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January 24:
An International Congress on
the Eucharist

January 24: From every corner of the planet, to the table
of Divine Sacrifice

January 25:
More than talks

January 26:
Sacred moments,
sacred spaces

January 27:
Gifts and mission

January 30:
And now…


While in Manila and before heading to Cebu, Father Castillo and Mark Hernbroth were hosted by the Barroso family; here with some of the family having lunch.

Rev. Alexander Q. Castillo

January 24, 2016
An International Congress
on the Eucharist

Almost one hundred faithful of the Diocese of Oakland have arrived or are about to arrive in Cebu City, The Philippines, to participate in the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. We will probably be the largest delegation outside the Philippines, and we have come here to join our Bishop, Michael C. Barber, SJ, who is the US Bishops’ delegate to the Congress.

Originated in France in 1881, the International Eucharistic Congresses provide an opportunity to promote and increase the devotion to the real presence of Our Lord in the mystery of the Eucharist, to catechize about this Sacrament, in which the Church finds its own identity and to strengthen the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The last Congress was held in Ireland, in 2012. We have been now gathered in South East Asia, and I look forward to share with you a little bit of what is happening here.

The main theme for the Congress is “Christ in you, our hope of glory” (Col 1:27), and as Pope Francis has underlined, from this experience with the Lord, we are to draw “renewed apostolic and missionary zeal.” I am sure we will all be very blessed by the fruits of this Congress.

As they say here: Maraming Salamat, po! (Thank you very much!)

Rev. Alexander Castillo
Special to The Catholic Voice

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