Launch of World Meeting of Families 21 Aug


Monday 21st AugustWorld Meeting of Families Launch, Knock Shrine

Celebrating One Year to the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Knock

We invite you and all your family to come along to the launch of the one-year programme of preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018, which will take place at the Knock Shrine, County Mayo, on Monday 21st August 2017 on the Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady in Knock. This day of celebration will include liturgical moments, the celebration of the Eucharist, workshops, as well as faith and fun activities for all the family. The WMOF2018 Icon of the Holy Family will be unveiled and anointed at Mass in the Basilica at 3pm and then begin its journey around the dioceses of Ireland. Please join us in Knock that day with all your family! We look forward to welcoming families from every diocese across the country for this special celebration. 


14.30 – Anointing of the Sick
15.00 – Mass presided by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin with WMOF2018 Icon Anointing Ceremony.
‘When Plates Fly: Pope Francis on the joys and challenges of family life’. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will speak about the joys and challenges of family life, drawing from the wisdom of Pope Francis
20.30 – Mass

Blessed Sacrament Chapel

11.30-18.30 – Exposition of the Blessed Eucharist and Adoration 


19.00 – Witness Walk 
21.30 – Procession 

St.John’s Rest and Care Centre

12.00 noon – Workshop 
18.00 – Workshop 
Speaker: Fr Timothy Bartlett, Secretary General for the WMOF2018
‘Glued to our phones; can we make technology more family friendly?’
With the prevalence of technology in our everyday lives, how can we manage the use of technology in our families, homes and relationships? 

Family Fun Area

11.00 – 19.00 – Family outdoor programme
(Break for Mass from 3pm to 4.30pm.)

  • Storytelling
  • Go fly your kite
  • Games 
  • Drum workshop
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Modelling 
  • Trocaire workshop
  • Wifi & Virtual Reality
  • Workshops
  • And Much More!

The Hub/Family Centre (max 10 children per session)

10.00 – Children’s programme (Bible stories) 
12.00 noon – Children’s programme (Bible stories) 
14.00 – Children’s programme (Saint of the day) 
15.00 – Children’s programme (Craft of the day) 

The Hub/Family Centre

10.00 – 16.00 – Teenager social space (drop in for chat, listen to music and relax)