AMERICA/MEXICO - Prayers, festivities, sharing, testimony: 16 October Eucharist Day for Youth in Americas Square in Guadalajara

Thursday, 30 September 2004

Mexico City (Fides Service) - As the date of the 48th International Eucharistic Congress approaches (10-17 October) last minute touches are being given to initiatives and preparations. According to the organising committee local families in Guadalajara are ready to host some 15,000 participants. Committee co-ordinator Father Francisco de Asis de la Rosa Patron, told Fides about a special event during the Congress organised for young Mexicans invited to take part in Day of the Eucharist in Americas Square in Guadalajara on Saturday 16 October. The event will last 24 hours to the closing of the Congress on Sunday 17 and will include all night adoration of the Eucharist. This event especially for youth “will give young Mexicans a chance to take part in the Congress with prayer, celebrations, sharing of faith and to render public witness of the joy of the encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist” the priest told Fides.
Early on Saturday morning the young people will register and then attend a welcome ceremony at Guadalajara University and take part in a morning Festival Cultural. At 3.30 p.m. the young participants will start a procession to Americas Square where at 5.30 they will listen to catechesis followed by preparation at 6.30 for Mass at 7.30 followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. At 11pm there will be a procession around the square with the Blessed Sacrament, which will then be exposed for all night for adoration in a special chapel from midnight to 6am when there will be a youth Mass that will close with a promise of commitment.
Father Francisco says the event is an opportunity for young people to deepen their knowledge and faith in the mystery of Jesus present in the Eucharist and to show their love for him in public making a commitment to love Him by serving others: a local boy is looking forward to the event: “it will help us to be young people of the Eucharist. The light and life of Christ which we receive enables us to carry light and life to other young people and to be morning watchmen”.
To register see:, and, or via fax 01(33)36184791. (R.Z.) (Agenzia Fides 30/9/2004; Righe 27, Parole 350).