Quiet Days for Busy People and Digital Detox are part of the Autumn/Winter Faith Renewal Programme at Knock Shrine.
The new series of
events will run throughout the Autumn/Winter and will encompasses a
range of events which have been developed to give participants the
opportunity to enliven, engage on a range of topics and provide solace
from busy lives.
A lively and varied programme of workshops, talks,
concerts and courses has been devised with the aim of reaching out to
people to support and encourage faith.
Knock Shrine’s first series of faith renewal events was launched last
Autumn and ran again throughout the Spring and Summer months and proved
The hugely successful series of ‘Quiet Days for Busy
People’ day workshops will make a return and includes a novel element
with a day for ‘Digital Detox’ which will provide participants time to
disconnect from technology and the demands of life in a quiet reflective
Workshops will take place on the first Saturday of the month
from September to December.
A 12-week course on Adult Catechism facilitated by Liam Sadler will
begin on 29 September and will run weekly on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm
in St. John’s Rest & Care Centre.
‘Leading God’s People in Prayer’ training and formation evenings will take place on 6 and 13 October
for those interested in leading prayer in their parish. The course will
be led by Mary Connolly, MA in Liturgy Studies and Member of the
National Council for Liturgy.
Those wishing to participate need to
complete the booking form which is available on the Knock Shrine website
(www.knockshrine.ie), or from their local parish.
Fr. Brian Grogan SJ will return with God, You’re Breaking My Heart,
a one-day workshop based on his latest book which discusses themes
around suffering and evil and our own personal response to it.
‘The Story of Love’, is a spectacular musical event celebrating God’s
love for his creation which will take place in the Basilica on Saturday
15 and Sunday 16 October. This sacred concert brings together choirs
from around the world, Italian singers and Irish musicians for a unique
The concert is a lively and colourful four-part
story of love, loss, forgiveness and reconciliation told through song
and screen presentations.
Tickets are on sale now from Ticket Master and
from the Bookshop and Mass Card Office at Knock Shrine.
‘Living in Hope’ is a day for wellbeing and positivity, presented by
Deirdre Ní Chinnéide, it offers an opportunity for time out to
experience God’s presence.
Father Richard Gibbons, Parish Priest of Knock, spoke about the
wonderful feedback from previous events and is looking forward to
opening the upcoming series. He said, “We recognise that people are busy
and often overwhelmed with the demands of everyday life. Faith renewal
events offer time away for reflection, to re-charge and restore
ourselves on a spiritual level. We have developed new elements such as
the ‘Digital Detox’ workshop as there is a clear need to people to put
the phones away and simply disconnect for a while in a peaceful
atmosphere. In addition to the more joyous events such as ‘The Story of
Love’ concert, there are practical elements which provide an opportunity
to deepen ones faith. It is that duality of offering practical and
spiritual elements that we strive for.”
Booking is advised for all events in this series.
For more information visit www.knockshrine.ie/faithrenewal or telephone (094) 93 88100.