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 CASTILLO/SPECIAL TO THE CATHOLIC VOICE
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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