Catholic Grandparents Association brings greetings from Irish Grandparents to Pope Francis
Catherine Wiley, Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association had the opportunity last weekend to meet with His Holiness Pope Francis and to briefly share with him the story of the Catholic Grandparents Association.
Ms Wiley was in Rome to take part in a two day Year of Faith event at the Vatican for Movements and Lay Associations in the Catholic Church.
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