Dominicans hold Eucharistic Congress
Three thousand attend outdoor Mass in San Juan square
By Tony Staley
The Green Bay Diocese will celebrate its Jubilee Year Eucharistic
Congress Oct. 13-14 at St. Norbert College, De Pere.
But in the Dominican Republic, the Diocese of San Juan, which
includes the Green Bay Diocese's missions at Elias Piña and El
Llano, celebrated its Eucharistic Congress on June 22, the feast
of Corpus Christi (the feast is observed on a Sunday in the U.S.)
Bp. Jose Grullon presided at the outdoor Mass in St. John the
Baptist Cathedral square. More than 3,000 people took part.
Concelebrants included Fr. Bill Hoffman, a priest of the Green
Bay Diocese and rector of the Cathedral Parish, and Fr. Mike
Seis, pastor of the Green Bay Diocese's mission parishes.
Catholics from throughout the diocese came in buses, cars,
motorcycles and in the back of pickups and flatbed trucks. Most
walked in procession the last mile or two to the cathedral. Some
walked the entire way - 36 miles for one group.
At the start of his homily, Bp. Grullon invited the congregation
to join him in repeating the day's theme: Allegremonos. Jesus
esta vivo entre nosotros. Recibelo. ("Rejoice. Jesus is living
among us. Receive him.")
They quickly and enthusiastically joined their charismatic bishop
- waving their hands and shouting out the theme.
In his homily, Bp. Grullon reminded the assembly that when Jesus
sent his disciples to prepare the paschal dinner, he was telling
them to make room in their hearts for the coming of God within us
because "He is our God and we are his people."
After Mass, worshipers were invited to visit the cathedral for
prayer to receive the Jubilee Year plenary indulgence.
Campos Masses carry no guarantees
Dominican Republic, U.S. liturgies same, differ