Pope Francis: Lent is a time of conversion and freedom

Footsteps in the sands of the desert, for the prophet Hosea, "the place of our first love," where God guides His people to freedom

In his message for Lent 2024, Pope Francis invites the faithful to “pause” for prayer and to assist our brothers and sisters in need, in order to change our own lives and the lives of our communities. By Christopher Wells – Vatican News “When our God reveals Himself, His message is always one of freedom,”…

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The CGA Ministry at Prince of Peace, Houston, Texas

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Pictured Left to right – Jane Chaya, Marilyn Henry (CGA International Ministry Coordinator), Sheila Lum The CGA Ministry at Prince of Peace, Houston, Texas, was invited to exhibit at the Diocese of Galveston/Houston’s “Conference on Aging” sponsored by the Office on Aging. Attendees were invited to write the names of their grandchildren in the Ministry’s…

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Our next Faith Cafe will be held on Tuesday 13th February

Guest Speaker: Kimberly Hahn Theme: Grace-Filled Grandparenting – How to Share Our Love and God’s Love with the Next Generation. Kimberly Hahn is the Co-Founder and Trustee for the St. Paul Center , an apostolate dedicated to teaching Catholics to read Scripture from the heart of the Church. She has been married to Scott for forty-four years.…

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Bishop Deenihan: “Catholic Schools Week 2024 highlights significant contribution of schools as communities of service”

by Chah Garde | 19 Jan, 2024 | Bishops, Church, News Across the island of Ireland, from 21 to 27 January, the annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week will be marked by parish communities.  During this dedicated week, school communities will pray, explore and discuss the 2024 theme which reflects the contribution of Catholic schools as ‘Communities of Service’ in our society. According to Bishop Tom Deenihan,…

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Pope announces Year of Prayer leading up to Jubilee

At the Angelus, Pope Francis announces a “Year of Prayer” ahead of the upcoming Jubilee, and invites the faithful to pray for Christian unity and for peace throughout the world. The Holy Father also calls for the release of a group of people, including several nuns, who were kidnapped last week in Haiti. By Christopher…

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February Faith Cafe

We would like to thank everyone who attended our February Faith Cafe which was truly inspiring with Guest Speaker Keith Chappell. If you are subscribed to our newsletter the video will be available soon to watch. Guest Speaker: Keith Chappell Keith Chappell teaches religion and theology at the University of Leeds and the Maryvale Institute, both…

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Archbishop Eamon Martin launches Advent 2023 online calendar

To coincide with this Sunday, 3 December, the first day of Advent, Archbishop Eamon Martin will launch the annual online Advent Calendar on catholicbishops.ie.  2023 marks the tenth year of this popular seasonal resource.  As a door opens each day, viewers will experience brief personal video reflections on the Advent season from lay women and…

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Knock Shrine ‘Carols by Candlelight’

Sunday 17th December at 8pm ‘Carols by Candlelight’ will take place at Knock Basilica on Sunday, December 17th at 8pm. This evening will be a musical celebration of the season of Christmas, with carols, hymns and festive favourites performed by School Cantorum Basilicae and Knock Youth Choir. Musical accompaniment for the evening will be ny…

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Catherine Wiley founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association and her husband Stewart, met recently to welcome the new Papal Nuncio in Ireland, Archbishop Luis Mariano Montemayor. 

Catherine presented his Excellency with Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer for Grandparents – composed by Pope Benedict for the Association at their request in 2008 and which was, in fact, the instrument of Evangelization which elevated what began as a simple Pilgrimage honoring the Grandparents of Jesus, to the Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) as a Private…

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Donate to Grandparents Meals in India

Grandparents Dinner Providing nutritious food ONCE IN A DAY TO 50 poor grandparents, orphan children and abandoned women in two villages of Kuppam (25) and Kumilankuzhi (25) in Ariyalur district, Tamil Nadu, South India, managed by the Catholic Grandparents Association To Help Grandparents Pass on the Faith and to Keep Prayer at the Heart of…

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Our next Faith Cafe will be held on Tuesday 14th November

Guest Speaker David Quinn Theme: ‘Catholics in the Modern Sexual Minefield’. David Quinn is a well-known journalist in Ireland who specialises in religious and social affairs. He has been a national newspaper columnist since 1994, and currently has columns each week in both The Sunday Independent and The Irish Catholic. He was editor of The Irish Catholic from…

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Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace

Pope: ‘May weapons fall silent, situation in Gaza is desperate’ Appealing for peace in the Holy Land, Pope Francis expresses concern for the humanitarian situation in Gaza, calling on all parties to lay down their weapons and all Christians to pray and fast on 27 October for peace. “The number of victims is growing and…

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Mass for Peace in the World

Sunday, October 29th at 12 noon in Knock Basilica With so many places in the world currently being devastated by war and destruction, Knock Shrine will offer a special Mass for Peace on Sunday October 29th at 12noon. This Mass will take place in Knock Basilica and will also be streamed live on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live All are welcome to join with us as we pray for an end…

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November Prayer Candles for the Deceased

A Candle Each Day for Your Loved Ones Each November affords us a time to pause, reflect and remember all those who have died and gone before us into the loving arms of God. For the month of November, we are offering an opportunity to send a list of your deceased loved ones to us…

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September Faith Cafe

🙏We would like to thank everyone who attended our Faith Cafe last night, what a truly wonderful gathering and we look forward to our next one on Tuesday 10th October of which details will follow Below some of our wonderful attendees comments “Absolutely loved it, I’m floating on air.” “Thank you Fr Svet, Truly inspiring.”…

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Dowry of Mary Pilgrimage – at Walsingham Catholic National Shrine

This week Our Lady's Shrine is preparing for the forthcoming Dowry of Mary pilgrimage

This week Our Lady’s Shrine is preparing for the forthcoming Dowry of Mary pilgrimage which will be led by Bishop Alan Hopes, along side our new Rector Fr. Robert Billing. This is always a joyous day as many of the Ethnic Chaplaincies are present with their own unique expressions of faith and love of Jesus…

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Resources for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 2023

We are on the one month countdown to the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly which will be celebrated on Sunday 23 July 2023. The resources include pull up banners, social media visuals, liturgical resources and some creative and practical ways to involve grandparents and their families in your parish celebration of the world…

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The vital role of Grandparents in Church and family life

We were reminded today of this wonderful interview which our Founder Catherine Wiley did with Vatican Radio. It’s well worth a listen as she stresses the important role Grandparents can play in passing on the faith and keeping prayer at the heart of family life. Click here  ENDS

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Lenten Penance and the Synodal Journey

Lenten Penance and the Synodal Journey MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2023 Dear brothers and sisters! The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke all recount the episode of the Transfiguration of Jesus. There we see the Lord’s response to the failure of his disciples to understand him. Shortly before, there had been…

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Who is Saint Joseph to me? A European Art Competition open for entries

The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe invites artists to think and create together on the figure of Saint Joseph!  How do we see in 2023 this Patron saint of the Catholic Church, Patron of fathers, and Patron of workers? This call for art works embodies two of the directions set by Pope Francis:…

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Pope’s Message for World Day of the Sick 2023

Pope Francis releases his message for the 31th World Day of the Sick, and urges Catholics to heed the example of the Good Samaritan showing compassion and taking care of the sick in a world that discards the most vulnerable. As the Church journeys along the synodal path, Pope Francis is inviting the faithful to…

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Christmas Greetings from the Catholic Grandparents Association

We are sending you warm greetings for Christmas from the Catholic Grandparents Association: Wishing the light of the Christmas star to you. The warmth of home and hearth to you. The cheer and good will of friends to you. The hope of a childlike heart to you. The joy of a thousand angels to you.…

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Advent has begun: Let’s celebrate Bambinelli Sunday!

Advent has begun. Advent, (from Latin adventus, “coming”), in the Christian church calendar, is the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas and also of preparation for the Second Coming of Christ. Advent is often described as a time of devout and expectant delight. Advent is also best described as…

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Spread Peace this New Church Year

We are living a famine of peace – Pope Francis In his message for the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, Pope Francis addressed the need for peace in our world. He said, “Our world is passing through a time of trial and testing, beginning with the sudden, violent outbreak of the pandemic,…

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Re-read your life’s story to discover Christ – Pope Francis

Pope Francis continued his catechesis series on discernment at the Wednesday General Audience on 19 October, and urged each of us to examine the story of our life in order to discover the hidden footsteps of Jesus. The Pope focused his attention on how our life’s story can reveal God’s hidden actions. He said, “Our…

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Ministry Seminar to assist parishes to reach out to Grandparents and Elders

On Saturday 1 October next, the Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) will host a Ministry Seminar to facilitate those interested in establishing a Grandparents’ Ministry in parishes. The Ministry Seminar is aimed at those starting out and those wishing to enrich and enhance recently established ministries for Grandparents. So, if you are a parish that would like…

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Some prayers and reflections for Autumn

We are delighted to share some prayers, reflections and quotes with you as we move on into a real feeling of Autumn and the changing of the Seasons. Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus on 11 September 2022 This first piece is from Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus address on 11 September 2022.  As you read these words…

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Press Release: Grandparents to gather at Knock Shrine for National Pilgrimage and to celebrate the Second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 

Sunday 24 July will see grandparents from across Ireland gathering in Knock Shrine for their annual pilgrimage which coincides with the celebration of the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, the newly introduced universal celebration instituted by Pope Francis last year. This year’s pilgrimage will mark a number of firsts: it will be the…

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Teachers of tenderness – the Pope Video for July

The Pope Video for July has just been released with the prayer intention that Francis is entrusting to the entire Catholic Church through the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. This month, the Holy Father prays “for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to…

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Resources for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 2022

Pope Francis established a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly which took place for the first time on Sunday 25 July 2021. In 2022, the celebration will fall on Sunday 24 July, the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, Grandparents of Jesus. The theme chosen by Pope Francis for this year’s…

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Pope Francis appeals for Easter truce in Ukraine

As the war wages on in Ukraine and the massacres continue, Pope Francis has appealed for a truce in the war-ravaged nation this Easter. During his remarks following his Angelus address this Palm Sunday, the Pope exclaimed, “Let the weapons be put down! Let the Easter truce begin.” The Holy Father noted that as we…

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Pastoral kit for the World Meeting of Families 2022 now available

The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has made available a Pastoral Kit for dioceses and parishes to assist with the local celebration of the 10th World Meeting of Families, which will take place from 22 – 26 June. As numbers going to Rome for the event are restricted due to the pandemic, Pope Francis…

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April Faith Café to focus on the wellbeing and empowerment of Grandparents 

The Grandparents’ Faith Café will open again online on Tuesday 12 April. The CGA is delighted to announce Tara Rafter as guest speaker. She will speak on the theme of ‘The wellbeing and empowerment of Grandparents in a post-pandemic world’. Tara Rafter is an award winning Life Coach, Life Coach Trainer, Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Author and Speaker.…

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Pray and Fast for Peace this Lent – Archbishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop Eamon Martin is encouraging families to pray together and fast for peace this Lent.  Archbishop Martin was speaking as he launched the #LivingLent social media initiative for Lent 2022.  The #LivingLent digital media initiative invites the faithful to use social media to grow closer to God during Lent so as to prepare for the…

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