Diocese of Helena

Eucharistic Congress

March 22-24, 2024

Carroll College | Helena, MT

Encounter the Lord | Prepare For Holy Week | Proclaim His Love

Join us at Carroll College for this incredible all-ages event centered around the Eucharist. The weekend will feature engaging speakers, Mass, time for prayer and worship, and a Eucharistic procession through downtown Helena. Tracks for adults, college students, high school students, junior high students, and children K-5 will provide a unique experience for each age group. 

As a part of the Eucharistic Revival in the United States, this event seeks to bring together the family of God in the Diocese of Helena to dive deeper into the mystery of the Eucharist, and renew a living relationship with Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to encounter the Lord and prepare for Holy Week at this diocese-wide, family event.

Registration is Now Open!

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featured speakers

Dr. John Bergsma

Chika
Anyanwu

Chris
Mueller

Sr. Antoniana Maria, SV

Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, SV

Event Details
Frequently Asked Questions

The 2024 Eucharistic Congress is a weekend-long conference experience which brings together Catholics of all ages from across western Montana to encounter the Lord and grow in faith together through engaging talks and sessions, time for personal and communal prayer and worship, and more. The weekend will also feature the CYC Convention, an annual gathering of Catholic high school students which has been combined with the Congress for a truly special event.

 

This event is part of the current Eucharistic Revival in the United States, a movement initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to restore understanding and devotion to the Eucharist. Learn more about the revival HERE.

 

One Event. All Ages.

All are welcome to take part in this all-ages and family friendly event. We will provide simultaneous "Tracks" with relevant content for different ages happening in different locations throughout the weekend. Tracks will be available for: adults, college students, high school students, and junior high students. On-site childcare will also be available for children K-5. We will also have some activities, such as liturgies and Mass, where the entire group will be present together. See the Schedule for more details.

The cost for the event includes all meals and programming. Maximum charge for a family is $250. Financial Assistance is available. Contact Kevin Molm: kmolm@dohmt.org or 406.389.7055.

  • Adults (18+): $100*
  • Enrolled College Student: $50
  • High School Youth (Grades 9-12): $100
  • CYC Board Member: $50
  • Junior High Youth (Grades 6-8): $50
  • Children (Grades K-5): $50
  • Children Pre-K and Younger: Free – (Infants and toddlers are welcome, but we cannot offer childcare; they must remain with parents/guardians at all times)

*Adults (21+) who are attending as chaperones for youth will receive a $50 discount

Click here to download a .pdf of the schedule.

Our planning team is working hard to develop an incredible weekend of activities that will inspire your faith and prepare you to enter into Holy Week, regardless of your age. Please know that this schedule is subject to change as plans come into focus. What will not change are start/end times and Mass.

Below is meant to give you an overview of the weekend. Each Track will also have different times/locations, so please make note to plan accordingly. 

Friday, March 22

  • All Ages:
    • 4pm - Carroll College Campus Tour (PE Center)
  • Adult Track and College Student Track:
  • High School Youth Track:
    • 5-6:30pm: Check-in (PE Center)
    • 6:30-10pm: Programming in PE Center with Chika Anyanwu & Chris Mueller
  • K-8 Track:
    • There will be no programming or childcare for K-8. However, parents/families are welcome at early check-in on Friday from 5-6pm if you want to pickup your credentials before Saturday.

Saturday, March 23

  • Adult Track:
    • 7:30-9:30am: Check-in (PE Center)
    • 10am: Mass with Bp. Vetter (PE Center)
    • 10:30am-12pm: Morning Session with Dr. John Bergsma (PE Center)
    • 12-1pm: Lunch (PE Center)
    • 1-4:30pm: Breakout Sessions (Various Locations)
    • 6-7pm - Dinner (PE Center)
    • 7-8pm: Evening Session with Dr. John Bergsma & Srs. of Life (PE Center)
    • 8-9:30pm: Closing prayer and Eucharistic Adoration (All Saints Chapel)
    • 9:30-11pm: No-host social (Location TBD)
  • College Student Track:
    • 7:30-9:30am: Check-in (PE Center)
    • 10am: Mass with Bp. Vetter (PE Center)
    • 10:30am-12pm: Morning Session with Dr. John Bergsma (PE Center)
    • 12-1pm: Lunch (PE Center)
    • 1-4:30pm: Breakout Sessions (Various Locations)
    • 4:30pm: Meet-and-Greet with Bp. Vetter
    • 6-7pm: Dinner (PE Center)
    • 7-8pm: Evening Session with Dr. John Bergsma & Srs. of Life (PE Center)
    • 8-9:30pm: Closing prayer and Eucharistic Adoration (All Saints Chapel)
    • 9:30-11pm: Catholic Trivia and Social with Chika Anyanwu (Brewhouse)
  • High School Track (Grades 9-12)
    • 7:30-9:30am: Check-in (PE Center)
    • 10am: Mass with Bp. Vetter (PE Center)
    • 10:30am-12pm: Morning Session with Chris Mueller (Student Center Ballroom)
    • 12-1pm: Lunch (STAC)
    • 1-4:30pm: Breakout Sessions (Various Locations)
    • 6-7pm - Dinner (PE Center)
    • 7-8pm: Evening Session with Dr. John Bergsma & Srs. of Life (PE Center)
    • 8-9:30pm: Closing prayer and Eucharistic Adoration (All Saints Chapel)
    • 9:30-11pm: Music, Dancing, and Games (PE Center)
  • Junior High Track (Grades 6-8)
    • 7:30-9:30am: Check-in (PE Center)
    • 10am: Mass with Bp. Vetter (PE Center)
    • 10:30am-12pm: Morning Session with Chika Anyanwu (Upper Student Center)
    • 12-1pm: Lunch (Lower Student Center)
    • 1-4:30pm: Afternoon Sessions with Chris Mueller and Others (Various Locations)
    • 6-7pm - Dinner (PE Center)
    • 7-8pm: Evening Session with Dr. John Bergsma & Srs. of Life (PE Center)
    • 8-9:30pm: Closing prayer and Eucharistic Adoration (All Saints Chapel)
    • 9:30-11pm: Music, Dancing, and Games (PE Center)
  • K-5 Childcare
    • 7:30-9:30am: Check-in and Drop-off (PE Center)
    • 9:30am-4:30pm: Children will be supervised by Congress staff, with programming, games, etc. in various locations throughout the day.
    • 4:30-5pm: Pickup. (PE Center)
    • 6-7pm - Dinner with parents (PE Center)
    • 7pm: Drop-off (PE Center)
    • 7-9:30pm: Evening programming with Congress staff (PE Center)
    • 9:30pm: Pickup (PE Center)

Sunday, March 24

  • Adults, College Students, High School, & Junior High:
    • We will be together for the morning programming and liturgy:
    • 7-8am: Continental Breakfast (PE Center)
    • 8-9am: Closing Session with Chika Anyanwu (PE Center)
    • 9-9:30am: Preparation for Mass (PE Center)
    • 9:30-11am: Palm Sunday Procession from PE Center to Cathedral of St. Helena
    • 11am: Closing (Palm Sunday) Mass (Cathedral of St. Helena)
    • 12pm: Eucharistic Procession (Cathedral of St. Helena)
  • K-5 Childcare:
    • 7:30-9am: Childcare will be available during the morning programming. Parents will have to pickup their children for the closing liturgy. (PE Center)
    • 9-9:30am: Pickup (PE Center)

Registration is Now Open!
You can register for the event HERE.

There are three ways to register:

  1. Register as a group (High School Youth Group or College Campus Ministry Group)
  2. Register as a family
  3. Register an individual

 

Other Questions? Contact us at: cfcladmin@dohmt.org | 406-442-5820

Once again, we will provide space in the PE Center for various organizations, business, and ministries to share their mission with our participants. Find more information about being a vendor/exhibitor here
 
Please click here to reserve your space.
 
Space is limited, so we encourage you to reserve your space as soon as possible. Thank you for being present to and sharing your organization's mission with our people, all in service to our Lord Jesus Christ.

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About the Image

“For it was from the side of Christ as he slept the sleep of death upon the cross that there came forth the ‘wondrous sacrament of the whole Church.” -Sacrosanctum Concilium, 5

St. Dominic Adoring Christ Crucified

The image for the 2024 Eucharistic Congress is a detail of a fresco by Fra Angelico of St. Dominic adoring Christ crucified in the San Marco Convent (Florence, Italy; ca. 1441). 

 To meditate on Christ present in the Eucharist is to meditate on the union of Christ and the Church: Head and Body, Bridegroom and Bride. It is to contemplate our union in him as his gift – a gift of such unspeakable intimacy that one’s only response can be, “Thank you!” 

The Eucharist is the sacrament and memorial of Christ’s sacrificial love. In it, Christ gives us the very body which he gave for us on the cross and the very blood which he “poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Mt 26:28). Because it contains Christ himself, the Holy Eucharist is “the gift that Jesus Christ makes of himself, revealing to us God’s infinite love for every man and woman” (Sacramentum Caritatis 1). 

The Church is a communion in the blood of Christ, and thus created only by this gift. “The Church is born primarily of Christ’s total self-giving for our salvation, anticipated in the institution of the Eucharist and fulfilled on the cross…. As Eve was formed from the sleeping Adam’s side, so the Church was born from the pierced heart of Christ hanging dead on the cross” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 766). She is truly his Bride, because she is defined only and wholly by his love. The real, visible Church really is the continuing presence of the love that poured from his pierced heart and that daily forms her from the altar. So intimately united with Christ, she becomes a sacrament in her turn, the sign and the instrument of salvation, gathering men and women “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues” (Rev 7:9) so that he may make us one People of God, one temple of the Holy Spirit, one Body of Christ. 

“The Eucharist makes the Church” (CCC 1396). We pray that this Eucharistic Congress prepares us for Holy Week as we, like St. Dominic, adore and contemplate Jesus Christ. Discovering his total self-giving in the Eucharist, may we be formed by the same love that poured from his side to form the Church in his blood. Pierced by his love, may our own hearts be opened to share his life. 

Previous Eucharistic Congresses

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