Gathering in Liverpool
The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic
Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool next year.
Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy,religious and laity
which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the
life and mission of the Church. The last International Eucharistic
Congress in England was held in 1908.
On Friday 7th September, there will be a Theological Symposium, with
workshops for parish catechists, (especially for those involved in
First Holy Communion programs), RE teachers, Hospital and Prison
Chaplains, Seminary Communities and Extraordinary Ministers. The day
runs from 10.00am to 6.00pm.Numbers for this are limited so places need
to be booked when the booking process opens.
The morning will feature three Keynote addresses:
The Scriptural Context - given by Canon Mervyn Tower
The Eucharist in the life of the Church - given by Canon David Oakley
Teaching the Eucharist - given by Sr Margaret Atkins OSA
afternoon will be a series of presentaions, allowing the delegates to
choose three talks out of a set of nine to attend. The Diocese has been
allocated places for 124 delegates.
On Saturday 8th September, in the ACC Liverpool Echo Areana, there will be a six hour stage led event
with two key note addresses, various presentations with music, drama,
prayer and adoration. This day will be open to a general audience, and 10,000 people are
expected. Southwark has an initial allocation of 570 delegate places.
invited speaker for the event is Bishop Robert Barron. He is well
known as an author, theologian and evangelist, particularly
for his Word on Fire ministry. He has served as an auxiliary
bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since September 2015.
On Sunday 9th September the Congress Masses will be celebrated at
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession. The
numbers for the Cathedral will be limited so these also require booking.
There are seven themes now emerging for the Congress:
4. Ecclesiology – the Church
Congress Programme for the Gathering
Youth Congress Why are we having a Congress for youth?
- Youth leaders, chaplains, priests asked what provision there was for young people at the Eucharistic Congress?
will offer an age appropriate participation for young adults as has
been the custom at Eucharistic Congresses in other parts of the world.
this year of the Synod on “Youth, Faith and Vocation Discernment,” it
is a great opportunity the involve young people in the national
- It gives a unique opportunity for youth delegates to focus on Eucharistic catechesis and prayer.
Find out more from the organisers here
- The cost for the main Congress was prohibitive for many young people, schools and parish youth groups.
Anyone interested in attending please discuss with your parish clergy or
headteacher. Schools have difficulties as the Congress clashes with the
first week of term but if a teacher or RE leader is unable to be
released, a Foundation Governor could also be a very valuable delegate
assist in the Spirotual preparation of for the Pilgrimage and Congress
the Diocese has had Prayer Cards produced and distributed to Parishes.
It is hoped that this prayer will be used by many people during the months ahead.
Cards have also been produced for pupils in Catholic School in the Diocese.
Primary School Card:
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Secondary School Card:
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An Information evening was held at St Teresa’s Parish Centre, Morden, on Tuesday
7th November at 7.30 to 9.00pm. More details to follow.
The next preparation events:
- Saturday 12th May, 2018
Theme: The Resurrection Narratives – the beginning of the Church
10.30am – 3pm Our Lady Immaculate, Tolworth.
Facilitator: Fr Denis McBride CSsR. Click here for a poster
- Sunday 3rd June, 2018 Corpus Christi
Commissioning of all Delegates in England & Wales
Celebrate the Rite of Sending at a parish Mass in every parish. There should be a Mass in every parish. Please arrange this with your parish priest.
- Saturday 23rd June, 2018
Theme: Congress Music Day
10.30am – 3.00pm Amigo Hall, Southwark.
Facilitator: Canon Alan McLean.
- There are two
meetings planned specifically for delegates to prepare for the Congress. Please try and
come to ONE of them.
Tuesday 26th June. 7.30 – 9.00pm
Venue: Christ the
King Sixth Form College
Grove, Lewisham, London SE13 5GE.
Tuesday 3rd July, 7.30 – 9.00pm
Our Lady of Reparation, West Croydon.
70 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CRO 2AR .
Please also invite your priest or deacon to come with you to the preparation session – even if they are not travelling to Liverpool.
The Congress concerns us all.
Please let Coral Davis at the Centre for Catholic Formation know
which venue you plan to attend. We need to know numbers for the host venues.
- Saturday 30th June, 2018
Theme: Barriers & Obstacles to Eucharist.
10.00am – 12.30. St Joseph’s, Bromley.
Facilitator: Dr Helen Costigane.
- Saturday 3rd February 2018
Theme: The Apostolate of Adoration
11am Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec.
3pm The Hermitage, West Malling. Kent.
Facilitator: Mr Brendan Cleary.
- Friday 23rd March, 2018
Adoremus "River of Life" Gospel Concert
7pm to 9pm, St George's Cathedral, Southwark
Combined School Choirs of Southwark
Ticket on the Door - £8
Click here for mini poster.
Fr John Mulligan has prepared a document with all the above dates and some additional information. This can be downloaded by clicking HERE
Click here for The Archdiocese of Southwark's Aims and Guildlines
Click here for the handout
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