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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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“How can we enter into this interior disposition except by turning physically—all together, priest and faithful—toward the Lord who comes, toward the East symbolized by the apse where the cross is enthroned? The outward orientation leads us to the interior orientation that it symbolizes. Since apostolic times, Christians have been familiar with this way of praying. It is not a matter of celebrating with one’s back to the people or facing them, but toward the East, «ad Dominum», toward the Lord.”
— Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship (October 2016)

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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!