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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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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‘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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