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CEIST International Eucharistic Youth Congress 28 – 29 March Cork

The International Eucharistic Congress (I.E.C.) will be hosted in Dublin in 2012. This will be a very significant Ecclesial date for all of our diaries.

On the 28th and 29th March this year Ms. Máirín O’Sullivan, who teaches in Réalt na Mara Presentation Secondary School Crosshaven, initiated the bright idea of inviting Fr. Julian Green, Director of I.E.C. for England and Wales, to come and speak to our CEIST young people and thus significantly deepen their education on the Eucharist in preparation for the International celebration. This idea morphed into a very significant congress experience for the students of the Cork CEIST schools.

Two venues were chosen: Sacred Heart Missionaries Retreat Centre, Myross Leap, West Cork and Sacred Heart Missionaries, Parish Centre, Western Road, Cork City.

Three CEIST schools, Mount St. Michael Rosscarbery, Sacred Heart Clonakilty and Mercy Heights Skibbereen attended the Myross venue and were joined by Schull Community School. At the Cork City venue students and teachers from Presentation Farranree, Presentation Crosshaven, Presentation Ballyphehane, Mercy College Mount Mercy, and Sacred Heart Carraig na bhFear attended.

On average ten students with a teacher represented their respective school. The students were invited to research the Eucharist and to make a presentation of their findings to their peers. As each made a presentation it was obvious that they had learned much and the depth of their reverence and faith in the Holy Eucharist was evident. Students were taught the I.E.C. hymn, ‘Though we are many’ by Bernard Sexton. This is a delightful hymn and illuminates the essence of the Eucharist.

The highpoint of the Youth Congress was the address given by Fr. Julian Green followed by Adoration. Fr. Julian gave a testimony of his faith and how, at the age of nineteen, he came into the Catholic Church from being a member of the Church of England. He spoke from the heart and made a big impression on the young people. He skilfully brought the young people into the Adoration of the Blessed Sacred. Something very special was taking place within each person there.

CEIST was involved in the organisation of both events. Ned Prendergast and Lloyd Bracken attended both gatherings and it is envisaged that other youth Eucharistic congresses will be organised for the CEIST schools in the next term. So keep your eye on this spot. CEIST is very proud of all of the young people who participated in these events and of the teachers who helped them to prepare.

Fr. Julian Green gave a second talk to adults in the evening time at both Myross and Sacred Heart Cork City. The content of that talk is also available here. Click here to view.

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