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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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“The Church, no doubt, has always kept, and wishes still to maintain everywhere, the language of her Liturgy; and, before the sad and violent changes of the sixteenth century, this eloquent and effective symbol of unity of faith and communion of the faithful was, as you know, cherished in England not less than elsewhere. But this has never been regarded by the Holy See as incompatible with the use of popular hymns in the language of each country. Such hymns, moreover, are useful to familiarize the people with the great truths of faith, and to keep alive their devotion.”
— LEO XIII, POPE (8 June 1898)

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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!