Charlotte Eucharistic Congress
Have you ever been to a Eucharistic Congress? There are a few diocese that have one annually, Charlotte, NC being one of them. It is a wonderful way to re-enliven our devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Last week Lucy and I drove all the way down to Charlotte to participate in their Eucharistic Congress. I was a beautiful event. They were expecting about 10,000 to attend. I don’t know what their final count was, but the place was sure full!
We got in Friday, attended Mass at the nearby parish and went to set up our booth. That night the Cardinal Arinze spoke on the necessity of Sunday Mass. There was a young adult track, and all night adoration at St. Peter’s Parish. Saturday began with the Eucharistic Procession through the streets in downtown Charlotte. They were kind enough to include us in the procession. The procession ended in the main hall at the convention center where we had a Holy Hour with Benediction. The afternoon there were many talks in different tracks, people could go and visit all the booths, go to Confession or Adoration. It ended with Holy Mass.
We didn’t get a chance to hear many of the talks because it was rather busy at the booth, but we did get the chance to meet a few people, some who were from the Peoria diocese. We also met some Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration who are trying to establish a monastery there.
It was beautiful to see the Church, in all its diversity, gathered to give public witness to the presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
P.S. The Patron Saint of Eucharistic Congresses is also a patron of our community, St. Pascal Baylon, a good Franciscan Friar.