On October 11th, Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated the Year of Faith. This Year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II, Just two days earlier the Pope opened a Synod of Bishops from around the world to face the challenges of "new evangelzation." In this Year we celebrate the gift of Faith. The Synod offers a challlenge to invite others to Faith. The Year of Faith invites us to "Open the Door of Faith" ever wider to embrace more and more peope yearning for the peace of Christ. And it offers us Catholics "in the pews" opportunities to deepen our rootedness in Faith in Jesus Christ.
The Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey is beginning this Year with a diocesan Eucharistic Congress.
The celebration of the Eucharistic Congress embodies what Pope Benedict wrote in his letter "Porta Fidei" (The Door of Faith):
"We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is “the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; ... and also the source from which all its power flows.” "
We Daughters of St. Paul will hold a display of appropriate books and media to offer to those attending the Eucharistic Congress.
For all of you in the Trenton Diocese and Northen parts of the Philadelphia Archdiocese what a great opportunity to begin this special year than with prolonged Eucharistic adoration and good media to nourish our spiritual life during the year. The Congress is being held at the PNC Arts Center, Holmdale. See the website at http://www.dioceseoftrenton.org/page.aspx?pid=372.
Have a blessed beginning of the Year of Faith!