Faithful in Ghana Encouraged to Plan Active Participation at Fourth Eucharistic Congress in August
CANAA || By Damian Avevor, Ghana || 02 March 2017
Bishop Gabriel Mante of the Catholic Diocese of Jasikan in Ghana has urged the faithful throughout the country to organize local events to raise awareness on the upcoming Fourth National Eucharistic Congress slated for August 7 through 13 at Jasikan.
“While we wait with interior preparation and in great expectation for the national event, the various Dioceses will organise events locally to mark, celebrate and raise awareness on the 4th National Eucharistic Congress,” Bishop Mante said during the national launch at Jasikan’ St. Peter Claver Cathedral last Sunday, February 26.
Speaking on behalf of behalf of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), the Bishop stated that over 10,000 Catholics were expected to participate in the Congress on the theme: “The Eucharist and New Evangelization.”
He said participants at the Congress would take part in a series of Catechism sessions, which would focus on different dimensions of the Eucharist, the daily celebration and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of the Reconciliation, Eucharistic Processions and Durbars.
He further noted that the event would also have a Study-session for 250 National Delegates, made up of Priests, Religious, youth, men and women, from all the 20 Dioceses which are expected to sponsor ten persons each for the study session.
Topics for the Study Session include: The Eucharist and our Care of the Environment; the Eucharist and Social Media; the Eucharist and the Church’s Dialogue with the Youth; the Eucharist and the Church’s Dialogue with the Poor; the Sick and the Suffering; the Eucharist and the Family; the Eucharist makes the Church, and the Church makes the Eucharist.
Bishop Mante stated that the primary object of the Congress was to take advantage of the context of the 60th Independence Anniversary of Ghana and to use the Congress to rededicate the Republic of Ghana and her citizens to the Eucharistic Love of Jesus Christ.
“The wish of the Bishops is that the Congress will support a deeper understanding of the meaningful celebration of the Mass; Extend the worship and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament outside the Mass itself,” he added.
It is also to pray and adore the Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, help and improve understanding of the celebration of the Eucharist, draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist, and use the centrality of the Eucharist to effect integral transformation.
Bishop Mante thanked Priests and Religious, the lay men, women and the youth of the Diocese for accepting the onerous task to host the Congress and acknowledged the tremendous efforts of the Local Organizing Committee so far.
He added that, “As hosts, my Dear Catholics of Jasikan, you will prepare the ground for our brothers and sisters who are coming to pray and study with us. You will make your homes and other facilities available to them and express your generosity to them. We trust you will do very well in these endeavours,” Bishop Mante exhorted.