As soon as tickets went on sale for the Diocese of Knoxville’s Eucharistic Congress, my wife and I made our reservations. We’ve been looking forward to the event since November. The time is almost here. The Congress takes place on September 13 and 14 at the Sevierville Convention Center.
For the past few days, my wife has been practicing for her role at the Eucharistic Congress. She will serve as a cantor during the morning prayer and the Eucharistic exposition.
I was deeply honored yesterday when Deacon Sean Smith invited me to serve as an emcee for the Eucharistic Congress. He said that Bishop Stika and Cardinal Rigali had asked him to make sure that I would be reverent and not make any attempts at humor. I completely understood because there will be a tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament present.
Deacon Sean has attended the dinners I’ve emceed for Catholic Charities, including the one where my style was described as “stand-up auctioneering.” At those events, the audience was eating and drinking and bidding on expensive items. I had to keep them in a good mood.
At the Congress, my job will be to make announcements to guide attendees to the correct meeting rooms. I hope to also have the opportunity to introduce the keynote speakers: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Father Robert Barron and Dr. Scott Hahn.
Saturday, August 31 is the final day to register for the Eucharistic Congress. An email went out out to registrants yesterday. I liked the paragraph that mentions an event in 2014:
Your name tag is your admissions ticket so for those attending Friday evening’s program, please remember to bring back your name tag and program on Saturday and to enter through the admissions area to gain entrance. At the end of Saturday’s program, receptacles will be available as you exit to drop off your name tag and lanyard. These will be used again for future diocesan events, and particularly for our Jubilee close out celebration at Smokies Park in September, 2014.