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Week of October 30, 2006
Congress will focus on 'Christian roots'
2008 International Eucharistic Congress will focus on the Eucharistic mystery
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
"Some have a tendency of reducing the Eucharist to a social happening,"
- Cardinal Marc Ouellet
"Some have a tendency of reducing the Eucharist to a social happening," he said.
The second challenge, he said, was to dig deeper into the mystery of the Church as the people of God, the sacrament of salvation, the Body of Christ and the spouse of Christ.
The third was to understand better the missional aspect of the Eucharistic gift in a global context. Pope John Paul II accepted this when he described the Eucharist as God's gift for the life of the world, he said.
In our contemporary world, there has been a loss of important values. God has been forgotten with serious consequences, Ouellet said.
The congress will run from Sunday to Sunday and the catechesis based on the document will take place Monday through Saturday.
On Monday, the teaching is entitled The Eucharist, God's gift par excellence.
This teaching will explore how the Eucharist "fulfills God's plan to establish a definitive covenant" with humanity by looking at previous covenants between God and man.
It will also examine the institution of the Eucharist, which the text describes as "the mystery of faith par excellence."
On Tuesday: "The Eucharist, memorial of the paschal mystery."
This session will explore Christ's Passover as a Trinitarian gift.
"The act of love of the Son who gives himself up corresponds perfectly to the act of love of the Father who gives him up, and this perfect correspondence of the love of the Father and Son for us is confirmed by the Holy Spirit who raises Christ from the dead," the text says.
Tuesday's teaching will also focus on the Eucharist as the paschal sacrifice.
On Wednesday: "The Eucharist builds up the Church, the sacrament of salvation."
This study will examine how Mary is the first Church and how she is the "eucharistic woman par excellence."
It will also look at subtopics: "The people of God and the sacrament of salvation" and "The Bride of the Lamb and the Body of Christ" among others.
On Thursday: "The Eucharist, the life of Christ in our lives."
According to Ouellet, adoration will be the focus of this day, as well as the testimony of the life of Christ in Church members' lives.
On Friday: "Eucharist and mission" Among the subtopics are Evangelization and the transformation of the world, and Constructing peace through justice and charity.
On Saturday: "Witnesses to Eucharist in the midst of the world."
"We will conclude the catechetical week with a universal call to holiness," Ouellet said, noting the teaching will "highlight the witness of holiness in the context of marriage and the family and the whole question of consecrated life."
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