Grandparents’ Faith Café to welcome Archbishop Francis Duffy on Tuesday 19 July

The Grandparents’ Faith Café will open again online on Tuesday 19 July. The CGA is delighted to announce Archbishop Francis Duffy, Archbishop of Tuam and Patron of the Catholic Grandparents Association as guest speaker. Archbishop Duffy will reflect on the World Day for Grandparents the Elderly. Archbishop Francis Duffy was born on 21 April 1958 in the parish…

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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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Media Release: Catholic Grandparents Association welcomes the Message of Pope Francis for the Second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Media Release: Tuesday 10 May 2022 – Immediate  Catholic Grandparents Association welcomes the Message of Pope Francis for the Second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly The Vatican has today released Pope Francis’ message for the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be celebrated on 24 July on the theme ‘In…

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May Faith Café to focus on the role of Grandparents in nurturing vocations

The Grandparents’ Faith Café will open again online on Tuesday 10 May. The CGA is delighted to announce Father Willie Purcell as guest speaker. Father Purcell will speak on the theme of ‘The role of Grandparents in nurturing vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life’. Father Willie Purcell is Parish Priest of Clara in the Diocese of Ossory in…

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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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Episode Two of our Podcast is now available

Episode Two of our brand new podcast is here. This episode features a lively chat with Catherine Wiley and Marilyn Henry of the Catholic Grandparents Association about this year’s World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly which will be celebrated on Sunday 24 July 2022. We also hear some snippets from the February and March Grandparents’ Faith Café…

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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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New Podcast from the Catholic Grandparents Association goes live!

We are delighted to bring you the brand new Podcast from the Catholic Grandparents Association which we have called Grandparents’ Faith Café. The first episode of the Grandparents’ Faith Café podcast hears from Catherine Wiley, Founder of the Catholic Grandparents’ Association – about what inspired her to begin this global organisation and what she’s looking…

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Reflections from the Grandparents’ Faith Café – Betty Murphy

My name is Betty Murphy from Carlow, in Ireland.  I’m married to my husband Diarmuid, for 55 years.  We have four Daughters and 11 Grandchildren.   I’m a member of the Catholic Grandparents Assoc since 2012.   My faith was nurtured by my Mother who had a very strong faith. She encouraged me to go…

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A Blessing for Saint Brigid’s Day

Tuesday, 1 February 2022, is the Feast of Saint Brigid, Abbess and Secondary Patron of Ireland. Saint Brigid is renowned for her hospitality, almsgiving and care of the sick. Saint Brigid was born in 454 and she went on to found a double monastery in Kildare with the assistance of Bishop Conleth. The Saint Brigid’s…

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February Faith Café to welcome Dana Rosemary Scallon as guest speaker

The Grandparents’ Faith Café will open again online on Tuesday 8 February.  The CGA is delighted to announce Dana Rosemary Scallon as guest speaker for February. She will speak on the theme of ‘The Joy of Love in Marriage and Family (especially in Grandparenting)’. Dana Rosemary Scallon, known professionally as Dana, is an Irish singer and…

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January Ministry Resource now available

Our January Ministry Resource is now available to download. Each month we offer a simple one page information leaflet with resources and suggestions for discussion topics at your Ministry meetings. We’d love to hear from you if there is something you would like us to include in the Ministry Resource or if you have a…

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Sharing the Wisdom of Time with Pope Francis on Netflix

Pope Francis has always been a champion of intergenerational dialogue and in 2018 commissioned a book which shares the insights of older people from around the globe with young people today. The award-winning Sharing the Wisdom of Time pools the wisdom of elders with the passion and energy of youth, empowering our younger generations to step into the world of tomorrow…

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December Newsletter now available

I am delighted to be writing to you as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. We prepare for Christmas with the attitudes of Elizabeth and Mary. Like Elizabeth we are open to receive Christ with wonder and joy. Like Mary we are ready to do the will of God as it is made clear to us.…

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Blessing for Bambinelli Sunday 2021

The Blessing of the Bambinelli (Baby Jesus) is a tradition which began in Rome. Each year on the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), the Holy Father invites children to bring the Baby Jesus (Bambinelli) from their family Nativity scene to Mass for a blessing. We have been encouraging the observation of this tradition in parishes for a…

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Be part of #SharingHope with the Digital Advent Calendar for 2021

The first day of Advent heralds the beginning of the Catholic Church’s new year.  Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas.  Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas.  Advent also…

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Press Release: Statement by Catherine Wiley on the retirement of Archbishop Michael Neary as Archbishop of Tuam

Catherine Wiley, Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association has issued the following statement following today’s announcement of the retirement of Archbishop Michael Neary as Archbishop of Tuam: “As his retirement is announced today Wednesday 10 November, the Catholic Grandparents Association would like to pay tribute to our beloved Patron Archbishop Michael Neary for his wise…

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Belgian Grandparents walking across Scotland for COP26

A group of Belgian Grandparents recently set off on a 100km hike that will take them from Belgium to the Scottish city of Glasgow, for the COP26 climate summit. COPs (Conference of the Parties) are annual global climate summits attended by officials from nearly every country on Earth.  This year the UK, in partnership with…

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CGA October Newsletter is now available

We are delighted to share the October issue of our Newsletter. In her editorial this month Catherine Wiley is reflecting on the last couple of months of the year and on the joy of our recent Ministry Seminar. There’s lots more news and features in this month’s issue which is available to view here. Please…

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Rosary for the Family launched as part of Amoris Laetitia Family Year

A new resource on the Rosary has just been made available. The ‘Rosary for the Family’ was carefully created by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life as part of the ‘Amoris Laetitia Family Year’. This is one of a number of resources that the Dicastery is making available…

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October Ministry Resource now available

We are delighted to bring you our October Ministry Resource which is designed to be used by CGA Ministry Groups for meetings. It can also be shared with Grandparents in your parish as it has some brief snippets on resources of interest. Please feel free to download and share this resource. CGA October 2021 Ministry…

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September Newsletter is hot off the press!

The arrival of September and harvest time signals a new season of the year and for many of us another season of back to routine after the long sunny Summer days spent on various family outings or adventures. Autumn also signifies a change. We see it in the colours around us on crisp September mornings.…

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Reflections from the Grandparents’ Faith Café – Marilyn Henry

To Father Richard, míle buíochas for being with us today and especially for your support and encouragement of Catherine and the CGA through the years. Personally, I’m such a big fan of  yours and I’ve been terrified of following you ever since Catherine asked me to present the reflection today on our theme for this Faith Café – Our…

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Pope Francis encourages participation in the Season of Creation 2021

Pope Francis has called on Catholics to take action for our common home during the Season of Creation which runs from 1 September – 4 October. In the Pope Video for the month of September, he encourages everyone to question the way we live, and to turn “towards lifestyles that are simpler and more respectful…

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John Michael Talbot announced as guest speaker for August Grandparents’ Faith Café

The Catholic Grandparents Association has today announced that John Michael Talbot will be the guest speaker at the August gathering of the Grandparents’ Faith Café on Tuesday 10 August online via Zoom. John Michael Talbot is a multi-platinum selling, Grammy/Dove award winning contemporary Catholic Christian Music pioneer. His music has been the soundtrack to the faith…

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Pope Francis prays with Grandparents and the Elderly

The Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life on Friday released the video version of the prayer for the Catholic Church’s first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday 25 July in which Pope Francis himself prays with Grandparents and Elders from around the world. “I thank You, Lord, for the comfort…

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