The Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday April 24th with a programme of online workshops from Our Lady of Victories Church, Ballymun Road via webcam commencing at 11.50am. The workshops themes will include Challenge for Families, the Holy Spirit and St Joseph & the apparition. From 2.30pm, we will switch to the Knock Shrine webcam for the rosary, the Pilgrimage Mass at 3pm and opportunity for quiet time in the Apparition Chapel.  More details to follow next week. 

Last month, Pope Francis elevated Knock to an International Sanctuary of Special Eucharistic and Marian Devotion, placing it at the same level as Lourdes and Fatima.  We look forward to welcoming you on our virtual pilgrimage which we hope will be a moment of inspiration and encouragement for our Archdiocese at such challenging year for so many people.


Ecumenical Bible Week 2021 is an exciting and successful venture which is now in its eight year and will run from Pentecost Sunday (23rd May) to Trinity Sunday (30th May) 2021. Ecumenical Bible Week (EBW) is led by the Archdiocese of Dublin and the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough in collaboration with many other Christian traditions ranging from the Evangelical Alliance to Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians and support from the National Bible Society and Scripture Union.  The overall theme this year is “Unlocking Faith Today: Responding to New Realities”. This year EBW will have an opening and closing prayer event organised by Holy Trinity Rathmines on Monday 24th and St Finian’s Lutheran Church on Sunday 30th respectively. To Register visit  –


The parishes of Old Bawn and Bohernabreena will host a home based programme in preparation for Pentecost. It follows the daily inspirational thoughts from LIVING WORDS ( A weekly video clip is also available through The programme leads to a rich awareness of the Holy Spirit in our lives.


Biblical Resources (Kieran O'Mahony)

In bereavement, very human and very natural questions arise: where are our beloved dead? What kind of existence do they have? Does it matter that we cannot really imagine it?

Such questions already come up in 1 Thessalonians. Paul gives his most considered reply in 1 Corinthians 15 — dealing precisely with the inability of some Christ-believing Corinthians to imagine the dead to be alive in Christ…one who can blame them? Paul explore this further reality and tries to expand their imagination…but he knows that he cannot really put words on what lies outside our experience and beyond our words.

Describing a spiritual experience he had, he puts it like this: I come now to visions and revelations granted by the Lord. I know a Christian man who fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know—God knows) was caught up as far as the third heaven. And I know that this same man (whether in the body or apart from the body, I do not know—God knows) was caught up into paradise, and heard words so secret that human lips may not repeat them. (2 Corinthians 12:1–4) The unsayable is, well, unsayable.

The Readings

Wishing you all every blessing in these testing times,

Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA