Knock Novena week 2022

Knock Novena: A Journey in Hope

The programme for the National Novena with details of guest speakers who will be there for daily ceremonies throughout the 9-day Novena to Our Lady of Knock. 14th – 22nd August.

The theme for this year is ‘A Journey in Hope’, as we look toward the Synod and reflect on the transformative power of hope and resilience in times of adversity.

This theme of hope leads us towards thinking and reflecting more deeply on the Synod and the fundamental questions that remain at the heart of our continual discourse. We look to the future with the hope of renewal, for God’s guidance and pray that this Novena will offer pilgrims and friends the chance for thought-provoking reflection and discussion.

Engaging on 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.

Daily sessions will take place in the Synod Tent at 12 noon with a facilitator present each day to provide structure and facilitate questions and group discussion.                                                                                                                             Novena Ceremonies will take place at 3pm and 8pm in the Basilica.                                                                               

Sunday 14th 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 15th  August

3pm & 8pm         Roseanna Ruane, mother of Saoírse Ruane

The Power of Prayer in Difficult Times                                                                                                          

Tuesday 16th August                                                                                                                                                                              

3pm & 8pm          Dr Nicola Brady, Chair of the Synodal Steering Group

The Synodal Pathway: What have we learned and what will we do?                                                                         

Wednesday 17th  August                                                                                                          3pm & 8pm        Fr Terence Harrington OFM Cap, St Francis of Assisi Parish in Priorswood, Dublin
                              How Can I Have Hope in my Brokenness?                                                                                                           

Thursday 18th August                                                                                                                                                                     

3pm  & 8pm       Halyna Teslyuk, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv

A Hope that Inspires                                                                                                                             Knock Shrine will mark this day as a special day of prayer for peace in Ukraine. We are inviting people from the Ukrainian community in Ireland and host families to join us.                                                                                                                       Нок Шрайн (Церква села Нок) відзначатиме цей день як особливий день молитви за мир в Україні. Ми запрошуємо людей з української громади в Ірландії та ірландські родини, що прийняли їх до своїх осель, приєднатися до нас.                                                                                                                                                            

Friday 19th August                                                                                                                                                                           

3pm & 8pm      Lauren Conroy, Student
                           My Faith Story                                                                                                                                                        

Saturday 20th 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 21st 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                                                                                                                                              The 21st August is Family Day at Knock Shrine, taking place from 11am-3pm in the beautiful grounds of the Shrine. See further details on the first page of newsletter.                                                                                                                                                              

Monday 22nd August                                                                                                                                                                                         3pm & 8pm     Most Rev Francis Duffy, Archbishop of Tuam
                         The Call of the Lord