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Eucharistic Congress
Gathering in Liverpool 2018
The Bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in the Echo Arena, Liverpool, 7-9 September, 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 Congress themes:
1. Eucharist
2. Adoration
3. Scripture
4. Ecclesiology – the Church
5. Formation
6. Music
7. Mission

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.

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