Be part of our diocesan Adoremus group journeying to Oscott this September

May 31, 2024

The Catholic Church in England and Wales, bishops, priests and people from all dioceses, will gather at St Mary’s College, Oscott on Saturday 15 September for a day of renewal and deepening of devotion to the Eucharist, in preparation for next year’s Jubilee.

St Mary’s College holds an incredibly special place in the history of the Catholic Church as the venue for the first Eucharistic Procession since the 16th century Reformation. Adoremus aims to place the Eucharistic Lord at the heart of all we do.

In 2024, a procession will help lead the Church in preparation for the Jubilee Year, in addition to Mass and a range of activities and events, including a Carlo Acutis presentation, Rosary Walk in the grounds, Pilgrimage Walk, Scripture encounter, museum visits, International Eucharistic Congress links and a Lectio Divina Workshop

The day begins with a range of free-flow activities at 10am followed by a Keynote Address at 11am, Angelus and Mass celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols at 12 noon, a second Keynote Address at 2pm, a Eucharistic Procession at 4.30pm, with our diocesan group’s departure back to Crawley from 6pm. Tickets include coach travel from Crawley to Birmingham and entry to the event. To book your place, please click here.

Exposition in all diocesan parishes

On Sunday 15 September the Bishops of England and Wales are inviting all parishes to have a period of Exposition to unite the faithful of the country in focusing on the Eucharist in anticipation of the Jubilee Year with renewed and deepened devotion. Further details and resources will be shared with parishes soon.

Prayer for renewal of the Church

Adoremus 2024 will be an important moment in the life of the Church in England and Wales, and is not intended to be a one-day event but part of an ongoing program that aims to place the Eucharistic Lord at the heart of all we do. Speaking at the 2018 Adoremus Eucharistic Congress, Cardinal Vincent Nichols described how the Eucharist, through the work of the Holy Spirit, renews the Church:

"The Lord is here, waiting for us to come, so that He may embrace, comfort and restore us. His presence here, in this Blessed Sacrament, is the work of God’s Holy Spirit, poured out by the will of the Father, in response to our pleading, a pleading uttered by the Church through the words and actions of the priest.
"In many places an image of the Holy Spirit is to be seen above the altar, for it is through the creative action of the Holy Spirit that this Sacrament of the Altar is brought about. This is the ‘creator Spirit’, the Spirit who hovered over the original chaos and brought forth an ordered world: the cosmos (Genesis 1:2). This is the Holy Spirit who recreates with a fountain of new life flowing from the Risen Christ. This Spirit works within our lives to bring about the holiness which is the Father’s plan for each of us. Because of this work of re-creation by the Holy Spirit we can say that at every celebration of Mass, the Church is made new again. Yes, the Eucharist makes the Church afresh, each day! And as we stand so much in need of renewal, here, in this Sacrament, we come to its source."

In our own diocese, in his new Pastoral Plan, Bishop Richard has called for monthly Holy Hours in every parish, with prayer before the Blessed Sacrament with the specific intention of praying for the future of the Diocese.  

Source: CBCEW