Attending Mass at Knock Shrine

Knock Shrine is open to the public in adherence with current government guidelines. There are restrictions in place and capacity is limited at the Shrine.

Public Masses resume on December 2nd 2020. All public Masses take place at Knock Basilica and capacity is limited to 200 people. As there is a queuing system in place on a first come, first served basis, attendance at Mass is not guaranteed when you visit.

Please read the following notices in advance of your visit to Knock Shrine.

Attending Masses at Knock Shrine

All public Masses take place at Knock Basilica. Capacity for attendance at each Mass is limited to 200 people at the moment. There is a queuing system in place on a first come, first served basis before each Mass. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to attend Mass once this quota has been reached.



Capacity at Masses at Knock Basilica is currently restricted to 200 people.

No. Due to restricted capacity, there is a queuing system in place for Masses on a first come, first served basis. Please do not continue to queue once you have been advised by our stewards and volunteers that capacity has been reached as you will not be able to gain entry to the Basilica.

To ensure the safety of our pilgrims, only groups from the same Household* will be seated together.

There are six options to cater for households – from an individual person, up to a Household* of six persons, including wheelchair users.

* Household: The abode, at which you live in currently, and share with the other members of your Household who also live there.

No. Seats will be allocated to you in the Basilica by our stewards and volunteers in line with social distancing guidelines.

Holy Communion will be available and the celebrating Priest will advise at each Mass how to receive the Holy Sacrament. Holy Communion must be received in the hand only in line with current guidelines.


Confessions are available in the Chapel of Reconciliation from 12pm to 3pm daily. At busy times, there will be a queuing system in place. We strongly advise you not to spend more than 15 minutes in private prayer in the chapel.

Knock Parish Church is open for private prayer from 9am to 6pm daily. There are no public Masses in the Parish Church at present. Please spend no more than 15 minutes in private prayer. There may be a queuing system in place at busy times.

Due to the size of the Apparition Chapel, maintenance of correct social distancing measures would be difficult. The Chapel is closed at present. There is limited outdoor seating available. Please bring your own wipes to wipe down the seats before and after use.

Holy Water is available at the outdoor fonts adjacent to the Apparition Chapel. Please use your own wipes to wipe down the fonts before and after use.


Holy Water fonts at the entrances to all churches are empty.

Face Coverings

We strongly advise that you wear a face covering when visiting all buildings at Knock Shrine. Wearing a cloth face covering in public will reduce the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the community. It will help to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets from people infected with COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  Cloth face coverings may also help to stop people who are not aware they have the virus from spreading it.

Cloth face coverings are not suitable for children under the age of 13 and anyone who:

  • has trouble breathing
  • is unconscious or incapacitated
  • is unable to remove it without help
  • has special needs and who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing the face covering


Use Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser stations are in place at the entrance to all churches and buildings at Knock Shrine.Please use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving all buildings at Knock Shrine.

Please respect and adhere to guidance provided by our  Stewards and Volunteers, including necessary hand and respiratory guidelines. Hand sanitiser is widely available at each of the buildings. We strongly advise all attending to use this, and to keep a safe distance  of 2 metres from others.

Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette
  1. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  2. Use tissues and throw them away.
  3. Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer every time you touch your mouth or nose.


Download COVID Tracker

COVID Tracker is a free app for your mobile phone, available to download on the App Store or Google Play.

It will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ireland. Using the COVID Tracker app along with the existing public health measures will help us all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

Please  respect and adhere to the guidance of our stewards and trained volunteers at all times.

All details correct at time of publishing, and subject to change. Guidelines in accordance with Government advisory.