Eucharistic Congress celebrate end of eucharistic year

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Catholics from around the state gathered at the Bartom Colisium at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock on Oct. 29 for a special Eucharistic Congress. This historic, multicultural event marked the end of the Year of the Eucharist, a yearlong religious celebration for the global Catholic community.

It was estimated that more that more that 5,000 Arkansas Catholics participated in the event.

Catholics of all ages from various cultures united as "One" to celebrate the conclusion of the Diocese of Little Rock's Year of the Eucharist. Bishop J. Peter Sartain echoed the unified theme in his homily spoken in English and Spanish.

Bishop Sartain was joined by Bishop Emeritus Andrew J. McDonald, of Palatine, Ill., Abbot Jerome Kodell of Subiaco Abbey and Bishop Gustavo Rodriguez Vega, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Monterrey in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

"In the Diocese of Little Rock, the Eucharist is celebrated in several languages because Jesus has called his children together from many countries," he tol the crowd. “We speak one language, but when together we celebrate the Eucharist. ... Here Jesus calls us and makes us one."

The readings for the Mass were done in Spanish, Vietnamese, and English. The songs were also in English, Spanish and Latin.

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