Event Calendar


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

Mass at Knock Shrine

Important Notice: Knock Parish Church and Apparition Chapel will remain closed until April 2018 due to refurbishment works taking place. Please note that all services, including daily Mass and Confessions will continue to to take place as normal. Masses will take place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and Basilica. View Mass Times here.

Thank you for your understanding and apologies for any inconvenience caused.




World Meeting of Families 2018

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The World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin from the 21st- 26th August 2018.

We have a dedicated news section where you find out more about this major international event.

Find out more…



Weekly Events

Bereavement Support Group meeting takes place each Wednesday at 11am in the Family Centre, Knock Shrine. More information 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: vigil-list-2017

Traditional Latin Mass  takes  place at 5.30pm on the second Sunday of each month place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.



Lenten Journey – Prayer & Reflection

Each Thursday afternoon throughout Lent

Guided Reflection & Prayer for the Lenten Journey will take place in the Prayer Guidance Centre every Thursday beginning 15 February until 22 March.

Each session will begin at 4pm and all are welcome.

Spring/Summer Events 2018

The next series of faith renewal events at Knock will begin in February and will offer a variety of events based on art, music, family, parish enrichment and spiritual retreats.

These events are aimed at adults and include a series of one-day retreats and workshops to encourage prayer, deepening of faith and spiritual rejuvenation.


‘Stabat Mater Dolorosa:
A day of Reflection on the Mother of Jesus at the Foot of the Cross’

Saturday 17th February


The mater dolorosa was portrayed by Fra Angelico in many of his pained narratives of the crucifixion. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa describes the Blessed Mother’s unwavering strength as she stands at the foot of the Cross.

Fr Michael Dunleavey, OP will deliver the lecture ‘A Day of Reflection on the Mother of Jesus at the foot of the Cross’. The presentation will offer a unique interpretation of one of the most poignant moments in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary using the art of Fra Angelico and music from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa.

Facilitator: Fr Michael Dunleavey, OP
Location: Prayer Guidance Centre
Time: 11am-3pm
Cost: €30 includes lunch


Find out more about upcoming Faith Renewal Events




‘Quiet Days for Busy People’ Day Retreats

Sat 24th Feb  

‘Do You Really Love Me?’

The need to love and to be loved is an essential part of being human. The experience of love can bring joy, peace and a sense of wellbeing – think of the love between a mother and her child. From our earliest years we have been told that God loves each one of us, do I believe this? Is it something I know in my head or something I know in the depths of my heart?

Sat 24th March

‘Looking towards the Light!’

Each one of us, at some time or another, experience dark times in our lives. As we journey through Holy week towards Easter we see the hurt and shame transformed by the light of God’s love.

Saturday 28th April

‘New Life’

As we look around us we can see how winter has given way to spring, how what looked like death is now bursting with new life. The whole of creation reveals God to us, we just need to slow down and become aware of his presence with us.

These retreats are open to all and newcomers are always welcome.

Facilitators: Knock Shrine Prayer Guides
Location: Prayer Guidance Centre, Knock Shrine
Time: 11am -3pm
Cost: €30 Includes lunch at Knock House Hotel

Choir Workshop

Wednesday 28th February 

The Irish Church Music Association will facilitate this evening workshop. ‘A Joy for the World’ is the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018, composed by young Irish composer Ephrem Feeley. The workshop will provide choirs with music and resources to help them prepare for the World Meeting of Families in August. Choirs are advised to book in advance.

Facilitators: Irish Church Music Association
Location: Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: €10 per participant




Getting the Most Out of Holy Week

Saturday 10th March

This workshop will explore the whole of Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday Morning as a time of personal reflection, but also as the busiest week in parish life. There will be helpful hints for Altar Societies, Ministers of the Word and Eucharist and for all who wish to enter into the week more deeply. Resources will be provided. All are welcome.

Colette Furlong has a Master Degree in Theology with a specialisation in Liturgy, and is Catechist to the Sligo Parishes Cluster.

Facilitator: Colette Furlong
Location: Knock House Hotel
Time: 11am-3pm
Cost €30 includes lunch



‘Art as a Doorway to the Divine’

Saturday 14th April

Workshop with artist Róisín de Búitléar and poet John F. Deane


Join Róisín de Buitléar as she shares the ideas, design process and development behind her commissioned work ‘Pilgrimage’ for Knock Basilica. The two glazed corridors at the entrance to the Basilica were completed over a two year period, and was a project of collaboration with the Shrine and awared-winning Architects, A&D Wejcherts, Dublin.

Poetry Workshop with John F. Deane

How a poem happens. How a poem works. What is inspiration? How to read a poem. How is it constructed, put together? Language. Imagination. What is the deep value of poetry, especially in a spiritual context? These questions will be addressed.

Using two of his own poems, John F. Deane will illustrate how a poem may be created, read and understood. The workshop will hope to offer new insights into poetry as a whole, inspiration, method, technique and outlook. Participants will be easily encouraged to follow the process into a new awareness of reading and writing poetry, with a special emphasis, in this case, on a poetry of faith.

Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Knock House Hotel
Cost: €30 includes lunch

(Early booking advised)



Counselling Centre Event

Tuesday 27 February 

‘Understanding Anxiety in Adolescents’, Presented by Peter Devers M.Sc

Anxious, worried, scared, freaked out, embarrassed, stressed, jitters, hebbe-jeebies? Whatever we choose to call it, we have all experienced anxiety at some stage in our lives. This interactive presentation is for parents and guardians interested in the adolescent process and will explore;


  • What is anxiety?      
  • Main types of anxiety
  • Causes and maintenance of anxiety in adolescents
  • Anxiety in adolescents; what helps?

Presenter: Peter Devers M.Sc. is a licensed Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Trainer and Regional Consultant with the Irish Association for Anger Management. Drawing from 22 years post-qualification experience, he works with adolescents and adults at Knock Counselling Centre.

To book, please call Knock Counselling Centre at (094) 9375032. Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

Venue: Knock Counselling Centre
Date: Tuesday 27th February, 2018
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Fee: €15


Pilgrimages 2018

pilgrimage list 2018The next pilgrimage season will take place from Sunday 29th April – Sunday 14th October 2018 

Every year, Knock Shrine welcomes pilgrims from all over the world. Organised Diocesan and other pilgrimages take place from the last Sunday in April to the 2nd Sunday in October. If you would like to organise a pilgrimage to Knock, please get in touch.

***Important Notice: Knock Parish Church and Apparition Chapel will be closed from Monday 2nd October until April 2018 due to refurbishment works taking place. Masses will take place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and the Basilica. You can view times here.***

Thank you for your understanding and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Please note that all other services, including daily Masses and Confessions will continue as normal. If you are travelling with a group and would like to avail of a private Mass, we are happy to accommodate your group in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Find out more on our Visit page or contact Guided Tours who will help to organise your day at Knock Shrine: guidedtours@knockshrine.ie

Download a pdf version Pilgrimage List 2018





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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