Pope to young people “listen to your grandparents” Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday encouraged young Catholics to cultivate their relationships with their grandparents. Addressing  a group of young people who belong to an Italian Catholic lay association called ‘Azione Cattolica Italiana’, the Pope spoke of the joy that derives from the coming of Jesus, and said that joy is increased and multiplied when we share it. He invited the young people to receive the joy of Advent as they would receive a gift and to bear witness to it in their families, schools, parishes and in all places. The Pope especially invited them to share it with…

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Catherine Wiley founder of The CGA interviewed by EWTN

Catholic Grandparents overjoyed at Dublin venue for World Meeting of Families 2018 ‘Grandparents will be out in force for Pope Francis’ The Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) has welcomed news that Dublin is to be the venue for the 2018 World Meeting of Families and expressed the hope that Pope Francis will travel to Ireland for the event. Speaking this week on her return from Philadelphia, USA, where she represented the CGA at the World Meeting of Families, Catherine Wiley, the association’s founder said: “It is very exciting and encouraging that the next meeting of the World Meeting of Families will…

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Sacred Space102fm Radio Interview

On this week’s programme we have an interview with Máire Printer from the Catholic Grandparents Association. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as some other odds and ends. Click here to listen to the interview Máire Printer joined us on this week’s programme to tell us about the Catholic Grandparents Association which was set up by Catherine Wiley to support the vocation of grandparents in passing on the faith and keeping prayer at the heart of family life.  Máire tells us about the history of the Association and shares with us some of the prayers…

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STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK!

It was standing room only at the Basilica of Our Lady of Knock last Sunday for the annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage organised by the Catholic Grandparents Association.  Homilist, Fr Benny MacHale, spoke about the unique relationship between children and their grandparents, describing it as a ‘special bond.’  He said that many children are more affected by what their grandparents say than what their parents say.  He urged grandparents to be aware of the powerful influence they have on grandchildren and to support them and their parents.  “Be aware also that grandparents should never undermine their own sons and daughters who…

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Grandparents commended for being ‘foul-weather friends’

Over 10,000 grandparents, grandfathers and their families from all over Ireland converged on Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, today (SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH) to celebrate their Catholic faith – and they were commended for being ‘foul-weather friends’ of the Church. The fourth annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage was once a huge success, and among the singers at the Mass was 13 year-old Ireland’s Got Talent winner Chloe Coyle. [nggallery id=8] “These are difficult times for people of faith. We have seen a church we love rocked by scandal after scandal. It is difficult to under-estimate the pain that the older generation have suffered,”…

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Pilgrimages: Knock, Ireland 2010

Ireland National Grandparents Pilgrimage 3rd Annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage Date: Sunday 12th September 2010 Location: Our Lady Of Knock Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo Led by Bishop John McAreavey, Bishop of Dromore – Guest Singers: Mr Michael English & Dana and Chloe Coyle Winner of RTE’s 2010 All-Ireland’s Talent Show. Order of Service (To be Advised) See below for last years Order: Introduction: Monsignor Quinn PPKnock 2:30pm Anointing of the Sick 3:00pm Opening Procession led by Cardinal Seán Brady First Reading: (Isaiah 50: 4-9) Read by Ms. Marie Hogan President of Saint Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society. Psalm: Be with me Lord…

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