Catholic Ireland

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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(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…

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We thank God for our Dearest Holy Mother and her Parents St Joachim and St Anne, Grandparents of Jesus. Happy Birthday dearest Holy Mother this day also marks the birth of the Catholic Grandparents Association.

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Portsmouth are establishing a new Branch, and there is a meeting in St John’s Parish, Christchurch 17th Nov.  All welcome.  For more information please email caroline@catholicgrandparentsassociation.org.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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(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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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:…

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