Catholic Ireland

Try to keep up with modern technology, says CGA founder – by Susan Gately

By Susan Gately – 05 April, 2019 Grandparents need to communicate faith by combining life experience with the technology that is intrinsic to their grandchildren’s lives, according to Catherine Wiley. Catherine Wiley, founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association. Grandparents need to be catechised and taught how to keep up with modern methods of technology, the leader of an international Catholic association has said. They see their grandchildren with their heads always stuck in screens, Catherine Wiley, founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) told CatholicIreland.net. “The children have a myopic view and the way they learn is on things like…

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CGA Ministry Leaders & Members

Our beautiful, exclusive new medal of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne with their grandson, Jesus is now available. In Keeping with the charism which is the Catholic Grandparents Association, our exclusive medal has at its’ center, the Child Jesus holding a Red rose representing the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mystic rose. Jesus is surrounded by His Grandparents, St. Joachim and St. Anne so that together, three generations, Grandparents, parents and children are represented as one family symbolizing the communion of the Holy Trinity. Working with renowned arts and craftsmen in Rome, this exquisite design came to fruition after many…

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Station fo the Cross for Children

CGA, Prince of Peace, Houston, Texas Though our Parish has Stations every Friday and live Stations which many families attend, our Ministry elected to sponsor Stations for Children this year, using a DVD produced by EWTN. After the first session, our parish priest asked our Ministry to hold a second session. In total, more than 50 children and adults were served with the added bonus of a Scout Leader borrowing the video for a Scout Retreat at another parish. Each station also teaches a life lesson about kindness, sharing etc.

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Lenten Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2019

Our Board Member, Jane Sweeney, returned from the Holy Land filled to the brim with the Holy Spirit and with an awesome faith sharing idea from her new friend, a Grandmother of 23. Each morning during Lent, she sends her grandchildren loving reminders and words of encouragement. Good THUUUUUURRRRRSDAY Morning Grandkids!!! Time to get up and get your bed made!! Doesn’t it feel good to have your bed made nicely all day. You know it does. That’s the nice little reward you get when you do something you know you should do anyway. There is an even nicer “good feeling”…

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Keeping Christ in Easter

Colored Eggs: In many cultures around the world, eggs are a symbol of new life. It also can represent Christ’s empty tomb. Painting or dying eggs dates to the middle ages when Christians colored eggs deep red to symbolize the blood of Christ and the joy of Resurrection. Easter Lilly: Symbolizing purity and honesty, some say that the lily grew in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus wept in the last hours before Judas’ betrayal. Another legend is that pure white lilies sprouted from Eve’s repentant tears after she and Adam were cast from Paradise. Easter Basket: This tradition, of bringing…

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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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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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“Always when you meet your grandparents you find a surprise. They are patient, they know how to listen…don’t forget grandparents, understand?”

Pope Francis pointed to the family, noting that right now there are many strong tensions between generations. Often when we speak of generations, parents and children come to mind, but grandparents are frequently left out, Francis observed. “Grandparents are the great forgotten of this time,” he said, and encouraged the youth to speak to their grandparents, who are sources of wisdom due to the memory they have of life, tensions, conflicts and faith. “Always when you meet your grandparents you find a surprise. They are patient, they know how to listen…don’t forget grandparents, understand?” http://www.catholicworldreport.com/NewsBriefs/Default.aspx?rssGuid=whats-pope-francis-biggest-challenge-finding-true-peace-25749/

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The Rector, Mgr John Armitage, welcomed the 12th annual Grandparents Pilgrimage and parents and countless grandchildren.

The Rector, Mgr John Armitage, welcomed the 13th annual Grandparents Pilgrimage and parents and countless grandchildren. The Catholic Grandparents’ Association was the brainchild of Catherine Wiley. At the end of Mass Catherine spoke of the birth of the association. She was praying in the Slipper Chapel and asking Our Lady what she could do, when she realised what an important part grandparents can play in passing on the faith to future generations. She founded the Association which has grown into a worldwide association with branches in several countries. Pope Benedict wrote a lovely prayer for the association which we all…

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Don’t Miss the St. Anne Novena!

Although Saint Anne is not mentioned in the Bible, she is the holy mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. When we pray the St. Anne Novena, we are asking help from our Blessed Mother’s mother! Saint Anne’s feast day is on July 26th, so the St. Anne Novena is traditionally started on July 17th — but you can pray it anytime. Devotion to St. Anne began early in the history of the Catholic Church. As she was favored by God to become the mother of the holy Virgin Mary, she is often invoked as the Patron of mothers as…

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Big things happening in Walsingham EWTN Radio Interview

Click here to listen to Radio Interview Walsingham is England’s National Shrine of Our Lady. Founded in 1061 AD it is one of the oldest Marian shrines in the world. Big things are happening at Walsingahm, this according to new shrine rector Mgr. John Armitage. Catherine Wiley, founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, talked to Mrg. Armitage for Celtic Connections about his vision for the shrine and about the “big things” planned at Walsingham.

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Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Richard Moth as the new Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

The Pope has named Bishop Richard Moth as the new Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. The current Bishop of the Forces will succeed Bishop Kieran Conry, who announced his resignation last September after admitting he had been unfaithful to his promises as a priest. Bishop Moth will become the fifth bishop of the southern English diocese, which was founded in 1965. Bishop Richard Moth said: “It is a great privilege to have been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and I am very conscious of the trust that has been placed in me. “In…

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Pope: a society that discards the elderly carries within a deadly virus

(Vatican Radio) “Where the elderly are not honoured, there is no future for the young”. This was the powerful message delivered by Pope Francis during his catechesis on Wednesday, devoted to the elderly. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience the Pope continued in his series of teachings on the family, focusing this time on the role of grandparents. Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni: http://t.news.va/en/news/pope-a-society-that-discards-the-elderly-carries-w Reflecting on the fact that life expectancy has increased in modern societies, Francis denounced a widespread lack of respect and consideration for the elderly and their…

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Navan – All Ireland Gathering

Delegates from all across Ireland gathered in Navan, County Meath, Ireland, for the all Ireland Gathering on Sunday 22nd February 2015. About 40 people had made the journey to hear the latest developments in the CGA and also to share with each other the progress made in so many areas across Ireland. The meeting started, as all our meetings do,  with the Universal Prayer for Grandparents written for the Association by Pope Benedict XVl. During the meeting, Founder Catherine Wiley, spoke of the rapid growth of the CGA and highlighted a number of key event during the past year. This…

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Trim, Ireland Church Gate Collection

Despite biting winds and pouring rain, the Annual Church Gate Collection in Trim, a beautiful town about 30 miles north west of Dublin, went ahead as planned. The collection was attended by our Founder, Catherine Wiley, who was visiting the area. She stopped and spoke with the many people attending the masses at St Patricks and other nearby parishes. The collection, which was organised by Martin Daly,  one of our leaders in the area, raised over €600 which will aid and support the growth of the CGA in that area. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to all who work so…

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Bridging the gap passing on the faith to our children

On Saturday, 17th January, we had a visit from Mr Phil Butcher from the Catholic Grandparents Association. The Association is big in Ireland, England and the USA. It recognises the wonderful part Catholic grandparents nowadays play in the continuing faith formation of their grandchildren (and even children). About forty people from the diocese came to hear Phil and to experience something of the fundamental ideas that underpin the Association. It is to be hoped that those who attended the conference will have the help from their parishes to start an association in their own communities. With so many families experiencing a missing generation in the transmission of the faith grandparents are so well placed to bridge…

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Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for February

Vatican City, 30 January 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for February is: “That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity”. His intention for evangelisation is: “That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community”.

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CGA Launch in Diocese of Dunkeld

The St. Ninian’s Institute in Dundee hosted grandparents from all over the Diocese of Dunkeld who had gathered at the invitation of Bishop Stephen Robson. They were welcomed to the centre in song by the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a community if five Nigerian sisters who have recently take over running the Diocesan Pastoral Centre. Bishop Robson in his welcome address outlined why it had been decided to launch the Catholic Grandparents Association in the diocese by sharing the influence his grandparents had on his own formation. He outlined the importance of the role grandparents have in supporting families and in passing…

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Sending our deepest condolences

We are very sorry to hear about the death of Michael Lambert who was in his 108th year. He was the oldest man in Ireland and a member of the Catholic Grandparents Association. Michael attended our Annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage in Knock every year and we were very privileged to have him and his family there We would like to send our deepest condolences to his wife Mae (Mary), sons Micheal, Hubert, Eamon/Edward, John, Gerard, Kevin and Noel, daughters Maura and Kathleen, Grandchildren neighbours and friends. May He Rest in Peace

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A wonderful example of how to nurture Grandchildren

Kindly Given to us from member Carol Yeager: Dear Grandparents, I have found that a good way to share our faith is a walk in a cemetery. If grandparents can’t walk you can drive and park… and teach your children and grandchildren elements of the Catholic faith. Recently we went to a cemetery and there was a marker for the unborn. We talked about heaven..souls….it made an impression.. they looked for it the next time. Not only do you find so many displays of our faith there, and with it teaching opportunities..but also the kids learn respect for our dead…

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World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Unveils

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Unveils  Official Prayer and Iconic Image for September 2015 Event The centrality of Christ and the critical importance of love in the family drive the words and imagery of these spiritual works created for this triennial global event Philadelphia, PA (September 7, 2014) – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. today unveiled the official prayer and iconic image for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, which is set to be held next September. Inspired by the conference theme, “Love is our mission: the family fully alive,” which was announced in May 2014, the…

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Palabra Article – CAMBIO DE IMPRESIONES

Hay casi exactamente doce años, por la oración de una abuela, nació la Asociación de Abuelos Católicos (Catholic Grandparents Association, CGA). Catherine Wiley, abuela con diez nietos, se encontraba rezando en el Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de Walsingham, en Inglaterra, en la fiesta de la Natividad de Nuestra Señora. Su oración era bien sencilla: preguntaba qué podría ofrecer como regalo a la Madre de nuestro Señor una madre y abuela como ella. Encontró sorprendente encontrar esta respuesta: honrar a los padres de la Virgen, san Joaquín y santa Ana, los abuelos de Jesús. Haría peregrinaciones de los santuarios marianos…

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