Together in Faith

Together in Faith is an extensive renewal initiative underway now at Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo.

Launched in late 2017, after the success of the Witness to Hope campaign, Together in Faith centres on the site of the Apparition, specifically the Parish Church and adjoining Apparition Chapel as well as crucial upgrades to the Shrine’s technology and infrastructure.

Preserving and Sharing

 

Enhancing our Apparition Site

Ensuring necessary improvements are made to our original parish church of St John the Baptist to help maintain it for future generations of local parishioners as well as our wider faith family.   Refurbishing and protecting our sanctuary, the Apparition Chapel, where the fifteen official Apparition witnesses gathered.

Promoting our Message

Reaching out to people across Ireland and the world, not all of whom are able to travel to our Shrine. We are greatly enhancing our online offerings and overhauling our online infrastructure to help pilgrims everywhere, partake in the celebration of Mass and special events from their homes.

Parish Church of St John the Baptist

Thanks to the continued support, generosity and prayers of pilgrims and parishioners across Ireland, and internationally, we have made great progress and celebrated some significant milestones since launching our second renewal initiative.

Given its international significance, the Parish Church has undergone extensive refurbishment works in order to preserve it for future generations.

Priorities included:

Repairing and repointing external walls
Restoring pews and stained glass windows
Installing a new organ
Upgrading lighting and heating

 

The Apparition Chapel 

A sanctuary, the Apparition Chapel now encloses the area where fifteen people witnessed an Apparition on the 21st August, 1879. Preserving this site is crucial as it is the focal point for so many pilgrims who journey to Knock Shrine.

Our work comprises of the following:

Replacement and reglazing of the glass enclosing the sanctuary
Cleaning of the marble statues (sculpted in Italy in 1960)
Replacing flooring throughout

 

Promoting our Message

Essential IT Infrastructure

Visited by over one million people each year, Knock is one of the most important Marian Shrines in the world. Now, more than ever we are committed to share Knock’s message of hope with as many people as possible. Many of our devout followers may be unable to make the journey to Knock for a variety of reasons. We are completely overhauling our IT systems to bring our web offerings up to the most modern standards.  

Work involves:

    • Improving technology standards to allow live streaming of services, enabling pilgrims to partake in all celebrations and special events here at Knock Shrine
    • Installing an online booking management system (for events, tours, catering) that allows us to efficiently log and prepare for visits for individuals and groups with special requirements 
    • Upgrading of CCTV security systems to benefit visitors and staff
    • We believe we can reach out to people in even greater numbers to help them to experience this special Shrine and the unique sense of healing, peace and renewal that so many find here

Video: Knock Shrine on Irish TV

Friends of Knock Shrine

We continue to be blessed by the generosity of generations of Catholics, based in Ireland and internationally. Time and time again, pilgrims and parishioners have worked with us to ensure that the Apparitions message of hope, peace and faith is heard the world over.  

Today, we invite you to join us on our journey, working together in faith to ensure that Knock can serve all those who seek a deepening and enrichment of their faith.

We respectfully ask our visitors to consider making a gift at an appropriate level. All gifts, at all levels will make a difference and are greatly appreciated.

Find out more

Example of gift levels and recognition

  • Named dedication on a Together in Faith plaque in the Apparition Chapel
  • Annual donor recognition Mass
€100 Monthly €1,200 Annually Total Gift €6,000
  • Named dedication on a Together in Faith plaque placed within the Parish Church
  • Annual donor recognition Mass
€50 Monthly €600 Annually Total gift €3000 
  • Named dedication on a Together in Faith plaque placed within the Parish Church Sacristy
  • Annual donor recognition Mass
€25 Monthly €300 Annually Total gift €3,000 
  • Knock Shrine Pin
  • Annual donor recognition Mass
€8 Monthly €100 Annually Total gift €500 

*Total gifts are based on a monthly or annual gift over 5 years
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Contact us

Why not visit the Together in Faith Centre at Knock Shrine?

WTH-Centre-webLocated adjacent to the Basilica, you can find out more about our renewal initiative and how we plan to ensure a bright and faith-filled future at Knock Shrine.

Telephone: +353 (0) 94 93 75070

Email: shrinedevelopment@knockshrine.ie

Post: Witness to Hope, Knock Shrine, Knock, Claremorris, Co Mayo, Ireland