April is always a season that feels hopeful and this year it arrived with a real sense of purpose for me. We celebrated Easter with its backdrop of blossoming Spring flowers in gardens and parks. Some of the Covid-19 restrictions have also been lifted and we are hopeful here in Ireland of a return in the very near future to public worship. This year, more than ever, after a dark Winter under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, Easter and Spring have come just as we needed them. Our faith tells us that we are Easter People and that Alleluia is our song and we really need to sing that from the rooftops in these difficult times.
It has been a busy and productive month for the Catholic Grandparents Association. We have just had a wonderful April Faith Café with grandparents from around the world gathering together via Zoom to hear from Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh and the President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. The archbishop spoke to us about what and who we are called to be, especially in the lives of our grandchildren. His address reminded me of a phrase from Pope Francis who recently invited us to “Ask Jesus what he wants from you and be brave”. What a wonderful anthem for us in the Catholic Grandparents Association.
Our preparations continue for the World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly with the launch this month of the ‘Passing on the Faith Podcast’ initiative for parishes, youth groups, schools and families.
I am delighted to share our April newsletter with you. Please click below to download and please do share it with others
Founder, Catholic Grandparents Association