A retirement age is likely to be brought in as the role can be demanding physically when it involves helping the wheelchair-bound
up, sort out the clothes and make lunches quite early,” the russet-haired young woman explains.
Once Catherine’s health improved somewhat, she was keen to give something back.
“Any day you can get out of bed is a good day. My job here in Knock is dealing with Mass cards, but I feel it is more than that; I like to talk to the pilgrims. The last day I was here, a gentleman wanted a Mass card for his daughter and I foolishly asked if she was ill and he told me she had committed suicide. He was devastated; he sat there and talked with me and the two of us cried.
“Listening is part of this. If people want to tell you their troubles — and a lot of them do — I would consider myself to be a good listener. Sometimes people can talk more easily to a stranger.”
Knock’s priority, according to Catherine, is the disabled and the sick. “They get priority