Eucharistic Congresses

For those who have ever been to a Eucharistic Congress:

What are some of the things that you thought were successful and made it a beautiful and holy event?

What are some of the things that you thought were unsuccessful and took away from the reverence and holiness of the event?

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3 Responses to Eucharistic Congresses

  1. Susan Rosko says:

    In Philadelphia, 1976, there was a parade with floats of family and medical people. I only remember that because I was a Medical people in it. The “family” was a classmate of mine, but I don’t remember what other groups were represented or if it was helpful. Also, for better or worse, we gained “Gift of Finest wheat” in our hymnals.

  2. Here in the Diocese of Charlotte we have held a Eucharistic Congress for the past 11 year. Our holy bishop, the Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis is thoroughly committed to the annual event and the blessings we receive from it. Several keys to its success:

    1. A Eucharistic procession through the streets of Charlotte kicks off the Congress each year. Upwards of 12-15,000 people publicly witness to Our Eucharistic Lord.
    2. Strong key note speakers each year, such as Cdl. Arinze.
    3. All day confession and adoration.
    4. Priests in cassocks and religious sisters in habits everywhere you turn! 🙂
    5. Closing Mass celebrated by His Excellency with many of our diocesan priests & deacons present. Only male altar servers and no lay ministers. Sacred music as well.
    6. Many wonderful vendors representing various ministries & Catholic retailers.

    Hope this helps Fr. Jerabek!

    Brian Williams/Liturgy Guy

  3. Analda Anglin says:

    I have seen these covered in Catholic media but don’t understand what they are. I think that I’m fairly literate in Catholic speak. I have no idea what “Eucharistic Congress” means or what happens at one.

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