The Diocese of Novaliches held an Orientation / Meeting for its 51st International Eucharistic Congress 2016 Non-Paying Delegates yesterday, January 15, 2016, at the Caritas Novaliches Office in Good Shepherd Cathedral Shrine, Fairview Park, Quezon City.
The Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D. welcomed the delegates and briefed them on the background of #IEC2016. While, Delegation Coordinator Dharel Cuntapay gave delegates the details of what they need to know and do for IEC from registration to accommodations.
Last December 12, 2015 during the Diocesan Theological Pastoral Congress, the Bishop announced that the IEC 2016 Organizers has given the Diocese of Novaliches free-registration slots to the IEC 2016 Conference out of its big contribution to its”Piso Para Sa Misa Ng Mundo” Fund Raising Program. The free slots actually gave the Bishop the option to either send 20 full-registration participants (Jan 24-31) or 40 half-registration participants (Jan 24-27 or Jan 28-31). The Bishop preferred to send 20 full-registration participants and 1 half-registration participant.
Families from the Holy Cross Parish in Basak Pardo, Cebu City will host 18 of the delegates for their accommodations and daily breakfast and dinner while three (3) of the delegates will be staying in a hotel. Meanwhile, daily transportation to and from the host families to the IEC Venues will be provided by the Holy Cross Parish and the IEC 2016 Organizers.
The Bishop is also inviting all IEC2016 delegates of the Diocese of Novaliches (including Regular Delegates) to attend the Send Off Mass this Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd Shrine. The Send Off Mass will be officiated by the Bishop himself.
Meanwhile, the Bishop will be flying to Cebu earlier for the annual CBCP Plenary Meeting that begins January 19, 2016.
The International Eucharistic Congress, a gathering of people meant to promote the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of a Christian, is hosted in the Philippines for the second time due to efforts of the Most Rev. Jose Palma, Archbishop of Cebu. The first IEC held in the Philippines was in 1937.