In preparation for the 2025 Jubilee Year 'Pilgrims of Hope', 2024 has been designated a Year of Prayer by Pope Francis. It starts this Advent.

There is a particular focus on the Our Father, and this presents us with a great opportunity to go back to the basics of prayer.

On Evangelii Gaudium Sunday this year (17 Sept 2023) parishes were encouraged to start considering how they can mark the Year of Prayer and help parishioners grow through a renewed life of prayer.

If the Gospel is a message of Joy, then it is one we should be eager to share with others, and this can be done especially by inviting people to a deeper, prayerful encounter with Jesus Christ this year.

On Evangelii Gaudium Sunday the Diocesan Office for Mission encouraged every Catholic to reflect on their life of prayer: what they pray, how they pray, and why they pray. This is for two reasons:

To encourage people to go deeper in their commitment to pray, and in their love of God;
To think about how they might accompany someone else to pray during the coming Year of Prayer.