Transition Year Trip to Knock

On Friday the 4th of October, thirty students with two teachers from Transition Year travelled to Knock, Co. Mayo for the Year of Faith. Almost 3,000 students from all over Ireland came to Knock on pilgrimage for this celebration initiated by Pope Francis.
Leaving Mount Mercy at 6am our students set out for Knock where Our Lady appeared in the small village to fifteen people, aged six to seventy-five, on the 27th of August 1879. Today, one and a half million people visit Knock each year.
After a brief stop at Mother Hubbard’s in Oranmore, Co. Galway, students arrived in Knock after a five hour bus journey. Students had an hour to experience the peaceful surroundings before entering the basilica for the first time. There, they received talks from a local soccer player who had gotten over peer pressure and struggles with his faith as a teenager when he confided in God. A sister belonging to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity spoke to us on the importance of helping others.
After lunch all 3,000 students participated in the Stations of the Cross which was located outside. Students then attended a two hour mass located in the basilica where Coláiste Choilm’s choir sang throughout the mass. The pilgrimage had then ended and we went back to Cork. Each student received a YouCat (Youth Catechism) and rosary beads.