On 22 June 2008, at the final Mass of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec, Pope Benedict XVI announced that Dublin would host the 2012 Eucharistic Congress from 10-17 June 2012.
Pope Benedict XVI has given his formal approval to the theme proposed by Archbishop Martin for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress:
The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another.
Since Pope Benedict XVI announced that the 50th International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Dublin in June 2012, people have been asking “what exactly is a Eucharistic Congress and what is its purpose?”
A Eucharistic Congress is an international gathering of people which aims to:
- promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church
- help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy
- draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist.
These aims are achieved through a programme of liturgical and cultural events, lectures and workshops over a number of days every four years. The most recent Congress was held in Quebec in 2008 and was a source of renewal for the many thousands to took part.
While the hosting of such an International event will cost a considerable amount of money the main justification for this expense will be the opportunity it provides to nourish the faith of the people. A National Finance Committee has been
established to provide the kind of external financial control which is appropriate to an event of this magnitude. This committee is chaired by Bishop John Fleming. The Irish Episcopal Conference has decided that the second annual appeal for the Congress should take place this year on the weekend of Corpus Christi, i.e. Sunday 6th June.
While acknowledging that these are difficult times for people, in response to last year’s appeal the people of Ireland responded most generously, given the circumstances of the times and the conference organisers are confident that on the understanding of what will be achieved, the response will be generous once again and take the opportunity to thank people in anticipation of their support.
A national Eucharistic committee has been appointed, with one delegate from each diocese, in order to ensure that there is an opportunity for people in every parish in Ireland to be involved both in the pastoral preparation and in the events of the Congress.
Fr. Thomas O’Byrne is the diocesan delegate for Kildare & Leighlin. If you would like further information on the congress or would like to be involved and/or attend, please feel free to contact him.
Fr. Thomas O’Byrne,
Emo, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Tel: (057) 8646517
fax: (057) 8643004
e-Congress is the on-line magazine of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress.
Issue 1 (May 2010) is now available here – e-Congress May 2010
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