There is an air of excitement and celebration this week as the Eucharistic Congress unfolds. Right now we are in the fifth day of the Congress and by the time you read this enewsletter the Eucharistic Congress 2012 will be history. Yet the memories and the experience of being part of it will live on.
In fact some people are still talking about the last Eucharist Congress in 1932 and some who attended that Congress have also been present at this one in June 2012! The programme for the Eucharistic Congress was attractive and inviting and it catered for all age groups. Those attending had the opportunity to participate in whatever interested them. They could choose when and where they wanted to celebrate and what they wanted to do. Events, activities and prayers were celebrated all over the country as well as in the RDS. The week brought with it much excitement, involvement and celebration and it was a memorable occasion for all who took part in it.
The Youth and the Children’s Congress was a great social occasion for all involved.
The Youth Space featured a rich mix of interactive catechesis, workshops, drama, dance and music, and was open to all adults between 17 and 25 years old. Events were held all over Dublin and indeed all over the country too with the main events taking place in the RDS.
Groups of children with their schools and individual children with their parents were welcomed to the RDS (Simmonscourt Extension Hall eight) for a programme of prayer and praise, with songs and actions, stories, quiet- time and prayer, some of it was led by children themselves. There was also a mass suitable for the active participation of children, in singing, prayers and drama. This programme was intended specifically for children aged 7-12 year old (First Communion – Confirmation).
Now the Eucharistic Congress has come and gone but we treasure the memories of it. Like the people from the Congress of 1932 we too can look back and recall the events, the occasions, the celebrations of 2012 Eucharistic Congress and REMEMBER…
“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”
L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl