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we welcome you to join us for our Diocesan Knock in person/Virtual Pilgrimage on Sunday 12th June 2022. The ceremonies will be streamed live on the shrine website and on Knock Shrine Facebook page. The programme will commence with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at 2.30pm and Mass will be celebrated at 3pm by Bishop Noel Treanor. Bishop Treanor will also deliver the Homily. The Mass will be followed by the Recitation of the Rosary

You are invited to place a Petition by visiting the Knock Shrine Website and all the Petitions will be before the Altar during the Mass. You may also request that a candle be lit for your intentions, or you may do so in person.

Many regular visitors to Knock with our Diocesan Pilgrimage have expressed a reluctance to travel this year via coaches, therefore, unfortunately, there is very few Parish Groups attending this year. I do hope that we can build this up again in the years to come.

We encourage as many of you as possible to participate and pray that next year we may gather, as a Diocese, in larger numbers in person again at our National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.


“Trócaire are very pleased to announce that a total of £12,886 was kindly donated to their Lenten Appeal at the “Hope Springs Eternal” concert at Clonard Monastery, Belfast on Friday 20th May. These funds will be doubled by the UK government and will support Trócaire’s work in Zimbabwe. Trócaire would like to thank everyone who attended and donated on the night; the clergy and staff at Clonard; the performers: Margaret Keys, The Priests and St Dominic’s Grammar School Choir; and the volunteers who kindly helped on the night.”


Come and be refreshed on ancient paths in the cradle of Christianity in Ireland. Poor Clares Sr Martina Purdy and Sr Elaine Kelly will lead you on an amazing five day pilgrimage that includes guided walks to sites associated with St Patrick in County Down. Stay in Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre, visit with monks along St Patrick’s Way, and capture the joy of the first Christians in Ireland. From £798 all inc meals, transport, activities. Details or call centre Downpatrick 02844 619000


The invitation from Pope Francis to take part in the Diocesan Phase of the synod: For a synodal Church, has given our Diocese of Down and Connor an opportunity to be attentive to the work of the Holy Spirit, to experience Synodality, and to reflect on our mission as we emerge from the pandemic and make plans for the future. The synodal journey has been one of learning, encounter, and authentic dialogue. Our encounters, both in person and in writing during the Diocesan Phase of the synod were marked by honest sharing. The report that has been developed following the synodal moments is available for everyone in the Diocese to read and consider. There is great diversity of thought and lived experience across our Diocese and it is our sincere hope that people will find reflected in the report their own thoughts and insights as well as those of their sisters and brothers in Christ.

The document is available to read on the Diocesan Website As a Church we recognise the need for synodality as it empowers us, the People of God, to dream about the church we are called to be, to make hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, warm hearts and restore strength to our hands for our common mission.

As a Diocese there are actions that we can undertake, guided by what we have heard from our people, in each one of whom the Holy Spirit dwells. This Diocesan report should not be viewed as a completed piece of work but part of a synodal process that is in and of itself a new beginning: A journey of growing authentically towards the communion and mission that God calls the Church to live out in the third millennium.


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