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.
On Saturday 8th September, there will be a six hour stage led event
with two key note speakers, various presentations with music, drama,
prayer and adoration. This day is open to all and 10,000 people are
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
There are 22 dioceses participating and Southwark is invited to send
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.
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 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.
- Thursday 12th April, 2018
Theme: Scripture & Eucharist – Get a Life!
7.30 – 9.00pm, Parish Centre, Sacred Heart, Wimbledon.
Facilitator: Fr Nicholas King SJ
- 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.
- 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.
- Saturday 23rd June, 2018
Theme: Congress Music Day
10.30am – 3.00pm Amigo Hall, Southwark.
Facilitator: Canon Alan McLean.
- Saturday 30th June, 2018
Theme: Barriers & Obstacles to Eucharist.
10.00am – 12.30. St Joseph’s, Bromley.
Facilitator: Dr Helen Costigane.
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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