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 Inglaterra, en la fiesta de la Natividad de Nuestra Señora. Su oración era bien sencilla: preguntaba qué podría ofrecer como regalo a la Madre de nuestro Señor una madre y abuela como ella. Encontró sorprendente encontrar esta respuesta: honrar a los padres de la Virgen, san Joaquín y santa Ana, los abuelos de Jesús. Haría peregrinaciones de los santuarios marianos…

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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 Father noted, “The elderly pass on history, doctrine, faith, and they leave them to us as an inheritance.” He observed they “often played a heroic role in handing on the faith in times of persecution,” and when parents were absent or confused by secular ideologies, “grandmothers were the ones who handed on the faith.” Many grandparents today have taken a…

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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 (28th September) to the Holy Father in St Peters in Rome. Tom (age 12) had to speak directly to Pope Francis in Italian and afterwards received a papal blessing. He is a student at Ardingly College Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod Pope Francis Homilies 2014 28th September Catherine Wiley and Tom Slater’s Speech Pope Francis Speeches 2014…

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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 what grandparent and founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, Catherine Wiley will be highlighting when she gives her testimony on the vocation of grandparents to Pope Francis on Sunday. Listen to Lydia O’Kane’s interview with Catherine Wiley   Catherine will be among forty thousand grandparents and elderly people who will meet the Pope in an event entitled “The blessing of…

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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 grandparents from many countries and the CGA will be present, many wearing the distinctive green sashes of the association, in the form of a delegation from many countries where the CGA is active. CGA Founder, Catherine Wiley, has been chosen to provide a testimony to Pope Francis and is expected to highlight the vocation of grandparents in keeping prayer at…

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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 inheritance.” He observed they “often played a heroic role in handing on the faith in times of persecution,” and when parents were absent or confused by secular ideologies, “grandmothers were the ones who handed on the faith.” Many grandparents today have taken a much more direct role in the lives of their grandchildren due to the breakdown of the family and single parenthood, which, sadly, are…

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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 the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, over 12,000 people attended the annual Grandparents Pilgrimage, in what has now become the biggest pilgrimage in Ireland. This was the eighth year for this growing gathering to attend the day of celebration at Ireland’s national shrine. The day consisted of Healing of the Sick at 2.30 with the administration of the Sacrament, followed by a magnificent display of banners…

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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 Máire Printer joined us on this week’s programme to tell us about the Catholic Grandparents Association which was set up by Catherine Wiley to support the vocation of grandparents in passing on the faith and keeping prayer at the heart of family life.  Máire tells us about the history of the Association and shares with us some of the prayers…

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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, on Sunday, September 28th. According to the full schedule of the meeting, entitled “The Blessing of a Long Life”, the Square will be opened at 7:30 am. The day of celebration will then begin at 9:00 am and culminate at 10:30 am with Holy Mass, presided by His Holiness Pope Francis. For more information: e-mail : events@family.va tel. +39 0669879841 fax….

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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 samba school,” the Pope joked and the whole stadium roared with laughter. Then he warned: “When someone thinks they are important, that’s when the plague hits.” Finally, he kneeled down as faithful prayed at the end of his speech, asking the Lord to bless him, just as Francis had asked of them to do straight after his election on 13…

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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 has placed family matters at the center of his pontificate. He discussed the family with the Cardinals at a consistory in February, 2014, and he will do so again in October with many prelates at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops. The theme of the synod is “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” Then, in September 2015, the…

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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 them on July 26th.  In thinking about this beautiful Feast and the wonderful role grandparents play in our own faith it seemed a wonderful idea to recognize them throughout the month of July.During the month of July, in a special way we would like to invite grandparents to attend any Children’s Rosary group meeting held during that month.  Grandparents are…

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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 and the Right Rev Bishop John Arnold, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. In his address Bishop John praised the important work of grandparents, saying: “You represent an important initiative which will benefit those who have so much to offer in wisdom and experience to a younger generation. Grandparents have always had a privileged and valued role in the intimacy of family…

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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 joy for the future. Pictured: Sitting – James Barr and Stewart Wiley. Standing from the right, Father Joseph Roesch, MIC Vicar General of Marianists. Msgr Jim Lisante – Key Note Speaker at the conference, Catherine Wiley – Founder of the CGA and Father Kenneth Dos Santos – Shrine Director of Divine Mercy.

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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 meet with all of the above in the picture. Catherine Wiley said “we were greatly encouraged by the tremendous response to the work of the CGA”. Many Grandparents spoke with Catherine and other representatives about starting chapters and branches in their parishes. A wonderful conclusion to the Divine Mercy Conference was that Cardinal Timothy Dolan celebrated Mass. Click here to see…

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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 30 mins. Children’s Adoration before the Youth Choir practice once a month, with the help of Our Pope John Paul awards youth and us. Well done to Marguerite O’Kane and Kathy McColgan North Ireland

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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 I had was my Grandparents Membership Card, of which they accepted it, so I returned to see my 5th Grandchild born on St. Brigids day.” From Mary Crowley

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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 joy and delight. With contributions from many Catholic grandmothers from a range of backgrounds, Being a Catholic Grandmother is packed with first-hand accounts and insights from grandmothers who have been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Above all, this book is designed to give practical advice and tips to help grandmothers to learn ways of managing the role and…

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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 people rarely think about the fact that Jesus had grandparents. Yet by long tradition, Mary’s father and mother are known and honored as St. Joachim and St. Anne. It is on these two figures that the Catholic Grandparents Association focuses for role models. In a letter to the founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, Cardinal Dolan said, “I commend your…

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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 house.  She makes a special breakfast on Saturday morning – pancakes and fried eggs.  We often go bowling together at Rock ‘n’ Bowl, and she brings me to Mass every Sunday. My Nana is an Irish rugby fanatic and comes to see me in all my Gaelic and hurling matches.  Last Friday, Nana was at my school (Loughegar NS) for…

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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 lovely warm atmosphere pervaded the day and there was a large crowd of Grandparents, Teachers, Diocesan Advisers and Local Clergy. ​Following a very special and unique prayer service including a prayer specially written for Grandparents and a dramatisation of the ​Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, all Grandparents were presented with a St. Brigid’s Cross, a copy of Pope Benedict’s…

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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 14th September 2014 Children from all over Ireland are encouraged to write prayers for their Grandparents at School and these are blessed at the Grandparents Annual Pilgrimage in Knock. Please be kind enough to notify the CGA when you will be celebrating Grandparents day at your school and send your prayers too:     CGA Castlebar Street Westport Ireland Monday…

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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 pray for themselves, their Grandchildren and their families. Please submit your prayers to us via this link and we will submit them to Our Holy Father Pope Francis.

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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 he enter quickly into the fullness of heaven and may he rest in peace, held close in Your embrace. Hear our prayer for his family, friends, and colleagues: may You help them in their grief and sorrow, and hear their prayers for justice and healing. May you help them come to terms with this senseless act of violence and give…

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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 More often than you know And then another extra wish With greetings most sincere May love warm every day for you Throughout the coming year. Iris Hesselden – The Friendship Book

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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 the heart of every man and woman is the desire for a full life, including that irrepressible longing for fraternity which draws us to fellowship with others and enables us to see them not as enemies or rivals, but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced. read more…..

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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 up with Kath regarding the Archdiocese of New York’s relationship with the Catholic Grandparents Association after your visit in February.” With prayerful best wishes to you and your family, I am, Faithfully in Christ Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of New York

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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 to the homily is attached along with an information flyer about the CGA for distribution to interested parties here. There are also some  further links to articles in the Catholic media. The various Australian bishops have also been advised of the launch of the CGA and it is hoped that individual parish groups will gradually spring up. –          Homily, by…

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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  so rapid.   Dra Merle  Ramores is so active in leading the group.   Actually, we have already formed a Catholic Grandparents choral group featuring songs dedicated to filipino grandparents. Next year, by October 4 – 11, all the members of the Catholic Grandparents will going to the Holy Land for a pilgrimage. One of the sites we will be…

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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 to their grandchildren. That is the mission of the Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA), an international grassroots organization that is committed to keeping prayer at the heart of the family; supporting and valuing grandparents as sources of wisdom and faith; and enabling them to pass on the faith to future generations. The organization provides advice and information for grandparents through a…

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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 into the States as the CGA-USA. To introduce the CGA into the US we have met with many American clergy persons. Now we need you in your diocese and your local parish !!! 2013 Nov 23 –  Meeting with Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s staff at The Archdiocese of New York ‘Office of Family Life & Respect Life’ to discuss introduction and…

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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, devotions and a variety of activities were held from 11 a.m. until after 4 p.m. on the grounds of the headquarters of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception in the Berkshires. A 2 p.m. Mass, celebrated by Bishop McDonnell was held with the participation of young and old alike. The youth choir from St. Ann Parish in Lenox provided…

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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 take part in a two day Year of Faith event at the Vatican for Movements and Lay Associations in the Catholic Church. Commenting on her meeting with Pope Francis, Ms Wiley said: “I feel very blessed, honoured and emotional to have met our Holy Father Pope Francis. I brought him greetings from the grandparents of Ireland and the grandparents of…

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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 the event when they read about the CGA in the Universe newspaper last year.

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