Event FAQs

When is the event? What time will doors open?
  • The Eucharistic Congress is on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 8:30am-6:00pm at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. Doors will open at 7:30am.
  • There is a pre-event for youth and young adults on Friday, June 17, 2022 from 7:30-9:30pm at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Doors will open at 6:30pm.
Where is the event being held?
  • The Eucharistic Congress on Saturday, June 18th will be held at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell, MA 01852.
  • The pre-event for youth and young adults on Friday, June 17th will be held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118.
Where can we park and is there a cost for parking?
  • Parking and directions can be found here. There will be no available public parking in the Tsongas lots on the day of the event. However, there are 3 nearby parking garages where you can park personal vehicles - George Ayotte Parking Garage, Joseph Downes Parking Garage, and Leo A. Roy Parking Garage. The cost at any of these garages is $15.00 for the whole day and only cash or check payments are accepted.  There is also some metered street parking available in the area.
  • Individuals and groups are responsible for arranging their own transportation.
  • Busses may drop off and pick up in front of the building. Please contact us at [email protected] for information about bus parking.
  • Parking information for the Cathedral of the Holy Cross will be posted soon! 
Are there any organized shuttles or buses?
  • Parish groups are encouraged to travel together via carpool or bus. Please check with your parish for this information.
Do all members of our group have to arrive at the same time?
  • We recommend all group members arrive at the same time for ease of entrance and to find seats together as seating is general admission and first come, first serve. If group members will not be arriving at the same time as the rest of the group, it is the responsibility of the group leader to send those group members their digital tickets. Every individual will need their digital ticket ready to scan upon arrival to gain entry.
Is lunch included?
  • Box lunches consisting of a turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato on a bulkie roll, apple, chips, and a beverage are available for purchase for an additional fee of $14 each. The only dietary modifications available are a vegetarian wrap and a gluten-free sandwich.
  • Box lunches must be ordered at the time you submit your registration. They cannot be added on later.
  • All members on your registration must opt in or out of the box lunch option. You cannot purchase the lunch just for some of the people in your registration.
  • For those who opt not to purchase the box lunch, you may use the 75-minute break to purchase lunch from the concession stands or a local restaurant. Outside food is not allowed in the Tsongas Center, but if you pack a cooler in your vehicle, you will be able to leave the arena during the lunch break to get food from your vehicle and eat it outside the venue.
What iF I or someone in my group needs wheelchair accessibility or an ASL interpreter?
  • Wheelchair accessible seating will be available on the floor and around the concourse. Members of the Deaf community have the option to sit close to the stage and the ASL interpreter. If you or a member of your group would like to reserve seating in these sections, please include this in your registration or contact us at [email protected] or call 617-746-5767.
What do priests need to Know?
  • All priests must register via the Priest Registration link.
  • White vestments should be worn by priests concelebrating with Cardinal Seán O'Malley.
  • Priests hearing confessions should bring their purple stole.
  • Priests concelebrating will sit together for Mass.
  • Priests should register separately from their group and not be counted in their group registration. 
  • If you travel with a group and concelebrate, have your group save you a seat for the rest of the event. 
  • A ticket and lunch are complimentary.
  • A Letter of Good Standing is needed for priests residing outside of the Archdiocese of Boston who hear confessions or concelebrate Mass. (Details on priest registration page.)
What is the dress code?
  • Dress is casual. We recommend something modest and comfortable. There will be a Mass and a Eucharistic Procession with Cardinal O'Malley as part of the Eucharistic Congress.
What items can be brought into the venue?
  • Any bags entering the Tsongas Center will be subject to a bag search to confirm that prohibited items aren't entering the venue. For a list of prohibited items and additional information, please click here.
Will there be any safety precautions taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 at the event?
  • We will be monitoring local and state guidelines as the event date approaches and will communicate any necessary updates regarding precautions or requirements to registered participants prior to the event.
What happens if the event is canceled due to COVID-19 or other unforeseen circumstances?
  • If, due to COVID-19 or other unforeseen circumstances the event is cancelled, all tickets will be refunded.
Are you offering a virtual attendance option? Will the event be live-streamed?
  • No, we will not be offering a virtual ticket or live-streaming the event. This event is being offered for in-person attendance only. 
Will the talks be translated into other languages? 
  • Yes, the talk will be translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. Bishop Flores's talk in Spanish will be translated for English speakers as well as Spanish. We will provide a call in number for the participants to listen to the translation on their phones.

If I have additional questions, who can I contact?
Have questions about registration? Visit the registration FAQs.