On Monday 22nd August, we celebrated the final day of the National Novena 2022.
We have received warm and supportive feedback on this, the first Novena to take place following a two-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was a time of reflection, prayer and opportunity to explore and examine where we are as a people of faith. Each of our guest speakers and Homilists brought a new and fresh perspective and something new for us to consider.
Some spoke about their amazing and enduring faith in difficult circumstances, some brought us outside to reflect on creation, Laudato Si and our duty to care for the earth, and others simply spoke about their faith and what it means to them.
On Tuesday 16th August, we welcomed Dr Nicola Brady for the launch of the National Synodal Synthesis at Knock Shrine. The publication of the national synthesis of the local listening that took place in dioceses and other contexts between October 2021 and May 2022 was officially launched during the Novena ceremony at 3pm.
The document is available to read and download on the Synod website.
On Thursday 18th August, we had the pleasure and honour of welcoming Larysa Gerasko, Ukrainian Ambassador to Ireland to celebrate our Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine. This was attended by many Ukrainians living in Ireland together with host families. Ukrainian families living in Knock Parish were invited to participate in various aspects of the liturgy.
We would like to thank all who were involved and all who joined with us in the Basilica and online throughout the 9 days. It has been a wonderful and moving ‘Journey into Hope’ for us all.