Congress to celebrate Eucharist
All are invited to take part in Saturday Mass and activities
By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor
More than 2,500 Catholics are expected to explore the Eucharist, the source of our
spirituality, at the Eucharistic Congress, Oct. 13-14 at St. Norbert College, De Pere.
Highlighting the weekend's events will be a special Eucharistic Liturgy at 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14, at Schuldes Sports Center with Bp. Robert Banks presiding and Bps.
Aloysius Wycislo and Robert Morneau concelebrating. Pre-registration was requested,
but walk-ins are welcome.
The Eucharistic Liturgy kicks off an evening of celebration. Entertainment designed for
the entire family will follow the Mass. Performers include family entertainer Ken
Lonnquist, Christian comedian Doug Brummel, the Maria Rodriguez Family Band, Dr.
Michael Corso performing his one-man show based on the Gospel of Mark and
Resurrection Parish of Allouez presenting the musical Agape.
Youth Jam for ages 12 to 18 opens at 6 p.m. in Schuldes Sports Center. Bps. Banks and
Morneau will address the young people, and the band Ceili Rain and Doug Brummel will
perform. Youth Jam closes with a dance from 9 to 10 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. The
cost at the door is $12 including pizza, soda and entertainment.
Saturday evening's festivities will mark the close of two days of formation, prayer and
reflection. The Eucharistic Congress offers more than 250 sectionals covering a wide
range of topics. Examples of the diversity of the sectionals include "Good Medicine
Storytelling," using ancient Native American teachings presented by Debra
Westenberger; "Following Christ in a Media Culture," exploring our understanding of the
media and its message, presented by Ralph Stewart; and "Youth Ministry: Creating
Young Disciples," discussing what you can do for young people in all aspects of parish
life, to name a few.
More than 50 exhibitors will offer displays in the new Ray VandenHeuvel Family
Campus Center during the Eucharistic Congress. The companies provide participants the
opportunity to examine a variety of textbooks, classroom materials, software,
professional resources and products for your personal benefit. The Exposition will be
open on Oct. 13 from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Oct. 14, St.
Catherine's Bookstore will offer a variety of Catholic books. Butterfly Books of De Pere
will display a wide selection of children's books featuring stories with values and morals.
On both Oct. 13 and 14, from 10:25 a.m. to 3:25 p.m., Congress participants are invited
to the Oratorio Chapel connected to Old St. Joseph Church located on the St. Norbert
College campus for Eucharistic Adoration.
"The events of this gathering are central to the very heart of our life as church: the
celebration of the Eucharist," wrote Bp. Banks. "My hope and prayer is that the activities
of this Eucharistic Congress will help you have a deeper appreciation of the great
treasure we have in the Eucharist."