A Journey of Preparation The Event of the Congress can only be properly understood as a significant moment in a pilgrimage which has already begun and which will continue long after the Congress itself is over.
Communion - Theme and Context The Universal Church • 2012 will be the 50th Anniversary of the Inauguration of the Second Vatican Council • The Eucharist : Communion with Christ and with one another • Origins in Lumen Gentium, 7
IrelandThe Social and Ecclesiological Context • Celebrating Communion – Ireland and the World • Mission “Ad Gentes” • Justice & Development • Peace-keeping • Much has been done, but much remains to be done • To heal the hurt caused by years of violence in Northern Ireland • To develop a fruitful communion between Christians of different denominations, following centuries of suspicion • There is a Particular challenge to Communion following • the betrayal of trust in relation to the abuse of children • an economic crisis brought about by a preoccupation with profit and power • On-going challenges: • To restore to active communion those who no longer gather with us for the Eucharist • To improve the quality of participation in the Eucharistic assembly
The Pilgrimage of the Bell A Symbol for the Congress • A Call to Pilgrimage • A Call to Faith • A Call to Prayer • A Call to Conversion • A Call to Mission
Pastoral Preparation - People Planning • Local Planning Committee • Pastoral and Liturgical Preparation • Special Events • Finance and Administration • Media & Communications • Volunteer Management • Logistics • Theological Commission • National Eucharistic Committee Participation • Diocesan Communities • Parish Communities • Religious Congregations • Christians of Other Denominations • Third Level Students • Youth Groups • Movements
Pastoral Preparation - Resources • The Congress Prayer Based on Luke 24 and Micah 6 • The Congress Logo “People in Communion” – Martin Barlow • The Congress Hymn “Though we are Many” – Bernard Sexton • The Theological Document • The Web-Site (www.iec2012.ie) • E-Congress Newsletter
Pastoral Programme – OutlineA Pilgrimage in Four Stages: • Stage One Autumn/Winter 2010: Christ gathers us a Eucharistic Community. • Stage Two: Spring/Summer 2011: Christ gathers us to listen, to hear, to be nourished and to be formed into community by God’s word. • Stage Three: Autumn/Winter 2011: Christ gathers us to be nourished by the Bread of Life. • Stage Four: Spring 2012: Christ gathers and strengthens us for Mission by the Word and the Bread of Life.
The Congress - A Destination All paths lead to Dublin June 10th to 17th 2012
Travel is Easy • Direct Flights from • Europe • North America • Transit via • London • Frankfurt • Amsterdam • Dubai • New York • Sea Ferries from • Scotland • Wales • France
Dublin – City by the Sea • Dublin is a modern City of 1.2 million people dating from the tenth century AD. It is situated on the East coast of Ireland and sheltered by a range of gentle hills.
The Venue for the Week The Royal Dublin Society was established in 1731 to promote Agriculture, Industry, Science and the Arts. The RDS premises at Ballsbridge hosts the world famous Dublin Horse Show.
Croke Park – Venue for the StatioOrbis Croke Park is the Headquarters of the GAA, (Gaelic Athletic Association). The stadium has recently been restored and is capable of accommodating just over 80,000 people.
The Programme – Special Events • Opening Ceremony and Eucharist RDS – Sunday 10th June (afternoon) • Celebration of Reconciliation Wednesday morning • Procession • Youth Vigil Saturday evening – Croke Park • StatioOrbis Croke Park – Sunday 17th June (early afternoon)
The Programme Daily Themes - Monday to Saturday • Monday – focus on Communion and Baptism Ecumenical activity • Tuesday – focus on Communion and Family • Wednesday – focus on Communion and Reconciliation • Thursday – focus on Communion and Ministry • Friday – Focus on Communion, Suffering and Healing • Saturday – Focus on Communion and the Word through Mary
The Daily Programme • Morning • Afternoon • Morning Prayer • Workshops • Catechesis • Testimony • Eucharistic Liturgy Evening Cultural Events in the RDS and in the City • Continuous • Prayer ministry in City Churches • Youth Space • Exhibitions
The Theological Symposium Venue St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth (30 min. from City Centre) Dates Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th June 2012 Hosted By Faculty of Theology, Pontifical University, Maynooth
Promotional DVD • In your pack we have enclosed a short DVD with subtitles in: • English • French • German • Irish • Italian • Polish • Spanish