May 1, 2012

Preparing for the Eucharistic Congress


The Eucharistic Congress 2012 will be celebrated in Dublin in June 2012.

As part of our preparations for this celebration; Limerick diocese has organised a number of events. Details of these events and of the Congress itself are listed below.


Here are some frequently asked questions:

For general queries around booking, youth events and Limerick plans - see 'General Information' below

Remember that the official colour brochure with all the details is available online now. Click HERE

A paper copy is now available in parishes (the red brochure)



Limerick Preparations

Preparations February - May 2012

  • Write up on Limerick events March - May  - as we prepare for IEC 2012 - click HERE
  • March. A 4 night talks series @ 3 venues across the diocese.  See HERE for more.
  • March 10th.  One day Conference in Mary Immaculate College. Click HERE for more
  • April. An Appreciation Day for all in Ministry at liturgy. April 22nd. Parish celebration across the diocese. Details to follow.

Preparations September - December 2011



General resources and information about IEC2012


The website for the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) is HERE.

An Order Form for parish banners, flyers, pins, candles etc is available HERE

Lots of preparation resources for family, parish and school are available HERE(E.g. Congress prayer, Congress hymn, resources for adoration, groupwork, faith formation, etc).

Information about volunteering for the Congress is available HERE

Information about registering for the Congress is HERE.

  • Remember that the Congress stretches across a whole week, it is not just one event! Check out the brochure (HERE) for all the details. Many parishes are attending one or two midweek days of the Congress in the RDS. Ask your parish priest for details.

Statio Orbis (Sundays final Mass in Croke Park) on Sunday

  • If you plan to attend the Croke Park Mass (Statio Orbis) - remember that you MUST purchase a ticket for the celebration in advance.
  • Tickets are available, for €10, to those who have 3 or 7 day passes for the Eucharistic Congress. To find out more about booking your individual tickets for the Congress, click HERE.
  • Parish tickets for Statio Orbis have been allocated, contact your parish priest if you have any questions on this.


  • A special train has been arranged from Limerick to Connolly Station for the Statio Orbis. Only three such trains are in place, so we're delighted to offer Limerick pilgrims this convenient service.
  • Tickets cost €30, (travel passes are not valid on this, though you can use them on regular services to Heuston). These train tickets should be booked in April, directly with the Irish Rail A minimum of 250 passangers will be needed for this train to operate - so please book as soon as possible. It is not possible to book train tickets via your priest, the Pastoral Centre or the Diocesan Office.
  • The schedule of the train is: Sunday, 17th June. Leaving Limerick at 9.25am, arriving Connolly 12:45. Croke Park is considered to be a 10-15 min walk from Connolly station. Homeward: Leaving Connolly at 18.55, arriving limerick 21.30 (9.30pm).


  • If you are considering attending Croke Park, please consider your own health, the crowd, the walk from a bus and the steps involved in stadium seating. It'll be an amazing event, but we want everyone to be well prepared and to enjoy it to the full!


All this information has been shared with our clergy and has been sent to parishes. Pastoral Areas have been requested to make local arrangements for attending the Congress. We will inform you of any details we receive of local buses/pilgrimages. In the meantime, for Limerick arrangements, please speak to your parish priest or Pastoral area leader. If you wish to organise a group yourself, you can contact the Congress team directly on +353 1 234 9900 or email:


The Congress Timetable - when, where, who


The theme for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress is "The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another." It is more than a one day event! Preparations have been on-going over the past two years and the Congress itself will stretche over a week  - from 11th until 16th June 2012.

The official colour brochure with all the details is available HERE now!


The main venue is the Royal Dublin Society (RDS). Statio Orbis, the Liturgy on the final day of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, will be celebrated in Croke Park, Dublin on Sunday 17th June 2012.

The Programme of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress is built around the daily celebration of the Eucharist and each day has a theme of its own, related to the main Congress theme The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another. The main events of the Programme take place in the RDS Arena. On most days these will be in the afternoon and will include:

  • The Catechesis: a “teaching” moment, usually presented by a bishop, reflecting on the theme of the day and its challenges
  • The Testimony: words of encouragement and inspiration from a lay-person with a story of faith to tell
  • Celebration of the Eucharist: Mass celebrated with all the Congress delegates, presided over by a bishop


There are some variations from day to day. The full Calendar is available HERE

Alongside the programme in the Arena, there is a full programme of workshops and cultural events, as well as a Youth Space which has its own dedicated programme – see HERE for more. Limerick Youth Ministry is organising a special youth pilgrimage on June 13th. See HERE for more information.

There is also a Theological Symposium in Maynooth College, entitled 'The Eucharistic Ecclesiology of Communion Fifty years after Vatican II'    – full details HERE


You can register for the conference - to attend one day, three days, the full week or specific events HERE

You can find out about volunteering at the Congress HERE


Limerick Events in preparation for the Eucharistic Congress


April 2012



Our Lady's Pastoral Area Eucharistic Rally


This report is courtesy of SacredSpace102fm - our local religious radio program and blog. Click HERE for more.

On Sunday, April 29th 2012 the seven parishes of Our Lady's Pastoral Area in West Limerick (Ardagh/Carrickerry, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Killeedy, Mahoonagh, Monagea and Newcastle West) gathered in the G.A.A. Grounds, Newcastle West for a Eucharistic Rally in preparation for the 50th International Eucharistic Rally in Dublin in June 2012.  Parishioners of all ages braved the blustery weather to come together to joyfully celebrate the Eucharist and Benediction. In his homily, Fr. Tony Mullins (Diocesan Administrator) reminded us that our faith is based on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  We are invited to engage with that relationship and do so as members of the faith community gathered around the table of the Lord to be nourished by Word and Sacrament. In the words of the Eucharistic Congress Hymn: "Christ's presence is revealed in our communion and His living word".

Following Christ's Gospel will transform our lives, our culture and our value system.  We are called to proclaim the love of God that we experience in Jesus Christ and one another to all whom we meet.  Fr. Tony reminds us that we are not alone in this call, we are accompanied by the Holy Spirit and we are a community of believers with Jesus Christ at the centre.  With Christ at the centre of our Church we can do all things.  Through our baptism all of us share in the mission to nurture the faith and proclaim the Good News.  This means it begins with me... in our own homes.... in our own kitchens... with our own children.  Spreading the Good News begins within our own family spreading out into the Christian community.  We are all missionaries in that sense.

Fr. Tony's full homily (including the singing of the Eucharistic Congress Hymn) is available here. John Keily also spoke briefly with Kit Histon, who remembers the 1932 Congress and, please God, will attend the 2012 Congress in June.  This interview is available here.


March 2012


March 10th Conference: Communion with Christ & one another

Over 100 people joined together, in Mary Immaculate College on Saturday March 10th; to reflect and pray together on the theme of the Eucharistic Congress. The morning speakers were  Fr Oliver Traynor (Maynooth) and Geraldine Buckley. In the afternoon, Bishop Murray apoke and led us in prayer. Bookstalls from Veritas and Redemptorist Publications, as well as displays from World Youth Day and the 1932 IEC were all well received.

The text of Bishop Murrays talk is HERE

March 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th Talks Series: Preparing for the Eucharistic Congress

A four night talks series was offered at three venues across the Diocese. There was a great positive and prayerful response to each of the themes: What we believe, How we pray, Reading Gods Word, and How we live. Many thanks to all who came out, asked questions, prayed with us and made us welcome.



The National Eucharistic Congress Bell


The bell is a key symbol in our pastoral preparation for the Eucharistic Congress. It visited Limerick from Monday November 7th and Wednesday November 16th. It began its journey in the Cathedral Pastoral Area, and spent one day and night in each of the nine Pastoral Areas.

It was a happy and inspiring time for the many people who came to ring the bell and to pray together. In St Johns parish, Mary Butler brought a certificate and flag from the 1932 Congress, that her father had recieved when he was there. In Cratloe, parishioners carried the bell up to the parish Grotto built in 1932 to commemerate the Congress. In Mungret, parishioners including many children, gathered in the ruins of the ancient Mungret Abbey which was established by St Nessan in 551AD.

Íde Naofa Pastoral Area. Gathering in Abbeyfeale parish church.


Pobal Nessan Pastoral Area: Liturgy in Mungret Abbey

Thomond Pastoral Area: Cratloe Grotto, built to commemerate the 1932 Congress; hosts parishioners including the local Confirmation classes.


For the on-going national itineary of the Eucharistic Congress Bell see HERE


The Limerick Eucharistic Congress Bell


A similar bell was created here in Limerick to call parishioners to   pray and prepare for the Eucharistic Congress. It travels to every  church, allowing all ages access to the bell in their local church.

Fr Phonsie Cullinan, our diocesan rep for IEC2012 has full details. His contact details are available HERE.


The Eucharistic Congress Candle


Every parish received a Eucharistic Congress Candle. We invite each parish to light this candle at weekend liturgies, praying the prayer sent with it.


The Limerick prayer card


The Eucharistic Congress have produced a lovely prayer card.

The diocese of Limerick is suplementing this with a local Limerick card.

The Limerick card features the Ardagh chalice, the prayer of the Eucharistic Congress and a photograph from our Lourdes pilgrimage. Cards were delivered to parishes 2 weeks before the Congress Bell arrived and were handed out at Masses as a gift and a further reminder of our preparation.

The card looks like THIS. and is available in most parishes or from the Pastoral Centre.