The third annual Novena to Mary, Untier of Knots, will take place from Monday 26 September to Tuesday 4 October 2016 in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick & Felim, Cavan Town, in the Diocese of Kilmore.
The theme of this year’s Novena is ‘God’s Name is Mercy, based on the
theme of the Jubilee Year of Mercy which is currently being celebrated
in the Universal Church.
The Novena is being organised by the Kilmore
Diocesan Pastoral Centre with the assistance of the priests and staff of
the Cathedral Parish of Urney and Annagelliff in Cavan.
Pope Francis has a very special devotion to Mary, Untier of
Knots. When he was studying in Germany, he was very taken by a Bavarian
painting of Holy Mary, Our Lady Untier of Knots. He acquired a copy of
the painting and brought it to Argentina to promote devotion to Mary
under this title.
In an address given in October 2013, Pope Francis
said, “What are the knots in my life? Father, my knots cannot be
undone! It is a mistake to say anything of the sort! All the knots of
our heart, every knot of our conscience, can be undone. Do I ask Mary to
help me trust in God’s mercy, to undo those knots, to change? She, as a
woman of faith, will surely tell you: Get up, go to the Lord: he understands you. And she leads us by the hand as a Mother, our Mother, to the embrace of our Father, the Father of mercies.”
Confirmed speakers this year include: Father Tony O’Riordan, a Jesuit
priest based in Moyross in Limerick – who was commissioned by Pope
Francis as a Missionary of Mercy earlier this year; Father Cathal
Deery, CC Clones Parish based in Aghadrumsee and Clogher Diocesan
Resource Person on Suicide; Alan O’Mara, former Cavan Inter-County GAA
Goalkeeper and author of “The Best is Yet to Come: A Memoir about
Football & Finding a Way through the Dark”, who will speak on his
own mental health experiences; Father Paddy Byrne, CC Portlaoise; Sister
Consilio Fitzgerald of Cuan Mhuire, Brother Philip Mulryne OP,
Belfast-born former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer;
John McAreavey, Tyrone Footballer; Father Owen J. McEneaney, PP Pettigo
and Prior of Saint Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg; and, finally, Fr.
Paddy O’Rourke SMA – a native of Laragh parish in the diocese of Kilmore
and currently based in the Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre
Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Bishop of Kilmore, will be the principal
celebrant of the opening Mass of the Novena on Monday 26 September at
7:30pm. There will be special emphasis on the Sacrament of
Reconciliation on this evening with individual Confessions available
There will be the liturgy of the Anointing of the Sick
during the Mass on Thursday 29 September.
There will be a special
emphasis on youth during the Novena with participants from the diocese
in the recent World Youth Day pilgrimage taking an active role in the
liturgy on Saturday 1 October and participants in the Diocesan John Paul
II Awards from Cavan parish taking part in the liturgy planned for
Sunday 2 October.
There will be a blessing of babies and young children
after Mass on Monday 3 October.
All are welcome to participate in the Novena. For more information see www.kilmoredpc.ie.