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

This short video shows the newly refurbished interiors of Knock Parish Church, the Apparition Chapel and the Basilica.
Sit back and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Shrine grounds.



WMOF 2018 logoVisit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Knock
Sunday 26 August 2018

We are delighted to welcome his Holiness Pope Francis to the National Marian Shrine at Knock on Sunday 26 August. 



Schedule of Events at Knock

From 8.30am on the morning of Sunday August 26th 2018, there will be a Gathering Event where pilgrims will be led in prayer and reflection until the arrival of the Holy Father. It will focus on the Story of Knock through the testimony of the apparition witnesses and Pope Francis’s call to witness to the joy of faith and family in our contemporary world. Music for the occasion will be provided by Knock Parish Choir with guest musicians and soloists.

Upon arrival at the Shrine, the Holy Father will move through the assembly in the Pope Mobile arriving at the Apparition Gable towards 10am where he will be met by the Rector of the Shrine Fr Richard Gibbons. His Holiness will spend some time in silent prayer at the site of the apparition before exiting the chapel to deliver a short address and lead pilgrims in the Angelus Prayer before departing for Ireland West Airport, Knock and returning to Dublin.

Directly after the Holy Father has departed from Knock, there will be a concelebrated open-air Mass for the Twenty First Sunday of Ordinary Time with Fr Richard Gibbons as the main celebrant and homilist.

A more detailed information pack with regard to the events at Knock will follow nearer the event.

See further information on the Papal Visit including important information regarding transport and parking at Knock Shrine



About: World Meeting of Families 2018


WMOF 2018 logo

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

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Family Events at Knock! Knock Shrine is a place of welcome for families and young people. Find out more about the upcoming events for families taking place throughout 2018 Family Centre Events 2018 or the Youth Ministry/ HUB






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.


Novena Mass August 2017

National Novena to Our Lady of Knock
14-22 August


Theme: ‘Faith & Family’
Ceremonies: 3pm & 8.30pm Daily
Workshops: 12 noon & 6pm Daily

This year will be the 41st celebration of the Novena, and such an important year as we prepare the way for the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Shrine as part of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. The theme for this year’s Novena is ‘Faith & Family’, and will draw from the key topics and themes related to family drawn from Pope Francis’ teachings in The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia).

See the full programme of Novena speakers and talk titles here.

This year, Novena celebrations will also include a fun Family Day on Sunday 19 August. See further details below.


Fr Patrick Burke Vigil Walks – Wednesday 15 August

There are two walks to Knock Shrine taking place on the 15th August in memory of Fr Patrick Burke, RIP. If you would like to take part in either walk, please contact Michael on 087 9947842. Please note that transport will be provided from Knock back to your car.

1. From Bekan Cemetery (Burial place of Catherine Murray) to Knock -1okm. The walk will depart at 2.45am

2. From the Blessed Well in Balla to Knock – 20km departing at 1am

Both walks will arrive at Knock Shrine for 6am Mass.


Family Day!
Sunday 19 August

A Day of Celebration & Activities for Families

Mark your diary for a special day at Knock Shrine to celebrate all things family. Come to enjoy a day full of music, dance, art & craft, games, fun workshops and much more for all ages. The events are open to all and there is no charge to attend.

The activities will take place in various locations throughout the grounds.


For more information contact the Youth Ministry, Knock Shrine
T: 094 93 88100 / 087 6927850
E: knockyouthministry@yahoo.ie







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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