National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress

‘I am the Bread of Life’

“Adoremus” – Liverpool 7th September – 9th September 2018

Gathering in Liverpool

The Catholic Church is planning to hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool in 2018.

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 Minsters. The program for the day will run from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Numbers for this are limited so places need to be booked as soon as possible. Delegates will need to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.  The cost per delegate is £40 per day (not including travel or accommodation) and it is envisaged that this would be an individual respective parish expense for anyone attending. The Sunday is free.

On Saturday 8th September, there will be a six hour stage led event with two key note speeches, various presentations with music, drama, prayer and adoration. The day is open to all and 10,000 people are expected. Bishop Robert Barron will be the keynote speaker.  The Diocesan Representatives will travel by coaches from different areas to participate in this day.  The coaches will leave at 06:00am from Archbishop’s House on Cathedral Road with a further collection point at Ross on Wye at 06:50am. The coaches will leave Liverpool at 18:00pm with drop off at Ross on Wye and Archbishop’s House. The cost per delegate is £55 (to include travel) and it is envisaged that this would be an individual respective parish expense.

On Sunday 9th September the Congress Masses will be celebrated at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor Eucharistic Procession. The numbers for the Cathedral will be limited so these also require booking.

There are seven themes now emerging for the Congress:

1 Eucharist
2 Adoration
3 Scripture
4 Ecclesiology – the Church
5 Formation
6 Music
7 Mission

There are 22 dioceses participating and the Archdiocese of Cardiff is invited to send 250 delegates to the Saturday and 50 delegates to the Friday.

Please can anyone wishing to attend please firstly speak to their parish priest or head teacher and then contact Christian Mahoney on 07764515864 or email to book. Please can this be done within the next two weeks as the bookings process is now at a critical stage.

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