The Door of Faith is Always Open
This novena begins on October 2nd and ends on October 10th, the 9 days before the Year Of Faith begins, October 11, 2012. Each day we begin with prayer. We pray the same opening prayer each day, and then the unique prayer for each day. Next, we read from the Holy Father's Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei. Daily reading enables us to read this letter from beginning to end, which was a special request of the Holy Father. There is a reflection question based on the reading that can be used to help direct your thinking, or you may choose to reflect on your own. Then, there is an action step that we can take as we beg the Lord to "order our steps" in response to His calling. We also have a small section for notes.This will be a year of great grace. The year begins on the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and on the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, two great gifts to the Church. The year gives us special reason to pause and reflect on the ways we encounter Christ Jesus. It is a year to intercede for those who lack faith. It is a year for us to strengthen our own witness.
"The Church exists to evangelize!"
The Department of Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Baltimore seeks to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ into every human situation, attentive to the signs of the times, through the service of pastoral leaders and all Catholics.
The Department of Evangelization builds upon the rich Catholic legacy of faith in the Premier See by cherishing her religious, cultural, geographic and generational diversity. We collaborate with pastoral leaders and various ministries to: bring about in all Catholics in the archdiocese such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely share it with others; invite all people in the archdiocese, whatever their economic, social or cultural background, to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ so they may come to join us in the fullness of the Catholic faith; foster gospel values by promoting the dignity of the human person, especially persons experiencing poverty and marginalization; celebrating the richness of diversity among God’s people; upholding the common good and the importance of the family, so that our society may continue to be transformed by the saving power of Jesus Christ.