Eucharistic Congress satisfaction rating improves
CHARLOTTE — People like the Eucharistic Congress. That sums up the results of a satisfaction survey conducted after the Sept. 23-24 congress.
Since the first diocesan Eucharistic Congress in 2005, survey data have been collected to determine satisfaction levels with the spiritual experience, the organization of the liturgical events, the audiovisual support, the vendors and even the food served at the Charlotte Convention Center.
In all, more than 240 people filled out the eight-question survey this year. Each question measured satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score.
Overall satisfaction received a rating of 4.27. Satisfaction with the spiritual experience was 4.08. Both numbers represent an increase in the satisfaction level from last year's survey results.
"I have attended most of Eucharistic Congresses and this was the best. It was larger, I thought, but organized super. Congrats to all," wrote one person.
Another wrote, "Each year the Eucharistic Congress grows and grows, like yeast rising. Each year there is a new call to live our faith."
Also receiving high marks were the satisfaction ratings with the audiovisual support in the main halls of the event, the vendor area and the check-in process for the children's tracks. Volunteers at the check-in desk used the online documentation service Google Docs for the first time to speed up the process.
Not every comment was positive. "Ask vendors to have more Spanish materials," wrote one person. Several comments were made about the hard concrete when it came to kneeling during the Holy Hour and the Mass.
And one person complained about the rainy weather during the morning procession: "The only disappointment was the brief procession necessitated by the rain."
Rated lowest was the food offered at the convention center, although the 3.17 score was an improvement over the 2010 congress, which received a score of 3.12. Comments in the survey complained about the cost of the food items being offered. Jori Goodman, a representative of the convention center, responded, "We continuously evaluate our menu options for events and will use this information."
Information gathered in the survey is used by the Eucharistic Congress steering committee, which is planning for next year's congress. It will be held Sept. 21-22, 2012.
What did you think?
It's not too late to submit an evaluation of the 2011 Eucharistic Congress. Go online to www.GoEucharist.com to share your comments.
— David Hains, Director of Communication
Patron saints of familiesThere's a saint for everyone, and families are no different. Here are a few noteworthy examples for your family to learn more about. There is the familiar and beloved St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, and St. Francis of Assisi, who's on everyone's...
Reflections on St. PeterPeter the fishermanAfter Jesus, Peter is the figure best known and most frequently cited in the New Testament writings: he is mentioned 154 times with the nickname of Pétros, "rock," the Greek translation of the Aramaic name Jesus gave him directly;...
Pope Francis on the Year of FaithPope Francis spoke about the Year of Faith in his audience with representatives of the Churches and Ecclesial Communities, and other religions March 20: "I begin my apostolic ministry in this year that my venerated predecessor, Pope Benedict...
As pope, Benedict worked to promote understanding of Vatican IIVATICAN CITY — On Feb. 14, in one of the last public appearances of his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the clergy of Rome about his experiences at the Second Vatican Council, which he had attended as an expert consultant half a century...
People around world pledge to say rosary daily during Year of FaithEASTON, Mass. — The Family Rosary division of Holy Cross Family Ministries in Easton has gathered more than 80,000 pledges from people around the globe who said they would pray the rosary daily during the 2012-13 Year of Faith. The pledges,...
A culture of lifeIn 2013 our country observes a shameful anniversary: marking 40 years of a "culture of death" that began when the U.S. Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade, struck down all state laws restricting abortion. Since the advent of "legalized" abortion,...
The Fathers of the Church
Lives of the Saints
St. Justin Martyr, patron of philosophers, honored June 1On June 1, one day before 2011's celebration of the Ascension of Christ, the Catholic Church honors the memory of the early Christian philosopher St. Justin Martyr. Justin was born around the year 100 in the Palestinian province of Samaria,...
Roman martyrs Sts. Marcellinus and Peter remembered June 2On June 2, the Catholic Church remembers two fourth-century martyrs, Sts. Marcellinus and Peter, who were highly venerated after the discovery of their tomb and the conversion of their executioner. Although the biographical details of these two martyrs...
St. Barnabas, 'son of encouragement' Feast day: June 11Catholics will celebrate the memory of St. Barnabas on June 11. The apostle and missionary was among Christ's earliest followers and was responsible for welcoming St. Paul into the Church. Though not one of the 12 apostles chosen by the Lord, Jesus, he...
St. Anthony of Padua, 'Hammer of Heretics,' honored June 13On June 13, Catholics honor the memory of the Franciscan priest St. Anthony of Padua. Although he is popularly invoked today by those who have trouble finding lost objects, he was known in his own day as the "Hammer of Heretics" due to the powerful...
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of AIDS patients, remembered June 21On June 21, the Church celebrates the life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga. St. Aloysius had a great desire to serve and know God as a young boy, but his family life was not always aligned with his desire. He was born into a noble Italian family and...
- Read the Catechism in a year: A little to read every day, emailed each morning during the Year of Faith
- USCCB: Stories, videos and more about the Year of Faith
- Annusfidei.va: Vatican's Year of Faith website
- Catholic Relief Services: Features and stories about Year of Faith
- My Year of Faith App: Daily prayers, reflections and thoughts
- Video Catechism for Teens: A free online resource for youths and young adults
- Weekly video series: “C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith”
- OnceCatholic.org: Geared for people who have left their Catholic faith
- Explore the Sacraments: An 8-part video series on the Sacraments
FROM THE PASTORS
Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:
- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Patrick Earl at St. Peter in Charlotte
- Fr. John Eckert at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
- Listen to homilies from St. William Catholic Church in Murphy