Spring retreats and events at Knock Shrine

This spring brings with it a host of inspirational events at Knock Shrine to enrich and enliven.

The latest faith renewal programme is offering new day retreats, workshops, courses, and spiritual concerts to the local community and visiting pilgrims.

A ‘Music Workshop for Choirs’ will be facilitated by the Irish Church Music Association on Thursday, March 9. This workshop will be of benefit to choirs, who can learn more about sacred music in liturgy throughout church seasons.

There are two evening workshops on Monday, March 6, and Monday, March 13. Facilitated by Mary Connolly, these evenings will help people to learn more about how to lead prayer in their local parish when celebration of the Eucharist is not possible.

The main event in the series is a one-day conference to be held on Saturday, April 8, to begin preparations for the ‘World Meeting of Families’ (WMOF ) taking place in Dublin next year. Speakers will include Fr Timothy Bartlett, secretary general for WMOF 2018, and Breda O’ Brien, teacher and Irish Times columnist. The day will include activities for children and will conclude with Mass celebrated at 3pm in the Basilica by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

The ‘Quiet Days for Busy People’ retreats, taking place on March 11 and April 29, are a great way to escape for a few hours of meditation, prayer, and reflection.

Deirdre Ní Chinnéide returns to the Shrine on Saturday, May 6, with a day retreat entitled ‘Resting in the Arms of God’ - following on from the successful ‘Living in Hope’ retreat held last year.

A number of practical workshops will also take place, including the ‘Enrichment Days for Parish Ministry’ with John Paul Sheridan and Colette Furlong for ministers of the eucharist and the word and the adult catechism studies evening course.

For more information or to book your place, call (094 ) 9375355 or email [email protected].

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