Fr Erbin Fernandez conducting an introduction to the Year of Faith workshop. He will be holding several workshops in conjunction with the special year.Fr Erbin Fernandez conducting an introduction to the Year of Faith workshop. He will be holding several workshops in conjunction with the special year.Various events have been lined up to mark the Year of Faith.

The archdiocese will launch the special year at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on Oct 11 with a Mass at 8 pm.

Archbishop Nicholas Chia will be the main celebrant at the Mass.

Parishes, archdiocesan groups and Religious orders have been invited to send their representatives to participate in this Mass, according to organisers.

The celebration will also include some reflections by the Catechetical office and Singapore Pastoral Institute (SPI).

Meanwhile, SPI has already sent Year of Faith packages to parishes. These include banners bearing the Year of Faith logo, bulletin inserts explaining the logo, and special Prayers of the Faithful.

A prayer card will also be distributed to parishes in October, according to SPI director Arthur Goh.

Catechetical director Fr Erbin Fernandez is giving two workshops for the special year.

The first is an introduction to the Year of Faith for parish ministries and Neighbourhood Christian Communities. The second is introducing Catholics to the tool for the realising the New Evangelisation – the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).

There is also a follow-up workshop on creating small Christian communities within ministries for parishes wanting to further implement the new evangelisation.

So far, the Church of the Holy Spirit has held the Year of Faith workshop while the Church of the Holy Family has had the CCC workshop, according to Fr Erbin.

Other events lined up include the Archdiocesan Neighbourhood Christian Communities (NCC) Day and Archdiocesan Youth Day.

NCC Day, to be held at Catholic Junior College on Oct 13, aims to help communities explore together how each baptised Christian can be a witness of the faith and participate in the mission of Christ.

The Archdiocesan Youth Day will also be held at Catholic Junior College, from Nov 16-17.

The event, which includes a rally, is to give confirmands a sense of the larger Church and encourage them to be involved in parish life.



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