The Synthesis of the Consultation in Ireland for the Diocesan Stage of the Universal Synod 2021 – 2023 has been published. Dr Nicola Brady, chair of the Steering Committee for the Irish Synodal Pathway, said: “The strong sense of shared responsibility that has guided our synodal process so far, from the local to the national level, has been a great encouragement. It is hoped that this will continue to to motivate us to develop our skills of deep listening and discernment, as we reflect on the significance of our national synthesis, and the different voices of the church around the world, asking what God wants of us in light of what we have heard.” Click Here to access Synthesis Document.
The National Novena to Our Lady of Knock will take place from Sunday, 14th – Monday 22nd August 2022, offering nine days of reflection and prayer and a chance to connect with your faith in the unique and sacred space of Knock Shrine. This year’s theme is ‘A Journey in Hope’.
Ceremonies will take place at Knock Basilica at 3pm and 8pm over the course of the nine days with guest speakers present during each ceremony. There will also be the special candlelight procession, a traditional feature of the Novena at Knock, which takes place following the 8pm ceremony (weather permitting).
On Thursday 18 August, Knock Shrine will hold a special Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine and are inviting people from the Ukrainian community in Ireland and host families to attend.
Sunday 21 August is the Anniversary of the Apparition which will coincide with the Family Day. Taking place from 11am-3pm in the beautiful grounds of the Shrine, the Family Day is a lovely opportunity for families to get together to enjoy a range of fun activities. All events and activities are free of charge and will take place on the beautiful grounds of Knock Shrine. There will be outdoor activities taking place on the green (weather permitting) and marquees with indoor workshops, games and more.
Engaging with the Synod
A unique feature of this year’s Novena will be the ‘Synod Tent’, where members of the public will be invited to learn more about the Synod and what it means for all of us. It will also provide an opportunity for us to listen to what you think Knock Shrine has to offer you and the Church in Ireland at this critical juncture in our history.
Novena Programme: Guest Speakers & Homilists
Sunday 14 August
3pm: Most Rev Tom Deenihan, Bishop of Meath – What is Christian Hope?
8pm: Cormac Henry, former Youth Volunteer at Knock Shrine – What Gives me Hope Today?
Monday 15 August
3pm & 8pm: Roseanna Ruane, Mother of Saoírse Ruane – The Power of Prayer in Difficult Times.
Tuesday 16 August
3pm & 8pm: Dr Nicola Brady, Chair of the Synodal Pathway Steering Group – The Synodal Pathway: What have we learned and what will we do?
Wednesday 17 August
3pm & 8pm: Fr Terence Harrington OFM Cap – How Can I Have Hope in my Brokenness?
Thursday 18 August
3pm & 8pm: Halyna Teslyuk, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine – A Hope that Inspires.
Friday 19 August
3.00pm & 8.00pm: Lauren Conroy, Student – My Faith Story.
Saturday 20 August
3pm: Fr Michael McKeever, Diocesan Secretary, Diocese of Raphoe – Eucharist: a Sign of Hope.
8pm: Professor John Feehan, Geologist, Botanist, Author and Broadcaster – God in Everything that Lives: A Reflection on Laudato Si.
Sunday 21 August, the Anniversary of the Apparition
3pm: Most Rev Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin – They will take their place at the Feast.
8pm: Fr Richard Gibbons, PP and Rector, Knock Shrine ‘Knock – the Vision of Hope’.
Monday 22 August
3pm & 8pm: Most Rev Francis Duffy, Archbishop of Tuam – The Call of the Lord.
For more information see Knock shrine
Parishes and Individuals are now invited to register their interest in either attending WYD Lisbon or organising a parish group to participate. Over the past year many parishes and people have noted in submissions for the Task Force and also preparatory meetings on Synod the importance of reaching out to younger people.
World Youth Day will take place 1-6 August in Lisbon 2023. Package options and costs are still being determined and the registration system will open in September. At present it is intended to have the option for teenagers aged 16-18 to participate as well as those aged 18-29.
The Archdiocese of Dublin has a great tradition in participation at World Youth Day. This is a great opportunity to reach out to young people and connect them to young people in many parishes that will participate at WYD. A full pastoral programme for all pilgrims will also commence later in the year, with opportunities for leadership roles as well.
Get In touch and keep in touch
We would like to hear from you between before September so that we can focus and fine tune the various package options that will be proposed.
- Parishes are now invited register their interest – providing information if possible on numbers and maybe local leaders also
- Individuals can also use this system to register their interest
- Groups (Schools, Third Level Chaplaincy, Faith groups) – can also use this system
If your parish(es) is thinking about organising a group – you can email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Registrations for WYD Lisbon will open in late August 2022.
Please note we do not have the facility to record webcam Masses/Services.
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