The 50th International Eucharistic Congress will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin from 10 – 17 June 2012. The Bishops of England and Wales have asked dioceses to mark this important event in the life of the Church, with periods of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration in their parishes on the weekends of 10/17 June 2012.
Whether you can head across the Irish Sea to attend the conference or not, the Bishops of England and Wales are encouraging Catholic parishes to take part in this very special Congress.
In a podcast on our Catholic News channel, Fr Julian Green, the National Delegate for the Congress, speaks about how Catholics in England and Wales can prayerfully support the Congress at home:
“Because a Congress isn’t a Conference – people don’t have to attend to be part of it. Because we are all joined together by the bonds of the Eucharist, wherever we maybe, we might be able to support the Eucharistic Congress from afar by those days of prayer.
“It can go further – there are plenty of ways in which we can get involved in understanding the Eucharist better; in revivifying our living of the Eucharist. The present opportunity that it is given to us by the new translation of the Roman Missal is one where we can really engage with the meaning of those words; the richness of the language that is given to us that is used to celebrate the Mass; to be able to pray the Mass better. These are some ways in which all of us can be influenced by the Eucharistic Congress for the good of our parish communities and our own living of the faith.”
The theme of the Eucharistic Congress is ‘The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with One Another’
cf. Lumen Gentium 7
It runs from 10 – 17 June 2012 and the Bishop responsible for heading the participation of the Church in England and Wales is Bishop David McGough, Auxiliary in Birmingham.