Birmingham: Cardinal to celebrate Mass at Eucharistic Congress

 Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, will celebrate the evening Mass on the second day of Eucharistic Congress 2005, in Birmingham. The four-day Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Birmingham and the Dioceses of Nottingham and Northampton, will be held at Newman College, Bartley Green, from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 July. According to the Congress timetable, Archbishop Vincent Nichols will celebrate the Opening Mass at 7.30pm on Thursday 14 July. This will be followed at 9.30pm by an Introductory Presentation. Eucharistic Adoration continues throughout the night from 10.00pm. Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP, of Nottingham will celebrate Mass at noon on Saturday 16 July. The Eucharistic Congress will be one of the first major events that the new Bishop of Northampton, Bishop Peter Doyle, is likely to attend, following his Episcopal Ordination on 28 June. More than 2,500 people are expected to attend the Closing Mass, in the grounds of Oscott College, the Diocesan Seminary in Birmingham, at 3.30pm on Sunday 17 July. Archbishop Vincent Nichols will celebrate the Mass together with more than 200 priests. Children who have made first communion this year will wear their communion outfits and take part in the procession of the Blessed Sacrament at the end of the Mass. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the College chapel throughout the afternoon. Congress Director, Father Julian Green, parish priest of SS. Peter and Paul, Pype Hayes, in Birmingham, said: "We are delighted by the response from people throughout the country to the Eucharistic Congress. We are planning to make it a very special event during the Year of the Eucharist." Fr Green added: "Although bookings are now coming in thick and fast there is still plenty of opportunity to take part in this exciting event." For further information about the Eucharistic Congress, contact Fr Julian Green on: 0121 373 1437, or e-mail:

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