The theme for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, The Eucharist Communion with Christ and with one another, challenges us to welcome those whom Christ welcomes.
As Christ's disciples in the twenty first century, we are challenged to welcome women and men, young and old, rich and poor, native born and foreign born and include them in the life of our parish communities and the local communities where we live.
In keeping with the theme, the 50th International Eucharist Congress includes a justice track. Communion and Inclusion: Towards an Inviting Church provides a framework within which members of a parish community can explore for themselves what they should do, to ensure that their parish is more inclusive. It is essentially a process of reflection and dialogue in a spirit of faith.
The structure of this Communion and Inclusion programme is relatively simple. It is envisaged that, having identified a team within the parish to facilitate the programme there would be:
- One meeting of the team;
- One gathering for the Eucharist, possibly at a Sunday liturgy, when the team is commissioned, or entrusted with the mission of facilitating the programme on behalf of the whole parish;
- Four meetings during which people will be invited to reflect on different elements related to the challenge of communion and inclusion.
In order that this is not a theoretical exercise and that it actually bears lasting fruit, there must be a process by which decisions are made (or recommendations to those who can make the decisions) regarding what can and should be done by the community to make it more inclusive.