At the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, the Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, Catherine Wiley, gave the following speech which received a standing ovation.  Her speech is reproduced here following hundreds of requests from those in attendance. Witness and testimony of Grandparents and practical experience to families   Many of us here today are Grandparents,…

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Catherine Wiley, Founder of the CGA, received a standing ovation at the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, when 1300 people – some of whom had to listen from outside the venue – acknowledged with their applause the overwhelming need for an organisation such as the Catholic Grandparents Association.  Following the success of the speech, enquiries…

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Maire, our president, met Susan Boyle in Dublin recently and Susan,who is a great friend of the CGA, sends her very best wishes to everyone and the message is  ” Keep up the good work and God bless you all.”

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Catherine Wiley, Founder, and Maire Printer, President of the Catholic Grandparents Association are preparing for the Seventh World Meeting of Families to be held in Milan in May.  Catherine will address the gathering on the subject “Will our Grandchildren be Catholics?”

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On 6th May 2012  one of the members of the Catholic Grandparents Association will be taking part in the Mini Marathon … Maudie McGing. We were delighted when she said she’d like to take part in order to raise money for the Association … and we could hardly believe it when she admitted to being…

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Preparations are in full swing now for all the Grandparents Pilgrimages taking place world-wide in 2012. 14th June               Croatia 12th July                 Slovakia 14th July                 Aylesford, UK 22nd July                Walsingham, UK …. Tenth Annual Pilgrimage!! 26th July                  Fatima 26th July                   Brittany 20th July               …

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We are delighted that on 19th August 2012 Bishop Emeritus Peter Moran will lead the Second Grandparents Pilgrimage in Carfin, Scotland. We would like to invite Children to write prayers for their Grandparents, living and dead, and send them to Mrs Una Delaney, 18 Rankin Street, Carluke, Lanarkshire ML8 4AR. These prayers will be carried…

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Catherine Wiley, native of Castlebar, Founder and Maire Printer, President of the Catholic Grandparents Association were warmly received by the the new Papal Nuncio Archbishop to Ireland when they met with him recently in Dublin and introduced him to the work of the Catholic Grandparents Association.  

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We have been invited by Vatican Television to take part in an interview for their Weekly “Octava Dies” .  This interview would then be broadcast throughout the world. We were honoured that the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization recommended us for this interview.

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Catholic Schools Week in Ireland was launched in St. Mary’s College, Dundalk, Co. Louth on Thursday 26th January with a special liturgy.  Some of the students and teachers gave witness of their faith

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We were absolutely delighted to hear the news that Fr. Richard, Knock Shrine was appointed as new Parish Priest of Knock in succession to the late Msgr. Joseph Quinn. 

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The Catholic Grandparents Association were very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Msgr. Joseph Quinn, yesterday.  Msgr. Quinn was a very good friend to everyone at the CGA since we started having Pilgrimages in Knock in 2007.  May his soul Rest In Peace.  Below is a prayer composed by Msgr. Joseph Quinn, P.P., Knock…

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Jesus’ Grandmother is the Christmas figure that time forgot.  If we can bring her back into our communities, she can be a source of strength for the family – especially the grandmothers of today, says Verena Wright.  This article was published by Redemptorist Publications in their Your Journey to Christmas 2011 (Dec 2011 edition).  All…

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‘GRANDPARENTS DAY IN LIVERPOOL’  will be celebrated by a Grandparents’ Mass to be held on Sunday 18th December at 11 am in the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool.  The celebrants are The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool Diocese and Rt Rev. Brian M Noble, Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of Shrewsbury.  Refreshements…

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We are delighted to let you know that the winner of our competition for the 2 night B&B and one evening meal in the Castlecourt Hotel for 2 people was Philomena Costello. Congratulations to Philomena! She was delighted as she said she never won anything before!  Thank you to all our members who have renewed…

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The founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, Catherine Wiley, has addressed the annual conference of the European Shrine Directors in Walsingham.  Ms Wiley urged Shrine Directors to host annual Grandparents Pilgrimages.  She said that the idea for the Pilgrimages was inspired by Our Lady herself. “The very idea was inspired by Our Lady here in…

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The CGA has been invited and will attend the Rendez-Vous Familles pilgrimage in Lourdes at the end of the month (Oct 29-30).  The pilgrimage is a celebration of the generations and is being led by Bishop Perrier, Bishop of Lourdes.  He is also the chair of the European Shrine Directors, who held their annual conference…

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It was standing room only at the Basilica of Our Lady of Knock last Sunday for the annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage organised by the Catholic Grandparents Association.  Homilist, Fr Benny MacHale, spoke about the unique relationship between children and their grandparents, describing it as a ‘special bond.’  He said that many children are more affected…

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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…

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Pictured at the Grandparents Day in School at the St Colmcille’s National School, The Quay, Westport on Friday 8th Sept 2011, left to right: Máire Printer, CGA President; John Meaney, St Colmcille’s Principal; Catherine Wiley, CGA Founder; Liamy Mac Nally, CGA Administrator. Grandparents Day in School was introduced into this country by the CGA.  It…

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During her recent visit to her native Scotland for the inaugural Catholic Grandparents Pilgrimage in Carfin, CGA President, Máire Printer, spent a lovely afternoon in the company of renowned singer, Susan Boyle.

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More than 300 pilgrims attended the inaugural Grandparents Pilgrimage in Carfin Grotto in Scotland on Sunday (Aug 21st).  The Chief Celebrant, recently retired Bishop of Aberdeen, Bishop Peter Moran, spoke about the vocation of Grandparents and their value in society and the church. Bishop Moran said that Grandparents are like Eliakim in the first reading from…

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  The following is taken from the WYD website: Grandparents are being invited to participate in World Youth Day, not just watch as spectators. World Youth Day organizers have created a Grandparent’s Club for those who are over 60. 15, 211 membership cards were sent out to Grandparents across Madrid and being made available on line…

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The President of the Catholic Grandparents Association, Máire Printer, is in Scotland this week, ahead of our inaugural Grandparents Pilgrimage on Sunday, August 21st.   Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Carfin is the venue for this unique event.  Mass will start at 2.00pm followed later in the afternoon by the Rosary and Blessing of the…

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Hundreds of people attended the inaugural Catholic Grandparents Pilgrimage in Aylesford Priory on Saturday July 16th 2011.  The event, though dampened by some inclement weather, failed to dampen the spirits of pilgrims on what many people described as an inspirational and uplifting day.  The event was organized by an inter-diocesan committee from the Archdiocese of…

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Blessings on Pope Benedict today – 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination.  Comhghairdeas!  Today is also the feast day of St Peter & St Paul. An extract from a poem in today’s Divine Office readings for St Peter & St Paul: “Rejoice, O Rome, this day; thy walls they once did sign With princely blood,…

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Over 10,000 grandparents, grandfathers and their families from all over Ireland converged on Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, today (SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH) to celebrate their Catholic faith – and they were commended for being ‘foul-weather friends’ of the Church. The fourth annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage was once a huge success, and among the singers at the…

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The Eighth National Grandparents Pilgrimage. Shrine Of Our Lady in Walsingham July 24th. 2010 commencing 12pm. Chief Celebrant Father Alan Williams National Shrine Director. A day of fun and Faith for all The Family. Childrens Picnic Fun fair. Bouncing Castle, Climbing wall clowns.

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Florida Grandparents Pilgrimage 2nd Annual Grandparents Pilgrimage Date: Saturday 26th September 2010 Location: To be Advised Order of Service TBA

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Ireland National Grandparents Pilgrimage 3rd Annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage Date: Sunday 12th September 2010 Location: Our Lady Of Knock Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo Led by Bishop John McAreavey, Bishop of Dromore – Guest Singers: Mr Michael English & Dana and Chloe Coyle Winner of RTE’s 2010 All-Ireland’s Talent Show. Order of Service (To be Advised)…

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The Castlebar branch of the Catholic Grandparents Association have no set times when they meet.   Double-check before you go to your first meeting. VENUE: The Monastary, Castlebar (beside Church) TIME: 10.30am (after Mass) CONTACT: Angela Gormley  087 1680297 Any further queries, contact info@CatholicGrandparentsAssociation.com

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The Westport branch of the Catholic Grandparents Association generally meets on the second Tuesday of every month. However, it is always best to double-check before you go to your first meeting. VENUE: Carrowbeg House TIME: 10.30am (after Mass) CONTACT: Máire Printer, 087 2058 016) Any further queries, contact info@CatholicGrandparentsAssociation.com

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Nine News: Teresa Mannion, Regional Reporter, says that the Primate of All Ireland said grandparents play a crucial role in keeping families together (link at the bottom of the page) [YoutubeFancyZoom=Fm6ss1PBC1Q] [YoutubeFancyZoom=oB9HyuaadZs]

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A Co. Mayo grandmother, the driving force behind the world’s first national Catholic Grandparents Association, has been honoured in a prestigious People of the Year awards scheme. And now Catherine Wiley hopes the Rehab Mayo People of the Year accolade will help the Association “reach into every parish in Ireland, so that we can support…

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Grandparents in Tuam have created history by establishing the first-ever Galway branch of the newly-formed Catholic Grandparents Association. This follows an historic meeting in Westport last month which led to the formation of the first-ever branch of the Association anywhere in Ireland. The Association, which has grown out of the popular National Grandparents Pilgrimages in…

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Over 10,000 Irish grandparents, who attended the National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage in Knock in September, have kick-started a worldwide movement of grandparents – and, next month, over 1m Catholics will hear from a Co. Mayo grandmother about how it all came to pass. Following the phenomenal success of Pilgrimage, the Vatican has now announced plans to…

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Over 4,000 Irish grandparents, who attended the first-ever National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage in Knock Shrine last year, have inspired Pope Benedict XV1 to write a new prayer in honour of grandparents all over the world – and it will be given its first recital ever in Knock next Sunday. Following the success of the pilgrimage last…

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Grandparents all over Ireland have been asked to put pen to paper and compile a whopping 5,000 prayers in honour of their grandchildren. An appeal has been sent out to children to writer a prayer in honour of their grandcildren as part of a unique event for grandparents, and the organisers hope to reach a…

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Primary school children all over Co. Mayo are set to receive special visitors to their schools – their own grandparents. A grandmother is spearheading a campaign to establish Grandparents’ Day in the county’s primary schools, and already it has been backed by former Rose of Tralee Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain. Under the novel scheme, grandparents will…

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A Co. Mayo grandmother who ran Ireland’s first-ever National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage last year has inspired church leaders in countries around the world to run similar pilgrimages, following her address to a high-powered Vatican Council last week. Catherine Wiley, a native of Castlebar who lives in Murrisk, outside Westport, said she was “very moved and humbled”…

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It is said that the greeting card people Hallmark invented ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘Father’s Day’ as a money-spinner. Seems like they never thought of the possibilities of a ‘Grandparent’s Day’ though. The first-ever National Grandparents Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday, September 22nd, at Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo this year. The unique event was inspired…

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