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By on Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Olympic Park in Stratford, east London (Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire)

The Olympic Park in Stratford, east London (Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire)

Twenty-four hour exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in St Francis of Assisi’s church, Stratford, east London, throughout the Olympic Games, it has been announced.

Not just in London but throughout the country the Church is gearing up for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Priests and religious will be on hand in the Olympic Village for athletes, coaches and officials, with chaplains available for visitors to the Games. Spiritual and pastoral hospitality centres at St Francis’s church and at Westminster Cathedral will offer Masses in different languages, talks by priests, and will also provide a place for volunteers at the Games to “chill out”, according to Frank van Velzen, assistant Catholic coordinator of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Church is a leading participant in More Than Gold, an ecumenical venture to involve Christians in the Olympics, supporting competitors and visitors with “outreach”, hospitality and service. Every parish is being encouraged to become involved, providing a Gold Champion who will be a link between More Than Gold and the local Christian community.

There will be festivals both in London and around Britain, and Christian witness on the streets, with “street pastors” at stations around London. In just one of many activities being planned, four Christian theatre groups will put on plays related to the Olympics.

The Church will also be promoting Christian activity at sports fields around the country. Mr van Velzen said: “Sports mission is about taking the Church outside the building in the hope of getting people back into it. It’s meeting the people where they’re at.”

Major sporting events often lead to an increase in prostitution, and with the Olympics thousands of athletes, journalists and spectators will converge on London – as will people traffickers. More than Gold will raise awareness of this issue and provide safe havens.

  • Ray Ryan

      Congrats on your creativity and charity in bringing forth these very good ideas. I doubt I wiil get there to enjoy your hospitality but be assured as I follow the games on Tellie I will say a prayer for you thinking Brits. God Bless you all. Ray Ryan out in the Connecticut Colony.

  • Fr Thomas Poovathinkal

    AFTER SWALLOWING THE CAMEL, YOU CHRISTIANS IN EUROPE – ESPECIALLY THOSE AMONG YOU WHO PRACTISE PRIEST-CRAFT OF RITUALISM AND DOGMAS – ARE STRAINING THE GNAT!

    WHY DON’T YOU INSTEAD START THINKING OF GETTING INTO A MOOD OF REPENTING AND BELIEVING IN THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD PROCLAIMED BY HIS TRUE APOSTLES? ONLY THIS CAN BRING BACK PEOPLE TO CHURCHES IN EUROPE.

    GOD’S WORD HEARD WITH THE RIGHT DISPOSITION CAN MAKE THE FAITH GROW  AND FLOURISH; THE SACRAMENTS ARE SECONDARY. EVEN THE EUCHARIST IS EUCHARISH BECAUSE OF THE WORD OF GOD. THE WORD OF GOD IS THE FOUNDATIONAL REALITY OF TRUE CHRISTIAN LIFE.

    Fr Thomas Poovathinkal

  • Cromwell Uguale

    Oh Dear, this is awfully bad. The west accuses Africans of Voodoo and withccraft and then you expose the communion to make the British win gold medals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Kenny/500505255 Michael Kenny

    I like this idea — but has anyone tried getting an angry old priest to introduce it in a parish? Seriously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Kenny/500505255 Michael Kenny

    I like this idea — but has anyone tried getting an angry old priest to introduce it in a parish? Seriously.

  • Mr Oginga

    In some Tarzan films the African tribes were depicted as superstitious savages. In the film “Sanders of the River”, and so many other Hollywood and Rank Organisation films made us and the Irish look so bloody stupid. But now in 2012 in The City of London England a piece of bread is going to be shown by the catholic church in a Sol Invictus (Sun Worship) gadget in the hope of influencing the outcome of the games and in order to bring about winning British Gold medals. Wow!

  • Joan

    “street pastors”….”Christian activities” ?

    Is this something to be pleased about?

  • Aisake

     Mother Theresa said that only we realize that He is truly present in Eucharist, all Catholic Church will be full. In communion with all churches all over the world we have been gifted by a very precious gift which His Body and Blood. How often we receive the Eucharist and looked beyond that bread and try to see Christ therefore only then we will be able to see the great Grace our Churches has offered for us

  • ann

    I’m sorry, but where do you get the idea that the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament proposed here is for the purpose of “making the British win gold medals”? There is certainly nothing in this article to suggest such a silly and tasteless idea.  I’m rather hoping that your post is a joke, but, if not, please be assured that  this is not the point; rather,anyone who wishes to draw near to the Lord will be invited to do so, so that thanks may be given to the creator of all for the gifts of all the participating athletes – of whatever nationality/ethnicity/culture -  and so that all may taste God’s infinite love for each one of us, a love which is not dependent on our abilities, sporting or otherwise, and which transcends and overcomes all boundaries. 

  • orthodoxpriest

    It is very hard to understand how there is such animosity evident here to the Catholic Church seeking to be present to Christ, and make Christ present to the world, during this Olympic season. May God bless all those seeking to offer the hospitality of the Church at this time.

  • Montanist

    Sad… completely wrongheaded theology……….

  • http://twitter.com/yosephdaviyd David L. Gray

    Huh?