Year of Faith
The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace.”
-Pope Benedict XVI
Click here to read the entire Apostolic Letter, “Door of Faith” for the Indiction of the Year of Faith.
Based on the Four Pillars of the Catechism, Living Catholic combines themes of prayer, parish life and evangelization to provide a quick walk through the catechism. This course can be used parish wide, individually or in a small group setting. The online program is fully accessible with subtitles and voice-overs. The per-user cost is $9.99, with discounts for group purchases. Click here to learn more and register.
The Church, Our Spiritual Home
In a new pastoral letter, "The Church, Our Spiritual Home," Cardinal Donald Wuerl offers Catholics an overview of what the Church is so they can better understand their role in it and, confident in the truth of the Church's teachings, face the challenges and opportunities of today's world.
Go on pilgrimage and explore over two dozen pilgrim sites across the archdiocese. Learn more.
- Official Vatican Website for the Year of Faith
- USCCB Website for the Year of Faith
- Resources for Families
- Prayer Resources
- Resources from Our Sunday Visitor
Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Faith
Through the graciousness of the Holy See, Catholics who visit one of the nine pilgrimage churches within the Archdiocese of Washington by November 24, 2013 and fulfill certain conditions will have the opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence.
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
• Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle
• Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
• Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land
• Blessed John Paul II Shrine
• Saint John Vianney, Prince Frederick
• Saint Peter, Waldorf
• Saint Mary, Rockville
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
• Sacred Heart, Bowie
SAINT MARY'S COUNTY
• Saint Aloysius, Leonardtown
Download a copy of the Year of Faith brochure in English or Spanish.
How to Obtain a Plenary Indulgence
During the Year of Faith a Plenary Indulgence for the temporal punishment of sins, imparted by the mercy of God and applicable also to the souls of deceased faithful, may be obtained by all the faithful who, truly penitent (detached from any form of sin), take Sacramental Confession and the Eucharist and pray in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff:
1) Each time they attend at least three sermons during the Holy Missions, or at least three lessons on the Acts of the Second Vatican Council or the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in a church or any other suitable location.
2) Each time they visit, in the course of a pilgrimage, a papal basilica, a Christian catacomb, a cathedral church or a holy site designated by the local ordinary for the Year of Faith (as listed above), and there participate in a sacred celebration, or at least remain for a congruous period of time in prayer and pious meditation, concluding with the recitation of the Our Father, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary and, depending on the circumstances, to the Holy Apostles and patron saints.
3) Each time that, on any solemnity of the Lord or of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or on the feasts of the Holy Apostles, patron saints and the Chair of Saint Peter, in any sacred place, they participate in a solemn celebration of the Eucharist or the Liturgy of the Hours, adding thereto the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form.
4) On any day they choose, during the Year of Faith, if they make a pious visit to the church in which they received the Sacrament of Baptism, and there renew their baptismal promises in any legitimate form.
The faithful who are truly penitent but who, due to illness or other legitimate cause, are unable to leave their place of abode, still may obtain a Plenary Indulgence if, united in spirit and thought with other faithful, and especially at the times when the words of the Supreme Pontiff and diocesan bishops are transmitted by television or radio, they recite the Our Father, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and other prayers that are in accord with the objectives of the Year of Faith, offering up the suffering and discomfort of their lives.