My dear Brothers and Sisters in the Risen Lord,
As the Year of Faith comes to a close on the Feast of Christ the King, November 24, 2013, I would like to thank you for visiting this website and, hopefully, deepening your faith and the faith of others through the resources the Diocese of Metuchen has provided.
For me, the Year of Faith is not so much a series of events but, rather, a beginning of living out in a more intentional way, our relationship with Jesus Christ and inviting others to know Him. During this year, we have heard about reaching out to our marginalized brothers and sisters in the faith: those who have been hurt by the Church, those who have lost a living sense of faith, those who no longer consider themselves members of the Church, and those who live far removed from Christ and His Gospel.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI told us that the Year of Faith was to provide us with a unique opportunity for "an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6), and into a deeper, healthier, more committed relationship with Him. He stressed, too, that a dedication to the New Evangelization is needed "to rediscover the joy of believing and the enthusiasm for communicating the faith" (Porta Fidei 7).
It is my belief that, as the official Year of Faith ends, the work of the New Evangelization has just begun and so, too, our initiative to turn our hearts to Christ every day of our lives. To help support you, we are moving the documents, resources and practical ideas on this Year of Faith website to our diocesan website www.diometuchen.org, under the topic of “Faith and New Evangelization Resources” found on the bottom of our homepage. We encourage you to access these resources for your parishes and personal use.
May God bless you and keep you in His care as you “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt. 28:19).
Sincerely in the Risen Lord,
+ Paul Gregory Bootkoski, D.D.
Bishop of Metuchen
"I sense the moment has come to commit all of the Church's energies to a New Evangelization."
Blessed John Paul II