John Paul II Festival happening in Knock Shrine

This year will see the first festival of its type take place. The John Paul II festival will take place in Knock Shrine on Saturday the 26th of October 2013.

The idea blossomed from the John Paul II awards which thousands of young people in Ireland take part in every year.

The Award was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them.

Through the Pope John Paul II Award, young people are enabled to take an active part in the life of their Church, in the life of their community and society and also become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world. It enabled young people to engage at a deep level with Christ, whose body the Church is.

The John Paul II festival hopes to bring all participants and all young people together to celebrate their faith in Irelands National Shrine to Our Lady.

Pope John Paul visited Knock Shrine on the 30th of September 1979. He imparted his Apostolic blessing on the Shrine, then the Pope travelled by 'Popemobile' to the gable wall shrine - the very spot where the Apparition took place 100 years earlier. Here he knelt in private silent prayer, before blessing the shrine and lighting a candle dedicated to the Family Prayer.

Pope John Paul told the people that gathered "Here I am at the goal of my journey to Ireland. He expressed the strong desire he felt to visit Knock the Shrine of Our Lady "With these words, I want to express the immense joy and gratitude that fills my heart today at this place. I would not have wanted it any differently”

What better place to have a festival in his name than a place he held very close in his heart Knock Shrine. The festival is for all young people between the ages of 16-25. Throughout the day there will be talks by Gerard Gallagher Trish O Brien, and many more. There will also be workshops on miracles, parables, table fellowship and discipleship. Music will be provided by Elation Ministries who will gather on Friday night to host a night of Worship and Praise titled ‘Ruah’.

If you are an award coordinator of the John Paul II awards this is an event to consider or indeed if you are someone who is looking for that something different to do with your bank holiday weekend why not come along to this day?

For more information or interview please contact (087) 9880690/ 0876927850/ 0879404299/0874140590
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