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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

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Homilies of Pope Francis -Rome September 28th

Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod Pope Francis Homilies 2014 28th September Catherine Wiley and Tom Slater’s Speech Click here to listen Pope Francis Speeches 2014 September 28th    

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Annie, 12 year old Granddaughter of Catherine Wiley with Archbishop Georg Gänswein

Annie, 12 year old Granddaughter of Catherine Wiley Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, with Archbishop Georg Gänswein, in St Peters Square, Vatical City 28th September celebrating the importance of Grandparents and the Elderly with Pope Francis.

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The Gift of Grandparents

How the Older Generation Helps Teach Grandchildren the Faith by Joseph Pronechen, Staff Writer Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 9:23 AM  “Grandparents are a treasure,” Pope Francis said in a homily during Mass last Nov. 19. In the same homily, the Holy

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The Blessing of Long Life, Catherine Wiley & Tom give testimony to His Holy Father Pope Francis

The Blessing of Long Life, Catherine Wiley and Tom Slater give testimony to His Holy Father Pope Francis Catherine Wiley who is the founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association and her grandson Tom Slater were invited to give testimony yesterday

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Prayer presented by Catherine Wiley

Prayer presented by Catherine Wiley, Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association on Sunday September 28th 2014 to His Holiness Pope Francis. From Rang 5/5th Class, Miss Galwey Ballyroan Boy’s School Dublin Ireland Click here to view the Prayer

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Vatican Radio – Catherine Wiley gave her testimony to the Pope

Click here to listen (Vatican Radio) What is the role grandparents play in keeping prayer at the heart of the family in the 21st century and how important are they in passing down the faith to a new generation? That is

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Watch 28th September Live Vatican TV

On Sunday 28 September Pope Francis will meet grandparents in St. Peter’s Square during the first international day dedicated to old age, organised by the Pontifical Council for the Family, The Blessing of Long Life. The encounter will undoubtedly attract

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How the Older Generation Helps Teach Grandchildren the Faith

BY Joseph PronechenStaff Writer “Grandparents are a treasure,” Pope Francis said in a homily during Mass last Nov. 19. In the same homily, the Holy Father noted, “The elderly pass on history, doctrine, faith, and they leave them to us as an

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Press News – Irish Catholic & The Herald

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8th Annual Pilgrimage at Knock – “A wonderful occasion had by all”

“A wonderful occasion had by all”. It was a great day to remember full of Graces and Blessings for everyone.  Over 12000 Grandparents and Families attended the 8th National Grandparents pilgrimage in Knock last weekend.  On Sunday, September 14, feast of

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Sacred Space102fm Radio Interview

On this week’s programme we have an interview with Máire Printer from the Catholic Grandparents Association. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as some other odds and ends. Click here to listen to the interview

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The Blessing of Long Life

A day will be dedicated to elderly people and grandparents, who will gather to meet with Pope Francis. This is an initiative conceived and organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, which will take place in St. Peter’s Square,

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“The elderly are the Church’s wisdom and yet they are cast aside”

On the 3rd June, Pope  Francis addressed 52 thousand faithful at the Charismatic Renewal gathering at Rome’s Olympic Stadium: “The elderly are the Church’s wisdom and yet they are cast aside” GIACOMO GALEAZZI ROME “At first I thought Renewal was a

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A Call Out to All Grandparents

A Call Out To All Grandparents Print this story Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments EDITOR’S NOTE: Making holy families — that’s the focus of a series of events coming up in the life of the universal Church. Pope Francis

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Collaboration with the Catholic Grandparents Association

The Children’s Rosary and the Catholic Grandparents Association are collaborating on a special prayer effort during the month of July.  During the month of July we celebrate the Feast of St Anne and St. Joachim the grandparents of Jesus. The Church recognizes

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Westminster Cathedral hosted the launch of the CGA England & Wales

      Written by Diocese of Westminster On 9 May grandparents came from across the country to Westminster Cathedral Hall for the launch of the England and Wales Catholic Grandparents’ Association. Speakers at the event included Cardinal Vincent Nichols

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CGA group attending the Novena in Bagnelstown

CGA group attending the Novena in Bagnelstown, County Carlow. Our representative, Maire Printers spoke at the Novena on April 29th

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Divine Mercy from Stockbridge

2014 April Divine Mercy Annual Convention Stockbridge April 26th – We were privelged to have met and have dinner with pictured below at The Divine Mercy Conference Stockbridge, This was most memorable occasion full of graces and great hope and

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9th Annual Divine Mercy Conference a Great Success for The CGA

On April 5th the 9th Annual Divine Mercy Conference took place at Cardinal Spellman High School, Bronx, New York. The Catholic Grandparents Association was honoured to attend and introduce themselves. Catherine Wiley the founder had the oportunity to speak and

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The Children’s Eucharistic Adoration

The Children’s Eucharistic Adoration went very well.  When Parisioners knew about the evening they brought babies for a blessing, Fr. Laurence and Antionett were amazing.  We had positive feedback and hope now with Parish Priest behind us we can have

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More than just a Membership Card

One of our members shared an experience with us: “I needed to take a train to my daughters house in America from my Father’s house, I didn’t know you couldn’t take a train without photo id, the only id that

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Now In Stock ‘Being a Catholic Grandmother”

Who said the “third age” was about putting your feet up? Who said grandmothers were all elderly? The challenge of being a grandmother can demand more from us than we could possibly have envisaged – but it also brings unimaginable

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Catholic Grandparents Association Looks to St. Joachim, St. Anne as Role Models

By JULIANN DosSANTOS Maria R. Bastone LIVING FAITH—Catherine and Stewart Wiley smile during World Marriage Day at St. Malachy’s Church in Manhattan. Mrs. Wiley is founder of the international Catholic Grandparents Association that now includes members from New York. Most

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MY NANA…. RORY SHEAHAM

I HAVE a close bond with my Nana, Gretta Keenan, says Rory, who is from Loughegar. She was with my Mammy when I was born and she minded me when I was small.  Every Friday night I stay at her

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Pope’s Prayer Intentions for February

Universal – That the Church and Society may respect the wisdom and experience of older people. For Evangelization – That priest, religious, and lay people may work together with generosity for evangelization.

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Grandparents Day in Schools 29th January in Carracastle, Co.Mayo

Maire Printer, President of the Catholic Grandparents Association and CGA members, Angela Gormley and Angela Casey were delighted to accept an invitation​ to be present at Grandparetns Day in Scoil Iosa in Carracastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland on January 29th. A

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CGA Grandparents Days in Schools

Catholic Grandparents Association introduced the concept of Grandparents Days in Schools 7 years ago on the occasion of their first National Grandparents Pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock which takes place every year on the second Sunday of September

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Celebrating World Grandparents Day 26th July 2014

Celebrating World Grandparents Day with World Grandparents Day of Prayer 26th July Feast Day of St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of Mary, Grandparents of Jesus. A day when Grandparents all over the World unite in solidarity and love to

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Sirius Radio Interview with Msgr Lisante

Msgr Lisante Interviews Catherine Wiley the Founder of the CGA on Sirius Radio PLEASE BE PATIENT AND WAIT FOR THE INTERVIEW TO LOAD

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Prayer for Tom O Gorman

Prayer for Tom O Gorman: Tom O Gorman, 39, Catholic journalist and researcher at the Iona Institute, was found murdered at his home in Castleknock early on Sunday morning. Lord, We pray for the soul of Tom O Gorman: may

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A Poem from The Friendship Book 2014

A wish for you and those you love To light the way ahead A wish for joy and hope and peace Along the path you tread. With memories of happy times And places long ago Reminding you, you’re thought about

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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE 1 JANUARY 2014

FRATERNITY, THE FOUNDATION AND PATHWAY TO PEACE 1. In this, my first Message for the World Day of Peace, I wish to offer to everyone, individuals and peoples, my best wishes for a life filled with joy and hope. In

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Wishing you all A Happy & Holy Christmas

We wish you a Happy and Holy Christmas, please click here to read our Christmas Newsletter, if you can print out and share with friends we would sincerely appreciate your help to pass on the Faith.

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Archbishop Cardinal Dolan endorse’s CGA New York

“I endorse the Catholic Grandparents Association’s mission of helping Grandparents pass on the faith and keeping prayer at the heart of the family life.  Best wishes as you continue promoting this association, and please be assured that I will follow

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CGA Launch Australia

“The Australian Chapter of the CGA was recently launched at a Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on 1 December. Cardinal George Pell was the celebrant and gave a homily which described the genesis of the CGA. A link

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Bishop Gilbert Garcera now Vice Chairman of the Commission of the Family and Life in The Philippines

Tomorrow, we will be opening another Catholic Grandparents Association in one of the diocese in the Region. For our Catholic Grandparents in Daet, we had already several formation and seminar reflection sessions. The group is becoming big and recruitment is 

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Group Assists Elders in Passing on Their Faith

by Jim Mancari Grandparents often do not realize the sphere of influence they can have over raising their grandchildren. Catholic grandparents especially have so much experience with their faith that they can be valuable resources in passing on that faith

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Introducing the CGA into the United States.

Introducing the Catholic Grandparents Association into the United States. The CGA has been very successful in a number of countries including Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Malta, the Philippines and Japan. Now we are pleased to introduce the CGA

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Fantastic First Pilgrimage for Families & Grandparents in Rome

The most wonderful, fantastic First Pilgrimage for Families and Grandparents in Rome was a huge success. As quoted by our Holy Father Pope Francis. “Grandparents are the wisdom in the family and grandchildren should listen to their grandparents”  

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Mr. Michael Lambert Celebrating 106th Birthday

Michael Lambert of Clooneygrasson Ballintubber Castlerea Co Roscommon who celebrated his 106th Birthday on the 5th October 2013 pictured with his wife Mary and Grandchildren. We wish him love and prayers and every blessing in the years to come.

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Celebrating 5th Annual Grandparents Pilgrimage Mass

Celebrating the 5th Annual Grandparents Pilgrimage Mass, at Cathedral of Ignatius of Loyola, Palm Beach. This was a  wonderful Family day full of Graces and blessings  for everyone.

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Mass for Grandparents at Divine Mercy

On Sunday, September 8th the Mass for Grandparents at Divine Mercy was celebrated. More than 300 worshipers, along with Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell, celebrated National Grandparents Day Sept. 8 at The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy here. Prayers,

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Catholic Grandparents Association brings greetings from Irish Grandparents to Pope Francis

[imagebrowser id=9]Catherine Wiley, Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association had the opportunity on Pentecost Sunday to meet with His Holiness Pope Francis and to briefly share with him the story of the Catholic Grandparents Association. Ms Wiley was in Rome to

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Scottish Pilgrimage at Carfin.

Around 450 people attended the second Grandparents Pilgrimage at the shrine of Our Lady Of Lourdes at Carfin in Scotland last Sunday 19th August, 2012.

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1st Grandparents pilgrimage in Malta.

On Friday 20th July our president Maire Printer joined a large group of Grandparents from the village of Hal Balzan in Malta for the 1st Grandparents pilgrimage in their country. Stephen and Georgette Gatt, residents of the village were inspired to organise

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On your Marks .. Get Set .. Granny!!

On 6th May 2012  one of the members of the Catholic Grandparents Association will be taking part in the Mini Marathon … Maudie McGing. We were delighted when she said she’d like to take part in order to raise money

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Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week in Ireland was launched in St. Mary’s College, Dundalk, Co. Louth on Thursday 26th January with a special liturgy.  Some of the students and teachers gave witness of their faith

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CGA FOUNDER ADDRESSES EUROPEAN SHRINE DIRECTORS CONFERENCE

The founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, Catherine Wiley, has addressed the annual conference of the European Shrine Directors in Walsingham.  Ms Wiley urged Shrine Directors to host annual Grandparents Pilgrimages.  She said that the idea for the Pilgrimages was

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CGA TO ATTEND LOURDES PILGRIMAGE LATER THIS MONTH

The CGA has been invited and will attend the Rendez-Vous Familles pilgrimage in Lourdes at the end of the month (Oct 29-30).  The pilgrimage is a celebration of the generations and is being led by Bishop Perrier, Bishop of Lourdes. 

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Pope Benedict’s Prayer for Grandparents
Pope Benedict’s Prayer for Grandparents

The Grandparents prayer cannot be reproduced without permission from the Catholic Grandparents Association​