Third regional Eucharistic congress features flowers for Mary, songs for Jesus (PHOTOS)

A musical ensemble sings and plays as flowers are presented before a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary outside St. Andrew Parish in Rochester at the start of the third regional Eucharistic congress on May 11. The "Love Outpoured" events, which feature Eucharistic adoration, prayer, praise and worship, and dynamic speakers, are a precursor to this summer's National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis. (Photos by Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

ROCHESTER — Hundreds showed their love and devotion for Jesus and his mother Saturday, May 11, during the third regional Eucharistic congress held at St. Andrew Parish in Rochester.

The Northwest Regional Eucharistic Congress, the third in a series of four such events in the Archdiocese of Detroit called "Love Outpoured," was a precursor to this summer's National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, which will take place July 17-21.

The special event included breakfast and a family activity in St. Andrew's parish hall, in which parents and children arranged flowers for Mother's Day to place at the foot of a statue of the Blessed Mother on St. Andrew's grounds. A procession and May crowning was led by a local musical ensemble, before the Eucharistic congress began inside the church.

Mari Pablo of Ascension Press gave the keynote address in English, with Socorro Truchan, associate director of the domestic church (marriage and family) for the Diocese of Kalamazoo and president of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers, gave a keynote in Spanish.

Eucharistic adoration took place inside the church with the help of a five-foot-tall monstrance. Auxiliary Bishop Gerard W. Battersby, who will be installed May 20 as the new bishop of La Crosse, Wis., celebrated Mass.

The final regional Eucharistic congress will take place Saturday, June 1, at St. Scholastica Parish in Detroit.

(Photos by Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)



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