The Eucharist: The Source and Summit of our Faith
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself, our Pasch.”Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324
What is a Eucharistic Congress?
A Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of clergy, religious, and laity to bear witness to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Each fall parishioners and religious from all over western North Carolina gather for the Diocese of Charlotte’s Eucharistic Congress, with people from 92 parishes and missions represented each year.
The annual Eucharistic Congress includes a Eucharistic Procession through uptown Charlotte, a Holy Hour with the Bishop of Charlotte, celebration of the Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, engaging speakers in multiple languages, sacred art and music, fellowship, food and more!
The first Eucharistic Congress for the Diocese of Charlotte was held September 23 & 24, 2005. It continues to be a source of inspiration for all of those who attend each and every year.
What should be studied in preparing for a Eucharistic Congress?
The Eucharist in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Sections 1322 – 1419)
Theological and Pastoral Reflections in Preparation for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin
Mane Nobiscum Domine – Pope St. John Paul II
The Real Presence