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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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 for the Association … and we could hardly believe it when she admitted to being 70+ ! ! If you would like to sponsor Maudie in her great effort, please send your donation to CGA, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co Mayo Ireland. We will be really grateful for any contribution … and so, indeed, will Maudie!!  We wish her well.

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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 inspired by Our Lady herself. “The very idea was inspired by Our Lady here in Walsingham.  10 years ago I prayed here on September 8th – Our Lady’s birthday – asking her what would be a suitable present for her.  Without any shadow of doubt I can tell you that I received my answer in clear and simple terms –…

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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.  He is also the chair of the European Shrine Directors, who held their annual conference in Walsingham last month, which was addressed by Catherine Wiley, founder of the CGA.  Catherine Wiley invited Shrine Directors to host Grandparents Pilgrimages at each of their Shrines and assured them of the full support of the CGA.  All those present agreed and preparations are…

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STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK!

It was standing room only at the Basilica of Our Lady of Knock last Sunday for the annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage organised by the Catholic Grandparents Association.  Homilist, Fr Benny MacHale, spoke about the unique relationship between children and their grandparents, describing it as a ‘special bond.’  He said that many children are more affected by what their grandparents say than what their parents say.  He urged grandparents to be aware of the powerful influence they have on grandchildren and to support them and their parents.  “Be aware also that grandparents should never undermine their own sons and daughters who…

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‘Grandparents News’ Hits the Shelves!

The Catholic Grandparents Association has just published its inaugural Grandparents News, a 32-page magazine for members of the CGA and the public.  Retailing at €3, the magazine includes articles, poems and reflections with news and views of issues affecting grandparents.  It contains reports and pictures from the inaugural Grandparents Pilgrimages in Aylesford and Carfin.  It highlights the issue of access rights to grandchildren for grandparents and an article from Kelsey Clemson, The Wisdom of the Aged. Grandparents Day In School is a feature, as is Pope Benedict’s Catechetical Dialogue with Children.  Cork’s Little Nellie is in there alongside details of…

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GRANDPARENTS DAY IN SCHOOL!

Pictured at the Grandparents Day in School at the St Colmcille’s National School, The Quay, Westport on Friday 8th Sept 2011, left to right: Máire Printer, CGA President; John Meaney, St Colmcille’s Principal; Catherine Wiley, CGA Founder; Liamy Mac Nally, CGA Administrator. Grandparents Day in School was introduced into this country by the CGA.  It is a most successful event.  Many schools host the Grandparents Day during Catholic Schools Week in February every year.  A huge crowd turned out in St Colmcille’s National School for the event today (Sept 9th).  Principal, John Meaney, holds Grandparnts Day in September.  “We let…

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HUNDREDS CELEBRATE INAUGURAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE AT CARFIN GROTTO.

More than 300 pilgrims attended the inaugural Grandparents Pilgrimage in Carfin Grotto in Scotland on Sunday (Aug 21st).  The Chief Celebrant, recently retired Bishop of Aberdeen, Bishop Peter Moran, spoke about the vocation of Grandparents and their value in society and the church. Bishop Moran said that Grandparents are like Eliakim in the first reading from Isaiah: “a peg in a sure spot, to be a place of honour for his family.” The founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, Catherine Wiley, urged people to join the association.  Speaking in the wake of the recent riots in England, Ms Wiley urged people…

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GRANDPARENTS CENTRAL ROLE IN WORLD YOUTH DAY!

  The following is taken from the WYD website: Grandparents are being invited to participate in World Youth Day, not just watch as spectators. World Youth Day organizers have created a Grandparent’s Club for those who are over 60. 15, 211 membership cards were sent out to Grandparents across Madrid and being made available on line to Grandparents around the world. Club members agree to fulfill a list of duties, like praying for spiritual fruit of WYD, encouraging and helping their grandchildren register for WYD, encouraging other grandparents to join the club, and volunteering at a local parish or pilgrims welcome…

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HUNDREDS OF HAPPY PILGRIMS ATTEND PILGRIMAGE IN AYLESFORD.

Hundreds of people attended the inaugural Catholic Grandparents Pilgrimage in Aylesford Priory on Saturday July 16th 2011.  The event, though dampened by some inclement weather, failed to dampen the spirits of pilgrims on what many people described as an inspirational and uplifting day.  The event was organized by an inter-diocesan committee from the Archdiocese of Arundel and Brighton, Southwalk and the Diocese of Brentwood, in association with the Catholic Grandparents Association.  The day was one of faith and fun and included various activities for children from face-painting, bouncy castles, football and tennis to the versatile talents of children’s entertainment from…

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60th Anniversary of the Pope’s Priestly Ordination.

Blessings on Pope Benedict today – 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination.  Comhghairdeas!  Today is also the feast day of St Peter & St Paul. An extract from a poem in today’s Divine Office readings for St Peter & St Paul: “Rejoice, O Rome, this day; thy walls they once did sign With princely blood, who now their glory share with thee. What city’s vesture glows with crimson deep as thine? What beauty else has earth that may compare with thee?”

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Grandparents commended for being ‘foul-weather friends’

Over 10,000 grandparents, grandfathers and their families from all over Ireland converged on Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, today (SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH) to celebrate their Catholic faith – and they were commended for being ‘foul-weather friends’ of the Church. The fourth annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage was once a huge success, and among the singers at the Mass was 13 year-old Ireland’s Got Talent winner Chloe Coyle. [nggallery id=8] “These are difficult times for people of faith. We have seen a church we love rocked by scandal after scandal. It is difficult to under-estimate the pain that the older generation have suffered,”…

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People of the Year award for founder

A Co. Mayo grandmother, the driving force behind the world’s first national Catholic Grandparents Association, has been honoured in a prestigious People of the Year awards scheme. And now Catherine Wiley hopes the Rehab Mayo People of the Year accolade will help the Association “reach into every parish in Ireland, so that we can support grandparents in their efforts to pass on the faith.” Mrs Wiley, a grandmother of ten who lives in the shadow of Croagh Patrick at Murrisk, Co. Mayo, will receive her award at the presentation function in Westport on Friday, November 27th. She was “thrilled beyond…

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Tuam grandparents make history with first branch of new grandparents organisation

Grandparents in Tuam have created history by establishing the first-ever Galway branch of the newly-formed Catholic Grandparents Association. This follows an historic meeting in Westport last month which led to the formation of the first-ever branch of the Association anywhere in Ireland. The Association, which has grown out of the popular National Grandparents Pilgrimages in Knock Shrine over the last three years, is now beginning the task of building branches around the country. The Tuam branch of the Catholic Grandparents Association was formed at a meeting in the Parish Centre last night (TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd). The next meeting will take…

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History made as Westport forms first-ever parish branch of new grandparents organisation

History was made last night (THURSDAY) when Westport, Co. Mayo, set up the first-ever parish branch of the newly-formed Catholic Grandparents Association. The Association, which has grown out of the popular National Grandparents Pilgrimages over the last three years, is now beginning the task of building branches around the country, and Westport was last night the first parish to formally establish a branch. “This is an historic night, and hopefully in years to come it will be remembered fondly. The Catholic Grandparents Association seeks to support grandparents in every way it can, and also assist them in their very important…

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10,000 Irish grandparents inspire worldwide movement

Over 10,000 Irish grandparents, who attended the National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage in Knock in September, have kick-started a worldwide movement of grandparents – and, next month, over 1m Catholics will hear from a Co. Mayo grandmother about how it all came to pass. Following the phenomenal success of Pilgrimage, the Vatican has now announced plans to translate into over every world language a Papal Prayer for Grandparents inspired by the Knock Shrine gathering. “We started this National Grandparents Pilgrimage last year, and it generated a huge response. In 2007 we had over 5,000 grandparents, and this year the figure passed 10,000,”…

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Irish pilgrimage inspires Pope to write new world prayer

Over 4,000 Irish grandparents, who attended the first-ever National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage in Knock Shrine last year, have inspired Pope Benedict XV1 to write a new prayer in honour of grandparents all over the world – and it will be given its first recital ever in Knock next Sunday. Following the success of the pilgrimage last September, which saw 4,000 grandparents join with over 1,000 family and friends at the special celebrations, the Pontiff has responded by penning a Prayer For Grandparents. And now the countdown is on to Sunday, September 14th, when the contents of the prayer will be revealed…

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Hunt is on for 10,000 prayers

Grandparents all over Ireland have been asked to put pen to paper and compile a whopping 5,000 prayers in honour of their grandchildren. An appeal has been sent out to children to writer a prayer in honour of their grandcildren as part of a unique event for grandparents, and the organisers hope to reach a target of 5,000 prayers. The second-ever National Grandparents Pilgrimage will see families from all over the country converge on Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, on Sunday, September 14th. “There has already been a huge response to the prayer appeal and the quality of the work is…

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Grandparents day in Mayo school

Primary school children all over Co. Mayo are set to receive special visitors to their schools – their own grandparents. A grandmother is spearheading a campaign to establish Grandparents’ Day in the county’s primary schools, and already it has been backed by former Rose of Tralee Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain. Under the novel scheme, grandparents will be invited to spend time in school with their grandchildren. “This will be a valuable and worthwhile learning experience linking grandparents, grandchildren and teachers. I believe this will enhance their moral and social development and be good for the community as a whole,” said grandmother-of-ten…

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Irish grandmother inspires the world

A Co. Mayo grandmother who ran Ireland’s first-ever National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage last year has inspired church leaders in countries around the world to run similar pilgrimages, following her address to a high-powered Vatican Council last week. Catherine Wiley, a native of Castlebar who lives in Murrisk, outside Westport, said she was “very moved and humbled” by the reaction when she delivered a paper at a Plenary Session of the Pontifical Council last week. “It was a moving experience and a wonderful opportunity to highlight some of the difficulties and challenges that grandparents are currently facing both in the family and…

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Grandparents nationwide to be celebrated

It is said that the greeting card people Hallmark invented ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘Father’s Day’ as a money-spinner. Seems like they never thought of the possibilities of a ‘Grandparent’s Day’ though. The first-ever National Grandparents Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday, September 22nd, at Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo this year. The unique event was inspired by a similar event that has been taking place in England at the National Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham for the past four years. The historic event will see grandparents from all over the country converge on Our Lady’s Shrine on Saturday, September 22nd….

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Irish grandparents to be honoured with new pilgrimage

Ireland already has a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day, but now a Co. Mayo grandmother has launched a campaign to honour grannies and grand-dads and grandfathers – and the goal is to gather the largest collection of prayers ever assembled in the country. Catherine Wiley, who left Castlebar for London in her teenage years and built up a successful holiday business, has announced the first ever National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage, and she expects over 3,000 grandparents to turn up. The pilgrimage will take place in Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, on Saturday, September 22nd, and the keynote speaker will be former…

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