Keeping Christ in Easter

Colored Eggs: In many cultures around the world, eggs are a symbol of new life. It also can represent Christ’s empty tomb. Painting or dying eggs dates to the middle ages when Christians colored eggs deep red to symbolize the blood of Christ and the joy of Resurrection. Easter Lilly: Symbolizing purity and honesty, some say that the lily grew in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus wept in the last hours before Judas’ betrayal. Another legend is that pure white lilies sprouted from Eve’s repentant tears after she and Adam were cast from Paradise. Easter Basket: This tradition, of bringing…

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World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Unveils

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Unveils  Official Prayer and Iconic Image for September 2015 Event The centrality of Christ and the critical importance of love in the family drive the words and imagery of these spiritual works created for this triennial global event Philadelphia, PA (September 7, 2014) – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. today unveiled the official prayer and iconic image for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, which is set to be held next September. Inspired by the conference theme, “Love is our mission: the family fully alive,” which was announced in May 2014, the…

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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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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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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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