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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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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Relevant Radio – A grandparent’s responsibility to help pass on the Faith

By: Lindsey Kettner, Relevant Radio® 7/18/17 Grandparents hold a very special role in the spiritual formation of their families and can have a great influence on their children and grandchildren’s faith journeys. They have the responsibility to pass along the Faith, pray with and for their grandchildren, and be a role model of Christian life. Read more..

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CGA Lent News

As we enter more deeply into this solemn season of Lent, we remember the great love Jesus showed to us by giving His life so that we might live. Let us also reflect on the joy, love and prayers Jesus received from his Holy Mother Mary and His earthly Grandparents, Saint Joachim and Saint Anne. This is the love I ask you to talk to your children and grandchildren about when you talk to them about Lent this year. Perhaps, instead of giving something up for Lent, ask them to select an act of love toward another person. In today’s…

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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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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has led 180 pilgrims from the US city to Ireland’s Knock Shrine.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has led 180 pilgrims from the US city to Ireland’s Knock Shrine. The pilgrimage is the first from New York to the shrine in County Mayo, and the chartered flight is the first transatlantic service to the nearby airport in eight years. Welcoming the cardinal and the pilgrims at the start of the eight-day visit on Sunday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “There is no reason why Knock cannot take its place on the pedestal of the most important [pilgrimage] shrines of the world such as Lourdes and Fatima.” The shrine was established in 1879…

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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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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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