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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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The Year of Faith
published 19 October 2012 by Fr. David Friel

Try these ten practical ways to celebrate the Annus Fidei:

1.  Come to Mass each Sunday, and invite your family, friends, and neighbors.
2.  Enroll in the “Read the Catechism in a Year” emails (flocknote.com/catechism).
3.  Visit the church where you were baptized and renew your baptismal promises with your family (to earn a special plenary indulgence!).
4.  Spend a half-hour watching EWTN instead of your favorite sitcom.
5.  Make a simple visit to a nearby shrine.
6.  Try going to confession every month or every other month.
7.  Learn to chant the Credo and recite the Act of Faith.
8.  Get involved in the fight for religious freedom.
9.  Check out Fr. Robert Barron’s Catholicism series on DVD (www.wordonfire.org).
10.  Crack open your Bible for a few minutes before bed sometimes.

Can you think of other ideas? Suggestions welcome!