Parish Pilgrimage to knock


As St Patrick's Parish pilgrimage departs for Knock on Thursday 27th June it provides an opportunity to reflect on the rich symbolism of the Apparition there. Those who saw it were immediately drawn to Our Lady’s presence, a reflection of the deep Marian devotion of all those present. And for many years after, it was the presence of Our Lady that people were instinctively drawn to. Devotion to St. Joseph has always emphasised his role as the protector of the Holy Family and he appears at Knock as a se- cure gentle presence beside his wife, head bowed reverently toward her acknowledging and remind- ing us of her unique place in the history of the Church. St. John the Evangelist stands between Our Lady and the altar and Lamb. It is his Gospel that refers to Jesus as the Lamb of God. He appears to be preaching on the Eucharistic altar, cross and Lamb that is at the very centre of the Appari- tion. Unique to the Apparition is the presence of the Lamb of God upon the altar, a visual presentation of the gift and mystery of the Eucharist. This central element is not to be found in any other recognised Marian Apparition. Knock Shrine is honoured to have been officially recognised as an international Eucharistic and Marian Shrine by Pope Francis, through the Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation in March 2021.


 Blessing of pilgrims going to Knock

All Pilgrims who are travelling to Knock are invited to our 10.30 am Mass in St Fiacre's Church next Wednesday morning (26th June) which will be celebrated in honour of Our Lady of Knock. A special blessing for Pilgrims will given at the end of Mass followed by a cupán tae afterwards in the Parish Centre!