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The Irish Catholic – Help grandchildren to see the true value of everyone – Bishop Doran

Grandparents can help children to understand the Faith and see that people must be valued for who they are, not simply what they can do, Elphin’s Bishop Kevin Doran has said. Speaking at the national pilgrimage of the Catholic Grandparents’ Association to Knock Shrine, Bishop Doran said that with today’s harsh economic realities causing parents to seek help from grandparents in caring for children, there is scope for “rich relationships between children and their grandparents”. Dr Doran noted that Pope Francis has often spoken about how grandparents can help teach children how to pray, and said he knows young adults…

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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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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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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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We look forward to having many members and friends join us at our First Annual Retreat/Conference 26th & 27th April 2017

Wednesday & Thursday 26th & 27th April 2017 Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24 (easy access from M50, closeby to Luas station with connecting from Heuston Station) theme “Helping our Children and Grandchildren to know, love and serve God” included amongst our Speakers will be Kate Liffey, National Catechetical Association Fr. Benny McHale, Croi Nua Spirituality Centre, Galway Catherine Wiley, Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association (limited space available) Two days with full board all inclusive €120 per person Day only attendance for two days €80 per person Further information and application form available from Connie on 098 24877…

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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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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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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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