USCCB Offers Resources To Help Families Celebrate The Year Of Faith

October 24, 2012 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—As the Catholic Churchcelebrates the Year of Faith, the U.S. bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage,Family Life and Youth is providing resources for families, including tips forkeeping Sundays holy and centered on family, prayers and devotionals for thefamily, and ideas for building the presence of the Church in the home.

The resources are available onlineat www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/year-of-faith/year-of-faith-family-resources.cfmand include prayers for special occasions, guides for celebrating theSacraments as a family, suggestions for praying as a married couple andreflections by Blessed Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap.,of Boston. Additional resources will be added throughout the Year of Faith.

"The Year of Faith is a wonderfulopportunity for the entire Church, and especially for families, to be renewedin the joy of what it means to be faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus," saidBishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, chairman of theCommittee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference ofCatholic Bishops (USCCB). "Encountering Christ through prayer and thesacraments, especially the Eucharist and Penance, is essential for thisrenewal."

One resource, the Family Prayer forthe Year of Faith, is available as a bilingual prayer card at www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers/family-prayer-for-the-year-of-faith.cfm.

The Year of Faith began October 11and will continue to November 24, 2013. The year commemorates the fiftiethanniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the twentiethanniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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