The journey from hurt to healing, freedom and peace.
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An opportunity to reflect on ways to deal with life’s hurts and disappointments,
so we can move forward and find peace and contentment
Wednesday, 21st August marks the 140th anniversary of the apparition in 1879, and a special day of celebration is planned to mark the occasion.
A host of high-profile speakers from the worlds of politics, media and faith are lined up for this year’s National Novena in Knock.
The Novena marks the 140th anniversary of the Knock apparition in August 1879.
This year’s theme is “Continuing Our Journey”. The schedule of speakers opens with former Taoiseach, John Bruton, speaking about “Faith, Future and Europe” on Wednesday, 14th August.
The former Fine Gael leader served as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997. He was also the EU Ambassador to the United States and held various other leadership and ministerial roles throughout his career.
The next day, Knock will host Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation in the Vatican.
He has served as President of the Pontifical Academy for Life and as President of the International Council for Catechesis since 2013.
Previously, he taught fundamental theology for 20 years at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He also served as an Auxiliary Bishop of Rome, Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University and in various curial positions.
He will speak on the theme, “Mary in the life of the Church”.
On Friday, 16th August, Olive Foley, wife of the late Anthony Foley, the Munster rugby coach who died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 42 in 2016, will speak on “Family and Faith”. The mother of two is an ambassador for the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick, which offers support services for children who have lost a loved one.
Other speakers lined up for the Novena, which continues until 22nd August, are Bishop Alan McGuckian of Raphoe who will speak on “What Knock means to me” on Saturday 17th August at 3pm.
Irish geologist, botanist, author and broadcaster Dr John Feehan will also speak on Saturday 17th August at 12pm and 8pm on “God in Creation – learning to read the other Book of Revelation”.
Dr Feehan was a senior lecturer in the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University College Dublin, where he taught for 20 years up to his retirement in 2012.
In recent years he has devoted his attention more particularly to the interface between religion and science. His book on creation spirituality, The Singing Heart of the World, won a Nautilus Book Award in 2013.
Sunday, 18th August is a special family day at Knock Shrine which begins at 12 noon. Activities will include drumming, kite design, face painting and games.
At the 3pm Novena, Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin will speak on “A joy that lies ahead of us.”
At the 8pm Novena, Msgr John Armitage, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, will speak on “Mary and the reality of family life”.
RTÉ Journalist Carole Coleman is set to addresses the Novena at 3pm and 8pm on Monday, 19th August. A former Washington correspondent for RTÉ, she is currently a presenter and reporter on This Week on RTÉ Radio One. She will speak on “Motherhood, media and me”.
Former leader of the Green Party, Rev Trevor Sargent, will speak on the theme, “Faith in Action” on Tuesday 20th August. Rev Sargent served as Minister of State for Food and Horticulture from 2007 to 2010 and as leader of the Green Party from 2001 to 2007. He was ordained for the Church of Ireland in 2018 and serves the parishes of the Waterford Union.
Wednesday, 21st August marks the 140th anniversary of the apparition and a special day of celebration is planned with Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam. The theme for the day is “The message of the Knock apparition, then and now”.
At 12pm a seminar will be held on the theme “19th Century Mayo – place, people and the Knock apparition” and it will be given by Nollaig Ó Muraíle and Tom Neary.
Mr Ó Muraíle is an Irish scholar. He published an acclaimed edition of Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh’s Leabhar na nGenealach in 2004. He was admitted to the Royal Irish Academy in 2009.
Mr Neary served as head steward of The Knock Shrine Society for many years and is the author of many books and publications on the Knock apparition.
The Knock village model will be unveiled at the seminar. The village recreation depicts Knock village as it was in 1879. The model is filled with miniature details of the old church, the houses the witnesses lived in, schools, people, animals, roads, pathways and farmland. It offers a fascinating insight into village life in Knock and into the historical and social context of the Knock apparition.
At 3pm, a new processional statue of Our Lady of Knock which was carved by Stuflesser Ortesei in Italy will also be unveiled, while at 7pm “Witnesses’ walk – meeting heaven at harvest time” will celebrate and commemorate the apparition witnesses by following in their footsteps as they made their way to the gable of the parish church on that wet August evening in 1879.
The final day of the Novena will see renowned Jesuit social justice and homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry speak on the theme, “Following the dream of Jesus”.
In 2017, the Peter McVerry Trust worked with over 4,900 vulnerable youths. As a social activist, Fr Peter is a strong advocate for those who have no voice in society.
He has written widely on issues relating to young homeless people such as accommodation, drugs, juvenile justice, the Gardaí, prisons and education.
Thanks to Sarah Mac Donald of our news staff
Experience the beauty of the ancient landscape of Ireland, touch its sacredness and stand in its richness and solitude; be present,
mindful, open, attentive…
Walk in the footsteps of the Celtic mystics and saints and allow their spirit of courage and trust give you strength and healing.
Hear the stories that shaped their lives and journeys. Listen to the music and songs that moved them to dream, fired their
passionate longings and brought them to stillness. Imagine and reflect by megalithic tombs and high crosses where they found
meaning, comfort and peace. Be silent on the sacred pathways that will give you space to awaken to the dreams and longings of your own heart. Enjoy relaxing times by the fire with a ‘drop of cheer’ as well as special evenings in the company of local
musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers.
Hilary Musgrave and Monica Brown will facilitate this 10 day pilgrimage that will take you to Glendalough, Newgrange, The Boyne Valley, The Hill of Slane, Jerpoint Abbey, St Brigid’s Centre Kildare Town, Kilkenny City and County Carlow, visiting ancient ruins and old burial sites, high crosses, holy wells, medieval cities and sacred places. Through music, song, story and myth, imagery and scripture – storytelling, Hilary and Monica will invite you to listen to your own story in this Celtic Landscape where you can come home to yourself and to your God.
Accompanying us on the journey through the Celtic Landscape will be Irish story tellers, Celtic singers, historians and Irish dancers.
Mary Minihan – Solas Bhride, Kildare,
Mary Teresa McCormack – Iontas, Co Tipperary,
Niamh Brennan – writer, Co Waterford,
Tony O’Dwyer – Co Wexford,
Stefan – Co Tipperary.
A retreat weekend for those who are HIV+ is held every year at Douai Abbey on the first weekend of August. This year the retreat is open to anyone from Ireland
The cost is £20 (Non refundable deposit ) +a donation according to your means. IrishBookings accepted until 20th July.
Limited financial assistance is available to cover travel expenses.
Join the Legion of Mary for our two day Young Adult Catholic Conference in All Hallows College from Saturday 31st August to Sunday 1st September. This year’s theme “Seek Beauty, Find Truth; Mary guide our hearts” looks to evangelize our young people through the beauty of our church.
The best evangelical strategy, according to Saint John Paul II, tells us that“Leaning on God, they continue to reach out, always and everywhere, for all that is beautiful, good, and true”. With this in mind the ultimate goal of the conference is to bear witness to the truth which leads us to the timeless beauty of the Catholic Church offered to every soul.
Through a vast selection of speeches and workshops over the weekend the conference hopes to inspire our young people on topics such as Catholic femininity and masculinity, truth in post-modern society, understanding the beauty of the Eucharist and exploring Catholic art.
Join us in spreading the joy and beauty of our Catholic Faith and bring the hope and truth of Christ to our modern world. The conference, through the grace of our Blessed Mother Mary, hopes to raise up young daughters and sons to become the next generations of Catholic leaders, that our Church so desperately needs.
Holy Mass, Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available allowing people to witness the beauty of our faith on a personal level. There will be numerous opportunities to socialize and interact with other young Catholics throughout the weekend (ensure to bring your runners!!).
Help us proclaim the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith which will lead souls to the knowledge and love of Christ.
Weekend programme available on our website
(Strictly 18-40 years )
Masses take place daily at 10:00 am and 8:00 pm.
There are many meanings of ‘Camino’ – one of them is ‘journey’. On Saturday 14th September 2019 journey with us on the Convent Camino and experience a glimpse of Convent Life through the eyes of four different religious Congregations in Cork.
Starting at 10am in the OLA Sisters, Ballintemple, followed by visiting Ursuline Convent, Blackrock; Poor Clare Monastery and Sisters of Bon Secours, College Road.
Booking essential for catering purposes.
For more information and booking contact: Anne-Marie at [email protected] or Sr Karen 087 7910785. Transport provided if required for our journey.
Lectio Divina introduction
to the Ancient Church practice
Fr Joe Ralph, OP,
Conversations in Ennismore, Cork, is a weekly forum hosted in the Dominican Retreat House, each Monday from 7.30pm – 9.15pm. The Conversations host a series of Conversations in theology, spirituality, psychology, current issues, minority voices, scripture. Here you will see our Conversations for 2019-2020.
All are welcome. Donation of €10.00 per Conversation.
Mondays 7.30pm – 9.15pm Donation: €10.00 info: 021.4502520 [email protected]
Oct 7th – Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction John Cummins, Psychotherapist
Oct 14th – Stress: friend or foe? Patrick Sheehan, Psychotherapist
Oct 21st – What René Girard would say to Mr Trump! Michael Kirwin, SJ, TCD
Nov 4th – Ethical Formation: being formed for the Good Life. Archie Byrne, OP Ennismore
Nov 11th – Is Democracy under threat? Ian Hughes, Environmental Research Institute, UCC
Nov 18th – Immigrants: Gift or threat? Piaras MacEinri, Dept. of Geography UCC
Nov 25th – Invasion by democratic untruth: the fallacy of universalism Arpad Szakolczai, Dept. of Sociology UCC
Dec 2nd – Does God Feel? Wilfrid Harrington, OP, Priory Institute
Dec 9th – Salvation through Christ alone? Conor McDonough, OP, St. Saviour’s, Dublin
Dec 16th – JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: a Christian epic? Philip Cremin, Dept. of Humanities WIT
(We will resume our Monday night’s Conversations in Ennismore on January 6th 2020)
Our third annual climate change symposium will explore the key issues for Ireland, nationally and locally. With presentations from Hildegarde Naughton, TD, Michael Ewing, The Environmental Pillar; Ben Malone, Biodiversity Data Centre Ireland and Damian Jackson, Irish Council of Churches. There will be opportunities to discuss with others and to get involved with local climate action groups. Vegetarian lunch provided. All welcome.
A Special Event:
Praying for Our Families with a Family of Saints.
During the Extraordinary Month of Mission called by Pope Francis, a Special 9 Day Novena will take place in the Church of the Holy Family, Rathcoole, from 15th to 23rd October.
From 7 to 8pm each evening we will gather to hear reflections on different aspects of family life and faith from invited speakers, to include:
12 lay people (5 married couples, a lay Evangelist and a lay woman)
An international theologian Fr. Thomas J. Norris and
Fr. Michael McGoldrick O.C.D, Provincial of the Discalced Carmelites in Ireland.
Intercessions, Reconciliation Service, and
Novena prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux, and her parents Saints Louis and Zelie Martin.
On the final 2 days of the Novena, the relics of the 3 saints (above)will be present in the church during adoration and
a final mass on the 9th day will be offered for the intentions of all who participated. All welcome!
For more information call Fr. Colin Rothery at 01 4011753.