Event Calendar


Knock Shrine has a vibrant and varied calendar of events offering concerts, spiritual retreats, workshops, pilgrimages and themed days in addition to daily Masses and Ceremonies



His Holiness Pope Francis at Knock

On Sunday 26 August last, we had the honour of welcoming His Holiness Pope Francis to Knock Shrine. On the occasion of his historical visit to the Shrine, Pope Francis gifted a set of beautiful rosary beads. The rosary beads are now on display along with the Golden Rose that was gifted to the Shrine by Saint Pope John Paul II during his visit in 1979. Also on display is the Papal candle that was lit by Pope Francis in the Apparition Chapel just before he sat in silent reflection. These items are available to view outside the Apparition chapel at the entrance to the sacristy.

The Papal Chair is available to view at Knock Museum (open daily 10am -6pm).

Take a moment to view our Photo Gallery below.



“Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank God for this opportunity, in the context of the World Meeting of Families, to visit this Shrine, so dear to the Irish people. I thank Archbishop Neary and the Rector, Father Gibbons, for their warm welcome. In the Apparition Chapel, I lifted up to Our Lady’s loving intercession all the families of the world, and, in a special way, your families, the families of Ireland. 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. ”

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Knock Welcomes Pope Francis

Souvenir Booklet

This beautiful souvenir booklet commemorates the visit of His Holiness and places his visit in context with the fascinating history of Knock. The booklet details the Knock Witnesses, Pilgrimage and Cures, Prayers and the visit of Pope John Paul II.


Available to Order from the Bookshop (International Shipping Available)


Upcoming Events

Find out about daily Mass Times & Ceremonies

Weekly Events

Bereavement Support Group meeting takes place each Wednesday at 11am in the Family Centre, Knock Shrine. More information here

Candlelight Rosary Procession every Thursday night in June July and August 9pm – 9.30pm. In the event of inclement weather, the Rosary will be in the Basilica.

Organised Pilgrimages take place each weekend and other selected dates throughout the Pilgrimage Season – see the full list here


Monthly Events

Public Mini-Vigils take place on the first Friday of the month from May – December
Confessions: 8pm-9pm; Vigil from 9pm until Midnight in the Basilica. See the full list of dates here: Vigils 2018

Traditional Latin Mass  takes  place at 5.30pm on the second Sunday of each month place in the Parish Church.



Knock Museum Public Lecture Series

Saturday 22 & 29 September
Saturday 6 October

Knock Museum will host a series of public lectures in September & October focusing on family genealogy, folklore and local history.
Saturday 22 September 11-1pm
Title: ‘Ordnance Survey Maps throughout the years focusing on unique and local maps’ by Thomas Broderick, Ordnance Survey Ireland.
Saturday 29 September 11-1pm
Title: ‘Family genealogies and how to research your own family tree’ by Ger Delaney, South Mayo Family Research Centre.
Saturday 06 October 11-1pm
Title: ‘Collecting and preserving your own family history and folklore’ by Dr. Críostóir Mac Carthaigh, National Folklore Collection, UCD
This project is funded by the Heritage Council of Ireland.

The lectures will take place  at Knock House Hotel. To book, contact Knock Museum on (094) 93 75034 or email knockmuseum@knockshrine.ie
Cost €10 per lecture.



Colm Keane Book Signing
Sunday 30 September

The Bookshop at Knock Shrine is now stocking Colm Keane’s new book “The Little Flower, St. Therese of Lisieux: The Irish Connection”. No. 1 bestselling author Colm and his wife Una O’Hagan will be in the Bookshop on Sunday 30th September between 11am and 6pm for a book signing. All are welcome to come along.

The book is now available to purchase online €14.99

Order it from the Bookshop   (International Shipping Available)




Blessing of pets at Knock ShrineBlessing of Family Pets
Saturday 6 October 

Time: 11am Venue: Outside the Family Centre

The short blessing ceremony will be performed on the green area in front of The Family Centre on the Shrine grounds.
All pet owners to come along to the ceremony. For families who are not able to bring their pets with them, they can also send a picture which will be mounted on a display board. For further information, contact The Family Centre, Knock Shrine, on (094) 9375320 or email: familycentre@knockshrine.ie


Medugorje Council of Ireland Annual Retreat 

Friday 26th – Sunday 28th October 2018

Conducted by Fr Danko Perutina, the retreat begins on Friday 26th at 7.30pm in St John’s Rest & Care Centre, Knock Shrine with Holy Mass Saturday morning at 9.30am. Booking for the retreat is not necessary. All welcome.



Handel’s Messiah at Knock Basilica

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Following last November’s unprecedented sell-out performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Knock Basilica, the trumpet shall sound once again on Saturday 3 November with the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for the second  performance at the Basilica  of the world’s most famous and beloved oratorio, renowned for stunning choruses and arias. 

Tickets €30 and €25 are available now from the Information Development Office at Knock Shrine (beside the Basilica) and also from Eventbrite.ie 

Doors open at 6.30pm, Concert begins at 7.30pm. Find out more.




Mass of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
Sunday 17 November

Every day, about 3,000 people die and around 100,000 are injured on the world’s roads.
A service in the Basilica at Knock Shrine will take place at 12 noon 17th November and members from all the emergency services will attend. All who have been affected by road death or injury are invited to attend to remember their loved ones.



All-Night Vigil
December 7th – 8th 2018

The annual All-Night Vigil will take place at Knock Shrine on Friday 8th December. The Vigil Ceremonies will commence with Confessions from 10pm in the Chapel of Reconciliation and Vigil proper 12 Midnight in the Basilica with Rosary, Stations of the Cross and Holy Hour with Fr Brendan Walsh SCA.

Concelebrated Mass will take place at 4am with His Excellency Archbishop Okolo, Papal Nuncio. Concelebrants are Fr Brendan Walsh, Pallotine, Thurles and Fr Lawrence CFR, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.




2018 Pilgrimage Calendar


The next pilgrimage season will take place from Sunday 29th April– Sunday 14th October 2018
Please check this calendar regularly as pilgrimage dates are subject to change. Click on a date to see more details

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