The Catholic Grandparents Association has today announced that John Michael Talbot will be the guest speaker at the August gathering of the Grandparents’ Faith Café on Tuesday 10 August online via Zoom. John Michael Talbot is a multi-platinum selling, Grammy/Dove award winning contemporary Catholic Christian Music pioneer. His music has been the soundtrack to the faith…

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The Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life on Friday released the video version of the prayer for the Catholic Church’s first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday 25 July in which Pope Francis himself prays with Grandparents and Elders from around the world. “I thank You, Lord, for the comfort…

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The arrival of the month of June means we will soon mark the one month countdown to the first ever World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday 25 July. It also means that our June Newsletter is here! In this month’s issue we feature some additional new resources for the World Day for…

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We are delighted to announce that our Patron, Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam,  will be the guest speaker for our Grandparents’ Faith Café on Tuesday 13 July. Archbishop Neary will join us to be part of our celebration of Grandparents in the month in which we celebrate the World Day for Grandparents and the…

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May is the month of Mary. As I was reflecting on that this past week I was reminded of how often I have placed prayer intentions at her feet and implored her to bring them to Jesus. I am so grateful for the prayers that have gone to her and the blessings that have come…

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We are delighted to announce Peggy Stanton as the guest speaker for our Grandparents’ Faith Café on Tuesday 8 June. She will join our monthly Faith Café on Zoom to speak on the theme ‘The Amazing Grace of Grandparents in the Family’. Peggy Stanton is a news correspondent, author, illustrator and painter, who served ABC-TV…

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The Grandparents’ Faith Café is a new initiative of the Catholic Grandparents Association which is taking place online once a month over Zoom. The Faith Café is a social and spiritual space for grandparents to meet online once a month to chat, to offer prayers and intentions and to just be together in the spirit…

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April is always a season that feels hopeful and this year it arrived with a real sense of purpose for me. We celebrated Easter with its backdrop of blossoming Spring flowers in gardens and parks. Some of the Covid-19 restrictions have also been lifted and we are hopeful here in Ireland of a return in…

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My Dearest Grandparents, Great Grandparents and Friends, We are keeping all of you and your loved ones in our prayers as our world is still being impacted by Covid-19. It has been a busy and productive month for the Catholic Grandparents Association and I am delighted to share our March newsletter with you on the day…

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Today is the day! Pope Francis’ Year of Reflection on the Family begins today – the Feast of Saint Joseph. The Catholic Grandparents Association looks forward to supporting this year and to journeying with families, especially Grandparents and the elderly, as we reflect on Pope Francis’ love letter to families – The Joy of Love…

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The Grandparents’ Faith Café is a new initiative of the Catholic Grandparents Association which is taking place online once a month over Zoom. The Faith Café is a social and spiritual space for grandparents to meet online once a month to chat, to offer prayers and intentions and to just be together in the spirit…

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The Ministry Resource Leaflet from the Catholic Grandparents Association is now available for March 2021. We invite you to share with your ministry groups, with parishes and with grandparents.  Click here to download the resource leaflet: CGA March 2021 Ministry Resource    

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The Grandparents’ Faith Café is a new initiative of the Catholic Grandparents Association which is taking place online once a month over Zoom. The Faith Café is a social and spiritual space for grandparents to meet online once a month to chat, to offer prayers and intentions and to just be together in the spirit…

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My Dearest Grandparents, Great Grandparents and Friends, We are keeping all of you and your loved ones in our prayers as our world is still ravaged by Covid-19. It has been a busy and productive month for the Catholic Grandparents Association and I am delighted to share our February newsletter with you. Click below to download…

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Ash Wednesday falls on 17 February this year and heralds the beginning of Lent 2021. This year Knock Shrine will host a new series of online discussions to help engage Christians during the Lenten Season on the theme of ‘Living Christian Faith – Lenten Conversations’. Chaired by Father Eamonn Conway, a priest of the Archdiocese…

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Welcome to the new Ministry Resource Leaflet from the Catholic Grandparents Association. These are short and sweet snippets to resource you and your ministry group which will be published monthly and which we invite you to share with your ministry groups, with parishes and with grandparents.  Click here to download the resource leaflet: CGA Ministry…

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The Faith Café is a new initiative of the Catholic Grandparents Association which is taking place online once a month over Zoom. Launching the initiative last December, Catherine Wiley, Founder of the CGA said, “If the pandemic has taught us anything it has taught us how much we have missed being together in family gatherings,…

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Bishop Denis Nulty was the guest speaker at the December 2020 Grandparents’ Faith Café. You can read his reflection here: One of our diocesan team who became a grandparent for the fourth time recently shared with me: “As a grandparent four times I can honestly that each time is different. The personality of the little…

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The Blessing of the Bambinelli (Baby Jesus) is a tradition which began in Rome. Each year on the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), the Holy Father invites children to bring the Baby Jesus (Bambinelli) from the family Nativity scene to Mass for a blessing. The Catholic Grandparents Association has been encouraging families to take part…

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“Dear young people,” wrote Pope Francis on the occasion of the 32nd World Youth Day, “you need the wisdom and the vision of the elderly. […] They will speak to you of things that can thrill your minds and fill your hearts”. We are approaching Christmas, when Jesus is born within our families. This year,…

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Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, and Chair of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Council for Marriage and the Family, will be the guest host of the first ever Grandparents’ Faith Cafe on Tuesday 15 December. The Faith Café is a new initiative of the Catholic Grandparents Association which will take place online once…

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My Dearest Grandparents, Great Grandparents and Friends,  We are keeping all of you and your loved ones in our prayers at this difficult time for so many people who are dealing with many different challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this month of the Holy Souls we are also praying in a…

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Catherine Wiley

Grandparents form probably the largest and most active contingent serving the life of our parishes. They are our sacristans, passkeepers, readers, extraordinary ministers, catechists and more. Serving parishes like this is fulfilling, but what is often closest to the hearts of grandparents in the Church today is what they can do to keep their families…

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August Newsletter

My Dearest Grandparents, Great Grandparents and Friends,  Greetings to each and every one of you in this beautiful blessed month of August, which has been dedicated to the Immaculate heart of Mary, and which represents the desire of our Holy Mother Mary, to gather all people to her loving care and protection.  Our National Grandparents…

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Knock Basilica

Sunday 13th September 2020 – BROADCAST LIVE 3PM KNOCK BASILICA National Grandparents Pilgrimage Sunday 13th September 2020 Broadcast Live 3pm Knock Basilica Taking place virtually at 3pm, Sunday 13th September This year due to Covid 19 restrictions, capacity will be very limited in the Basilica We invite Grandparents and their families everywhere to join in…

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CGA

July 26 is the Memorial Day  of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne,  parents of Mary, Grandparents of Jesus  Join with us in preparation for the celebration of the Memorial Day by praying this Novena in honor of our heavenly Patrons. Each day we will pray about a different aspect of our lives as Grandparents and…

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Let us pray for the elderly

Let us pray together for the elderly, especially those who are isolated or in rest homes and are afraid of dying alone.  They are our roots.  They gave us the faith, tradition, and a sense of belonging.  Let us pray that the Lord might be near to them. Pope francis 15th April 2020 Join us…

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Catholic Grandparents Association

Parish Church – click here Parish Church Live Stream Times A National Novena to Our Lady of Knock will take place from 17-25 March. We invite everyone to join with us for the Novena in which we pray for a swift end to the Coronavirus, the protection of all people against it, all who are…

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The Richness of many years of life. Workshop: The Elderly, a Challenge and Opportunity for the family. Good Morning Everybody, We would like to thank Cardinal Farrell, Fr. Alexandra, Gabriella Vittorio And everyone at the Dicastry of Laity, Family and Life who have made it possible for us to be here with you on this…

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