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Adore 2006 in Brisbane

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 Contents - Mar 2006AD2000 March 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The challenge facing Pope Benedict - Peter Westmore
Documents: Benedict's first encyclical 'Deus Caritas Est' speaks to the heart of the Faith - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Archbishop Hickey: how to address the crisis of faith - Archbishop Barry Hickey
Mass: How can differences over the Liturgy be resolved? - Fr John O'Neill
Liturgy: Eucharistic faith: why the Mass needs re-enchanting - Alvin F. Kimel Jr
Modernism: 'New Church' not true Church: what modernists believe - Pastor Remotus
Vocations: Dominican Sisters: religious vocations continue to rise in Nashville - Tracey Rowland
The distribution of Holy Communion past and present: an historical survey - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM
Media: Archbishop Hickey presents the Christian message on TV - Daniel Tobin
Letters: The Fortified School - Chris Hilder
Letters: The Eucharist - Jim Howe
Letters: Adore 2006 in Brisbane - Tim Wallace
Letters: New Age - Richard Congram
Letters: Intelligent Design - Peter Barnes
Letters: Canadian Lectionary - Matt Walton
Letters: St John Vianney - Maureen Wright
Letters: Guitars - John Daly
Letters: Elitism - Jeff Harvie
Letters: Relic of the '70s - Don Gaffney
Letters: Vaccines and abortion - Judy Law
Letters: Gender neutral - P.F. Gill
Books: 'The Case For Marriage' by Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher - Kerrie Allen (reviewer)
Books: Edith Stein Discovered: A Personal Portrait, by Pat Lyne OCDS - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Black Robe And Tomahawk: Fr Pierre-Jean De Smet SJ (1801-1873) - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Golden Priest, Wooden Chalice, by Fr Tim Norris - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Stimulating reading from AD Books
Reflection: Bringing Christ's love to the bereaved: a ministry for Catholic parishes - Fr Dennis Byrnes

I recently attended the Adore 2006 Eucharistic Youth Congress in Brisbane, my local diocese. Adore is an annual congress for young people which is centred on worship of the Holy Eucharist, and our life in the Eucharist. The event finished with a list of resolutions relating to our life as Catholics which were discussed in small groups and summarised at the end of the weekend.

The event ran from 19-22 January 2006. The general format consisted of a Holy Hour and Benediction to start the day and another to prepare for Mass; mood-setting sessions with music and dancing; a talk by Fr Bing (Oblate Apostles of the Two Hearts), who has been seen on EWTN, and another talk from one of the three bishops present - Bishop Oudeman (Brisbane), Bishop Jarrett (Lismore) and Bishop Porteous (Sydney). The centre of each day was the celebration of Holy Mass.

We were also treated to performances by Carlos Ibay, a tenor/ pianist who has been blind since birth, and Doug Barry, an actor/ dramatist from America, who performed "The Dreams of Don Bosco".

In addition, through professional skits and short movie presentations, it was demonstrated that we can and must live our faith amid all adversity and distraction; that Mary and the saints are always with us as guides and helpers; and that the sacramental life, with frequent confession, Communion, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, are the ultimate gifts from God to help us achieve our destiny - eternal life in Heaven.

None of those who participated will go home without, in some way, being drawn closer to the real presence of the Creator among the created.

Brisbane, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 2 (March 2006), p. 14

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