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Though not the first of its kind in the history of the Church, the Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 held at the heart of it the "New Evangelization." Stemming from the teachings of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict, the “New Evangelization” invites people into relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. Through the “New Evangelization,”  Catholics in our diocese and around the world were invited to approach with renewed energy our baptismal call to be missionaries of the Church at all times to all people including in our own families, parishes and communities.
 
Announced in fall 2012 and concluded Nov. 24, 2013 the celebration of a "Year of Faith" aligned beautifully with efforts in our diocese through the "Our Faith, Our Future" pastoral plan to create welcoming parish communities faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, vibrant in worship and united in purpose. Though the Year of Faith has concluded, the “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta fidei 6) continues. As Bishop Walkowiak has said, "There is no upper limit to following the Lord, to knowing what it is that our faith involves," and opportunities to do so, in great and small ways, are all around us, in our parishes, the broader community and in our own homes. 
 

Catholic Social Teaching
A road map to a just society and a life of holiness
Read Faith in Action, a newsletter of Catholic Charities West Michigan

A rich treasure of wisdom, the Church's social teaching is like a road map to building a just society and living lives of holiness amid the influence of modern society. Learn more about how Catholic Social Teaching helps guide our individual moral actions as well as addresses the question of how society should be structured to protect the dignity and rights of the human person, to foster justice and limit or eliminate injustice, and to encourage and promote the common good.
 
Evangelization
Love of and learning about the Catholic faith and humbly, joyfully sharing it with others
View upcoming classes/programs from the Catholic Information Center.
Read the FAITH Grand Rapids magazine's evangelization issue (Nov. 2013)
Read Envision, a newsletter of the diocesan office of faith formation
As Catholics we respond to our baptismal call to be missionaries of the Church at all times to all people including in our own families, parishes and communities. Our Church has a rich two thousand plus year history. It's difficult to know the answers to every question you may be asked when engaging in conversation about your faith. Begin by listening, asking questions and sharing personally the ways in which God is working in and through your life. You might use the following resource as an aid: Questions Catholics Are Asked or share from "10 things We Want You to Know about the Catholic Faith" (from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis). 
Prayer
Seeking God's will and intimacy with him
Prayer is the great gate leading into faith. Someone who prays no longer lives on his own, for himself and by his own strength. He knows there is a God to whom he can talk. People who pray entrust themselves more and more to God.The effort to pray daily is part of a Christian life. (YOUCAT, 469)
Praying the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office)
Upcoming retreats at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell
Great Catholic apps (Pinterest)
 
Stewardship
Everything comes from God and we've been appointed the caretakers
Read the Stewardship News, from the diocesan office of stewardship 
The concept of stewardship is frequently misunderstood in contemporary Catholic parish life. For many Catholics, stewardship equates to dollars and cents, but Catholic stewardship encompasses all aspects of spiritual giving as well. As disciples of Jesus, we recognize that everything we have is a gift from God, not the result of our own accomplishments. As Christian stewards, we are called to “receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.” (USCCB on stewardship)

 

Vocation
Each of us is called by God to a special purpose in life
We often talk about vocation as it relates to priesthood and consecrated life, but vocation includes other callings such as that of married life. Vocations to the priesthood and religious life take on many different forms. Vocation is about the process of discovering God's plan for you, otherwise known as "discernment." You have a vocation: discovering the life and work that God has intended for you and then doing it leads to the kind of happiness and fulfillment that cannot be found anyplace else.
Communities of men and women religious serving in the diocese. For questions about discerning a vocation as a religious Sister, please contact the diocese, 616-243-0491.
Discerning a vocation marriage | Marriage & family resources
Additional resources for discerning your vocation (American Catholic)
 
Additional resources:
Frequently Asked Questions about The Catechism of the Catholic Church (USCCB)
Subscribe to Read the Catechism in a Year or Study the Gospels in a Year (w/Ignatius Study Bible commentary). (Available through Flocknote).
 
Photo credits:
Pope Francis washes the foot of a prisoner at Casal del Marmo youth prison in Rome (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) (March 29, 2013)
Family prays the rosary at home (CNS photo/J.D. Long-Garcia, The Catholic Sun) (May 14, 2012)
Nun speaks about vocation to young people during World Youth Day, Madrid (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Aug. 16, 2 011)