World Meeting of Families & Our Lady of Knock
August 18 - 27, 2018
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 6 nights | August 21 - 27: Gresham Hotel, Dublin
- ~ 2 nights | August 19 - 21: Salthill Hotel, Galway
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine & Mineral Water with Dinners
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of a professional local guide(s)
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction
- Registration for the World Meeting of Families
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver, Items of a personal nature.
Saturday - August 18, 2018 - Depart for Dublin
Depart from your hometown for your overnight flight(s) to Ireland. Meals will be served on board.
Sunday - August 19, 2018 - Dublin - Knock - Galway
This morning, you will have time to relax and get breakfast. We will check out, board our bus, before and enjoy a scenic drive to Knock. This is the drive that will allow you to see the famous "rolling hills" of Ireland. There will be moments along the way where we will be able to stop and take pictures. Knock and the shrine situated in the plains of East Mayo, which is one of the world's leading Marian shrines. On August 21, 1879 fifteen men, women and children witnessed an Apparition of Mary. We will celebrate Mass, followed by a tour the Shrine. Then visit the Basilica, the largest church in Ireland. Knock is a very popular pilgrimage destination. In 1979 - Saint John Paul II visited this holy place. There will be some time for personal prayer, reflection, and the opportunity for you to collect Holy Water to bring back home. We will board our bus and make our way to Galway, a city that has kept its medieval charm with its colorful streets and authentic pubs. Dinner and overnight.
Monday - August 20, 2018 - Galway - Clare - Galway
Today we will have an early morning breakfast, and then travel south through County Clare, a beautiful landscape with a Victorian seaside resort, and where we will visit the Cliffs of Moher. The coastal road with Galway's "intensely blue" bay on one side - and natural rocky landscape on the other. We return to Galway for free time to spend at your own leisure. This evening, we will celebrate with a Farewell Dinner and overnight.
Tuesday - August 21, 2018 - Arrive Dublin
Following an early morning breakfast, we will depart to Dublin where we will meet
up with the rest of the pilgrims and begin a panoramic city tour on both sides
of the River Liffey, where we pass by the General Post Office on the city's main
streets, O'Connell Street, Custom House, and Phoenix Park, the largest city park
in Europe. On the other side of the river are Georgian squares characterized by
colorful doors, Grafton Street and Trinity College which is the oldest
university in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. Time permitting we visit
the ancient library containing over 20,000 manuscripts, among which is the Book
of Kells, a manuscript from the 9th century written by the monks at St.
Colombo's monastery on the island of Iona. Today we will also visit St.
Patrick's Anglican Cathedral, built in 1213. This Gothic Cathedral has a
splendid interior, with some beautiful tombs and monuments. The ornate stained
glass windows can be found in the Chancel. In the afternoon we will transfer to
our hotel for an early dinner and overnight.
*Opening Ceremony at Croke Park
Wednesday - August 22, 2018 - 'Opening Ceremony' of the World Meeting of Families
Following breakfast, we will make our way to attend the first day of the Pastoral
Congress for the World Meeting of Families. Over the next three days, there will
be a series of major panels, workshops, keynote speakers, testimonies and
activities. Each day, the Pastoral Congress will explore themes from The Joy of
Love under a particular heading. After a full day, return to your hotel for
dinner. You will have the evening free to spend at your own leisure.
*Attend the Pastoral Congress: Theme – The Family and Faith
Thursday - August 23, 2018 - World Meeting of Families
Following an early morning breakfast, we will make our way to the location for
the second day of the Pastoral Congress. You will have free time to attend any,
and all, events and lectures that are of interest to you! Return to the Hotel
for dinner, and then have free time in the evening to go for a walk on your own.
*Attend the Pastoral Congress: Theme – The Family and Love
Friday - August 24, 2018 - World Meeting of Families
After breakfast, we will make our way to the location of the final day of
Lectures and Events. You will have free time to attend any, and all, events and
lectures that are of interest to you! Return to the Hotel for dinner, and then
have free time in the evening to go for a walk on your own.
*Attend the Pastoral Congress: Theme – The Family and Hope
Saturday - August 25, 2018 - World Meeting of Families
Make your way to breakfast, and prepare to celebrate one of the most significant
and beautiful events within every World Meeting of Families. Today will be a
spent gathering with pilgrims around the world, and celebrating the gift of
“family”. A cultural celebration will be taking place throughout the day, in the
form of music, dance, song, and prayer. Stories will be given by families
representing the five continents – along with many other activities. Dinner and
*Attend the Festival of Families
Sunday - August 26, 2018 - Closing Ceremony of the World Meeting of Families
Today is an early morning, which will start with breakfast, and then making our
way on foot to the Closing Ceremony (location: TBD.) Starting with a Solemn Mass
in thanksgiving to God, the Holy Trinity, and for the gift of family and for its
sanctification. This Mass will mark the conclusion of the World Meeting of
Families, along with the next Diocese to host the event in conjunction with the
Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life will be announced. This is expected to
be a full day event. Return to the Hotel for your final dinner in Ireland, and a
restful nights sleep.
*Schedule for Closing Ceremony – and – Solemn Eucharistic Celebration
Monday - August 27, 2018 - Depart Dublin
This morning, you will have an early morning breakfast before you make your way to the Airport for your return flights home.
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