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Bishop encourages Catholics of Shrewsbury Diocese to prepare for the ‘great and historic’ National Eucharistic Congress


Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury is encouraging Catholics to take advantage of the “great and historic” National Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage that is coming to Liverpool later this year.

“This is an event of such significance that I hope many of us will be able to travel to Liverpool and everyone will be able to share in this moment of grace for our nation,” Bishop Davies says in a pastoral letter read at Masses throughout the Diocese of Shrewsbury over the weekend.

“The Eucharistic Congress calls us together in the unity of faith and in a renewed recognition of the place of the Holy Eucharist at the heart of the whole life and mission of the Church,” he says in the letter.

The Congress, the bishop adds, “will be a unique moment to renew our Eucharistic faith together” and especially in the 2018 diocesan Year of the Eucharist.

In his letter, Bishop Davies suggests to the Catholics of the Diocese of Shrewsbury several different ways in which they can be part of “this moment of grace, this special moment in our history”.

“We can all accept the invitation to be part of Eucharistic Adoration both in our own parishes, especially on the Solemnity of Christ’s Most Holy Body and Blood, Sunday 3rd June, and on Sunday 25th June at 3.00 pm at Saint Anthony’s, Wythenshawe, together with those preparing to attend the Congress,” he writes.

“On Saturday 8th September, we can take part in the great event itself in Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

“It will include one of the great, contemporary communicators of the faith, Bishop Robert Barron, who will speak on the Holy Eucharist; and this national gathering will end with Cardinal Vincent Nichols and all the Bishops of England and Wales leading an hour of Eucharistic Adoration.”

“On Sunday 9th September, ticket holders will be able to attend a celebration of Mass in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral at 9.30 am or 11.30 am,” continues Bishop Davies in his pastoral letter.

Tickets for the event can now be obtained through the parishes of the Diocese and tickets for the Sunday Masses will be available online in June.

“The outdoor Eucharistic Procession, which will be one kilometre in length, is open to everyone and will set out from the Catholic Cathedral at 1pm,” Bishop Davies writes.

“The whole Pilgrimage and Congress will end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 2.45pm.”

Shrewsbury diocesan preparations for the Eucharistic Congress includes workshops and presentations.

Among them is a visit from Fr Oliver Treanor who will lead a special reflection on the Holy Eucharist as the centre of Christian life at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Cheshire on June 9 and at Shrewsbury Cathedral on June 10.

On Friday September 7 there will be workshops in Liverpool of special interest to teachers, catechists and musicians.

All the details can be found in the leaflets being distributed throughout parishes and on the Diocesan website.

Please click on this link to read and download a

Eucharistic Congress Leaflet and booking form.