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A National Eucharistic Congress in Knock

Wednesday June 08, 2011

Details have been finalised for the National Eucharistic Congress in Ireland which takes place in Knock on Saturday the 25 June.


Thousands of people from parishes all over the country will travel to Knock to take part in a number of special events, workshops, celebrations and prayer – including the Knock Youth Festival, which is running at the same time as the National Congress.  


The National Congress in Knock will be a key opportunity for parishes and dioceses around Ireland to come together. Central to the National Congress will be the celebration of the Eucharist during which 26 candles will be blessed, one for each of the Cathedrals in Ireland. The candles will be brought back to each diocese and will be alight the next day to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi nationwide.


Father Kevin Doran, Secretary General of the International Eucharistic Congress organising committee, said that he is looking forward to the Congress in Knock and the delegates meeting this week has brought great momentum to preparations. He said they were particularly pleased with the response to the National Congress. 
 
Father Doran said “The celebration in Knock is a chance to focus on the local community and the pastoral preparation in Ireland for the International Congress next year. The Congress is not just a once-off week of events in 2012 – but a journey of renewal for all of us. This is an opportunity to remind ourselves that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and to do something together - in communion - as one body.”


For more information on the National Eucharistic Congress and to register for workshops, please click here.

Download resources from the National Eucharistic Congress in Knock, The Art of Living Eucharistically and The Eucharist Makes the Church.



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