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:
Monday 20th Jan – 5 representatives of the CGA where privileged to attend the Launch of Catholic Schools Week Ireland which took place in St. Dominic’s College in Dublin.
The day opened with a beautiful liturgy – prayer and music – led by a choir drawn from 14 schools in the area. Each school contributed a “jigsaw piece” with the school badge and motto and when all were put together it formed a complete picture .
Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin Diocese concluded the liturgy with a prayer. After the coffee break Ger Brennan (pictured), the Dublin footballer gave a moving testimony of how being educated at a Catholic School had given him values and standards for life and he encouraged the young people present not be be afraid to stand up for their Catholic Faith. A lively discussion followed involving children and adults on the subject of how being in a Catholic school can influence your whole life. This theme continued over lunch which was all cooked and served by the students of St. Dominic’s. It was a wonderful day in so many ways.
Wednesday 22nd January
Fr. Brendan Madden invited students from Scoil Eanna CBS the boys secondary school in Ballyroan to celebrate Mass with their Grandparents. There was a large attendance and during the Mass as a Post Communion Reflection, Maire Printer President of the Irish Catholic Grandparents Association read Pope Benedict’s Universal Prayer for Grandparents, which was composed by Pope Benedict Emeritus especially for the Catholic Grandparents Association. Fr. Brendan praised the Grandparents for their commitment to passing on the Faith to their Grandchildren and thanked them all for coming. The music was provided by the students from the school and Holy Communion was given out by two of the boys who had recently been made Ministers of the Eucharist. After Mass everyone was invited to partake of refreshments in the Parish Centre.
Wednesday during Catholic Schools Week is allocated to Grandparents Day