One Pilgrim’s account of our Pilgrimage with the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine  on Saturday, 27th April, 2024.

“Our itinerary started with a 7.40am departure from St. Joseph’s Church in Newtownmountkennedy.

We then made our way to meet fellow pilgrims from Kilcoole and Greystones.  Fr Des, our newly appointed Parish Priest kindly blessed and prayed for our pilgrimage as we set out on our journey.

Everyone was looking forward to a day together at Knock Shrine with the Dublin diocesan pilgrimage led by Archbishop Dermot Farrell.

Along the way we stopped in a hotel in Athlone for tea and scones.  We were then soon back on the road with Donal our driver heading for Knock Shrine.  The journey was pleasant and joyful as we chatted and made friends with fellow pilgrims.  Doreen and Francis led the rosary along the way and everyone joined in.  Josephine had hymn sheets for everyone and led the singing of some lovely hymns.

We arrived at Knock Shrine before noon in good time for the introduction and start of the workshops.  There were a series of interesting workshops and speakers.

We then had free time to have lunch from 1pm and to explore Knock Shrine grounds.

The Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage Mass with Chief celebrant Archbishop Dermot Farrell was at 3.00pm and was the highlight of the day.  The Sacrament of the Sick was in the Basilica during Mass for this pilgrimage.

It was lovely to see Fr Des concelebrate Mass with all the other priests from the Dublin diocese.   The celebration was beautiful and was enhanced by the heavenly ‘Choir of Many Voices’ with a diverse group of singers and musicians from throughout the Archdiocese.

Following Mass, Archbishop Farrell led the Eucharistic Procession and blessed all present.

Afterwards, there as an opportunity to have group photographs taken with Archbishop Farrell.

At 5pm we departed for our homeward journey.  We stopped for a break in Roscommon and we all enjoyed a lovely meal together.

On the homeward journey we sang, led by Josephine, and everyone joined in.  Parishioners smiled as there were ideas discussed for next year’s sing-song for the journey.  We arrived back in Greystones right on time at 9.30pm.

Overall, it was another pastoral area pilgrimage filled with graced moments and blessings.  We had beautiful sunshine all day.  There was not a rain jacket to be seen all day at Knock Shrine!”

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