Ireland National Grandparents Pilgrimage
3rd Annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage
Date: Sunday 12th September 2010
Location: Our Lady Of Knock Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo
Led by Bishop John McAreavey, Bishop of Dromore – Guest Singers: Mr Michael English & Dana and Chloe Coyle Winner of RTE’s 2010 All-Ireland’s Talent Show.
Order of Service (To be Advised) See below for last years Order:
Introduction: Monsignor Quinn PPKnock
2:30pm Anointing of the Sick
3:00pm Opening Procession led by Cardinal Seán Brady
First Reading: (Isaiah 50: 4-9)
Read by Ms. Marie Hogan President of Saint Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society.
Psalm: Be with me Lord when I am in Trouble Performed by Fr. Lawton and Cill Aodain Choral Society.
Second Reading: (St James 2:14-18) Read by Dr. Micky Loftus
Gospel: Mark 8: 27-35
Homily: Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
Prayer of the Faithful: Brenda Drumm, John O’Mahoney and Ann Bryne
Emma Humber Debuts Song for Grandparents
“Guiding Light” written by Marie Dunne CHF
“If I Take the Time” Performed by Liam Lawton
Liturgy of the Eucharist
Launching of the Catholic Grandparents Association by Ms. Catherine Wiley, Cardinal Seán Brady and Grandchildren.
Candle of Light Ceremony
Rosary: Luminous Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
Conclusion and Blessing: Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.
Words of Thanks
Copy of the Order of Service, Click Here
Pdf 2009 Poster, Click Here
Copy Cardinal Seán Brady’s Homily, Click Here
Copy Catherine Wiley’s Homily, Click Here
Knock Shrine, Ireland’s Marian Shrine, is located in Co. Mayo Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland.
The Story of Knock began on the wet Thursday evening of the 21st August, 1879, at about the hour of 8 o’clock, Our Lady, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist appeared in a blaze of Heavenly light at the south gable of the Church of St. John the Baptist.
Behind them and a little to the left of St. John was a plain altar. On the altar was a cross and a lamb with adoring angels. The Apparition was seen by fifteen people whose ages ranged from six years to seventy-five and included men, women, teenagers and children.
The poor humble witnesses distinctly beheld the Blessed Virgin Mary clothed in white robes with a brilliant crown on her head. Over the forehead where the crown fitted the brow, she wore a beautiful full-bloom golden rose.
She was in an attitude of prayer with her eyes and hands raised towards Heaven. St. Joseph stood on Our Lady’s right. He was turned towards her in an attitude of respect. His robes were also white. St. John was on Our Lady’s left. He was dressed in white vestments and resembled a bishop, with a small mitre. He appeared to be preaching and he held an open book in his left hand.
The witnesses watched the Apparition in pouring rain for two hours, reciting the Rosary. Although the witnesses standing before the gable were drenched, no rain fell in the direction of the gable. They felt the ground carefully with their hands and it was perfectly dry as was the gable itself.
The personal pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II in 1979, commemorating the centenary of the apparition, inspired an even greater devotion to the Shrine and endorsed the indelible seal of Vatican approval. Mother Teresa of Calcutta visited the Shrine in June of 1993. One and a half million pilgrims visit the Shrine annually.
More on Knock Shrine — www.knock-shrine.ie
- Great sites to help you plan your trip to Knock Shrine and the west of Ireland:
- www.irelandwest.ie – tourist information from the west of Ireland
- www.knockshrine.ie – learn all about Knock Shrine
- www.museumsofmayo.com – countless attractions in Co. Mayo
- www.knockairport.com – fly to Co. Mayo
- www.irishrail.ie – go by train to Co. Mayo
- www.buseireann.ie – bus timetables to Co. Mayo
- www.aaroadwatch.ie/routes – for directions
Hotels in the region