Grandparents from across Ireland will gather in Knock Shrine on Sunday 10 September for the National Grandparents Pilgrimage. This year’s pilgrimage Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.
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.
For more on the pilgrimage see catholicgrandparentsassociation.com