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News of the National Eucharistic Congress has started to trickle around the diocese and, as a diocese, we are invited to participate in this great gathering that is due to take place in Liverpool from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 September. Centred upon the theme of Adoremus this national gathering invites us to reflect upon the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives of faith and to reflect upon all that the Eucharist calls us to be as a people nourished, fed, formed and moulded by the Eucharist itself.

Each parish was asked to consider sending delegates to the Congress so that the diversity of our diocese could be truly represented. We’ve pledged to sponsor the Congress fee of £40 for the Saturday gathering to enable as many as can to take up this opportunity from our allotted allocation. Parishes have responded but we have a number of tickets available for the Saturday gathering. Bishop Robert Barron (Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles) is speaking at the Echo Arena and amidst the opportunities to listen to presentations and speakers, there’s also chance for stillness and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament.

Would you like to take part? A ticket can be yours (free of charge) and all you would have to do is get up to Liverpool… and your parish may well support your travel costs, too. If you would like a ticket, just contact Fr Christopher or Doreen at the Adult Education office (adult.education@cliftondiocese.com) and we’ll make sure your place is reserved…. But we need to be in a position to send in names of diocesan participants as soon after Easter as we can, so get your name in quick!

Our diocesan delegates will be invited to come together beforehand so that there is a clear sense of being sent up as ambassadors for the diocese and also a mind to what we need to ‘do’ by way of ensuring a certain legacy from Congress. That’s a case of watch this space until soon after Easter.

The Friday part of the Congress is so suited to our priests and deacons, our religious, our extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, our catechists, our teachers and our heads of RE, school chaplains and all those involved in the adoration ministry in so many parishes in Clifton.

The Sunday of the Congress is focused around the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist, of course, and that public act of witness with the outdoor Eucharistic procession.

You may want to go up to Liverpool for the three days… be great if you did. Get back to Fr Christopher if you want particularly to take part in the gathering of 10,000 on the Saturday. We’d love to have you represent Clifton and it would be good for Congress to have your presence.

You can search online for the Adoremus website http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage/Adoremus-Announcement

and you can find the timetable for the three-day Congress here Adoremus schedule