Nov 8, 2012 -- Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" began on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. . . (Vatican II) and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the new catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.
The Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion. The USCCB will implement new measures in order to make inroads to reach out to youth and want to make going to church feel like going to a good friend's home. One of the measures being considered is cutting down on the number of times people have to sit and stand during the mass. "We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from parishes where kneelers were removed. Let's face it, kneeling is uncomfortable", said a spokesperson. Some other ideas being considered by the bishops include the introduction of cell phone apps that enable the laity to do confession remotely, providing doritos flavored host, and allowing virtual mass attendance.
"New programs and new changes will be made so that people won't get bored", said a well placed insider. "We need to keep up with the times and stay relevant. The catholic church is a big tent, and we want to welcome all that come in and make sure they will want to stay. Vatican II opened up the doors, and we want to accept everyone!"
Official new evangelization programs and changes are expected to be released soon.