The Year Of Faith

In October 2011 Pope Benedict XVI announced a ‘Year of Faith’ inviting Catholics to rediscover the gift of faith and to seek new ways of proclaiming it.

The Year began on Thursday 11 october, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Counci, and will conclude on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King. The start date of 11 October 2012 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It coincides too with a gathering of bishops from across the world in Rome for a synod themed, ‘The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith’. One of the key emphases of the Year of Faith is to come to know better and deepen our understanding of our greatest treasure.

Everyone is invited to participate in this Year of celebration and mission, mindful that faith is not meant to be private, but professed and shared. Please do support it and get involved as you can.


To celebrate the Year of Faith, a series of Holy Hours will be celebrated, one per month and alternating between St. Cecilia’s & St. Oswald’s. October’s will take place on Sunday 21st, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. in St. Cecilia’s. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin after the 11.30 a.m. Mass when church will be open until 5 p.m. We need people to sign the list at the back of church to watch for at least 30 mins during the day.

This is an important occasion for the life of our parish communities and we ask that you make this monthly Exposition & Holy Hour a top priority. November Holy Hour will be at St. Oswald’s on Sunday 18th November.


Year fo Faith Logo


Year Of Faith Logo

The logo is composed of a square, bordered field on which a boat, symbolizing the Church, is represented as sailing on a graphically minimal representation of waves. The main mast of the boat is a cross from which sails are displayed in the form of dynamic signs which compose the trigram of Christ (IHS). The background to the sails is a sun which, associated with the trigram, refers also to the Eucharist.



More information on the Year of Faith can be found on the Archdiocesan website:


Plenary Indulgence

The Holy Father has granted a Plenary Indulgence during the Year of Faith:

“Throughout the Year of Faith — established from 11 October 2012 to 24 November 2013 — all individual members of the faithful who are truly repentant, have duly received the Sacrament of Penance and Holy Communion and who pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff may receive the Plenary Indulgence in remission of the temporal punishment for their sins, imparted through God’s mercy and applicable in suffrage to the souls of the deceased...”


The Archbishop has issued the following guidelines of when a Plenary Indulgence can be received:


1. by anyone who visits our Cathedral, prays for a time, makes their own the Lord’s Prayer, professes their faith and dedicates themselves  again to Christ the King as the Way, the Truth and the Life, perhaps doing so by raising their eyes to the banner above the main door as they leave,


2.  by anyone who on any of the following Feast Days of the Lord, Christmas, Epiphany, Maundy Thursday, Easter Night and Easter Day, Ascension, Corpus Christi, or on one of these Feasts of Our Lady, the Annunciation, New Year's Day, the Assumption, or Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s Day or All Saints’ Day, takes part anywhere in the Mass or the Prayer of the Church prayed in common.