We invite you and all your family to come along to the launch of the one-year programme of preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018, which will take place at the Knock Shrine, County Mayo, on Monday 21st August 2017 on the Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady in Knock.

This day of celebration will include liturgical moments, the celebration of the Eucharist, workshops, as well as faith and fun activities for all the family. The WMOF2018 Icon of the Holy Family will be unveiled and anointed at Mass in the Basilica at 3 pm and then begin its journey around the dioceses of Ireland.

Please join us in Knock that day with all your family! We look forward to welcoming families from every diocese across the country for this special celebration.


14.30 – Anointing of the Sick

15.00 – Mass presided by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin with WMOF2018 Icon

20.00 – Mass

Blessed Sacrament Chapel
11.30-18.30 – Exposition of the Blessed Eucharist and Adoration

Processions (Chapel of Reconciliation)
19.00 – Witness Walk
21.30 – Procession

St. John’s Rest and Care Centre
12.00 noon – Workshop
18.00 – Workshop
Speaker: Fr Timothy Bartlett, Secretary General for the WMOF2018
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Family Fun Area
11.00 – 19.00 – Family outdoor programme
(Break for Mass from 3 pm to 4.30pm.)

  • Storytelling
  • Go fly your kite
  • Games
  • Drum workshop
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Modelling
  • Trocaire workshop
  • Wifi & Virtual Reality
  • Workshops
  • And Much More!

The Hub/Family Centre (max 10 children per session)
10.00 – Children’s programme (Bible stories)
12.00 noon – Children’s programme (Bible stories)
14.00 – Children’s programme (Saint of the day)
15.00 – Children’s programme (Craft of the day)

The Hub/Family Centre
10.00 – 16.00 – Teenager social space (drop in for chat, listen to music and relax)

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