20th November 2017 Catherine Wiley introduced the CGA in China

20th November 2017 – Catherine Wiley introduced the CGA in China.  The concept of a Ministry for grandparents was greeted with great enthusiasm and we are looking forward to our first CGA branch starting there in the near future

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4th November 2017 – 9th Annual CGA Pilgrimage, Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida

4th November 2017 – 9th Annual CGA Pilgrimage, Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida with mass celebrated by Bishop Barbarito at St. Edward Church

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2nd October 2017 – 4th Annual Novena, Mary, Untier of Knots at Cavan Cathedral, Ireland

2nd October 2017 – 4th Annual Novena to Mary, Untier of Knots.  Catherine Wiley, Founder spoke at Mass in Cathedral in Cavan during 7.30pm mass. The theme of this year’s Novena was “We are Family” in preparation for the forthcoming World Meeting of Families in Dublin next year

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8th October 2017 – Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham

8th October 2017 – Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham

A wonderful strong and inspiring CGA Group

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23rd September 2017 – Scotland, Dunkeld Diocese Day of Reflection

23rd September 2017 – Scotland, Dunkeld Diocese, Catholic Grandparents Association Day of Reflection 23rd September 2017 with Bishop Stephen Robson, Deacon Ron Wylie and Fr. Ninian Doohan  It was indeed a great day, full of memories, good ideas , graces and blessings

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10th September 2017 – Annual Grandparents Pilgrimage Knock Shrine

10th September 2017 –  Annual Grandparents Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Co Mayo, Ireland. Chief Celebrant Archbishop Eamon Martin with Archbishop Michael Neary, Patron of the CGA and Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo.

This was the first public appearance in Ireland for Archbishop Thaddeus Okolo, newly appointed Papal Nuncio in Ireland.  This Pilgrimage continues to be one of the largest in Ireland,

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August 2017 EWTN series “Passing on the Faith with Catherine Wiley”

August 2017 – Catherine Wiley, our Founder,  will begin a series on EWTN called, “Passing on the Faith with Catherine Wiley”. This series will follow the same format as the successful “Three Wise Women ” with Dana Rosemary Scanlon and Kathy Sinnott

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26th August 2017 First U.S. CGA Conference

August 26th 2017 – In collaboration with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the First U.S. C.G.A. conference was held at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. More than 150 Grandparents were in attendance. Catherine Wiley C.G.A. Founder and Jim and Joy Pinto from EWTN were the Keynote speakers.

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26th July 2017 Grandparents Thanksgiving Mass on Feast Day of St. Joachim and St. Anne

26th July 2017   Tuam Diocese celebrated our ‘grandparents Thanksgiving Mass’ on Feast Day of St. Joachim and St. Anne, Parents of Mary, Grandparents of Jesus in Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Tuam Co. Galway.

Archbishop Michael Neary, Chief celebrant, Fr. Pat Farragher, Fr. Yesudas Kodiveettil and the many hundreds of grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren who turned out on the day

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20th August 2017 Scottish National Pilgrimage

20th August 2017 Scottish National Pilgrimage at Carfin Pilgrimage Centre.   Welcome by Motherwell CGA Co-Ordinator, Lindy Lafferty. Chief Celebrant Bishop Stephen Robson.  Address by Scottish CGA Representative, Deacon Ron Wiley.  Rosary Procession after Mass.  It was a wonderful occasion full of graces and blessings

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Deacon Ron Wylie appointed Official Representative for CGA in Scotland

June 2017 – Deacon Ron Wylie appointed as Official Representative for the Catholic Grandparent’s Association in Scotland.

Deacon Ron will be The CGA’s ‘Chaplain/Coordinator’ for Scotland and liaise between the diocese, parishes and the Catholic Grandparents Association.

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May 2017 EWTN interviews with Father Joseph Mary

May 2017 – Catherine Wiley, CGA Founder, along with Father Enda Brady, Chaplain and coordinator for the CGA in Ireland, completed two interviews in Ballinasloe, Co Galway with EWTN’s Father Joseph Mary.

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April 2017 First CGA Retreat/Conference

April 2017 – We gratefully report that in April the CGA held our first CGA Retreat/Conference in Dublin. Using the theme, Our Lady Undoer of Knots, a favourite of Pope Francis, and with the spiritual guidance and able help of Father Enda Brady, we were able to minister to and prayerfully support nearly 40 Grandparents who will take what they learned back to their families, friends, neighbours and fellow-parishioners, growing our Mission as natural evangelisers. A highlight was a visit and presentation from organisers of the WMOF, Monsignor Carlos Simon Vasquez, Undersecretary of the Dicastary for Laity, Family and Life, Father Timothy Bartlett, Secretary General of the WMOF, Dr. Marco Brusati, Major Events Expert and Mrs. Anne Griffin, General Manager.

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Radio Norfolk Interview with Catherine Wiley

The importance of Grandparents, Interview with Catherine Wiley Founder of The Catholic Grandparents Association on BBC Radio Norfolk.

Walsingham Pilgrimage 26th July 2015

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Big things happening in Walsingham EWTN Radio Interview

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Walsingham is England’s National Shrine of Our Lady. Founded in 1061 AD it is one of the oldest Marian shrines in the world. Big things are happening at Walsingahm, this according to new shrine rector Mgr. John Armitage. Catherine Wiley, founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, talked to Mrg. Armitage for Celtic Connections about his vision for the shrine and about the “big things” planned at Walsingham.

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Don’t Miss the St. Anne Novena!

St.-Anne-ChurchAlthough Saint Anne is not mentioned in the Bible, she is the holy mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. When we pray the St. Anne Novena, we are asking help from our Blessed Mother’s mother!

Saint Anne’s feast day is on July 26th, so the St. Anne Novena is traditionally started on July 17th — but you can pray it anytime.

Devotion to St. Anne began early in the history of the Catholic Church. As she was favored by God to become the mother of the holy Virgin Mary, she is often invoked as the Patron of mothers as well as for relationships, among other things.

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The Rector, Mgr John Armitage, welcomed the 12th annual Grandparents Pilgrimage and parents and countless grandchildren.

PIC3 WHamThe Rector, Mgr John Armitage, welcomed the 13th annual Grandparents Pilgrimage and parents and countless grandchildren. The Catholic Grandparents’ Association was the brainchild of Catherine Wiley. At the end of Mass Catherine spoke of the birth of the association. She was praying in the Slipper Chapel and asking Our Lady what she could do, when she realised what an important part grandparents can play in passing on the faith to future generations. She founded the Association which has grown into a worldwide association with branches in several countries. Pope Benedict wrote a lovely prayer for the association which we all prayed at the end of Mass. Pope Francis has very strongly promoted the invaluable work it does in preserving the faith in the face of the challenges of the contemporary world. Catherine recalled Bishop John Hine telling her that his godmother had told him in the last few days of her life that she had prayed for him every day and how he had felt so privileged. This support was emphasised by the presence of Mgr Carlos Simon Vazquez, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, and also the Rector of Knock, Fr Richard Gibbons, who concelebrated.

Mass was celebrated by the Right Revd Peter Doyle, patron of the CGA in England. The Chapel of Our Lady of Reconciliation was packed and there was a wonderful atmosphere of celebration. Grandchildren followed the procession of the clergy holding banners and wished us all a happy Grandparents’ Day before Mass started. They presented the bidding prayers and all their petitions were taken up to the altar at the offertory. Bishop Peter in his homily emphasised that we can all play our part in the future, married or single, grandparents, great uncles and aunts, godparents and family friends.

In the afternoon the children performed a play on the history of Walsingham to a large audience in the church. All went home perhaps a little tired but uplifted by an inspiring day. Thanks are due to all who worked so hard to ensure a memorable time for young and older. The 26th July is the Feast of St Anne and Joachim and we ask for their prayers for our younger generations.

Watch ‘The Walsingham Story’ play written and directed by Liz Dark

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Celebrations of St. Joachim & St. Anne Feast Days across the World

 

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“Always when you meet your grandparents you find a surprise. They are patient, they know how to listen…don’t forget grandparents, understand?”

Pope_Francis_greets_pilgrims_in_St_Peters_Square_before_the_Wed_general_audience_on_April_16_2014_Credit_Daniel_Ibanez_CNAPope Francis pointed to the family, noting that right now there are many strong tensions between generations.

Often when we speak of generations, parents and children come to mind, but grandparents are frequently left out, Francis observed.

“Grandparents are the great forgotten of this time,” he said, and encouraged the youth to speak to their grandparents, who are sources of wisdom due to the memory they have of life, tensions, conflicts and faith.

“Always when you meet your grandparents you find a surprise. They are patient, they know how to listen…don’t forget grandparents, understand?”

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has led 180 pilgrims from the US city to Ireland’s Knock Shrine.

cardinaldolanCardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has led 180 pilgrims from the US city to Ireland’s Knock Shrine.

The pilgrimage is the first from New York to the shrine in County Mayo, and the chartered flight is the first transatlantic service to the nearby airport in eight years.

Welcoming the cardinal and the pilgrims at the start of the eight-day visit on Sunday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “There is no reason why Knock cannot take its place on the pedestal of the most important [pilgrimage] shrines of the world such as Lourdes and Fatima.”

dolan2The shrine was established in 1879 after 15 villagers saw an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Joseph and John the Evangelist,

According to the BBC, the pilgrimage was set up after a meeting two years ago between Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, and Knock’s parish priest, Fr Richard Gibbons.

“This is a very important and historic day for the promotion of Knock, Ireland’s national Marian shrine, at home and abroad,” Fr Gibbons said.

“It is hugely significant that the Archdiocese of New York, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, is deepening its relationship with Knock Shrine and highlighting the spiritual heritage of Irish Americans, especially in New York.”

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dolan3Knock Shrine and Ireland West Airport were delighted Sunday to welcome the arrival of the first Diocesan pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of New York with Aer Lingus.

The flight represents a historic development for the airport and the region, as this is the first ever transatlantic service operated by Aer Lingus, from the US to Ireland West Airport Knock and the first official chartered pilgrimage to Ireland’s National Marian Shrine.

The Aer Lingus 757 airplane, carrying over 170 passengers from a host of cities across the US, arrived into Ireland West Airport Knock ahead of schedule at 07:30am and was greeted by a huge crowd gathered at the airport to witness this historic occasion, including An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Stephen Kavanagh, CEO, of Aer Lingus.

The special pilgrimage flight, which is supported by the Archdiocese of New York and led by the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, will embark on an 8 day, specially tailored Pilgrimage programme, showcasing some of Ireland’s most historic spiritual sites, including a historic visit to Knock Shrine to open and participate in Ireland’s National Public Novena in honour of Our Lady of Knock.

Archbishop of New York, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, speaking on landing in the West of Ireland said ‘It’s an honour for me to arrive into the beautiful West of Ireland on this historic flight. I am hugely excited to see what this beautiful part of Ireland has to offer and am particularly looking forward to opening Ireland’s National Public Novena on the 14th of August, with Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, in Knock’.

dolan4Fr. Richard Gibbons, P.P., and Rector of Knock Shrine commented, ‘This is a very important and historic day for the promotion of Knock, Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, at home and abroad. It is hugely significant that the Archdiocese of New York, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, is deepening its relationship with Knock Shrine and highlighting the spiritual heritage of Irish Americans especially in New York. Knock Shrine holds a special place in the hearts of our Diaspora, and in the Catholic tradition, pilgrimage plays a significant role in renewing people’s faith and we are delighted to facilitate that. It is also important to note that Ireland West Airport Knock was built specifically to welcome pilgrims to Knock Shrine as well as to develop the economic life of the West. Monsignor James Horan, I’m sure, would be very proud seeing his vision come to fruition’.

Welcoming today’s flight, Joe Kennedy, Chairman, Ireland West Airport Knock, said ‘I am honoured to welcome our visitors from the US on this historic occasion of the first ever Transatlantic service with Aer Lingus from New York, marking the return of transatlantic flights to the West of Ireland after an absence of 8 years. Its heartwarming to see people from a wide variety of cities such as New York, San Diego, Las Vegas, to name just a few, stepping off the plane at Ireland West this morning. It further reinforces our strong belief that direct scheduled services from the likes of New York and Boston into Ireland West would be successful. We hope our visitors have a great stay in Ireland and enjoy all the West and North West in particular have to offer’.

Declan Kearney, Director of Communications, Aer Lingus, welcoming today’s flight, added ‘Aer Lingus is delighted to have been chosen to provide the flights for this important pilgrimage group travelling from the Archdiocese of New York to Ireland West Airport Knock and Ireland’s National Marian Shrine’.

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Catherine Wiley founder of The CGA interviewed by EWTN

Catholic Grandparents overjoyed at Dublin venue for World Meeting of Families 2018

‘Grandparents will be out in force for Pope Francis’

The Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) has welcomed news that Dublin is to be the venue for the 2018 World Meeting of Families and expressed the hope that Pope Francis will travel to Ireland for the event.

Speaking this week on her return from Philadelphia, USA, where she represented the CGA at the World Meeting of Families, Catherine Wiley, the association’s founder said:

“It is very exciting and encouraging that the next meeting of the World Meeting of Families will be in Ireland. The Grandparents will be out in force to welcome Our Holy Father, and I feel sure he will not miss this opportunity to meet us.”

Having met Pope Francis during his recent US visit, Mrs Wiley added that “the Pontiff clearly recognises the importance of grandparents and constantly affirms them”.

During the Philadelphia event, Mrs Wiley addressed the gathering on ‘Loving through the generations: Grandparents and Great Grandparents’ and received a standing ovation when she said:

“Grandparents are more than ever, a source of support in the faith and care of children…Grandparents offer stability for the family, especially as their faith becomes an anchor of strength for others.

“Pope Francis recently insisted himself upon this unique importance of grandparents to help pass on the faith, and creating a Christian atmosphere in family homes.

Parents! Grandparents! We must rise to the calling which God has given to each family. Our Homes must be places where the story of our faith is taught; where prayer and holy images invoke, in word and deed, the love and graces of God.”

 

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Catherine Wiley being interviewed by EWTN

Catherine Wiley (2nd left) with workers and representatives of the CGA on the association’s stand in Philadelphia.

Catherine Wiley (2nd left) with workers and representatives of the CGA on the association’s stand in Philadelphia.

CGA founder Catherine Wiley with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, pictured during the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, USA.

CGA founder Catherine Wiley with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, pictured during the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, USA.

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Regional Heads of the CGA meeting in Delray

Regional Heads of the CGA are meeting in Delray on Wednesday 11th Nov to finalise the structure and systems in America.

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Portsmouth are establishing a New Branch

Portsmouth are establishing a new Branch, and there is a meeting in St John’s Parish, Christchurch 17th Nov.  All welcome.  For more information please email caroline@catholicgrandparentsassociation.org.

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AGM of the CGA

AGM of the CGA.  Meeting in Knock on Wednesday 25th November with patron Archbishop Michael Neary, and Core Diocesan Leaders with the Founder, Catherine Wiley.

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EWTN interview in Alabama US

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Father Joseph, Cathereine Wiley, Michael La Corte, Kit Johansen, Marilyn Henry – interview by EWTN in Alabama US

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EWTN At home with Jim and Joy Interview

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Happy Birthday dearest Holy Mother

We thank God for our Dearest Holy Mother and her Parents St Joachim and St Anne, Grandparents of Jesus. Happy Birthday dearest Holy Mother this day also marks the birth of the Catholic Grandparents Association.

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CGA delegation at the gates of the White House

Catholic grandparents Association delegation at the gates of the White House on Veterans Day, the final day of their first historic road tour of the North East of America.

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Pope to young people “listen to your grandparents” Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday encouraged young Catholics to cultivate their relationships with their grandparents.

Addressing  a group of young people who belong to an Italian Catholic lay association called ‘Azione Cattolica Italiana’, the Pope spoke of the joy that derives from the coming of Jesus, and said that joy is increased and multiplied when we share it.

He invited the young people to receive the joy of Advent as they would receive a gift and to bear witness to it in their families, schools, parishes and in all places.

The Pope especially invited them to share it with their grandparents – and with elderly people in general – and he encouraged them to listen to the aged whom, he said, “have the wisdom of life”.

“I would like to give you a task: speak to your grandparents,(…) ask them questions, they have the memory of history, the experience of living, and this is a great gift for you that will help you in your life journey” he said.

And Francis also pointed out the grandparents themselves need “to listen to you, understand your aspirations and your hopes”

“This is your task: speak to your grandparents, listen to them” he said.

The Pope also thanked those present for their commitment for peace and remarked on a ‘solidarity’  initiative they are carrying forward in favour of young people who live in a degraded area of Naples.

“May the Lord bless this project that does good” he said.

‘Azione Cattolica Italiana’ was established in Italy by Pope Pius X  in 1905 as a non-political lay organization under the direct control of bishops.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/12/19/pope_to_young_people_listen_to_your_grandparents_/1280068

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We look forward to having many members and friends join us at our First Annual Retreat/Conference 26th & 27th April 2017

Wednesday & Thursday
26th & 27th April 2017

Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24
(easy access from M50, closeby to Luas station with connecting from Heuston Station)

theme “Helping our Children and Grandchildren to know, love and serve God”
included amongst our Speakers will be
Kate Liffey, National Catechetical Association
Fr. Benny McHale, Croi Nua Spirituality Centre, Galway
Catherine Wiley, Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association
(limited space available)
Two days with full board all inclusive €120 per person
Day only attendance for two days €80 per person
Further information and application form available from Connie on 098 24877 email catholicgrandparents@gmail.com

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CGA Lent News

As we enter more deeply into this solemn season of Lent, we remember the great love Jesus showed to us by giving His life so that we might live. Let us also reflect on the joy, love and prayers Jesus received from his Holy Mother Mary and His earthly Grandparents, Saint Joachim and Saint Anne. This is the love I ask you to talk to your children and grandchildren about when you talk to them about Lent this year. Perhaps, instead of giving something up for Lent, ask them to select an act of love toward another person.

In today’s Gospel reflection, Bishop Robert Barron wrote, “We do not take our money, our social status, our worldly power into the next world; but we do take the quality of our love.”

How fortunate we are that we live in a time that we can share our good news with Grandparents all over the world just by the click of a button. Please know how much we appreciate and love all of you and all you do to promote our Mission of passing on our faith and keeping prayer at the heart of the family throughout the world.  The love you show to your families, and especially to your grandchildren is reflected in the pictures and stories of the attached  Lenten Newsletter. Please keep us in your prayers as you are in ours.

May the blessings of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne be with you and your families today and always.

Click here to read our newsletter

 

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Relevant Radio – A grandparent’s responsibility to help pass on the Faith

By: Lindsey Kettner, Relevant Radio®
7/18/17

Grandparents hold a very special role in the spiritual formation of their families and can have a great influence on their children and grandchildren’s faith journeys. They have the responsibility to pass along the Faith, pray with and for their grandchildren, and be a role model of Christian life.

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Meeting of the National Core Group of the CGA in Dublin on 8th June

Pictured Left to Right: David Quin Catherine, Eanna Johnson.

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Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Richard Moth as the new Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

The Pope has named Bishop Richard Moth as the new Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.

The current Bishop of the Forces will succeed Bishop Kieran Conry, who announced his resignation last September after admitting he had been unfaithful to his promises as a priest.

Bishop Moth will become the fifth bishop of the southern English diocese, which was founded in 1965.

Bishop Richard Moth said: “It is a great privilege to have been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and I am very conscious of the trust that has been placed in me.

“In these last 50 years since the foundation of the diocese, so much has been done to build up the Church and in the proclamation of the Gospel and, with God’s help, I look to guide and serve the diocese to that same end.“

Bishop Moth will be installed at Arundel Cathedral on Thursday May 28, the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the diocese, which was originally part of the larger Archdiocese of Southwark.

He will then preside at the Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving for the diocese at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on Sunday July 5.

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, who served as Apostolic Administrator of the diocese after Bishop Conry’s resignation, said: “I was so pleased when I heard the news that he had accepted the appointment from the Holy Father.

“I have known Bishop Richard for many years, firstly when I taught him as a student at St John’s Seminary, then as a fellow priest of the archdiocese and most recently as a brother bishop.

“I know that he will work tirelessly to serve all the people of the diocese, and I have no doubt that he will prove to be a true pastor to the clergy, religious and people of the diocese.”

The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton comprises the counties of West and East Sussex, Surrey outside of the Greater London Borough, and the City of Brighton and Hove. It is one of 22 Catholic Dioceses in England and Wales.

 

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Guidelines of The CGA presented to Archbishop Allen Vigneron,

Catherine Wiley presented the Guidelines of The Catholic Grandparents Association to Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Detroit USA at The 10th Annual Divine Mercy Conference, Cardinal Spellman High School One Cardinal Spellman Place Bronx, New York 10466 United States
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Gerry Kelly interviews Catherine Wiley on LMFM Radio

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Congrats Archbishop Michael 20th Anniversary!

patron2Congratulations our beloved Archbishop and Patron on your 20th Anniversary.  We are blessed to have you, we pray for your intentions your good health and that the future brings you much joy, fortitude and happiness.

With love and prayers from Catherine and all of us at the Catholic Grandparents Association..
There is a candle lighting for your intentions at the Shrine of our Lady of Knock an the Shrine of our Lady in Walsingham.

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Pope: a society that discards the elderly carries within a deadly virus

(Vatican Radio) “Where the elderly are not honoured, there is no future for the young”. This was the powerful message delivered by Pope Francis during his catechesis on Wednesday, devoted to the elderly.

Speaking to the crowds gathered in St Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience the Pope continued in his series of teachings on the family, focusing this time on the role of grandparents.

Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni:
http://t.news.va/en/news/pope-a-society-that-discards-the-elderly-carries-w

Reflecting on the fact that life expectancy has increased in modern societies, Francis denounced a widespread lack of respect and consideration for the elderly and their dignity.

Recalling the words of Benedict XVI during a visit to an old age home when he said: “The quality of a society, I mean of a civilization, is also judged by how it treats elderly people and by the place it gives them in community life”, Pope

Francis reiterated: “It is true, attention for the elderly is what makes the difference within a civilization”.

Nowadays, he said, people tend to live longer, but often our societies not only fail to make room for the elderly, but even consider them a burden.
And recounting an anecdote dating back to when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis told of how when visiting an old age home, he stopped to chat to one of the guests and asked her how her children were doing: “Well” answered the old woman. “Do they come to visit you?” he said. “Oh yes, always” she replied. “And when was the last time they came?” he continued. “At Christmas” she said. “It was August… Eight months without a visit from her children – this Pope Francis said is a mortal sin.”

“It’s is a mortal sin to discard our elderly”. The Pope insisted: “The elderly are not aliens, we are them, in a short or in a long while; we are inevitably them, even although we choose not to think about it”.

“If we do not learn to look after and to respect our elderly, we will be treated in the same way” he warned.

“A society where the elderly are discarded carries within it the virus of death” he said.

And calling the issue a major challenge for Western societies which are marked on the one hand by aging populations and on the other by a cult of youth efficiency and profit which tends to discard everything not considered productive or useful, Pope Francis said that because of the vulnerability and special needs of the elderly, especially of those who are ill or alone, they call for particular attention and care.

But rather than a burden – he said – they are, as the Bible tells us, a storehouse of wisdom.

The Church, Francis pointed out, has always accompanied the elderly with gratitude and affection, making them feel accepted and part of the community.

The Church, Pope Francis concluded, cannot accept degenerations such as the ones that

see elderly people abandoned and marginalized: “where the elderly are not honoured there is no future for the young”.

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Navan – All Ireland Gathering

dublincgaDelegates from all across Ireland gathered in Navan, County Meath, Ireland, for the all Ireland Gathering on Sunday 22nd February 2015. About 40 people had made the journey to hear the latest developments in the CGA and also to share with each other the progress made in so many areas across Ireland. The meeting started, as all our meetings do,  with the Universal Prayer for Grandparents written for the Association by Pope Benedict XVl.

During the meeting, Founder Catherine Wiley, spoke of the rapid growth of the CGA and highlighted a number of key event during the past year. This included the great Pilgrimage of Grandparents and the Elderly in Rome last October, where both she and her grandson Tom, gave moving testimony to our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Outlining the development of the CGA in Ireland, Catherine spoke of the need to ‘multiply our hands’ and that we were working hard to develop regional and diocesan leaders in each of the four Provinces in Ireland. A number of people showed both their commitment to the CGA and their passion to keep our mission alive and pledged to help us. We will be working with them over the coming weeks and months.

In addition, Catherine outlined the need to be able to sustain and progress the work of the CGA and until now, the main CGA benefactors have been her husband and herself. She explained that in order to ensure both longevity and sustainability of the association, that all groups should take steps to ensure that they work towards the aim of fundraising. She added that everyone should  be assured that all funds will go to the direct support of the Mission and Purpose of the CGA.

Catherine further spoke of the forthcoming year which will be filled with many pilgrimages and particularly the World meeting of Families where the CGA will be running a series of workshops.

The meeting concluded with the Prayer written especially for the World Meeting of Families 2015, Philadelphia, US.

 

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Trim, Ireland Church Gate Collection

churchgateDespite biting winds and pouring rain, the Annual Church Gate Collection in Trim, a beautiful town about 30 miles north west of Dublin, went ahead as planned. The collection was attended by our Founder, Catherine Wiley, who was visiting the area. She stopped and spoke with the many people attending the masses at St Patricks and other nearby parishes. The collection, which was organised by Martin Daly,  one of our leaders in the area, raised over €600 which will aid and support the growth of the CGA in that area. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to all who work so tirelessly to support the work and mission of the CGA across the world.

In Ireland, all such collections are organised with the permission of the local Garda (Police) and we thank Martin and his team for obtaining all the relevant permits and permissions and for producing some wonderful promotional materials which undoubtedly help to grow the collection.

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Bridging the gap passing on the faith to our children

On Saturday, 17th January, we had a visit from Mr Phil Butcher from the Catholic Grandparents Association. The Association is big in Ireland, England and the USA. It recognises the wonderful part Catholic grandparents nowadays play in the continuing faith formation of their grandchildren (and even children). About forty people from the diocese came to hear Phil and to experience something of the fundamental ideas that underpin the Association.

It is to be hoped that those who attended the conference will have the help from their parishes to start an association in their own communities. With so many families experiencing a missing generation in the transmission of the faith grandparents are so well placed to bridge the gap and keep the faith-chain alive and strong. This seems to me to be a real ministry that grandparents can do. Grandparents have an access and a privileged place in the lives of their grandchildren.

They can be a quiet supporting presence to parents and grandchildren in passing on the faith and our Catholic Tradition in a simple way. There will be much more about this later as groups start to form. Ron and Helen Wylie have already had great experience of the CGA and will be coordinating our activities in the diocese with a constant support of the CGA.

Surprisingly the greater number of participants had come from the far-flung parts of the diocese. There were few from the City of Dundee. Bishop Stephen would like to thank those who came from Dunblane,

Alloa, Crieff and Montrose especially for making the effort.

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Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for February

Vatican City, 30 January 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for February is: “That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity”.
His intention for evangelisation is: “That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community”.
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CGA Launch in Diocese of Dunkeld

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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 on the faith.
Phil Butcher, the Director of International Outreach for the association, who had travelled up from Ilford, gave a brief outline of how the association came into being and explained some of the ways it supports grandparents in their unique and important role. Each person was given a copy of the Association’s prayer and was asked to give it a prominent place at home. Bishop Robson was presented with a framed copy.
The participants in the day were asked to take the ideas back to the parish and look for ways to share with other grandparents offering support and encouragement in their role of handing on the faith.

Mr. Ron Wylie has been assigned as the CGA Project Coordinator in the Diocese.
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Sending our deepest condolences

We are very sorry to hear about the death of Michael Lambert who was in his 108th year. He was the oldest man in Ireland and a member of the Catholic Grandparents Association. Michael attended our Annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage in Knock every year and we were very privileged to have him and his family there

We would like to send our deepest condolences to his wife Mae (Mary), sons Micheal, Hubert, Eamon/Edward, John, Gerard, Kevin and Noel, daughters Maura and Kathleen, Grandchildren neighbours and friends.

May He Rest in Peace

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Michael Lambert pictured with his wife Mary.

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A wonderful example of how to nurture Grandchildren

Kindly Given to us from member Carol Yeager:

A walk with GrandchildrenDear Grandparents,

I have found that a good way to share our faith is a walk in a cemetery. If grandparents can’t walk you can drive and park… and teach your children and grandchildren elements of the Catholic faith. Recently we went to a cemetery and there was a marker for the unborn. We talked about heaven..souls….it made an impression.. they looked for it the next time. Not only do you find so many displays of our faith there, and with it teaching opportunities..but also the kids learn respect for our dead and proper decorum.
I just thought I would share this experience.

God bless you all.

We also have a lot of statues and the stations in the cemetery where we have gone. It is amazing how many symbols in a cemetery are great to bring up tenets of the faith…and you have a memory to share.
Thank you.
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Thank you Carol Yeager so very much this is an absolute beautiful story and a wonderful example of how to nurture our grandchildren faith.

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Universal Prayer Intention for January 2015

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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 conference’s prayer and iconic image were unveiled and blessed by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap. during the Sunday evening Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Both the prayer and the image will be shared with the Pontifical Council of the Family at the Vatican during Archbishop Chaput’s visit to Rome during the week of September 15.

“The prayer and iconic image will inspire everyone as we continue to prepare for the 2015 World Meeting of Families,” said Archbishop Chaput. “With their focus on enriching and reenergizing the spiritual life of families – both Catholic and non-Catholic alike, I’m hopeful that this prayer and image can help all of us to examine our minds and hearts and deepen our relationships with God and our families in meaningful ways.”

The official prayer for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is meant to aid delegates around the world in their spiritual preparation for this momentous event. Distributed to parishes across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and also accessible via the 2015 World Meeting of Families’ web site in 18 languages including American Sign Language, the prayer is meant to serve as a vehicle of hope and faith for families. Encouraging daily recitation for the success of the event and for personal intentions, the prayer is foundational to both the conference’s theme and its planned content.

In addition to an official prayer, the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 has produced a definitive iconic image for the event. This image is a religious work of art meant to encourage both reflection and prayer. For the 2015 World Meeting of Families, artist Neilson Carlin, based in Kennett Square, PA, was commissioned to create an oil painting of the Holy Family depicting Mary, Joseph and Jesus, as a small child, as well as Mary’s parents, Saints Anna and Joachim. The four-by-five foot canvas, which was also unveiled on Sunday with the assistance of students from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School, Roman Catholic High School, Saint Peter the Apostle School, and Saint Francis Xavier School, will be on display in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul through the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, which will be held September 22-27, 2015. Those coming to the view the iconic image at the Cathedral are encouraged to pray for families around the world by reciting the official prayer and lighting a votive candle at the Marian Shrine.

Carlin, who specializes in large-scale commission work for the Catholic Church, said, “I am both honored and humbled by the opportunity to use my talents to serve the Church, my fellow Catholics and this global event, which hopefully will welcome Pope Francis. Inspired by the theme of ‘Love is our mission,’ it is my sincerest hope that this image will be a source of prayer and contemplation that draws people of all faiths in and ultimately makes them feel closer and more connected to their own families.”

For more information about the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, its official prayer or the iconic image for this international event, please visit worldmeeting2015.org.

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Official Prayer

God and Father of us all,

in Jesus, your Son and our Savior,

you have made us

your sons and daughters

in the family of the Church.

 

May your grace and love

help our families

in every part of the world

be united to one another

in fidelity to the Gospel.

 

May the example of the Holy Family,

with the aid of your Holy Spirit,

guide all families, especially those most troubled,

to be homes of communion and prayer

and to always seek your truth and live in your love.

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!

 

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Iconic Image

 

About the World Meetings of Families

Beginning with 1994, The Year of the Family, the Pontifical Council for the Family has been responsible for organizing the World Meetings of Families in Rome (1994); Rio de Janeiro (1997); Rome (2000); Manila (2003); Valencia (2006); Mexico City (2009); Milan (2012); and now, Philadelphia (2015). Since its inception by Saint John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe.

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CGA Advent 2014

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A message for Grandparents
Pope Benedict’s Prayer for Grandparents
Pope Benedict’s Prayer for Grandparents

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