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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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“We must say it plainly: the Roman rite as we knew it exists no more. It has gone. Some walls of the structure have fallen, others have been altered—we can look at it as a ruin or as the partial foundation of a new building. Think back, if you remember it, to the Latin sung High Mass with Gregorian chant. Compare it with the modern post-Vatican II Mass. It is not only the words, but also the tunes and even certain actions that are different. In fact it is a different liturgy of the Mass.”
— Fr. Joseph Gelineau (1978)

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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!