17th December 2017 – Pope’s Advice to Children: Talk to Grandparents, Elderly, God Meeting Sick Little Ones on His Birthday, Francis Stresses ‘Preserving Children’s Joy’

“Don’t sadden children. When children see that there are problems at home, that the parents quarrel, they suffer. Don’t sadden the children. They must always grow with joy.” The second thing you must do for children to grow well, the Pope said, make them talk with the grandparents: “the two extremes of life, because the grandparents have memory, have roots, and it will be the grandparents that give roots to the children. “Please, do not let them become ‘uprooted’ children, without the memory of a people, without the memory of the faith, without the memory of so many beautiful things that…

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10th September 2017 – Annual Grandparents Pilgrimage Knock Shrine

10th September 2017 –  Annual Grandparents Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Co Mayo, Ireland. Chief Celebrant Archbishop Eamon Martin with Archbishop Michael Neary, Patron of the CGA and Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo. This was the first public appearance in Ireland for Archbishop Thaddeus Okolo, newly appointed Papal Nuncio in Ireland.  This Pilgrimage continues to be one of the largest in Ireland,

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26th August 2017 First U.S. CGA Conference

August 26th 2017 – In collaboration with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the First U.S. C.G.A. conference was held at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. More than 150 Grandparents were in attendance. Catherine Wiley C.G.A. Founder and Jim and Joy Pinto from EWTN were the Keynote speakers.

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26th July 2017 Grandparents Thanksgiving Mass on Feast Day of St. Joachim and St. Anne

26th July 2017   Tuam Diocese celebrated our ‘grandparents Thanksgiving Mass’ on Feast Day of St. Joachim and St. Anne, Parents of Mary, Grandparents of Jesus in Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Tuam Co. Galway. Archbishop Michael Neary, Chief celebrant, Fr. Pat Farragher, Fr. Yesudas Kodiveettil and the many hundreds of grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren who turned out on the day

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20th August 2017 Scottish National Pilgrimage

20th August 2017 Scottish National Pilgrimage at Carfin Pilgrimage Centre.   Welcome by Motherwell CGA Co-Ordinator, Lindy Lafferty. Chief Celebrant Bishop Stephen Robson.  Address by Scottish CGA Representative, Deacon Ron Wiley.  Rosary Procession after Mass.  It was a wonderful occasion full of graces and blessings

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April 2017 First CGA Retreat/Conference

April 2017 – We gratefully report that in April the CGA held our first CGA Retreat/Conference in Dublin. Using the theme, Our Lady Undoer of Knots, a favourite of Pope Francis, and with the spiritual guidance and able help of Father Enda Brady, we were able to minister to and prayerfully support nearly 40 Grandparents who will take what they learned back to their families, friends, neighbours and fellow-parishioners, growing our Mission as natural evangelisers. A highlight was a visit and presentation from organisers of the WMOF, Monsignor Carlos Simon Vasquez, Undersecretary of the Dicastary for Laity, Family and Life,…

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