There has been quite a response to the suggestion that a bus is arranged to bring people travelling from the parish to Knock on Sunday, August 26th for the Papal Visit and the Mass following Pope Francis’ departure.
This figure stands at a possible 67 and having spoken with a Service Provider, there is an option of a bus service from Kilmovee Church/ Community Centre on that morning, leaving at 4.30am with an individual charge of €15.00 return.
Assuming that figure holds, there will be more than one bus. The information from Knock is that buses travelling from this part of the country (from the North as well) will travel via Castlebar and approach Knock from the Claremorris side, where they will park until the event is over and buses will then be able to return via the N17 which will re-open after the Mass. Events in Knock begin with a very special Liturgy at 8.30am and screens will relay the Pope’s arrival at Ireland West Airport.
There will be music and reflection and a gathering liturgy in preparation for the Pope’s arrival. On arrival, he will travel through the gathered crowd in the Popemobile and then go to the Apparition Chapel for quiet prayer. Following that, he will address all gathered, pray The Angelus and depart for the airport.
There will then follow a celebration of Eucharist and the hope is that people will see that as the conclusion and key element of this special day.
The intention is that people would be leaving Knock again around 12noon. The bus provider would need final numbers to determine how many buses and drivers will be required so, with that in mind, I ask those who have contacted me to let me know by lunchtime on Monday whether or not you wish to avail of this service. I will confirm the numbers with him on Monday evening.
Hopefully, this information helps you in making a decision as to whether you wish to travel this way or not. Call me on the house phone 094-964 9137 and, if not at home, please leave a message with your name, numbers needing the bus and a contact number. Many thanks. (Vincent)