Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, will celebrate a special Mass of Remembrance this Sunday, 22 November, for all those who have died from Covid-19 during 2020.
The Mass will be celebrated at 12pm at the National Marian Shrine in the Basilica of Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Knock, and livestreamed on [ www.knockshrine.ie. ]. Mass will also be broadcast at 2.15pm on the RTÉ News channel (Saorview channel 21, Virgin Media channel 200, Sky channel 521, Eir channel 500), via the live button on the RTÉ News app or on RTE.ie website.
Archbishop Neary said: “Despite the sadness, fear and uncertainty that we have experienced this year, God as Shepherd will gather His people, feed the hungry, bandage the wounded, heal the injured, and make the weak strong. During November, as we remember all who have died across the island of Ireland from Covid-19, we experience the Shepherd’s care for them, and for those who mourn them. Our Mass will be offered for the repose of their souls.
“I encourage the faithful to join me for this Mass. I also invite the bereaved to submit a prayer petition on [ https://.www.knockshrine.ie ] https://.www.knockshrine.ie It will be placed on the altar and prayed for during the Mass. May the merciful Lord bless and comfort all who are in mourning at this time.”
Before Mass on Sunday people may post short online petitions on: [ www.knockshrine.ie/place-petition/?v=d2cb7bbc0d23 ]
Archbishop Neary is the custodian of the Marian Shrine and Father Richard Gibbons is parish priest of Knock and rector of the shrine.