Hundreds of people celebrated the opening of the worldwide Year of Faith and the Jubilee Year of the Archdiocese at a special Mass on Thursday, October 11, at St. Joseph's Basilica. During his homily, Archbishop Richard Smith noted that the was also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, which Blessed John Paul II described as "the great grace bestowed upon the Church in the 20th century." 

"Pope Benedict invites us all to mark the occasion by pondering anew the beauty and mystery of faith, whose meaning and breadth finds magnificent articulation in the Council documents," Archbishop Smith said.

"What is faith? What does it mean when we say  'I believe in God'? Certainly it is true that faith has a content, a body of doctrine, to be known, loved and appropriated. The faith that is to be understood and lived is given beautiful expression not only in the Council documents, but also in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and in the Creed that we profess on Sundays and solemnities. And, indeed, the Holy Father is asking us to study once more these great monuments to our Tradition. Yet faith is more than assent to doctrine, as necessary and beautiful as that is. Before all else, faith is our personal response to God who has loved us first. It is love responding to love. It is saying yes to God who has first said yes to us."

Read the full text of the Archbishop's Homily

The celebration continued with a reception at O'Leary Hall, where people got the the first look at "A Wonderful Transformation," a new historical exhibit produced for the Jubilee 100 Year. The exhibit will be on display at Edmonton City Hall from October 22 to November 16.

All are welcome to join Archbishop Smith and Mayor Stephen Mandel at the official launch of the display on Thursday, October 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. See you there!