Pope Francis established a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly which took place for the first time on Sunday 25 July 2021 and for the second time on Sunday 24 July 2022.

The World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated for the third time in 2023 on Sunday 23 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 celebration is:

"His mercy is from age to age" (Luke 1:50).

The Catholic Grandparents Association has been at the forefront in campaigning for a greater recognition of Grandparents for their role and vocation in passing on their faith to the next generation. The announcement of a new Church-wide celebration for Grandparents and the elderly came in answer to our prayerful request to the Holy Father Pope Francis.

This new worldwide celebration in the Universal Church calendar is a momentous achievement for Grandparents and the Elderly and will hopefully reassure them that they are loved and that they are needed.

We invite you to join us in marking this momentous day in parishes. We have a whole suite of resources and ideas for how you can make this a wonderful celebration for all.

We are delighted to offer some resources and ideas of how you can celebrate this momentous occasion.

Messages and Catechesis of the Holy Father

Prayers and Liturgical Resources

Suggested events and activities for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 2023

  • Plant a Tree in Their Memory
  • Children's Prayer Appeal: We invite children in schools or parish to compose prayers in honour of their Grandparents. These are presented at the Offertory during Pilgrimage Masses.
  • Book of Remembrance and Forget Me Not Flowers
  • Starting a Ministry for Grandparents in your parish - Why not contact us to find out about starting a Ministry for Grandparents in your parish. You could launch it on the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly! Email us: info@catholicgrandparentsassociation.org

Additional Resources

  • World Day 2023 pull up banner design for use in your church
  • World Day 2023 pull up banner design 2 for use in your church
  • Poster for your church or parish centre notice board
  • Social media and web visual to promote the day
  • The Grandparents' Faith Café

Please check back here regularly as these resources will be further developed between now and 23 July 2023. Please also check out the latest news section on this site for news of events and initiatives from around the world. 

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