All information presented is taken from the Knock Shrine website and readers/listeners are encouraged to check the website, Facebook and/or Twitter feed of the shrine for the most up to date information.
The poster above gives the main regular events at the Shrine but in addition:
- Candlelight Rosary Procession every Thursday night in June July and August 9pm – 9.30pm. In the event of inclement weather, the Rosary will be in the Basilica.
- Public Mini-Vigils take place on the first Friday of the month from May – December
Pope Francis visit to Knock - 26th August 2018
Pope Francis will visit Knock Shrine on Sunday 26 August to pray for families as part of his pastoral visit to Dublin. During his time in Knock Pope Francis will visit the Apparition Chapel and give the Angelus address in front of the Apparition Chapel in the grounds of Knock Shrine.
The visit of Pope Francis to Knock Shrine will be a ticketed-event and tickets will be free. Those interested in registering for this event in Knock Shrine will be able to do so from Monday 25 June.
Those who would like to attend must register on the World Meeting of Families website. Tickets may only be obtained by registering online via the WMOF2018 website
Knock Itinerary Sunday 26 August
08:40 Departure by plane for Knock
09:20 Arrival at the Airport in Knock - Immediate transfer to the Shrine
09:45 Arrival at Knock Shrine
Visit to the Apparition Chapel at Knock Shrine
Angelus on the square in front of the Shrine
10:45 Transfer to the airport in Knock
11:10 Arrival at the airport in Knock
11:15 Departure by plane for Dublin
11:50 Arrival at Dublin International Airport
The number of tickets which are going to be made available for the visit of Pope Francis to Knock will be 45,000 as requested by the authorities on health and safety grounds and like all the public papal events, will be strictly ticket only. The tickets will be free but you must have a ticket to attend - it is not just a case of turning up on the day.
For those planning to attend the event at Knock you need to consider a few things from a practicality point of view including, the early timetable bearing in mind with the crowd you will need to be there well before the Pope arrives in Mayo. It will require a lot of standing and walking so something else to bear in mind.
On next weeks programme we will be discussing the events in Dublin for the WMoF2018 and also reminding people that there is still time to volunteer up to June 30th 2018.
Gospel - Mark 4:26-34
Jesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and through it all the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”
“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.
Reflections on this weeks gospel: