The story of Knock began on the 21st of August 1879 when, at approximately 8 o’clock in the evening, fifteen people from the village of Knock in Co. Mayo, witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist at the gable wall of the Parish Church. The witnesses watched the Apparition in the pouring rain for two hours. Each of the witnesses gave testimonies to a Commission of Enquiry in October 1879.
The findings of the Commission were that the testimonies were both trustworthy and satisfactory. Knock continues to be a special place of prayer and pilgrimage.
through the intercession of our Lady of Knock we ask your blessing on the people of Ireland.
We ask your help for the church in Ireland still reeling after the scandals of clerical abuse, the mother and baby homes and the Magdalene Laundries.
We pray that the process of consultation with the people as part of the synodal process will help bring healing and new life.
By Fr Pat O'Shea - Lower Hutt