Support Programmes

The Family Centre

Family is at the heart of life and at the heart of Church. In its varied dimensions, the Family Centre seeks to resource and enhance the lived experience of family today - as well as provide occasions for prayer and mutual support so families can recognise and celebrate God’s abiding presence with them.

The Richness of Family Life

The focus of the Family Centre is on the lived reality of family life as experienced in its varied and sometimes complex dimensions, joyful and sorrowful, life-enhancing and difficult. The approach is to foster a deeper awareness and a fuller understanding of the richness of family life through care programmes, prayer experiences and support networks.

This involves providing training to parents and support groups for those experiencing difficulties, working with individuals and groups in navigating the grieving process and celebrating key moments of family life by providing appropriate liturgies and ceremonies of blessings at Our Lady’s Shrine.


Mass for children who have received the Sacrament of Holy Communion

Each June, we welcome families from parishes throughout the country to join us for this celebration


Blessing of expectant Mothers

This special ceremony for expectant parents and their families takes place twice a year in Knock Basilica, in May and December


Organ Donors Appreciation Mass

As part of Organ Donation awareness week, this special Mass of appreciation and gratitude celebrates both organ donors and recipients


Blessing of Children

This family celebration takes place on Family Day during the National Novena , with a blessing for children under 12 years


Remembering Deceased Children

This annual blessing and prayer ceremony,  takes place each Spring and is held at the Remembrance Garden at Knock Shrine. Crocus bulbs are planted here this year in memory of all deceased children


Blessing of Pets

Each October, a blessing ceremony for all family pets takes place in the grounds at Knock Shrine, close to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals

Blessing of Children