‘Workshop for Choirs’

Thursday 9th March 2017

As part of the latest Faith Renewal programme of events, a Workshop for Choirs will take place on Thursday 9th March from 7.30-9.30pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Knock Shrine. The workshop will be facilitated by the Irish Church Music Association. It is a practical workshop which will be of enormous benefit to choirs who will have the opportunity to learn more about sacred music in liturgy throughout Church seasons.

Cost €10 per person, all choirs welcome. Booking in advance is necessary. Contact (094) 93 75355 or email

This workshop is just one in the latest programme of faith renewal events which have been developed to offer new and engaging day retreats, workshops, courses and spiritual concerts to the local community and pilgrims visiting the Shrine. These faith events aim to reach out to an ever wider range of people by focusing on topics that are engaging, relevant and challenging, encouraging people to re-examine the role of God in our lives and nourish our own personal spirituality.

Other upcoming Events

Celebrating Family; Preparing for World Meeting of Families 2018

A one-day conference taking place on Saturday 8th April to begin preparations for the World Meeting of Families in 2018. The conference will include a presentation with Fr Timothy Bartlett, Secretary General for the World Meeting of Families 2018.

It will also include powerful testimonies with families which will be facilitated by Irish Times columnist Breda O’Brien, followed by Mass at 3pm in the Basilica celebrated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. All are invited to attend this special day, the purpose of which is to prepare and encourage families for what is expected to be a momentous celebration of faith next year.

Mary-An Oratorio, a World Premiere of an Oratorio in honour of Mary the Mother of God will take place in the Basilica on Saturday 20th May. Composed and conducted by Cormac O´Duffy, the Oratorio will be performed by a massed choir including full orchestra drawn almost entirely from local communities and neighbouring counties. Proceeds will go towards the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Tickets €25 are available online at and at all Mayo Roscommon Hospice shops.

Knock Basilica was venue to a number of sacred concerts last year, including the ‘Concert for Peace’ with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Ireland’s leading conductor, David Brophy who was accompanied by a wealth of talent from across the country, including Sibéal Ní Chasaide who performed her chilling version of ‘Mise Éire’.

Spiritual Retreats and Training Days

Deirdre Ní Chinnéide returns to the Shrine on Saturday 6th May with a day retreat entitled ‘Resting in the Arms of God’. This is a follow-on from the successful ‘Living in Hope’ retreat which was 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, Adult Catechism Studies, ‘Leading God’s People in Prayer’ with Mary Connolly and ‘Quiet Days for Busy’ people day retreats taking place on March 11th and April 29th.

Find out more about Faith Renewal Events or book your place on (094) 93 75355 or email: