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National Grandparents Pilgrimage 13 September

The National Grandparents Pilgrimage will be broadcast live at 3pm from Knock Basilica. 


The National Grandparents Pilgrimage takes place in September each year at Knock Shrine. It is one of the busiest, most well-attended pilgrimages of the year bringing grandparents, grandchildren and parents in their thousands to celebrate this special day.

The pilgrimage is a special day of thanksgiving and celebration which can be seen as well as felt in the flags, colourful prayers and drawings that usually adorn the sanctuary of Knock Basilica. The pilgrimage is organised by the Catholic Grandparents Association and recognises the important role that grandparents play in family life, providing love, wisdom and by nurturing the life-long gift of faith in their grandchildren.

This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions that are currently in place, the National Grandparents Pilgrimage will be held online. Grandparents and their families everywhere are invited to take join with us online to celebrate this special day together.

Catherine Wiley, founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association said “This year, more than ever it is important for us to recognise the invaluable role that grandparents play in family life. This has been an incredibly difficult year for so many grandparents around the world who have been isolated from their families, unable to enjoy the usual family celebrations or everyday contact which we would normally take for granted. The pilgrimage is a wonderful opportunity to make them feel cherished and valued.”

The National Grandparents Pilgrimage will be streamed live on the Knock Shrine website here as well as on our Facebook page @KnockShrine.