Here is a rundown of some key activities during the weeklong 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) to take note of.
WEDNESDAY (JAN. 27)
9 a.m. – A talk on The Eucharist as Mission, Mission as Dialogue by Bishop Thomas Menamprampil, SDB
10 a.m. – Testimony of Mr. Paul Ponce and Family.
* Ponce is an amazing juggler from Argentina. Juggling is his way of evangelization and making Christ known to his audience
11 a.m. – Catechesis about the Eucharist and the Care for Creation by His Eminence Peter Cardinal Kodwo Appiah Turkson
4 p.m. – PARISH encounter. Delegates are sent by groups to 14 different in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue to let them experience how Cebuanos celebrate Mass and to expose them to parish life.
After the Mass, two foreign delegates assigned in every parish will share their insights about the event and give local parishioners a glimpse of how they celebrate the Eucharist in their respective areas. Dinner will be served after while local groups present different cultural shows.
THURSDAY (JAN. 28)
9 a.m. – Talk about the Eucharist and the Dialogue with Cultures by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
* Tagle, according to organizers, is one of the three sought-after speakers in the congress. The two others are Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.
7 p.m. – VISITA IGLESIA. Delegates will adore the Blessed Sacrament in seven different churches in Cebu. The event refers to the same activity on the night of Maundy Thursday where Filipinos go to seven different churches to pay homage to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
FRIDAY (JAN. 29)
4 p.m. – HOLY EUCHARIST outside the Cebu Capitol. It will be followed by the procession of the Blessed Sacrament to Plaza Independencia, a three-kilometer walk from the Capitol.
SATURDAY (JAN. 30)
9 a.m. – Talk on the Eucharist and Mary by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
* Dolan is one of the three sought-after speakers in the congress according to organizers
4 p.m. – FIRST COMMUNION OF 5,000 communicants, including 500 street children, at the Cebu City Sports Center. The Mass will be presided by Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, who during the 33rd IEC in Manila, was also a first communicant. He was 6 then.
SUNDAY (JAN. 31)
4 p.m. – Closing Mass at SRP. Pope Francis is expected to deliver a message through a television fed from the Vatican.