Year of Faith launching to draw more faithful to the Roman Catholic Church
October 18, 2012 10:07 pm
DUMAGUETE CITY, Oct. 18 — The focus on the year of faith is to address those who have drifted from the faith and from the church.
This was the gist of the launching of the Year of Faith at the Diocese of Dumaguete recently after Pope Benedict XVI declared it to be celebrated from October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013.
The different dioceses in the Philippines held separate launching activities while the Diocese of Dumaguete’s opening salvo was a concelebrated Mass early this week.
The Year of Faith sends the message to the Roman Catholic believers to further enhance, strengthen the faith and evangelization through the catechism of the Catholic Church.
The chancellor of the Diocese of Dumaguete, Rev. Fr. Carmelito Limbaga, Jr. read the message from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) though its president, Archbishop Jose Palma of the Archdiocese of Cebu.
The message also reminds the Roman Catholic believers of its mission as special vocation of the church, bringing good news for the people, reaching out to those who have drifted from the faith and the church and have joined other religious sects.
It is also focused on the reawakening in faith, forming and animating in Christian life young people and youth sector groups in both urban and rural settings.
The Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish Church in Dumaguete City was filled with devotees, lay faithful, religious organizations and different congregations of religious nuns participated in the formal launching of the Year of Faith.
Diocesan Administrator Msgr. Gamaliel Tulabing led in the concelebrated mass held inside the Cathedral Church in Dumaguete along with at least fifty priests joining the celebration. The launching of the Year of Faith this year is part of the nine-year spiritual journey towards the great jubilee on 2012.
A nine-year journey for the New Evangelization and pastoral priorities has already been charted climaxing with the Jubilee Year 2012; Integral Faith Formation in 2013; the Laity in 2014; the Poor in 2015; the Eucharist and of the Family in 2016; the Parish as a Communion of Communities in 2017; the Clergy and Religious in 2018; the Youth in 2019; Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue in 2020.
Diocesan Administrator Msgr. Tulabing emphasized the obligation of the parish priests and the lay religious organizations to widely spread and strengthen the catechism of the Catholic Church. (PNA)