Sunday September 8th 2019 – Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Knock, Co.Mayo
NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE
On this very special day when our National Grandparents Pilgrimage falls
on September 8, Our Lady’s Birthday, I extend a most grateful welcome to
each of you. Reflecting back on that grace-filled day when I first wished to
offer Our Lady a gift for her birthday, I couldn’t have imagined that the gift
of honoring her parents, St. Joachim and St. Anne, would be multiplied so
lovingly over and over again.
Welcome to the Catholic Grandparents Association
This association grew out of our Grandparents Pilgrimages, where thousands of grandparents gathered in recent years, united by the same goal to do the very best we can for our children and grandchildren.
Grandparents have no agenda; they simply want the best for their grandchildren. They want them to be good, decent human beings, to know the difference between right and wrong, able to make good moral decisions and, if they go astray along the way, to be able to find their way back to a loving, forgiving, non-judgemental God.
Grandparents’ vital contribution to the family, the Church and society was never as important as now. We are living in unprecedented times, with constantly changing social and moral values. Sometimes we feel like we are failing. We are not. We can never fail so long as we keep on doing what we are doing – praying, showing the way and passing our Faith.
At the heart of the Catholic Garandparents Association is the firm belief that this is our duty, our responsibility, our vocation, and we must do what we can. This is probably the most important job we will ever have and, for many of us, it may be our last. It is one from which we can never retire, so let us do our best. We owe it to our grandchildren.
May God bless you, your grandchildren, and your children.
Grandmother and founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association
“I commend your diligence and work in fostering this program that strives to support grandparents in the spirit of St. Joachim and St. Anne……“I endorse the Catholic Grandparents Association’s mission of helping Grandparents pass on the faith and keeping prayer at the heart of the family life.” Faithfully in Christ
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock 2017 available on link below