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Welcome to the Autumn Series of Spiritual Transformation! People should be settled into their normal routines by now after the lovely summer. It is a time of new beginnings for those at school or in college. This is the perfect time of year to embark on a new Spiritual Transformation journey! The new series will begin on the 4th of October, the feast of St Francis and is a 20-day long retreat.

During this series, we’ll look back on the historic event, which was the World Meeting of Families and unpack Pope Francis’ speech in Croke Park.

October is the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Pope Francis, during his visit to Knock Shrine, said that he knows “how important the tradition of the family rosary has been in this country. I warmly encourage you to continue this tradition.” With this in mind, one of the main aims of this series is to grow in our love and appreciation of this beautiful devotion.

I suggest that we offer our prayers and sacrifices this month for the renewal of the faith in our land and also for our families. We ask Mary to intercede for us. In the words of Pope Francis at Knock: “Mary our Mother knows the joys and struggles felt in each home. Holding them in her Immaculate Heart, she brings them with love to the throne of her Son.”

May Our Lady of Knock and of the Rosary intercede for us and for every family throughout the world.