Our Eucharistic Journey
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Our Eucharistic JourneySlide2
What is the Eucharistic Congress?
The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool 7-9 September. A Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of Catholics to witness to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and to adore together His supreme act of love.Slide3
Congresses around the world
International Congresses are held on average every four yearsSlide4
The only international Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908 when the Government refused permission for a public procession of the Blessed Sacrament.Slide5
The Year of Faith and the Year of Mercy were called for by the Holy Father; Congresses are organised by a Permanent Congress Committee.Slide6
The Adoremus Congress is organised by the Bishops of England & Wales.Slide7
Supported by Pope Francis
Pope Francis is encouraging everyone to go to Adoration regularly:“Moreover, I want to encourage everyone to visit – if possible, every day – especially amid life’s difficulties, the Blessed Sacrament of the infinite love of Christ and His mercy, preserved in our churches, and often abandoned, to speak filially with Him, to listen to Him in silence, and to peacefully entrust yourself to Him.”
Photo from Fr Mark Vickers,
St Philip’s Howard SchoolSlide8
To rejuvenate Eucharistic Adoration in Parishes To encourage greater love for the mystery of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar To engender a deeper understanding of the place of the Eucharist in the life of the Church To provide practical resources for Eucharistic Adoration for parishes and schools To better form Extraordinary Ministers To better equip parish catechists and schools To confirm parish ministry around the centrality of the Eucharist
Image from Good Shepherd Primary School, HammersmithSlide9
The emerging themes are: EucharistAdorationScriptureCatechesisEcclesiologyFormationMusic Mission.
Artwork by Elizabeth WangSlide10
On the first day there will be a Theological Symposium with talks and workshops. The second day will see keynote talks by the well-known American Bishop Robert Barron and then Cardinal Nichols leading 10,000 Catholics in loving adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. On the final day there will be pilgrimage Masses and an outdoor Blessed Sacrament procession.Slide11
Every parish in the country has been invited to send delegates. Those attending will include: Parish catechistsRE teachersHospital and prison chaplainsSeminary communities Extraordinary Ministers.
Photo from diocesan course on Creativity 2018Slide12
Around the country talks, meetings and prayerful reflections are being offered in preparation for the Congress.In schools it is hoped that pupils and staff will engage in activities and formation to deepen their understanding of Eucharistic Adoration.The Cardinal has asked for a public act of worship of the Eucharist around the time of Corpus Christi (the Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ) on 3 June. He also wishes that every school learns the hymn ‘Sweet Sacrament Divine’ which has its roots in the Diocese.
Photo from St Vincent de Paul Primary School, WestminsterSlide13
The intention of the Congress is that there will be a Legacy in our parishes, schools and families.Cardinal Vincent Nichols is encouraging us to ‘rejuvenate Eucharistic adoration in our parishes as the source of strength for our lives and for our mission, that of making present the love and compassion of Jesus in our society.’
Photo from diocesan course on Creativity 2018Slide14
Our Eucharistic Journey
This is an Education Service initiative to support all primary and secondary schools in preparing for and building a legacy based on this Congress.
Photo from St Mary’s Primary School, ElthamSlide15
Support parishes, priests and parents in organising Eucharist-based events
This will work most effectively if we work together and communicate well. There are various suggestions as to how the schools can support parents and the parish with Eucharist-based events. Some examples of these are shown in the Launch Pack.
Although we can develop our understanding of Adoration and Benediction, it is important to remember that the Eucharist is a gift for each of us – it is ‘the source and summit’ of Catholic life.Slide16
Nourish and strengthen pupils’ understanding of Christ’s presence in the Sacrament through faith formation
This can be done through:Celebrating Acts of Worship including MassDiscrete teachingAssembliesDisplays and artworkSacramental PreparationLinking to RE lessons and other curriculum areasVarious support materials using the Launch Pack
Image from Good Shepherd Primary School, HammersmithSlide17
Engage in various acts of worship and meaningful activities during the liturgical and school year to make it memorable and meaningful and so create a legacy
There are various suggested activities for the year in the Launch Pack which links to artwork on a separate Eucharistic Art PP.A Blessed Sacrament Booklet can support pupils from KS1-3 with the Divine Praises (home/school/parish)
There is also a variety of examples in the Launch Pack including:Secondary lesson plan(s) for AdorationCorpus Christi Procession (Primary/FHC children) 24 Hour Devotion Primary Lesson Plan(s) for Adoration 40 Hour Devotion Secondary Lunchtime Adoration Primary Adoration and Benediction
Photo from Fr Mark Vickers, St Philip’s Howard SchoolSlide18
Develop teacher, pupil, parent appreciation of the Eucharist with an understanding of how this can affect the lives of believers
This can be done by:Organising staff training (see Launch Pack for ideas)Linking with the local clergy and PP for supportLooking at saints whose lives have been influenced by the Eucharist including St John VianneyRegularly communicating with parents and providing opportunities for further support, inspiration and shared events
Photo from St Vincent de Paul Primary School, WestminsterSlide19
Where can I get help/support?
Parish ClergyRE Advisers Launch PackArt PPBlessed Sacrament BookSlackRCDOW WebsiteBishop's Conference Website
Photo from Westminster Choir School