Update: The Year of Faith has begun! Visit The Catholic Gene celebrates church “Doors of Faith” for our wrap-up of forty churches whose stories are told within thirty different articles by our contributors. 

Do you have ancestors who worshipped in the Catholic faith? Would you like to share photos and/or stories about a Catholic church (or churches) that played a special role in your family members’ faith lives? If so, please join The Catholic Gene in a celebration of Annus Fidei: the Year of Faith 2012-2013.

Pope Benedict XVI has declared a special focus on faith beginning on October 11, 2012 (the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council) and ending on the Solemnity of Christ the King: November 24, 2013.  The Year of Faith is “intended to contribute to a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus and to the rediscovery of faith, so that the members of the Church will be credible and joy-filled witnesses to the Risen Lord, capable of leading those many people who are seeking it to the door of faith.”

“The ‘door of faith’ (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church.”- Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei for the Indiction of the Year of Faith

In honor of this new Year of Faith 2012-2013, the Catholic Gene is hosting a “Doors of Faith” celebration online. Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Share a photo and/or write a story on your blog about a Catholic church in which you and/or your ancestors worshipped that played a role in your family’s faith lives. (We’d love to see a photo of the “doors of faith” – the entrance doors of the church – but if a photo is not available, please at least share your story with us!)
  2. Send the link to your article to us by sending an email to CatholicGene@gmail.comDeadline: Friday, October 5, 2012. Extended to Sunday, October 7, 2012.
  3. Finally, celebrate the new Year of Faith with us on its opening day – October 11, 2012 – by seeing the photos and reading the stories of other families’ “Doors of Faith” that will be highlighted here at The Catholic Gene on that date.

Places of worship have played important roles within many of our lives and the lives of our ancestors. As this Year of Faith begins, we look forward to seeing the photos and reading the stories of the Catholic churches that have helped to spark the light of faith in the lives of your families over the centuries.

Please spread the word about “Doors of Faith” and feel free to use the image and logo above. See you there!

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