Monday, 11 June 2012

As International Eucharistic Congress Begins in Dublin

The International Eucharistic Congress begins in Dublin this week and as well as our own Bishop Kieran Conry attending parishes and individuals from Arundel & Brighton Diocese will also be there. Bishop Kieran will himself be presenting a session to young people as part of the programme. In fact if you would like to go it is still not too late to book a place hop on a plane or boat and go there for a day or two! You will find all the details on their website.

Even though most people will not be able to attend as it so closely links to the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi (The feast of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ) Catholics have had a real chance to focus and reflect on the Eucharist over the last weekend.

Polegate Procession of the Blessed Sacrament
Deacon John Truman from Polegate, for example, writes to say:
"On Sunday 10th June, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, the community at St.George’s, Polegate, celebrated with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament after the 8.45 Mass (see photo) and processed across the front of the Church, through the memorial garden and back into Church for Benediction. The Blessed Sacrament was accompanied by Lilli, who had received her first Holy Communion at the Mass, other children who were present and about 40 parishioners. This was the first time this had happened within living memory (50 years) and would have met with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI who recently praised the “lively tradition” of holding solemn processions with the Blessed Sacrament. We trust that this will be our tradition in future years."

Photograph by Margaret Gearing

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