Knock Shrine will again host the National Grandparents Pilgrimage on Sunday 12th September 2010. 

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Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo
Sunday 12th September 2009

2.00pm – Anointing of the Sick with music and song
3.00pm – Pilgrimage Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration

Chief Celebrant – Bishop John McAreavey, Bishop of Dromore

Keynote speaker – Ms Breda O’Brien, Columnist and Teacher

Guest Singers

Mr Michael English & Dana

Chloe Coyle, winner of RTE’s All Ireland’s Talent Show


Mayo School of Music Youth Choir,

Cill Aodain Choral Society &

Our Lady’s Choir, Castlebar

Background to Pilgrimage

Catherine Wiley, the chief organiser, explains the background to the pilgrimage as follows –

I got the idea for the pilgrimage when I started to realise just how important a part grandmothers and grandfathers play in so many families. They are baby-sitters when parents are so busy with their working lives, and they also have a unique relationship with their grandchildren.

Many Grandparents today are struggling with the effects of divorced, separated, second union, or single parent families on their children and their children�s children. I have ten Grandchildren and I know the special relationship that exists between grandparents and grandchildren. Grandparents are there from the birth of the child, they are ever-present and they enjoy the trust of their grandchildren from a very young age.

Many grandparents may feel they are taken for granted, and my pilgrimage sought to put that right, and also to honour grandparents for the part they play in helping to pass the Catholic faith from generation to generation.


Catherine Wiley,
National Grandparents Pilgrimage,
Horizon House,
Riverview, North Mall, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Tel: 00 353 (0) 98 50290 Fax: 00 353 (0) 98 50291

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