FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. What is the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC)?
IEC is an international gathering of people which aims to:
• promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church
• help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy
• Draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist

2. What is the Eucharist?
The Eucharist is the Sacrament in which Jesus Christ gives Himself—His Body and Blood—for us, so that we too might give ourselves to Him in love and be united with Him in Holy Communion (YOUCAT, 208).
What are the different names of the Holy Eucharist?
The different names indicate the profound richness of this mystery: the Holy Sacrifice; Holy Mass; the Sacrifice of the Mass; the Lord’s Supper; the Breaking of Bread; Eucharistic celebration; the Memorial of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection; the Holy and Divine Liturgy; the Sacred Mysteries; Holy Communion (YOUCAT, 212).

3.Who is leading the IEC 2016?
The Pontifical Committee on International Eucharistic Congress, headed by Archbishop Piero Marini and based in Rome, initiates and coordinates the IEC at the global level. It designates the Local Committee in Cebu, presided over by Archbishop Jose S. Palma, to organize and prepare for the Congress in 2016. The Local Committee in Cebu is supported by the National Committee, consisting of the Permanent Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses of the CBCP, headed by Archbishop Romulo Valles, and the other commissions and offices of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

4. What are the objectives of a Eucharistic Congress?
The objective of a Eucharistic Congress is to enhance and deepen the understanding, appreciation and celebration of the Eucharistic in all its dimensions:
• To support a deeper understanding of a meaningful celebration of the Mass;
• To extend the worship of the Blessed Sacrament outside the Mass itself;
• To help people reflect on the social implications of the Eucharist so that the influence or fruit of our celebration and adoration permeate the whole of our personal and social life.
5. Who can convoke a Eucharistic Congress?
Not all Eucharistic Congresses are international. Some countries have been known to hold national, local, diocesan or parish Eucharistic Congresses. The Episcopal Conference of a particular country may summon a National Eucharistic Congress.
6. What are the essential features of the IEC?
At the center of a Eucharistic Congress is the celebration of the Eucharist, the center of Christian life. Other important features include:
a. Series of catechism that focuses on the different dimensions of the Eucharist, followed by personal testimonials that will deepen the catechism in real life experience.
b. Daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in designated churches and in the site of the Congress itself.
c. The Sacrament of Confession is also available daily.
d. A Eucharistic procession that helps to express a public and ritual dimension of the faith in the Eucharist.
7. How long does an IEC last?
Normally, an International Eucharistic Congress lasts for 8 days. It opens on a Sunday and ends on the following Sunday.

8. When and how did the IEC begin?
The idea of a Eucharistic Congress (originally called Eucharistic pilgrimages) came from the insight of and commitment of Emelie-Marie Tamisier, a laywoman from France. International Eucharistic Congresses began in 1881 as the fruit of the works of St. Peter Julian Eymard, Apostle of the Eucharist.

9. Was there an IEC held in the Philippines before? When?
Yes, the 33rd IEC in 1937 was held in Manila, Philippines. It was the first IEC in Asia. His Eminence, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal was one of those who received first communion at the age of six.

10. When and where will the IEC 2016 take place?
The 51st IEC will be held in Cebu, Philippines on January 24-31, 2016.

11.Why Cebu?
The significance of IEC in Cebu is connected with the 9-year Novena for the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines. Christianity came to the country’s shore through Cebu in 1521.

12. How many are expected to attend the 2016 IEC?
The expected daily attendees to the Congress are around 15, 000 pilgrims. However, during the opening and closing Masses of the Congress, participants are estimated to reach to a million.

13. Will Pope Francis come to the Philippines for the Congress?
Traditionally, the Pope does not attend International Eucharistic Congresses. The Holy Father usually sends Papal Legates to represent him in gatherings like this.

14. What is the theme, logo and hymn of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress?
The theme of the 51st IEC in 2016 is “Christ in you, our hope of glory” (cf. Col.1:27). The Congress likewise has its official logo (which has been used in the invitation and other merchandising materials) and theme song. The artist behind the logo is Jayson Jaluag, and the composer of the hymn is Jay-arr Librando. Both of whom are from Cebu.

15. How and where do I get promotional materials?
Promotional materials are available at the IEC Secretariat Office, Pope John XXIII Minor Seminary, John Paul II Ave., Mabolo, Cebu City.
You may also download them in our website, www.iec2016.ph.
(http://iec2016.ph/download-center/)

16. Is the Congress only for Catholics?
Although organized by the Roman Catholic Church, the IEC is open to all Christians and people of goodwill. In the light of ecumenism espoused by Vatican II, the challenge for us is to deepen fraternal bonds and mutual faith in Jesus Christ, despite theological and doctrinal differences among religions.
17. What are the various events during the Congress?
The program of the Congress includes daily celebration of Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confession, daily catechism on the Eucharist, Testimony, Eucharistic Procession, workshops on various topics related to the Eucharist, youth and children’s day, cultural program, pilgrimage to various parishes in the city of Cebu (Visita Iglesia) and nocturnal vigils.

Congress Proper

18. How can I register myself to the Congress?
Registration of delegates will be done online. Local delegations may opt for manual registration by making a visit to the IEC office located in Pope John XXIII Seminary, along Pope John Paul II Avenue, Mabolo, Cebu City. Local dioceses may also organize their own delegation and register by groups.

IEC 2016 Registration

19. How much does it cost to attend the entire Congress?
The cost of attending the Congress are as follows:

A.) FULL REGISTRATION

RATES LOCAL (residing in the Phils.) INTERNATIONAL
Early Registration

 

September 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

 

PHP 7,000.00

 

USD 350.00
Regular Rate

 

July 1, 2015 – November 30, 2015

 

PHP 8,000.00

 

USD 400.00
Late Registration

 

December 1, 2015 – January 22, 2016

 

PHP 9,000.00

 

USD 450.00

B.) 4-DAY REGISTRATION

RATES LOCAL (residing in the Phils.) INTERNATIONAL
Early Registration

 

September 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

 

PHP 3,500.00

 

USD 200.00
Regular Rate

 

July 1, 2015 – November 30, 2015

 

PHP 4,000.00

 

USD 250.00
Late Registration

 

December 1, 2015 – January 22, 2016

 

PHP 4,500.00

 

USD 300.00

Accommodation and transportation costs are to be taken care of by the individual delegate. For more details visit: http://iec2016.ph/iec-2016-registration/.
20. Why is there a difference in the Local and Foreign rates?
The Congress hopes to be accessible to as many individuals as possible because the event is above all a locus for evangelization and formation in the faith. The magnitude of the event, however, requires considerable amount of resources. Given the state of the economy in the Philippines, having an equivalent amount for both dollar and peso rates would be unattainable to many Filipinos. Thus the relatively lower rates for Philippine residents.
21. How can I get accommodation?
The website has a list of accredited accommodation providers you can choose from. Click the link to see the list:

Accommodations

22. What is the Congress Symposium?
The Theological Symposium is a pre-congress event that will take place is January 20-22, 2016. It will be held in Cebu Doctors’ University, Mandaue City, Cebu. The Symposium is more technical and academic in content, and is open to theology professors, students, seminarians, lay formation and catechists. For more details, please visit: https://registration.iec2016.ph/index.php/symposium.
23. I am working in the media, how do I register? Will there be a media center during the IEC 2016?
All media personnel need proper accreditation to have access to the Congress. A Media Center will be established to cater to the needs of media people.

24. How can I help disseminate information about the IEC 2016?

Every Arch/Diocese of the country has its IEC coordinator. If you want to help spread the information about the IEC 2016, you may get in touch with your diocesan coordinator. The local committee in Cebu may be contacted through (032)260-3912. The National Secretariat can be contacted through 09178050864 or (02)722-0679. You may also visit the official website, www.iec2016.ph or email us [email protected] more information.

25. What events during the Congress Proper are open to the public?

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26. What are the different transportation routes of the Congress?

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