Over 600 Attended Eucharistic Congress

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4th Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress

There are more than 600 delegates who attended the 4th Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress held at Santuario Eucaristico on June 21 at 1:00 – 5:00 in the afternoon. This number is good enough since the projected number of participants is 700 considering the seating capacity of Santuario which is 800. The particpants are coming from the different parishes and organizations from the whole archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. Priests, seminarians (religious and diocesan) and religious sisters and brothers also attended.

During the congress, the partipants were all touched by the sharing of Fr. Raul Dael, SSJV, who spoke about the “Sun of the Eucharist” and related it with the life of the people. Many cried as their hearts melted at the heat of the message of the Eucharist. They were deeply engaged with Fr. Raul so much that an imprint of God’s love celebrated and adored in this Sacrament is left in their hearts and minds.

Eucharist in the Life of the Laity

One compelling story he told about God’s gift of self was the story of a father who saved his wife and children at the height of the fatal earthquake in Bohol. In their house, the father blocked a cement wall from falling to his family. It fell on him and not on his family. He died in the process.

Together with a team, Fr. Raul delivered relief goods and did a psycho-spiritual debriefing for the victims. He said that this is a real life sacrament of love, Eucharist enfleshed, so to say. The father used his body to save his family. His was like what Jesus said at the Last Supper, “This is my Body, given up for you.” He may not be going to Mass often, but the Mass is alive in him. This is Eucharist in the life of the laity. This is Jesus himself saving his people.

This message got the participants to reflect on how the Eucharist is lived out in their personal and their family lives. It is hoped then that as they go back to their parishes and their homes, they will be able to share what they learned and begin to love Jesus in the Eucharist even more intently.

Photos taken during the Congress