A wonderful celebration took place in Knock on Saturday last, June 25th, as part of the National Eucharistic Congress. This celebration was attended by more than 13,000 pilgrims. Our own diocese of Waterford and Lismore was well represented. Next day, Sunday, June 26th, the Feast of Corpus Christi, a diocesan celebration took place in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford City. The Diocesan Eucharistic Candle which Bishop Lee had received in Knock on the previous day was lit in the Cathedral, where it will remain until next year’s International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, June 10 – 17, 2012.
Each of the 45 parishes in the diocese was invited by Bishop Lee to send a representative family to Sunday’s celebration in the Cathedral. The invited family had a son or daughter who received First Holy Communion this May. Bishop Lee presented a Eucharist Congress Candle to each of the children for their parish. The family will present the Candle to their parish in the coming weeks.
This candle will be lit as a reminder of our Pilgrim journey to the 50th International Eucharistic in Dublin June 10th –17th 2012. The lighting of the candle will be a reminder of the goal of our journey – to deepen our understanding of Communion with Christ and one another.
We sincerely thank all who travelled to Knock on Saturday from our Diocese and each family that took part in Sunday’s celebration in our Cathedral.