"Come and See" Congress 14-16 October
The Diocesan Eucharistic Congress will take place in Navan on 14-16 October. The gathering is entitled "Come and See". A bus is available to bring Mullingar parishioners to the event (for details, contact the Parish Office 044 9348338).
"Come and See" will feature 25 guest speakers from the world of spirituality, sport and music. Their personal testimony will focus on the place of the Eucharist in their lives and how the celebration of the Mass can nourish the lives of our communities.
Input will be provided by many well known people, including Nuala O'Loan and Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte, Frances Hogan (EWTN) and singer Frances Black. Frances founded The Rise Foundation that supports families affected by addictions. Philip McKinley, a Methodist based at Milltown Park, Dublin, will bring an ecumenical dimension to the event. The Meath Eucharistic Congress will have a strong youth dimension, with presentations by the international Net Ministries, who conduct youth retreats in schools and parishes, as well as Ger Brennan, All-Ireland winning Dublin footballer.
"This gathering will, I hope, help our parishioners to reflect on their faith." Bishop Smith sees great value in coming together, "hearing the testimonial witness of people who live their faith each day in different circumstances, inspiring us by their example and courage".
The Bishop appreciates that the decision to invite Ireland to host the International Eucharistic Congress next June was somewhat unexpected with some people wondering if this was the opportune time. "However I believe that the time is always right; there is never a better time to reflect on our faith and give witness to others than now. ‘Come and See' is precisely that - an invitation to all our parishioners to come and see how our faith in Jesus Christ can refresh our own lives and renew our communities".Photo:
Earlier this week, Dublin Footballer Ger Brennan, who is a Congress volunteer, had a team talk with fellow volunteers on the side-line at Croke Park, the venue for the concluding Mass of the Congress next June.