiful parish church; the other sacraments are celebrated at appropriate times, we should not neglect our opportunities.

Through our website and parish bulletin we will keep you informed about the extras to look out for during this year of Grace.