Together with the Church throughout the world we have reflected on the way we believe, celebrate, pray, and live our Faith in Jesus Christ, our King. During the Year of Faith there have been many challenges to our Faith but also lots of opportunities to learn more and strengthen it.
Highlights for the Youth Pastoral Team include two brilliant National Youth Events, World Youth Day in Rio, and Scotland's Rio in Stirling. On the feast of Corpus Christi earlier this summer, there were Eucharistic processions and Holy Hours across the Archdiocese that kept our focus firmly on the Lord.
No one expected that in March 2013 we would bid farewell to Pope Benedict and welcome Pope Francis as the 266th successor of St. Peter. We have been doubly blessed by the leadership of two inspirational, holy men throughout this year. Thank you, Holy Father Emeritus Benedict, thank you, Pope Francis!
Today as we renew our baptismal promises at Mass we give thanks for all we've shared in this Year of Faith and ask for the grace to continue to grow in the Faith we received at Baptism. This is not the end. This is just the beginning...
Almighty, ever-living God,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of the Universe,
grant, we pray,
that the whole creation, set free from slavery,
may render your majesty service
and ceaselessly proclaim your praise!