Date and venue: 09 February, St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Tupi, South Cotabato.
1st speaker. Fr. Joel Aliligay, Diocesan Director, Christian Formation Center. ‘Christ in You, Our Hope of Glory”, Theme 51st International Eucharistic Congress, Cebu City.
Theme is taken from Colossians 1: 24-29. “The mystery is Christ among you, your hope of glory” (v. 27). Theme is meant to emphasize the bond among the Eucharist, mission, and Christian hope.
In the Eucharist we encounter Christ through his Word and self-sacrifice. Having met Christ we must bring Christ toothers – Christ who is the world’s hope.
2nd speaker. Fr. Romeo Buenaobra, Vicar General and Diocesan Director, Diocesan Liturgical Center. “Liturgical dimension of Eucharist.”
“The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life.” It is a mystery – a truth we cannot fully understand. We believe.
Eucharist as (1) meal; (2) sacrifice; (3) real presence.
- Eucharist is a foretaste of heavenly banquet. It is our spiritual nourishment, uniting us with Christ, a holy communion.
- Eucharist as sacrifice. It re-presents on the altar the bloody sacrifice of Christ at Calvary. At Mass Christ is victim and priest at the same time. The priest is Christ’s instrument.
- Eucharist as real presence. Christ is present (body, blood, soul and divinity) in the consecrated host and wine. He is present whole and entire in every particle of the consecrated host and in every drop of the consecrated wine.
Christ is present in the Word, minister (priest), congregation and sacred species of bread and wine.
3rd speaker. Fr. Romeo Catedral, parish priest, Sagrada Familia and former Diocesan Director, Diocesan Social Action Center.
“Social dimension of the Eucharist.”
His sharing was based on Cardinal Tagle’s catechesis, “The Eucharist and the Dialogue with Culture.”
Culture is people’s way of thinking, feeling, willing and behaving.
Elements of culture: space/place, time, language, food, etc.
Christ was not a slave of culture/tradition. He improved human culture.
Cardinal Tagle emphasized the importance of the Eucharistic culture of convocation (community) to change the prevalent culture of individualism. The Eucharistic celebration (or Mass) is a gathering of believers, jews and gentiles – inclusive.
The Eucharist is a meal – Cardinal Tagle. We must restore family meals. During family meals we share food and life experiences. When families eat together members develop sensitivities – like trust and understanding.
The Eucharist does not end in the Church. It continues outside. We are sent (mission) to proclaim Jesus Christ, to make people believe in Christ and inbelieving to change the world – make the world Christ-like – more just, loving and peaceful.
Bishop Dinualdo summarized the Eucharist as presence and mission. This was part of the homily and message of Charles Muang Cardinal Bo, Papal Legate, during the closing Mass. “The Eucharist has two eyes: presence and mission.
Food to share offered by St. Therese Parish and other parishes. Thank you Fr. Rolando Japitana, Fr. Reil Posas, parishioners. Our gratitude, too, toother parish priests and their parishioners. No more BYOB (Bring your own baon), Yes to the emerging culture BFS (Bring Food, Share). Living the Eucharist as a family (community) of renewed Catholics!
Attendance: priests – 42; lay – 250 (estimate) (Fr. JOC)