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Week of June 4, 2007
Ark of the Covenant comes to Alberta
Two-meter replica draws attention to 2008 Eucharistic Conference, offers opportunity for prayer
By RAMON GONZALEZ
The purpose of The Ark
The Ark of the New Covenant is a symbol to nourish spiritual preparation for the Eucharistic Congress in Quebec next year. It has three goals:
He said in every place the ark stops Catholics will be invited to write their own personal commitments on pieces of paper and to drop them into the ark.
These commitments will then be taken to the site of the Eucharist Congress to be held in Quebec City June 15-22, 2008. More than 250 delegates from the Edmonton Archdiocese are expected to attend the congress.
Even though the ark was designed by young adults as a tool to bring youth closer to Jesus, "the event is for people of all ages," Papenbrock said. Most activities around the ark are organized by parishes. "It's for all people, regardless of their age."
The ark will arrive in Edmonton at 8:30 a.m. June 10 in time for the Youth Mannafest Retreat. In the afternoon it will be available for public viewing at St. Joseph's Basilica from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Following the 2:30 p.m. Corpus Christi Mass, volunteers will carry the ark during the annual Corpus Christi procession, which will be led by the archbishop. The procession will end with a family gathering at Grandin Park.
"(During the gathering) people will again have an opportunity to view the ark and to make commitments," Papenbrock said. "Our expectation is that as people reflect on the Gospel passages they will be drawn into a Eucharistic commitment."
In the evening of June 10 the ark will be the focal point of veneration and a Eucharistic Congress presentation at St. Joachim's Parish from 7 to 9:30 p.m. From 10:30 p.m. until midnight the ark will be venerated at Enoch Parish.
On June 11 and 12 the ark will take part in school and parish events in Drayton Valley, Edson and Hinton.
Back in Edmonton on June 13, the ark will be at St. Joseph's Basilica for the 5:30 p.m. Mass and will remain there for youth activities until 8:30 p.m., when it will be taken for a vigil at the Adoration Chapel at St. Andrew's Centre.
Following an early morning Mass at St. Andrew's Centre on June 14, the ark will go to Leduc and Wetaskiwin for a series of school and parish events.
Back again in Edmonton June 15, the ark will be present during the opening of the Western Canadian Stewardship Conference and will spend a few hours at the Marian Centre in the inner city. At 7 p.m. the ark will be handed over to the Ukrainian Eparchy of Edmonton for a Divine Liturgy.
The wooden chest will spend June 16 in Vegreville and Wainwright in activities such as Mass, adoration and Eucharistic Congress presentations. Similar activities expect the ark in Lloydminster, where it will spend all day June 17 - Fathers' Day - before being handed over to the St. Paul Diocese.
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