Young people’s ‘key role’ in Eucharistic Congress

The Priests, Eugene and Martin O'Hagan and David Delargy pictured with Fr Michael Canny and Fr Seamus Kelly at the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress. (1604SL72) Photo: Stephen Latimer
The Priests, Eugene and Martin O'Hagan and David Delargy pictured with Fr Michael Canny and Fr Seamus Kelly at the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress. (1604SL72) Photo: Stephen Latimer
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Young people from across the Derry Diocese played a key role in a weekend Eucharistic Congress in the city.

As part of preparations for the 2012 International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Dublin in June, the Diocese of Derry hosted a special Diocesan Congress at Thornhill College.

Over the course of the weekend, around 1,500 people from all over the Diocese attended the event.

Among them was Redemptorist Priest and scripture scholar, Fr. Denis McBride, who explored the “deeper meaning” of the Eucharist as found in the Gospels.

On Saturday, the main preacher was Cardinal Sean Brady who acknowledged “the tremendous work that lay people are doing in their various parishes at this time”.

On Sunday, for the Celebration of the Eucharist, hundreds of representatives from various lay groups gathered and were part of the procession at the beginning of Mass.

Monsignor Eamon Martin, Diocesan Administrator, emphasised that “much work needs to be done in the renewal of the faith” adding that the Eucharistic Congress presented a wonderful opportunity.

Many people from the diocese plan to travel to Dublin for the International Eucharistic Congress with the diocese organising a number of buses.