Magazine marks Eucharistic Congress

By Sister Janet Fearns

People from far and wide will come to Liverpool in September when the city hosts the National Catholic Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress – and an in-depth magazine has been published to mark the occasion.

Adoremus Extra, produced by Redemptorist Publications, features the work of more than forty writers who are reflecting on what is happening in Liverpool before, during and after this special event. It is a magazine, first and foremost, with a Scouse flavour: from Bishop Eton, SFX, and the Blessed Sacrament Shrine to Freshfield, Formby and Frodsham, via Walton, Kirkdale, Anfield and Everton, all areas of the city and beyond appear among its 124 pages. And so too many familiar faces: Frank and Denise Cottrell Boyce, Fr Denis Blackledge, Fr Tim Buckley, Dame Mary Richardson ... all are in here.

You can read about Liverpool's 19th-century 'Martyr priests' who died because they carried the Sacraments to people dying of cholera. Perhaps your own ancestors were among those helped by these courageous men and others who risked their lives in order to support others at a time of desperate need – or perhaps they were members of the Liverpool Pals' Regiment who fought in the First World War.

The long list of writers involved in this project includes Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Papal Household for Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, who opens the beautiful kaleidoscope of Eucharistic treasures. Elsewhere renowned scholars Dom Henry Wansbrough, Fr Nicholas King, Fr Denis McBride, and Church historian Fr Norman Tanner come together to tell us why the Eucharist is 'the source and summit' of life.

Professor David Crystal and Julian Filowchowski highlight John Bradburne and the soon-to-be-canonised Blessed Óscar Romero, who literally 'put down their lives for their friends'. Husband and wife team Frank and Denise Cottrell Boyce, screenwriter and catechist, add their own gems to this keepsake magazine. They provide living proof – if it were needed – of our shared belief in God's beautiful, uniquely precious gift of the family.

Patti Gallagher Mansfield tells the story of her baptism in the Spirit and her subsequent journey into an ever deeper relationship with God. There are also the thoughts and experiences of a prison chaplain and inmates, whose lives have been turned around behind the bars.

Adoremus Extra is a full colour, A4 collection of articles, with a six-week series of daily reflections, children's pages, and practical hints for your parish – in short, something for everyone.
 
 
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