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Families from across Ireland invited to Knock tomorrow for official launch of preparatory programme for World Meeting of Families

Families from across Ireland are invited to come to Knock this Monday 21st August, for the official launch of the preparatory programme and to mark the one-year countdown to next year’s World Meeting of Families, which will take place in Dublin.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be in Knock for the day of celebration, and he will preside at the Novena Mass in the Basilica on Monday afternoon.

Thousands of people have been travelling to Knock each day since last Monday for the annual Novena.

The Novena continues until next Tuesday, with Masses at 3pm and 8.30 each day, and workshops at 12 noon and 6 pm.

This Monday 21st August marks the anniversary of the Apparition at Knock Shrine, and will also mark the launch of the World Meeting of Families Programme.

Familes from across the country are invited to Knock this Monday for the celebration.

A newly-commissioned icon of the Holy Family will be unveiled in the Basilica, and this icon will travel to each diocese around the country as part of the World Meeting of Families celebrations.

The World Meeting of Families is an international celebration of faith which will take place in Dublin in August 2018.

The one-year countdown will begin in Knock this Monday,when Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, President and Host of the World Meeting of Families, and Secretary General Fr Tim Bartlett will attend.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will preside at the Monday afternoon Mass in the Basilica, where he will speak on the theme “When Plates Fly – Pope Francis on the joys and challenges of family life”, and the Mass will be concelebrated by bishops and priests from across the country.

Fr Tim Bartlett will deliver the workshops on Monday, on the theme “Glued to our phones – can we make technology more family-friendly”.

The day of celebration will include liturgies and prayers, including the Annointing of the Sick, and will also offer workshops and family-friendly activities from 11am to 7pm.

Meanwhile, the final day of Knock Novena on Tuesday will feature speakers from the Pro-Life movement.

Maria Steen, spokesperson for the Iona Institute and campaigner for the Pro-Life Movement will address the novena Masses, while Cora Sherlock, solicitor and spokesperson for the Pro-Life Campaign will deliver the workshops at 12 noon and 6pm.

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