Despite the evening’s poor weather, Father Michael Harrington leads the congress’ closing eucharistic procession through the streets of the North End. Pilot photo/ George Martell, The Catholic Foundation
NORTH END -- Enduring the deluge of rain that pounded against the cobblestone streets of the North End April 3 and 4, hundreds of college students and young adults gathered to “encounter Christ in the Eucharist and encounter Christ in the poor.”
It was to be a weekend of prayer, music, service and celebration of the Eucharist in the North End when nearly 400 twenty-somethings gathered Friday night at St. Stephen’s Church on Hanover Street.
It was the second annual Eucharistic Congress sponsored by the archdiocesan offices of New Evangelization for Youth and Young Adults, Vocations and Campus Ministry. The theme for the congress, “No Greater Love”-- referring to Christ’s sacrifice in the Eucharist -- ran throughout the weekend’s activities including witness talks, prayer, service projects, Mass and adoration.
The congress offered young adults an opportunity to deepen and reaffirm their faith, coinciding with the start of Holy Week, the traditional Catholic time of renewal.
“At the end of Mass we are instructed to ‘Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord,’” said Father Dan Hennessey, the director of vocations.
“The inspiration was that through the encounter of Christ in the Eucharist and in service they will be transformed and will help transform the world,” he said.