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Year of Faith 2012-13
To enter through the “door of faith” is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with Baptism, through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (John 17:22).

(Taken from "Porta Fidei"  - the Door of Faith - Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI)

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We ran this series of inspiring talks on DVD earlier in 2013, and notes and reflections are now available for download below​:

• Session 1: The Father's Love
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• Session 2: The Saints - Catherine of Siena.
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• Session 3: A heart for the poor.
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Session 4: The Bible - Where on earth is God?
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• Session 5: The Tradition of the church.
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• Session 6: The Call to evangelise.
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Remember: every Mass is an opportunity to deepen your faith.
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YEAR OF FAITH: The Sacraments

We ran this course just before the end of the Year of Faith.
You can download copies of notes from these sessions, and use them to think about and pray about how each Sacrament affects your life.

1. WHY SACRAMENTS?Download notes
2. BAPTISM. Download notes

3. CONFIRMATION. Download notes
4. EUCHARIST. Download notes

What has been the effect of the Year of Faith and the Parish Mission?. Download a reflection and prayer sheet here.
Pope Francis and the Year of Faith
​"The attitude demanded of us as true believers is that of recognizing and accepting in our lives the centrality of Jesus Christ, in our thoughts, in our words and in our works."

​Read the rest of Pope Francis's homily at the end of the Year of Faith.  ​DOWNLOAD HERE

The high point in our Year of Faith in St Joan's. Inspiring talks by the fantastic "Café" team of David Payne, Jenny Baker, Steve Murray and Tim Stevens. The Parish Mission Day on Sunday 14th July was truly joyful, with talks for adults in the church, activities for children and young people, and family picnics under the trees in front of the Church.
Even though the Year of Faith has now ended, it is never too late to explore and deepen your Faith. You are invited to use the many resources on this  page to help you to ponder and above all pray for the Holy Spirit to "guide you into all truth" ​(John 16:13). And in 2015, please consider finding out more about how the Holy Spirit can help your faith come alive.
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​​​​​"The 'door of faith' 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, "Porta Fidei".