These 7 themes all linked to the centrality of the Eucharist, provide a very rich reservoir of material for reflection and discussion. They can be adapted by parishes so that the prime focus remains at parish community level. The impact of this Congress needs to be absorbed and consolidated in each of our parishes and schools because that is where it matters to every individual person.
To prepare ourselves for the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool this coming September, a range of relevant talks and workshops will be offered in the months leading up to the main event. All parishioners across the Diocese are very welcome to attend, especially those that have been asked by their priest to become involved in order to share the fruits of Adoremus with their parish.
Preparing for the Eucharistic Congress
At a recent meeting of the delegates from Southwark diocese, Fr John Mulligan gave us our “commission” to bring back information and inspiration from the gathering. Then at the Deanery Mass on 5th July, we received the blessing of the deanery clergy, and all of the congregation, to send us on our way! We have one official parish delegate, but we are fortunate to have three other people, also resident in the parish, who will be attending in different capacities. Following the congress, the delegates are to get together to “collect the verbal wisdom” of the group, to see how we can use the experience gained to enrich our celebration of the liturgy in our Parish.
We will also be submitting a report to the Diocesan Listening Team.
This team of experts will:
Receive the Congress Feedback
Analyse the material Theme the local priorities Name likely building blocks for future diocesan planning Consider National Priorities
The priorities will be arranged as: Pastoral, Practical, Spiritual, Possible, and Future
A preliminary report will be ready for November, when emerging Congress themes will be considered. This report will be used in forming the life of faith, at a national level, as well as in the diocese, deaneries and parishes.
Two events will take place in February 2018:
The Apostolate of Adoration
Brendan Cleary will talk on this subject in two locations onSaturday 3rd February 2018.
11 am: Centre for Catholic Formation, 21 Tooting Bec Road, London SW17
3 pm: St Thomas More Parish, More Park, West Malling ME19
At a time when meditation and mindfulness are popular concepts, how do we bring those thoughts towards embracing God’s call to Eucharistic Adoration, striving to be a people of prayer, discernment, vision and mission?
For further information visit: www.ccftootingbec.org.uk/events/2018/2/3/adoration-apostolate
A River of Life
Rebekah O'Keeffe will lead an art workshop focussing on Adoremus on Thursday 8 February at 6.30 pm at the Centre for Catholic Formation.
Water is a strong theme in the Diocese of Southwark, with the River Thames and sea forming both boundary and gateway. At this workshop Rebekah will present the idea of ‘A River of Life’, using the Thames as a motif for Southwark. During the workshop, those gathered will begin work on a collaborative image that will represent Southwark Diocese and all who worship here.
To book email:email@example.com
For further information:firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Belmont 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.
Loving God, help us to be open to the freshness of your Spirit.
Fill us with enthusiasm for the Good News.
Invite us into a deeper relationship with your Son, Jesus,
truly present in the Eucharist.
Make us more aware of where there is need for new life.
Help us to reach out to those who feel lost or abandoned,
those who are searching and questioning,
those who have walked away from you and those who are eager to know your love.