The third Sunday of November is recognised in many European countries as the Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims. This Sunday, 18 November, a special Mass will be celebrated at 12 midday at the National Marian Shrine in Knock, Archdiocese of Tuam, to remember people who have been killed or injured on Ireland's roads.
Father Patrick Burke CC will preside at the Mass and will preach the homily. Commenting ahead of the Mass, Father Burke said: "All are welcome on Sunday as we pray for those who have died on our roads, and for their families, along with all road-users who have been involved in accidents. May the Lord's consoling presence
be with all who gather.
"The Remembrance Day activities are designed to bring families of those who were injured or killed together and to let them know that support exists for them, and that they are not alone. The focus on Sunday will be the Mass of Remembrance. On Sunday there will also be an opportunity for attendees to meet each other afterwards; offer each other support; and, to share their experiences. Our ceremony will also be an opportunity to recognise and commend the work done by all the professionals involved in the aftermath of a crash: priests; the fire services; An Garda Síochána and PSNI; the ambulance service; paramedics; nurses; doctors; nurses and counsellors" Father Burke said.
The day is also being supported by the Road Safety Authority, Mayo County Council, PARC (Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Care on our roads), the gardaí and the emergency services.