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A Milestone Moment for Your Family

Fostering a love of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist within our homes will have a profound impact on how we love others outside of our homes. In order to make this experience as fruitful for your family as possible, we’ve designed special amenities and experiences just for you. Read on for exciting afternoon sessions, exclusive local discounts, and more.

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Family Amenities

  • Nursing mothers’ room
  • Childrens’ play area
  • 1 sensory room in Lucas Oil Stadium and 3 sensory rooms in the Indiana Convention Center
  • Family first aid station
  • “Eucharistic Village” in the parking lot of St. John the Evangelist Church
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Morning Impact Sessions

Enjoy vibrant keynotes that will speak to both parents and children of all ages, engaging worship music, and opportunities for family discussion. You’ll hear from prominent Catholic speakers like Fr. Leo Patalinghug, Ennie and Cana Hickman, and more. These morning sessions will feature opportunities for prayer as a family that are impactful for adults and designed with children in mind.

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CatholicHÔM Immersive Experience

This experience is designed for the entire family! Discover how encountering Christ in the Eucharist is the key to celebrating a more loving, connected, and caring home, and how you can become a Household on Mission. Families will:

  • Laugh and sing together during an interactive puppet show
  • Worship together in family Eucharistic adoration
  • Play exciting games that will help build stronger relationships
  • Explore new resources to keep them growing closer to God and each other when they get back home
  • Change the way they think about integrating faith and family life

These sessions will run in shifts throughout Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons. Capacity is limited, so be sure to select this experience at registration! (Or you can modify your existing registration to include the CatholicHÔM Experience.)

Thursday & Friday
1:00–2:30 PM, 2:30–4:00 PM, or 4:00–5:30 PM
Saturday
1:00–2:30 PM
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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atriums

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the spiritual formation of children, rooted in Montessori principles and the enjoyment of Christ. It emphasizes creating a sacred space where children encounter God through hands-on materials and guided reflection led by trained catechists. We will offer four age-appropriate “atriums” focused on nurturing the child's relationship with Jesus:

  • Infant and toddler
  • 3–6 years old
  • 6–9 years old
  • 9–12 years old

Each atrium will feature an altar, presentations, and hands-on activities that will foster contemplation and understanding of the Eucharist through instruction and experimentation. Through this method, children develop a profound sense of belonging, gain a personal connection to the mysteries of faith, and cultivate a foundation of faith. These experiences will be available 12:00–6:30 PM Thursday–Saturday in the Indiana Convention Center.

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An Opportunity for First Communicants

Did a member of your family make their First Communion this year? Any child attending the Congress who has received their First Holy Communion this past year (July 2023–July 2024) is invited to participate in a special way in a major Eucharistic procession through downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, July 20th. The procession will be from 3:00–5:00 PM.

Accompanied by one parent/legal guardian, First Communicants will walk in the front of the procession wearing their First Communion dress or suit. Please note that the procession route is approximately 1 mile. You must submit your RSVP no later than June 15th to participate.

After you register for the Congress, you will receive an invitation to RSVP for your child. Reach out to us at hello@eucharisticcongress.org with any questions.

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Free Eucharistic Content for Families

Our partners at Hallow are supporting families this summer with free access to content that will help the whole family prepare for the National Eucharistic Congress. Enjoy inspiring stories, kid-friendly reflections, family prayers, and more—perfect to play in the car or around the house. This content includes:

Sign up today to get 3 free months of Hallow, and unlock all of this content for your family this summer! This is a great way to encourage your children to fall more deeply in love with Jesus in the Eucharist.

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Local Attractions and Discounts

There are many local attractions and activities available for your family to enjoy during your time at the Congress. Make the most of your visit to Indianapolis by taking an afternoon trip to the zoo or staying an extra day to enjoy all that the city has to offer. Visit Indy put together a convenient list of facilities and services you can use to plan your trip.

Our team is busy negotiating discounts for Congress-going families who also want to explore the city. We are excited to announce the first of these discounts is available! You can now get tickets to the Indianapolis Zoo at a significant discount of over 35%. Just order through our link to unlock the lower rates.

  • Adult Entry: $21.75 $34.75
  • Youth Entry (ages 2–12): $17.75 $31.75
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