The Parish Priest of Knock Fr Richard Gibbons has announced today that the National Novena to Our Lady of Knock is postponed until perhaps later this year, depending on latest Government guidance.
The Novena that began in 1977 and has continued in unbroken tradition since.
The Novena is a national and international event that takes place every year from the 14 – 22 August and attracts as many as 150,000 pilgrims.
It is a time of prayer that offers pilgrims a variety of guest speakers who reflect upon faith and contemporary society.
Fr. Richard stated that “Having discussed at length the logistics, health and safety of organising the Novena, it is with heavy hearts that we have decided to postpone it. After careful assessment of all aspects in line with current government guidelines, we feel that this is the right thing to do.
This has been a very difficult decision that will cause a great deal of disappointment to pilgrims, it also has economic consequences for the wider community and the Shrine itself. However, the health and safety of our parishioners, pilgrims, priests, staff and volunteers is of paramount importance to us at this worrying time.