Brothers Brian and John Paul Donaldson are pumped up about their summer vacation.

No, they’re not surfing or golfing or doing anything else you might expect young men to do.

The siblings’ plan; deepen their bond with Christ and each other as they worship with thousands of other Catholics at the upcoming National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis.

“I’m so excited for that energy. It’s igniting my heart as I speak,” said Brian, 20. “I’m looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me and my brother.”

The Donaldsons are among the roughly 140 people from the diocese registered for the event that takes place July 17-21 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Additionally, Bishop Alberto Rojas will lead a team of 13 from the Pastoral Center. The historic National Eucharistic Congress, the first in 84 years, includes an opening procession, Masses, Adoration, and renowned Catholic speakers. At least 29 different parishes from the diocese will be represented with the biggest group coming from St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church in Alta Loma. The 30-member delegation includes Father Andres Rivera, parochial vicar at the parish, who says the Congress represents an opportunity to get fired up about our faith….

Eucharistic Minister Patty Jimenez thrust herself into the revival effort at her parish, St. Patrick in Moreno Valley. Now Jimenez is eager to take the next step by going to the Congress with her husband and with Father Octavio Cortez, parish administrator. But just going won’t complete her mission. After the trip, she says she intends to bring lapsed Catholics back into the fold….

Other attendees want to ignite their relationship with Christ through Adoration. St. Peter and St. Paul Parish facilities coordinator David Patin is traveling with his wife, Jacqui, and adult daughter, Emily.

“Even though I was raised Catholic, I never had an attraction to Adoration until recently,” said Patin. “I’m looking forward to learning more about Adoration, how to pray in Adoration and feed my faith.”

Jacqui Patin is a member of the parish book club that is reading 33 Days to Eucharistic Glory by Matthew Kelly. Patin believes its prayers and stories are spiritually fortifying her for the Congress….

The Congress offers the Awaken program designed for young people. Organizers say they aspire to give youth an encounter with Jesus then send them home as Eucharistic missionaries.

John Paul Donaldson says he’s ready to step into that role. Soon he’ll start his missionary work for NET Ministries, an organization that encourages young Catholics to deepen their faith….

Father John Gunningham wants to experience it all. The diocesan hospital chaplain says he’s especially looking forward to meeting Catholics from across the country and spending time with the Eucharist, which is so important to the patients to whom he ministers….

Bishop Rojas will celebrate a Send Off Mass at St. Peter and St. Paul Church on June 30 at 5 p.m. during which he will offer a special blessing to those from the diocese who are attending the National Eucharistic Congress.

From Inland Catholic Byte