A Family of Faith

We have just completed a worldwide observance of the Year of Faith and are about to enter the Advent season of a new liturgical cycle. Now seems an opportune time to count our blessings, especially during a week in which we gather with family for Thanksgiving. In keeping with the theme of faith, it makes […]

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

Open Wide the Door of Faith

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, This is the text of Bishop DiMarzio’s homily at the closing Mass of the Year of Faith on Nov. 23. Today, we come to the conclusion of the Year of Faith begun with the Apostolic Letter of Benedict XVI entitled, Porta Fidei or the Door of Faith. […]

Relics of St. Peter to Be Venerated As Year of Faith Comes to an End

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – For the first time, bones traditionally believed to be relics of St. Peter the Apostle will be displayed for public veneration in St. Peter’s Square Nov. 24, at a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis to conclude the Year of Faith. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New […]

Parish Takes Artistic Look at Year of Faith

by Antonina Zielinska In an effort to make the most of the current Year of Faith, St. Rose of Lima parish, Parkville, hosted a concert and art exhibit to explore the Catholic faith. By combining an evening of music and art, Father Luke Trocha, pastor, said those gathered had a chance to gain a glimpse […]

Women Respond to Year of Faith Event

by Marie Elena Giossi As prime agents of the new evangelization, women need and thirst for encouragement, enrichment and affirmation in their faith lives. For that reason, nearly 450 women from Brooklyn and Queens accepted the call to attend Women of Faith, a special bilingual conference for women sponsored by the Brooklyn Diocese in observance […]

Belonging to the Sacred

by Msgr. Joseph Calise I must be getting older since I find myself saying, “When I was growing up,” more and more frequently. Nonetheless, when I was growing up, television was very different than it is today. Some might say things were more naïve like Ricky and Lucy sleeping in single beds in I Love […]

Tablet TALK

Year of Faith Retreat   Ladies of the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception from Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, Brooklyn Heights, recently participated in a “Year of Faith” retreat at Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, Garrison, N.Y. They were accompanied by Msgr. James A. Root, cathedral rector, center. Photo © Marleine Aflak Our Lady of Grace […]

Pope Entrusts Year of Faith to Mary

LORETO, Italy (CNS) – During a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, Pope Benedict XVI formally entrusted to Mary the world Synod of Bishops and the Year of Faith. The pope was marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed John XXIII’s visit to the Marian shrine, about 175 miles northwest of Rome, when […]

Indulgences for the Year of Faith

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Catholics who participate in events connected with the 2012-2013 Year of Faith can receive a special indulgence, the Vatican said. Pope Benedict XVI authorized the granting of a plenary, or full, indulgence in order to highlight the Year of Faith and encourage the “reading, or rather, the pious meditation on” the […]