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About the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) to be celebrated in Dublin from 10th until 17th June 2012 

1   What is the 50th International Eucharistic Congress?
2   When will IEC2012 take place?
3   How many people are expected to attend IEC2012?
4   Where will the Congress take place?
5   What is the theme of the Congress?
6   What will the programme for the Congress consist of?
7   Who organises IEC2012?
8   Will Pope Benedict XVI come to Ireland for the Congress?
9   Who are the speakers at the Congress?
10  Who are the patron saints of the Congress? 
11  What is the official hymn for the Congress?
12  What is the official prayer for the Congress and what inspired the prayer?
13   Does the Congress have a logo?
14  What is the Congress theological reflection?
15   How much will it cost to organise the Congress?
16   From where is the funding coming? 
17   What is the musical repertoire for the Congress?


What is an International Eucharistic Congress?

1   What is an International Eucharistic Congress?
2   Who can convoke a Eucharistic Congress?
3   What are the objectives of the Eucharistic Congress?
4   Is there some literature which can usefully be read and studied in advance of a       Eucharistic Congress?
5   What are the essential features that constitute the celebration of a Eucharistic Congress?
6    How long does a Eucharistic Congress last?
7    Is there a follow-up to the Congress?
8    How did the Eucharistic Congress begin and when?
9   Was an International Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin in the past?
10  Where was the Eucharistic Congress held in recent years?


Booking to attend the Congress

1    Who can come to the Congress?
2    If I am Irish, do I need to book to attend the Congress?
3    If I am a priest, do I need to register to attend the Congress?
4    If I am working in the media, do I need to register to attend the Congress?
5    How can I book a ticket to attend the Congress?
6    Is there a fee to attend the Congress? 
7    Will there be any special prices for pensioners and students?
8    Do I have to be part of a parish group to participate in the Congress? 
9    How many people constitute a “Group” booking and what other requirements must a group meet?
10  How do I register a group and book group accommodation?
11   If a priest wants to go as part of a group, how does he register, with the clergy registration and in the group registration as well?
12   Is there a booking deadline?
13   How do I book accommodation?
14   Are there any tour options that I can book?
15  Are flights included in the booking packages?
16  Is accommodation included in the booking package?
17  Are lunch and dinner included in the booking package?
18  I want to go but I cannot pay the fees, can I participate all the same?
19  I have paid the booking but I will not be able to go, will I get a refund?
20  I do not have access to a computer, is there any other way that I can book to attend the Congress?
21   Are the online booking forms securely protected?
22   The online booking form is not working for me. / I have more questions about the registration process.
23   When will I receive my tickets for the Congress?


The Opening Ceremony in the RDS and the Statio Orbis in Croke Park

1   I would only like to attend the Opening Ceremony in the RDS. Is this possible?
2   Can I attend the Statio Orbis in Croke Park only?
3   What will the Opening Ceremony consist of?
4   What will the Statio Orbis consist of?
5    What time to the gates open for the Opening Ceremony? How long with the Opening Ceremony last?
6   What time do the gates open for the Statio Orbis? How long will the Statio Orbis last?


The venues for the Congress

Royal Dublin Society (RDS) is the venue for the Opening Ceremony on 10th June and events taking place from 10th until 16th June 2012.

1   How do I get to the RDS?
2   Will there be anywhere to park during the week of the Congress?
3   Do young children require an admission ticket to gain entry to the RDS?
4   Will I be able to acquire an admission ticket during the week of the Congress itself?


Croke Park is the venue for the Statio Orbis of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress on 17th June 2012.

1   What is the capacity of Croke Park
2   How do I get to Croke Park?
3   Is there anywhere to park?
4   Do young children require an admission ticket to gain entry to the stadium for the Statio Orbis?
5   Will I be able to acquire an admission ticket on 17th June for the Statio Orbis?
6   Is Croke Park stadium accessible to all?
7   When will I receive my ticket for the Statio Orbis? 

 

Pastoral Preparation Programme for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress

1   What is the Pastoral Preparation Programme and where can I find it?
2   How do I participate in the Pastoral Preparation Programme?
3   Has the Congress prepared any theological material to prepare for the Congress? 
4   What is the Eucharistic Congress Bell?
5   How can I participate in the pilgrimage of the Eucharistic Congress Bell?
6   Where is the Eucharistic Congress Bell now?
7   Can I be a Bell carrier?
8   What are the icons that accompany the Bell?

 

Getting involved in IEC2012

1   How can I get involved in the Congress?
2   I am a member of a choir/music group/art group/other cultural and arts group, can I perform during IEC2012?
3   How can I get involved in the Eucharistic Congress Bell’s pilgrimage around the country?
4   I would like to donate to IEC2012? How do I donate?
5   How can I help spread the word about IEC2012?
6   How do I get promotional material for the Congress?
7   How do I get fundraising material for the Congress?
8   How can I get a copy of the IEC2012 logo?
9   Can I include the IEC2012 web button on my website?


Volunteering for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress

1    What age must I be?
2    Can I volunteer now?
3    How many days do I need to volunteer?
4    What is the typical volunteer shift?
5    Is training provided?
6    If I register as a volunteer, can I participate in Congress events?
7    Will IEC2012 pay my transport and accommodation costs?
8    Is there a fee to register as a volunteer?
9    How do I apply to be a volunteer?
10   Can I be assured of my preferred role?
11   What happens after I fill in the volunteer registration form?
12   Is there a volunteer uniform?
13   Who do I contact for more information or to change the information in my file?
14   Will I get paid to be a Congress volunteer?
15   Is there a deadline to register as a volunteer?
16   I am not a resident in Ireland but I'd like to volunteer. Can I volunteer?
17   I have a disability. Can I volunteer alongside my support worker/personal assistant?
18   The online volunteer registration form is not working for me. Is there a printed form I can use?
19    I live in Dublin and would like to host participants in my home. What do I do?
20    Can I register a group of people who want to volunteer together?


Travelling to Ireland and visiting Ireland

1    What are the visa requirements for oversea visitors to the Congress?
2    How do I organise my travel arrangements to Ireland?
3    What will the weather be like?
4    What are the emergency numbers in Ireland?
5    Where can I get more information on visiting Ireland?
6    What language is spoken in Ireland?
7    What currency is used in Ireland?
8    I would like to visit Northern Ireland after the Congress. Does my Irish visa allow me         to travel to Northern Ireland?


Other questions about the 50th International Eucharistic Congress

1   Why are Christians from other traditions are taking part in the 50th International Eucharistic Congress?
2   How is the Congress addressing the issue of Social Justice?
3   How is the Congress addressing the issue of reconciliation?
4   How is the Congress addressing the difficult economic climate Irish people are facing?

Questions about the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) to be celebrated in Dublin from 10th until 17th June 2012

  1   What is the 50th International Eucharistic Congress?

Frequently asked questions about IEC2012

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 will take place in Dublin from June 10th to 17th 2012, under the theme The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another, and expects 20,000 pilgrims to participate each day and over 80,000 on the last day. It is an international gathering of people which aims to:

- Promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church;
- help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy;
- draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist.

These aims are achieved through a programme of pastoral preparation in the years leading up to the Congress and the actual week of the Congress that consists of a programme of Prayer, Eucharist, workshops, discussion groups, catechesis and testimonies, cultural events, a youth space, tours, exhibitions, a Eucharistic Procession, a massive closing ceremony in Croke Park and more.  Read more information


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 2   When will IEC2012 take place?

The Congress will take place from 10th until 17th June 2012. In advance of the Congress, from 6th until 9th June there will be a Theology Symposium at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.


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3  How many people are expected to attend IEC2012?

We are expecting 20,000 people to participate each day in the events that will be taking place in the Royal Dublin Society –RDS- (the main venue of the Congress). On 17th June we are expecting over 80,000 people at the Statio Orbis, or final Mass, that will take place in Ireland’s largest stadium, Croke Park. We are expecting up to 2,000 volunteers to help us during the week of the Congress.

Book to come to the Congress

Register as a volunteer for the Congress.


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4  Where will the Congress take place?

- Sunday 10th June 2012 until Saturday 16th June 2012: Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Dublin, Ireland.

- Sunday 17th June 2012: Croke Park Stadium, Dublin, Ireland.

Read more information about the Congress venues.


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5   What is the theme of the Congress?

The theme for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, taken from the documents of the Second Vatican Council, is: The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another. Communion is a relationship of mutual love and self-giving, rooted in our relationship with Jesus Christ who gave himself for us. Read more about the theme of the Congress.


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6  What will the Congress programme consist of?

The central focus for each day will be the celebration of the Eucharist and a keynote address given by a visiting bishop or “catechist”. There will be testimonies given by lay people from around the world who have a story of faith to tell. These “keynote” events will take place in the RDS Arena.

Workshops in various languages, as well as theatrical and musical performances, will be on throughout the week. The Congress venue will also include a prayer space, a youth space and an exhibition space. A more detailed programme of Congress events is available on our website.

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7  Who organises IEC2012?

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress is being organised by a committee established by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, as bishop of the host diocese. The planning of the various elements of the Congress includes women and men, clergy, religious and lay, from all over Ireland. For the purposes of preparing the operational aspect of the Congress and ensuring appropriate public accountability, a limited company was set up, (trading as IEC 2012), and registered in Ireland in 2010. Read more about IEC2012.


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8   Will the Pope come to Ireland for the Congress?

Pope Benedict XVI has been invited by the Irish Bishops to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. We would certainly be delighted if he was able to join us in Dublin, but a decision on this has yet to be confirmed. The Pope always sends a Papal Legate to personally represent him at an International Eucharistic Congress, either for the entire Congress or for those parts of the Congress when he himself is not present.


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9  Who are the speakers of the Congress?

We have over 100 interesting and inspiring speakers, both Irish and international, lay, religious and clerical. Read more about the Congress speakers


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10  Who are the patron saints of the Congress?

The Three patron saints for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress are:

- Saint Columbanus, Missionary and Monastic Founder
- Blessed Margaret Ball, Martyr for the Eucharist
- Saint Mary MacKillop, Foundress and Witness for Justice

Read more about the patrons saints of the Congress.


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11  What is the official hymn for the Congress?

Though We are Many, by Dublin composer of Church music, Bernard Sexton, was selected as the official Congress Hymn, following a competition in which many of Ireland’s best known religious music composers took part. Though we are Many is based on the words of St Paul, who reminded the people of Corinth that: “Because the bread is one, we though many, are one body, all of us who partake of the one bread." (1 Cor. 10:17). Read more and listen to the Congress Hymn.


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12  What is the official prayer for the Congress and what inspired it inspired?

Read about the Congress Prayer and download the Congress Prayer


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13  Does the Congress have a logo?

Yes, the Logo, entitled People in Communion, was designed by Martin Barlow from Portadown, County Armagh. Read more about the Congress Logo


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14  What is the Congress theological reflection?

In March 2009, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archdiocese of Dublin, established the Theological Commission, made up of experts in the fields of biblical studies, liturgy, theology, anthropology, pastoral theology and ecumenism, and entrusted them with the task of developing a theological reflection which would provide the basis for an appropriate spiritual renewal and which would underpin the pastoral and liturgical preparation for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. Following extensive consultation, the Congress theological document was published in October 2010. This document has been translated to various languages and is available online


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15  How much will it cost to organise the Congress?

Like any major event there are significant costs to cover for the Congress - things such as venue hire, insurances, and all the practical things related to the safety and well being of the participants. The Congress is much more than a week-long event, however. We are engaged in a process of pastoral preparation which involves a significant investment of resources in helping people to renew their faith in and understanding of the Eucharist and its social implications. This is part of the normal on-going mission of the Church but the Congress provides an additional focus for us to do that.

The Eucharistic Congress in Quebec cost just under €10 million. We are confident that the Congress in Dublin will be bigger because of the size of the Irish diaspora and the strong missionary links to so many countries. We are also operating in a higher cost economy. It is our assessment that the Congress in 2012 will cost approximately 12 million Euro, taking into account the event itself and two year pastoral preparation programme.

It is worth mentioning the substantial benefit of an event like this to the economy with even the minimum daily spend of such a large number of people. Added to this there are the jobs which have been created because of the Congress. In the final analysis, the value of the Congress will be measured by the extent to which people are challenged and helped to renew their faith and their Christian commitment, for the good of society as well as for their own personal good.

Read more and donate online.


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16   From where is the funding coming?

Previous Congresses have been funded by a variety of measures including private contributions, sponsorship, fundraising, and delegate fees. We will be following a similar approach and, given that this is a major international event, fundraising will take place both in Ireland and internationally. The Congress, though hosted in Dublin, is a pastoral initiative of the whole Irish Church. The people of Ireland have already responded very generously to three national collections held on the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Other sources of funding include Catholic trusts and individual donors, both in Ireland and overseas. Approximately a quarter of the costs will come through operational income from pilgrim registration, exhibition, and sales of Congress promotional products.

Donate to the Congress.


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17   What is the musical repertoire for the Congress?

The liturgical music has been selected for each day of the Congress. Information about the musical repertoire is available on our web page about music

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What is an International Eucharistic Congress?

1  What is an International Eucharistic Congress?

An International Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of people to celebrate the Eucharist and to reflect on themes associated with the Eucharist and with Christian living. It has been described as a World Youth Day for people of all ages. Congresses take place every four years and the location of the Congress is designated by the Pope, usually in response to some pastoral need that has been identified in the place that has been chosen.

The local Church (or diocese), assisted by the whole Church of the host country, welcomes the universal Church for a celebration of faith which has the Eucharist as its principal focus.

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2  Who can convoke a Eucharistic Congress?

Not all Eucharistic Congresses are international. In many countries there is a tradition of having national or even local diocesan Eucharistic Congresses. There was a National Eucharistic Congress in Ireland in 2011 as part of the preparation for the 2012 International Congress

The Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses encourages, among other objectives, the celebration of national, diocesan, inter-diocesan and parish Eucharistic Congresses, which can possibly have an ecumenical and inter-religious dimension.

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3  What are the objectives of the Eucharistic Congress?

The objective of a Eucharist Congress is to increasing understanding and participation in the Eucharistic Mystery in all its aspects:

• to support a deeper understanding of and a richer celebration of the Mass
• to extend the worship of the Blessed Sacrament beyond the Mass itself
• to help people to reflect on the social implications of the Eucharist so that the influence of our celebration and our adoration permeates the whole of personal and social living.


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4   Is there literature which can usefully be read and studied in advance of a Eucharistic Congress?

Among the literature which can very usefully be read and studied are the documents of the Magisterium such as:

• The Instruction De cultu mysterii eucaristici (1967);
• the Roman Ritual De comunione et de cultu eucaristico extra missam (1973) nn. 110 - 111;
• the Encyclical Letter of Pope John Paul II Ecclesia de Eucaristia (2003);
• the Post-Synodal Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis (2007), of Pope Benedict XVI .

Each Congress also has its own theological reflection which will be of particular help in engaging with the theme chosen for that particular Congress.

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5   What are the essential features that constitute the celebration of a Eucharistic Congress?

The Roman Ritual points out in no. 112 that the centre of every Eucharistic Congress is the celebration of the Eucharist, the source and summit of the whole Christian life. The celebration of the word of God and various workshops and talks can contribute to examining the various aspects of the Eucharistic Mystery – aspects that are suggested by the theme of the Congress. The possibility of praying in common and of adoring the Blessed Sacrament in designated churches contributes to interiorizing these themes. Finally, Eucharistic processions can help to express a public and ritual dimension to the faith in the Eucharist, which is celebrated, reflected upon and re-affirmed during the Congress.

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6  How long does a Eucharistic Congress last?

Depending on the pastoral needs to be fulfilled, the resources available and the circumstances, a Eucharistic Congress can take place for a day or last for many days. When resources are limited, many dioceses can unite in a common celebration to employ their resources in the most effective manner.

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7   Is there a  follow-up to the Congress?

Just as it is essential to prepare well for a Congress, it is equally important that there is a follow up at local level through the work of the permanent delegates and their committees, to ensure that the Congress actually bears the desired fruit in the life of the Church.

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8  How did the Eucharistic Congress begin and when?

The idea of the Eucharistic Congress (originally called Eucharistic pilgrimages) came from the insight and commitment of Miss Émilie-Marie Tamisier (1834-1910). The work of International Eucharistic Congresses began in France in 1881 as a fruit of the Eucharistic apostolate of Saint Peter-Julian Eymard.

In the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council, the Eucharistic Congresses, in addition to promoting a deeper understanding of and participation in the celebration of the Eucharist (the Mass), sought to focus attention on the essential link between the Eucharist and the service of those who are poor and oppressed. The Synod of Bishops (2005) expressed this responsibility as follows: Before the Lord of history and the future of the world, the suffering of the poor, the ever more numerous victims of injustice and all the forgotten people of the earth, cannot be alien to the celebration of the Eucharistic mystery, which commits baptised persons to work for justice and the transformation of the world in an active and conscious way. Read more the history of Eucharistic Congresses


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9  Was an International Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin in the past?

Dublin last hosted the International Eucharistic Congress in 1932 and contributed significantly to the beginning of a healing process following the extremely divisive Irish civil war. Read more about the Congress in 1932.

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10  Where was the Eucharistic Congress held in the last years?

The most recent Congresses were held in Quebec in 2008 and Guadaljara, Mexico in 2004. Read a complete list of countries

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Booking to attend the Congress

 

1  Who can come to the Congress?

Any person of good will is invited to attend the Congress.

- People from all ages: IEC2012 is open to people of all ages. However, we do ask that those under 16 are accompanied by a guardian throughout the weeklong events. Young people are especially welcome to join us in the Congress and a dedicated space for youth will be available with a special programme for young people in tandem with the general programme of the Congress. There will be plenty of interesting events, talks, celebrations for adults and the elderly; as well as sitting spaces and facilities for people with disabilities.

- Families: Families are invited to attend the Congress.Tuesday 12th June will be a day especially dedicated to marriage and the family. The theme of that day is “Exploring and Celebrating the Communion of Marriage and Family”. To facilitate participation, there is a specially reduced registration fee for families.

- Children: A special programme for children is being organised. Read more about the children's programme

- Lay, clergy and religious: IEC2012 is an event for the whole of the Church, so lay people are invited to participate, as well as the clergy and religious. People will be able to book as individuals or as part of a group, whatever they may prefer.

- People from all creeds: People from other creeds or churches are welcome to join us. Monday 11th June 2012 is a day which focuses on the theme of “Communion in our Common Baptism.” There is a particularly ecumenical thrust to this day, with speakers and liturgical ceremonies organised in conjunction with other churches. The celebration on 11th June will be an ecumenical Liturgy of the Word and Water, of which the main celebrant will be the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson. Read more about the theme and celebration for Monday 11th June. Read more information about the theme and celebration for 11th June. 

- People from every country: The Congress is an international event and part of its richness comes from gathering in communion with people from all over the world. All are invited to participate in the Congress and the main (or plenary events) will be translated in four languages: English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Book now to attend the Congress.


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2  If I am Irish, do I need to book to attend the Congress?

Yes, Irish citizens and international pilgrims need to register for the Congress. This is primarily for health and safety reasons, because we are required to know at any time, how many people are on the campus. It will also help us to plan the facilities that are required for pilgrims, including facilities for the disabled. Book now to attend the Congress. 

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3   If I am a priest, do I need to register to attend the Congress?

Yes, bishops, priests and deacons, like everyone else need to register to attend the Congress. Members of the clergy will need to be accredited in order to exercise any sacred ministry at the Congress. If you are a member of the clergy, you will also be required to upload a photo, so that you can be issued with a pass which allows the level of access you will require. Full information will be emailed to you once you have registered in the appropriate category. Read more about registration for the Congress.

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4   If I am working in the media, do I need to register to attend the Congress?

Members of the media who wish to cover the Congress and have access tour daily media briefings will require media accreditation. The media accreditation process will open on 28th February 2012. You will need to register to attend the Congress. You will be required to upload a photograph.

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5  How do I book a ticket to attend the Congress?

Booking to attend IEC2012 is easy. On or before 9th May 2012, you will need to fill in your details through an online booking form. You can book as an individual or as part of a group. If you are member of the clergy or media, you will have a separate form to complete. After 9th May 2012 all bookings will be on site.

We prefer online registration because each paper form that is returned to us involves staff time to input the information and increases to costs of the Congress. However if you are unable for some reason to book online, please contact us for a paper form.

There is a booking contribution for participation in the Congress: (see below for further information). You can select the type of payment you wish to use through the website.

Booking is available in 7 languages: English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.

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6  Is there a fee to attend the Congress?

Yes, there is a contribution for attendance at the Congress. However, we have kept the contribution as low as possible with an awareness of the challenging economic situation here in Ireland and the desire to facilitate participation by pilgrims from low wage economies overseas.

The contribution requested varies depending on the number of days involved. This contribution is not a “payment for Mass”. It goes towards covering costs such as venue hire, audio-visual equipment, electricity, printing and the salaries of the staff who have been working full-time on this project for almost two years. While we do have to cover certain legitimate expenses for those who are providing our keynote addresses, workshops, and cultural events, all of these people are providing their time and their talents as a gift to the Congress.

Read more about Congress fees .


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7  Will there be any special prices for pensioners and students?

Yes, there is concession ticket available for single day tickets to attend the Congress from the 10th to the 16th June at the RDS.

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8  Do I have to be part of a parish group to participate in the Congress?

People can register as individuals or as part of a group. If you wish to register with your parish group, please contact your parish secretary so that you can register together. If, on the contrary, you wish to register as an individual, there is no problem and you can do so directy on our website.

Book now as an individual pilgrim

Book now as a group of pilgrims

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9  How many people constitute a “group” booking and what other requirements must a group meet?

A group is considered seven people or more. To book as a group, all group members must have the same booking type, and if booking for three days, they must choose the same three days. All group members must also choose the same admission to the Statio Orbis.

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10  How do I register a group and book accommodation for it?

Any groups wishing to secure accommodation or register together as a group can complete the group registration form that is available on the Congress website and send it to by email: groups@cssl.ie
You can also contact our booking and accommodation office, CSSL, for more information and accommodation:

T: +353-1-2981122

General Enquiries: registration@cssl.ie

Group Enquiries: groups@cssl.ie

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11 If a priest wants to go as part of a group, how does he register, with the clergy registration and in the group registration as well?

All clergy who wish to attend the Congress need to register with the specific clergy registration.
If you want to be part of group as well, you will need to inform the booking and accommodations office at the time of registering the group. If you wish to join a group already registered, you simply include the group code in your registration at the time of booking.

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12  Is there a booking deadline?

Early booking ended in November 2011. Standard or normal booking is available on or before 9th May 2012. After that date, all bookings will be onsite (in the RDS). Book now for the Congress.  

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13   How can I book accommodation?

A number of accommodation options have been held at preferential rates in properties throughout Dublin for pilgrims attending IEC2012. There is a full range of hotel options, self catering and university/campus accommodation, with something to suit all budgets. Accommodation can be booked through the Congress booking form. You can book your accommodation at the same time of registration or after that, as you will be given a registration number through the Access login on our website:


Book accommodation through the Congress booking form.

Book accommodation after you have booked to attend the Congress


If you wish to enquire about any accommodation options in advance, please contact our booking and accommodation office, CSSL, for more information:

T: +353-1-2981122

General enquiries: registration@cssl.ie

Group enquiries: groups@cssl.ie


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14   I'd like to visit places in Ireland. Are there tour options that I can book?

Yes, there are tours available. Read more about tours in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland.

You can also contact our booking and accommodation office, CSSL, for more information and accommodation: T: +353-1-2981122

General enquiries: registration@cssl.ie

Group enquiries: groups@cssl.ie


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15   Are flights included in the booking packages?

No, flights are not included in the Congress booking package.

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16  Is accommodation included in the booking package?

Accommodation is not included in your booking package. However, you can book accommodation at the time of booking to attend the Congress.

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17  Are lunch and dinner included in the booking package?

No. Having consulted our national delegates, we decided that it would be preferable to keep the booking cost low, as many pilgrims would wish to make their own arrangements. There are many options available at a variety of catering outlets throughout the RDS and you will be able to pre-purchase lunch vouchers or pay cash on the day.

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18   I want to go but I cannot pay the fees, can I participate all the same?

If you want to come but you are not able to afford the costs of attending the Congress, please contact your national delegate to see if there are any funds available in your country for these circumstances. The 50th International Eucharistic Congress has very limited funds available for this purpose and will only be able to deal with requests received from national delegates.

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19  I have paid the booking fee but I will not be able to go, will I get a refund?

If you paid by credit card and require a refund, read our terms and conditions for paying by credit card
If you paid by bank transfer or Euro cheque drawn on an Irish bank, read our terms and conditions for paying by bank transfer or Eurocheque drawn on an Irish bank. 

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20  I do not have access to a computer, is there any other way that I can book to attend the Congress?

Before 9th May, you will be able to telephone our booking and accommodation office and book by telephone. Please note you must have an email address to book. If you do not have an email address, perhaps a friend or family member can allow you to use theirs. We need an email address where we can send your booking confirmation. We cannot send your booking confirmation by post. We will also email you details where you can collect your pilgrim pack and badge for the Congress. The IEC2012 office also has computers and limited availability to register pilgrims. After 9th May, all bookings will be onsite.

Booking and accommodation office, CSSL:

T: +353-1-2981122

General Enquiries: registration@cssl.ie
Group Enquiries: groups@cssl.ie

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21   Are the online booking forms securely protected?

Yes the online booking forms are securely protected and accessed through a secure connection.

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23    When will I receive my tickets for the Congress?

Tickets for the Congress Week will not be posted to you before your arrival at the RDS in June. Ticket collection will be available at Simmonscourt area in the RDS. All pilgrims who pre book tickets will receive an email with information about dates and times for ticket collection.

Ticket collection for prebooked pilgrims will be quick to facilitate the collection of the Pilgrim Pack for three and seven day bookings. The pack will contain the programme for the Congress week and the Liturgy for the week, among other things. Therefore it is not possible to post this information to pilgrims in advance of their arrival.

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22  The online booking form is not working for me. / I have more questions about the registration process.

If you are having difficulties or further queries, please contact our booking and accommodation office, CSSL, for more information:

T: +353 1  2981122

General enquiries: registration@cssl.ie
Group enquiries: groups@cssl.ie

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The Opening Ceremony in the RDS and the Statio Orbis in Croke Park.

 

1  I would only like to attend the Opening Ceremony in the RDS is this possible?

Attendance at the Opening Ceremony is available to all who register for seven days, for the first three days (10th-12th June) of for only one day (10th June).

Book now for the Congress, please click here www.iec2012.ie/registration


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2  Can I attend the Statio Orbis in Croke Park only?

Pilgrims who book for three consecutive days or more will automatically have an opportunity to gain admission to the Statio Orbis in Croke Park at time of booking. There is an additional contribution of €10 at the time of booking.

IEC2012 has made an allocation of places for the Statio Orbis to each diocese in Ireland, in proportion to the population of the diocese. There is a limited number of these tickets, in the same there would be for a match or a concert in Croke Park. If you wish to attend only the Statio Orbis on 17th June and not the rest of the Congress, you will require one of these places. Read more about Statio Orbis.

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3   What will the Opening Ceremony consist of?

The Opening Liturgy of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress will take place on the feast of Corpus Christi, Sunday 10th June in the Arena at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS). The Mass will be celebrated by the Papal Legate, with pilgrims gathering from all over Ireland and overseas. In advance of the Mass, there will be a colourful celebration of gathering which will welcome pilgrims from all over the world to an amazing week-long festival of faith and culture.

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4   What will the Statio Orbis consist of?

The Statio Orbis is the Liturgy on the final day of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, which will be celebrated by the Papal Legate. It is a time to pause (Statio) to reflect on what it means to celebrate, receive and live the Eucharist. Thousands will gather together in celebration and song; bringing their deepening faith and understanding into their everyday life. The idea of the Statio Orbis is that, wherever the Pope or his Legate are present, the whole Church is in some way present also and not just those who are physically in the stadium.

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5   What time do the gates open for the Opening Ceremony? How long will the Opening Ceremony last?

The event will begin in the early afternoon. Exact times have yet to be confirmed. Information will be published on the web page about the Congress programme on or before 29th February. The entire event will be approximaterly three hours long.

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6  What time do the gates open for the Statio Orbis in Croke Park? How long will the Statio Orbis last?

The event will be in the afternoon and will end by approximately 5.30pm. Exact times have yet to be confirmed. Information will be published on the web page about the Congress programme on or before 29th February. The entire event will be approximately three hours long.

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The venues for the Congress

Royal Dublin Society (RDS) is the venue for the Opening Ceremony and the Congress events taking place from 10th until 16th June 2012


1  How do I get to the RDS?

Please read the web page about venues and getting to the RDS. 


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2  Will there be anywhere to park during the week of the Congress?

Our traffic management plan is being worked out in consultation with the Garda Siochána and Dublin City Council, who have significant expertise in this matter. We advise you to use public transport as there will not be parking at either venue (RDS or Croke Park) during the week of the Congress. Information on alternative parking places will be publsihed on the web page about the venues.  We understand that Irish Rail is making special arrangements for each day of the Congress.

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3  Do young children require an admission ticket to the RDS?

Yes. Health and safety regulations require that everyone entering the RDS during the week of the Congress has some form of admission ticket. As indicated, concessions are available for family groups, for pensioners and for students. Check the booking section of this FAQ for more details on discounts for children and other pilgrims.

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4  Will I be able to acquire an admission ticket during the week of the Congress itself?

We expect that all our tickets will be booked before the Congress week. If there are tickets available they will need to be booked onsite at the RDS. We strongly recommend booking your tickets before 9th May through our website to avoid disappointment.

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Croke Park is the venue for the Statio Orbis on 17th June.

1  What is the capacity of Croke Park?

The capacity of the stadium is approximately 82,000 people.

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2   How do I get to Croke Park?

Please read the web page about venues and getting to Croke Park.  


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3   Is there anywhere to park?

Our traffic management plan is being worked out in consultation with the Garda Siochána and Dublin City Council, who have significant expertise in this matter. We advise you use public transport as there will not be parking at either venue (RDS or Croke Park) during the week of the Congress. Information will be published on the web page about venues closer to date. We understand that Irish Rail is making special arrangements for each day of the Congress.

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4   Do young children require an admission ticket to gain entry to the stadium for the Statio Orbis?

Yes. Health and safety regulations require that everyone entering Croke Park for the Statio Orbis has an admission ticket. All seating will be allocated by ticket.

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5   Will I be able to acquire an admission ticket on 17th June to the Statio Orbis?

No.

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6  Is Croke Park stadium accessible to all?

When booking your tickets, either as part of a three day or seven day booking or through your parish, please complete all fields on the form so that we can be aware of any special needs that you may have (i.e. wheelchair). Seats will be allocated to pilgrims in accordance with the information we receive.

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7    When will I receive my ticket for the Statio Orbis?

Tickets for the Statio Orbis fall into two categories.

i. Tickets obtained as part of a three day or sevenday registration: These tickets will be included with the rest of your booking documentation, when you collect it on arrival at the Congress registration centre.
ii. Tickets allocated through the network of dioceses in Ireland: These tickets will be sent to parishes approximately four weeks before the Congress. Each person who has been allocated a ticket will receive it in a personally addressed envelope from their parish.

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Pastoral Preparation Programme for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress

1  What is the Pastoral Preparation Programme and where can I find it?

We consider the Congress to be, not just a week long event, but rather a pilgrim journey. Diocesan and parish communities all over Ireland have been participating in this interior journey of spiritual and pastoral preparation for the Congress.

The programme of preparation has been devised in four stages and invites people to explore:

- Stage 1: The meaning of Christian assembly (the fact that we gather as a community rather than a collection of individuals)
- Stage 2: The role of the Scriptures in forming us into “one body in Christ”
- Stage 3: The meaning of the Eucharist as Sacrifice and Sacrament
- Stage 4: The relationship between our Christian assembly, in which we are nourished by the Word and the Eucharist, and the mission which is entrusted to us as Christians living in the world

Read more about the Pastoral Programme of Preparation and the resources for the four stages.

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2  How do I participate in the Pastoral Preparation Programme?

There are many options to suit individuals or groups. You may prefer to prepare as a family, or with your parish group, or with a group of parishes, or with you school. Whatever the way, you may download the pastoral preparation programme and adapt the materials and resources to your own needs. A CD Rom including all the elements of the pastoral programme has been sent to every parish in Ireland. A limited numbers of CDs are available directly from the Congress office.

If you are from country other than Ireland, a delegate may have been assigned by the Bishops' Conference in your country to support preparation for the Congress in your country. Read the list of national delegates

As part of the preparations in Ireland, a delegate was assigned to every diocese in Ireland to help each diocese prepare for the Congress at a local level. Read the list of diocesan delegates in Ireland

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3  Has the Congress prepared any theological material to prepare for the Congress? 

In March 2009, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (Archdiocese of Dublin) established the Theological Commission, made up of experts in the fields of biblical studies, liturgy, theology, anthropology, pastoral theology and ecumenism, and entrusted them with the task of developing a document incorporating pastoral and theological reflections which would provide the basis for an appropriate spiritual renewal. Following extensive consultation, the Congress theological document was published in October 2010. This document is also available in Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese and German

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4  What is the Eucharistic Congress Bell?

The Congress Bell is like our version of the Olympic Torch. The bell represents the invitation to the Eucharist and to the Congress. It is a call to faith, to prayer, to conversion and the vocation to service and to mission. The Bell is being brought from place to place around Ireland by teams of volunteers. It is a focal point for gathering and for prayer, in cathedrals, parish churches and places of pilgrimage. Accompanying the Bell are four Icons which correspond to the four stages of the Pastoral Preparation Programme. We hope the Icons will stimulate catechesis as they accompany the Eucharistic Congress Bell from diocese to diocese. Read more about the Bell and the pilgrimage.

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5  How can I participate in the pilgrimage of the Eucharistic Congress Bell?

Stage One of the pilgrimage was completed at the end of January. Stage Two, which visits places around the country which did not receive the Bell the first time, has now begun. If you would like to participate of the Eucharistic Congress Bell pilgrimage, in one of the liturgies or as a volunteer carrier, please contact your diocesan delegate. The delegates are organising the Bell’s pilgrimage locally. Read the list of diocesan delegates in Ireland

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6 Where is the Eucharistic Congress Bell now?

If you would like to see the full itinerary of the Eucharistic Congress Bell Pilgrimage throughout all of the dioceses in Ireland, visit our web page about events.

For details on the Eucharist Congress route in each diocese, select the diocese you are interested in. 

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7   Can I be a Bell carrier?

If you are interested in becoming a Bell carrier while the Bell is in your diocese, please contact the diocesan delegate for your diocese. 

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8  What are the icons that accompany the Bell?

A key feature of the journey to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress is a Pastoral Programme exploring the meaning of the Eucharist in our lives. This is facilitated through reflection on the four Eucharistic Congress Icons. Each icon corresponds to one element of the Eucharistic liturgy on which we are inviting people to focus in the pastoral preparation; namely Gathering (Assembly), the Word, the “Breaking of Bread” (Sacrifice and Sacrament) and Mission (what we are sent out to do – glorifying God by our lives). Together they invite us to look again at what we are assembled to do and sent out to be through our participation in the Mass.

Read more about the icons

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Get Involved in IEC2012

1  How can I get involved in the Congress?

a  Come to the International Eucharistic Congress.

b  Volunteer for the Congress.

c   Pray for the fruits of the International Eucharistic Congress.

d  Prepare spiritually for the Congress with the Pastoral Preparation Programme

e  Reflect on the theme of the Congress with the theological and pastoral reflections for the Congress.

f    Learn and sing our Congress Hymn.

g   Join the events being organised in your local parish/diocese: www.iec2012.ie/whatson

h   Donate.

i    Be part of the Programme

j   Keep informed about what is going on.

k  Join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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2   I am a member of a choir/music group/art group/other cultural and arts group, can I perform during IEC2012?

Yes. We want everyone to sing. The focus is not on soloists but on congregational signing, which will be supported by choirs from all over the country. Information is available on the music for each day of the Congress. A choir wishing to participate must book as a group for the Congress for the particular date or dates you wish to attend and specify that you wish to participate in the choir (you should do this as part of your booking).  Groups of pilgrims can book online for the Congress. When you have booked as a group, please write to us by email and we will pass the information to the musical director. Read our page about music which has more information for choirs wishing to participate.

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3   How can I get involved in the Eucharistic Congress Bell’s pilgrimage around the country?

If you would like to get involved in the Eucharistic Congress Bell pilgrimage, please contact the diocesan delegate in your diocese. 

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4   I would like to donate to IEC2012? How can I donate?

Thank you for your interest in donating to the Congress. We need everyone's so that the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 can be a success. Any donation that you are willing to give us, small or big, is gratefully received. You can donate online through our website, donate by bank transfer, by cheque or money order. Read more information about how to donate

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5   How can I help spread the word about IEC2012?

You can help us by letting your family and friends know about the Congress and spreading the word in your own parish. You can contact the parish priest or diocesan delegate in your diocese and ask them how you can get involved. You can also join us a volunteer and help us in promotional activities we have around the country.  As training is required, the volunteer programme will only be open for new applications until 17th March. You can download some of our available promotional material including posters and postcards. 

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6   How do I get promotional material for the Congress?

You can get promotional material through the Congress online shop  where you will be able to find candles, prayer cards, flyers, banners, posters, pins, among other promotional materials. Payment is by credit card and the materials can be delivered by post or collected from our offices in the RDS or the Irish Bishops' Conference offices in Maynooth. Congress posters are available to download. 

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7   How do I get fundraising material for the Congress?

If you would like to organise any fundraising events please contact Anne Griffin, General Manager for the Congress, and she will be able to assist you. Telephone: 01 234 9900 or send an email: info@iec2012.ie

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8  How can I get a copy of the IEC2012 logo?

IEC2012 Limited owns the copyright of the IEC2012 logo. Permission is required to use the logo in print or design. If you would like to use the Congress logo to promote the Congress please contact us by email: marketing@iec2012.ie  Let us know your contact details, where you are planning to use the logo and we will assist you. Please note that the logo is available in different languages. Read more information about the IEC2012 logo.

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9  Can I include the IEC2012 web button on my website?

We have designed an IEC2012 web button to be used in other  websites that want to link to our site. Please submit your application by email to marketing@iec2012.ie, together with your contact details, the website address of the page that you are planning to include our logo in and we will get back to you.

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Travelling to Ireland and visiting Ireland


1  What are the visa requirements for oversea visitors to the Congress? 

Read our page about visa requirements for Ireland

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2   How do I organise my travel arrangements to Ireland?

Dublin is linked to the rest of Ireland by road, fast efficient bus and train services and six internal flight destinations. Read more about travelling to Ireland. There are a number of tours available to book to see more of Ireland. CSSL, our registration and accommodation partner, will also be able to assist you with tours. Contact CSSL by email registration@cssl.ie or groups@cssl.ie

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3   What will the weather be like?

Irish weather is changeable. June is one of our warmer months. The average temperature can be 15 degrees. Evenings can be cool. We recommend light rain jackets for the day and something warm in the evening. Read more weather information.

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4   What are the emergency numbers in Ireland?

The emergency number for Police (Garda), Accident, Emergency & Fire Department is 999. The recognised international number 112 is also operational in Ireland.

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5  Where can I get more information on visiting Ireland?

If you are interested in accessing more information on visiting Ireland, we would recommend that you go into Tourism Ireland’s website

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6  What language is spoken in Ireland?

Ireland has two national languages: English and Irish. Most people in the country speak English and there are only some places in the Island where people speak Irish as their first language. Those people will also be able to speak English. The main events of the Congress will be translated to English, French, Italian, Spanish, as well as signed for those with difficulties in hearing.

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7  What currency is used in Ireland?

The currency in the Republic of Ireland is Euro. Northern Ireland uses Pounds Sterling.

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8   I would like to visit Northern Ireland after the Congress. Does my Irish visa allow me to travel to Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland is in the United Kingdom which is a different jurisdiction to the Republic of Ireland. If you arrive in Ireland and want to travel to Northern Ireland, you’ll require a UK visa, unless you are a citizen of a country whose citizens are exempt from visas when visiting the UK. We advise pilgrims travelling to Northern Ireland to bring their passports and visa permits with them.

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Volunteering for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress

1   What age must I be?

Most of our roles require volunteers to be at least 18 years old on 1 January 2012. However, we do want young people to get involved too! Volunteers aged 16-17 are welcome and must be supervised by a responsible adult (child to adult ratio of at least 10:1).

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2   Can I volunteer now?

Yes! We are keen to involve volunteers in the planning stages of the Congress. We are looking for people with various skills and talents to help us to put together the various aspects of the Congress.

You can help us now in the following areas:

• administration,
• data entry,
• graphic design,
• language translation (spoken & written),
• media,
• music,
• pastoral preparation,
• photography,
• website development.

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3   How many days do I need to volunteer?

Volunteers must be available between Wednesday 6th June until Tuesday 19th June for at least five days. The duration of the Congress is 10th until 17th June 2012. You must be willing to volunteer for a minimum of five days.

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4   What is the typical volunteer shift?

Shifts will typically last up to eight hours with breaks and a free meal.

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5   Is training provided?

Volunteers must attend training sessions to prepare them to perform their duties as a volunteer for IEC2012. Volunteers will need to attend at least three training sessions prior to the Congress, induction training, job specific training and venue training. Induction training sessions will typically be held in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) while venue specific training will take place in either the RDS or Croke Park.

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6   If I register as a volunteer, can I participate in Congress events?

Volunteers will not be able to attend Congress activities when working. The booking fee is required to gain admission to Congress activities on the days the volunteer is not working.

For the closing ceremonies, any volunteers not scheduled to work at that time will be able to attend the ceremonies in the section set aside for registered pilgrims. If the Pope is present, it is expected that all volunteers will be required on 17th June 2012.

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7   Will IEC2012 pay my transport and accommodation costs?

We are unable to provide accommodation for volunteers and will not be in a position to reimburse travel costs to events or training.

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8  Is there a fee to register as a volunteer?

No, volunteer registration is free.

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9  How do I apply to be a volunteer?

You apply to be a Congress volunteer by completing an online application form. The application process consists of three parts which must all be completed in order for your application to be accepted. Applications will not be completed until all of the 3 steps above are completed and received by the Volunteer Services Department.

• Fill in the on-line application form.
• Provide a passport sized photo (uploaded at the end of your application on-line, the photo should be in jpeg file format (*.jpg). Photos can also be posted to our offices.
• Complete the Garda Vetting form  and return it signed by post to our offices. A link to the Garda vetting form will be given to you at the end of your on-line application. Read more about the Grada Vetting process.

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10   Can I be assured of my preferred role?

On the application form you have indicated the team ('functional area') that you would like to volunteer in. We will do our best to facilitate you but we can't guarantee you'll get your preferences.

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11   What happens after I fill out the volunteer registration form?

Once your form has been registered in our system, you have uploaded a photo of yourself and your Garda Vetting form has been processed, we will contact you to confirm your application is processed. You will also be advised of upcoming training sessions.

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12   Is there a volunteer uniform?

All volunteers will receive a t-shirt, a rain coat and a “bum bag” as part of their uniform. This uniform must be worn at all times when rostered to work. A few days before 10th June 2012, you will receive your uniform, your official accreditation badge and any other equipment required for your job. You will also receive your volunteer duties and work schedule.

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13   Who do I contact for more information or to change the information in my file?

The Volunteer Services Department is available to help you at any time.
You can contact us by telephone: (01) 234 9919 or by email: volunteeradmin@iec2012.ie

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14   Will I get paid to be a Congress volunteer?

No. You will receive your meals on the days you volunteer, and you’ll get to keep your uniform as a souvenir.

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15   Is there a deadline to register as a volunteer?

Yes, the deadline to register as a volunteer is 17th March 2012. We would urge you not to delay and register with us today.

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16   I am not a resident in Ireland but I'd like to volunteer. Can I volunteer?

No. While you can be any nationality to volunteer, you must be resident on the island of Ireland. This is to facilitate induction and operational training. We do require competent translator volunteers. If, in addition to your own native language (Spanish, French, German, Polish, Italian, Irish or any other language) you are fluent in English and would be willing to help us to translate documents and website content, you are welcome to do so. In this case, please email volunteer@iec2012.ie and we would be delighted to hear from you.

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17   I am a person with a disability. Can I volunteer alongside my support worker/personal assistant?

We are committed to ensuring that everybody has equal access at the IEC2012 Congress. This means that if you require a reasonable adjustment to carry out your Congress Volunteer role as a result of your disability, we will make every attempt to provide this.

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18   The online volunteer registration form is not working for me. Is there a printed form I can use?

We would ask you to do your best to fill in the form online. If that is not possible email or contact us by telephhone 01 234 9900 and we will send you a printed form.

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19   I live in Dublin and would like to host pilgrims in my home. What do I do?

We are currently developing our home stay programme. If you are interested in hosting pilgrims in your home please fill in the online form available here and send it to us. Then we will contact you. Thank you. 

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20    Can I register a group of people that want to volunteer together?

Groups of volunteers are very welcome; however each person in the group must register with us individually and complete a Garda vetting form.

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Other questions about the 50th International Eucharistic Congress

1    Why are Christians from other traditions taking part in the 50th International Eucharistic Congress?

One of the more significant features of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, is the dedication of one day, June 11th 2012, to celebrating and reflecting on the relationship of Communion into which Christians are drawn through Baptism. The Second Vatican Council specifically recognised this Communion which makes us one body, even though we do not have the fullness of Eucharistic Communion.

One of the biggest challenges for Christians of all traditions in today’s society is to bear common witness to our faith in Jesus. This is not about denying the differences of faith and worship which still remain to be resolved. Concrete expressions of the communion which we already have as Christians, challenge us to work towards the fullness of unity which is the will of Christ.

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2   How is the Congress addressing the issue of Social Justice?

Social Justice issues are being addressed both in our preparatory programme and in the programme of keynote addresses and workshops which are being prepared for the Congress. You will find some of those which have already been confirmed on our website.

Our Justice and Development Committee of the Congress has just completed a programme for parishes to review how inclusive they are and to explore how they can become more so. 

Obviously the Congress itself cannot resolve all the issues facing Irish society. It is the hearts of people and the structures of society that have to change. It is, however, central to the pastoral plan of the Congress that it would challenge attitudes and provoke reflection on these questions

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3   How is the Congress addressing the issue of reconciliation?

One day of the Congress focuses particularly on the theme of reconciliation. Just like the theme of the Congress itself, this will be reconciliation in our communion with Christ and in our communion with one another. Alongside the penitential liturgy, celebrated by Cardinal Turkson, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the keynote addresses and many of the workshops on that day will explore the various dimensions of the challenge of reconciliation in our society, relating especially to:

• sectarian and intercommunity violence
• economic exploitation
• the abuse of children

As with other themes, the focus is not just for the Congress itself, but also for the life of Church and society which continues after the Congress

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4   How is the Congress addressing the difficult economic climate Irish people are facing?

In the first place, the Congress identifies very closely with the difficult economic climate which Irish people are facing. Like most people, we have worked hard to keep our costs down and to make sure that we spend wisely the money that is available to us. We have, like most organisations and families, reduced our budget and have done without what we could not afford.

While the Congress is making a significant contribution to the economy, we have specifically not sought the kind of public funding which would normally be made available for a large international event such as this. We are aware that there are other projects such as healthcare and education which require that funding more urgently.

The Congress has a solidarity programme to facilitate the participation of those who would not be otherwise in a position to come to the Congress for economic reasons.

In terms of the Congress Programme itself, we have a number of workshops which invite people to reflect on economic justice from the perspective of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching.

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