Family Centre


The concept and reality of family is at the heart of life and at the heart of Church and what the Family Centre seeks to do is to resource, support and enhance the lived experience of family today.

This means taking the reality of family life in its joyful and sorrowful moments and applying to it care programmes, prayer experiences and support networks that bring a deeper awareness and a fuller understanding to the richness of family life.
So preparing couples for marriage, providing training to parents, working with bereavement groups and providing support groups, these are areas which shape the work of the Family Centre at Knock Shrine.


Services and upcoming events

Bereavement Support Group

Wednesday mornings, 11am | The Family Centre, Knock Shrine

The Family Centre hosts a weekly Bereavement Support Group Meeting, each Wednesday at 11am.

Those who have lost loved ones know only too well what a lonely and difficult experience it is to deal with grief and loss.

At the Family Centre, we accompany those who struggle on the journey of bereavement.

All are welcome to avail of any of the scheduled support services or just drop in for some information.

We hope we can be a light of hope for all who come our way.

Family Centre Events 2018


Events to support families and individuals

Find out more about the programme of events organised by the Family Centre, Knock Shrine which includes weekly bereavement support group, Blessing for Expectant Mothers, Mass for Organ Donors and their families, blessing of famliy pets and a host of other outreach events.

You can also download the full programme: Family Centre Events 2018


Family Focus Week

Monday 16 – Sat 21 July
Family Focus Week – 4 events each day in The Hub/Family Centre 

A series of family events, incorporating talks, prayer, reflection, sharing and workshops on the subject of grief and loss.


Pastoral care outreach to bereaved families

Assistance with funeral liturgies and anniversary Masses as requested.

On Sunday 8th April, the Family Centre will hold a special Mass for all organ donors and their families. Watch short video below from last year’s Mass.





Organ Donation Awareness Week 2017

What a wonderful occasion we had at Knock Shrine today celebrating Organ Donation Awareness Week! #donorweek2017A word of thanks to all who took part in any way, to those who helped in the promotion of this special event, and to those who participated in the mass today. We are particularly grateful to Bernadette McNeive, who inspired us to organise this gathering and who spoke so beautifully about her family’s experience during the mass. We also appreciate the photographic skills of Sinead Mallee who captured the essence of the day in these beautiful images. We hope you enjoy this slideshow and, for a complete taste of all that happened, we invite you to like and share this video of our memories from the day. Mid West Radio Darren Cawley Organ donation Ireland Irish Kidney AssociationYou can watch the Mass in full on You Tube:

Posted by Family Centre, Knock Shrine on Sonntag, 2. April 2017




Monica Morley, Director of the Family Centre

Our Lady’s Shrine

Knock, Claremorris, Co. Mayo

T: (094) 93 75320