Details of the National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine have been announced for 2016. The announcement comes ahead of the Feast of Saint Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus, which is celebrated on Tuesday 26 July.
The 2016 pilgrimage will take place on Sunday 11 September to the newly refurbished Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. This annual pilgrimage is a special day for grandparents and families, and a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the great contribution that grandparents make to Church, to family, and to society in teaching and passing on the faith. The pilgrimage was founded by Catherine Wiley, a native of Co Mayo. From its origins in Ireland, it has spread to several countries around the world.
The pilgrimage begins with the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick at 2.30pm. The Pilgrimage Mass follows at 3.00pm.
Each year ahead of the pilgrimage, children are invited to write a prayer for their grandparents. The children’s prayers can be brought to Knock on the day or posted in advance to: The Catholic Grandparents’ Association, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co Mayo. All prayers will be blessed during the pilgrimage.