The new year of Why Catholic? commences Oct. 1 and will complement the Year of Faith which begins on Oct. 11.
“The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, established the Year of Faith to help people ‘rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ’ (Porta Fidei, #2),” said Dennis Johnson, Jr., senior director, Office of Faith Formation. “In this sense, the two are interlinked.”
Small Catholic communities across the Diocese of Orlando will meet to explore “The Celebration of the Christian Mystery: The Sacraments.” Groups meet for six sessions in the Fall and six more in the Spring.
“The sacraments are not just moments in our lives,” said Dominican Sister Pat Thomas of Renew International. “They connect our faith life. They are gifts to us and through the sacraments, we receive the grace that strengthens us and helps us continue on the journey.”
During the sessions, participants will learn about the importance of the Holy Mass and Christ’s presence in the Eucharist. The sessions focus on liturgy and provide a better understanding of the seven sacraments as well as Catholic devotions, sacred time and sacred space.
Earlier this month, facilitators participated in training workshops at parishes around the Diocese of Orlando. Many agree that Why Catholic? which is a faith formation and evangelization process, has made a difference in the lives of participants.
“As group leaders, my wife and I look forward to Why Catholic to get a deeper understanding of our faith,” said Greg Lilly, a parishioner Our Lady of Hope in Port Orange. “It gives us a way to learn how to express not only how we are living our Catholic faith but how to share it at the same time.”
Denise May, a parishioner of All Souls in Sanford, agreed, adding, “It offers a wonderful opportunity for us to open up and truly express how Christ speaks to each one of us.”
Sign-up Sundays will be held throughout September. Contact your parish for more information.