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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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“Our Christian people regard with great joy everything that contributes to the splendor of the ceremonies. Jesus—who was poor in His private life—received ointment on His feet. See Thomas Aquinas (Prima Secundae, q. 102, art. 5, ad 10) and the holy Curé of Ars. The Church has always loved beautiful churches, and so forth. We must preserve our sacred patrimony and make sure sacred objects do not become secular possessions.”
— Abbot & Council Father denouncing “noble simplicity” during Vatican II

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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!