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This is how to renew the Church

From Mr Kevin Whitehead SIR – If you could wish for some way of bringing the Year of the Eucharist to life in our country, then the Eucharistic Congress just held at Newman College, Birmingham is indeed the way this would be accomplished.

The vision of Fr Julian Green in initiating this tremendous occasion meant that speakers of the highest quality delved deeply into the mystery of God’s self-giving to man; it also meant that 1,600 people from all over the country, and from Japan, New Zealand and many other countries, shared in this outpouring of the truth and wisdom of the centrality of our faith. Finally, it meant that Archbishop Nichols, together with Bishop McMahon of Nottingham and Bishop Doyle of Northampton were comotivators of this coming together as Christ’s Church, His Body.

The catecheses given by Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, Fr John Edwards, Fr Bernard Murphy and Bishop McMahon were met with rapt attention and rapturous applause. Adoration, testimonies, workshops – all were part of this wonderful experience.

I made many contacts, which, by the nature of our shared future actions, will add to the evangelisation and development of our faith and outreach.

The congress was sponsored by the three Midlands dioceses of Birmingham, Nottingham and Northampton and supported by Case, and by ecclesial movements and religious orders from throughout the country.

There is great cause for celebration. This is positive. This is our faith come alive.

Yours faithfully, KEVIN WHITEHEAD Nottingham From John and Peggy Davern SIR – It would be wonderful if a Eucharistic Congress could be organised on a regular basis by each diocese or possibly three dioceses close to each other – just as was done by Birmingham, Nottingham and Northampton – so that the faithful from those areas could benefit.

We are of the opinion that vocations to the priesthood and religious life would be enhanced if increased numbers of people adored the real presence of Jesus in the monstrance in their local churches.

Yours faithfully, JOHN AND PEGGY DAVERN Harrow Weald, Middx

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