News from the Catholic Grandparents Association

We are delighted with the theme that the Holy Father has chosen - ‘I Am With You Always’ (Mt 20:28) - which was recently announced by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life with the following explanation:

“The theme is offered as a way of expressing the closeness of the Lord and the Church to every older person, especially in these challenging pandemic times."

“I am with you always” is also a promise of closeness and hope that young and old can mutually share. Not only are grandchildren and young people called upon to be present in the lives of older people, but older people and Grandparents also have the mission of evangelisation, proclamation and prayer, and of encouraging young people in their faith.”

From mid-June the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life will be offering some pastoral resources that will be available on their website

The Catholic Grandparents Association has also prepared an updated suite of resources for the celebration of the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

These are currently available on our website and will be added to regularly between now and July 25th. Including:

An Overview of the World Day Resources

The Story of the CGA and the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

We have also recently launched the ‘Passing on the Faith Podcast’ inviting parishes to engage with their youth groups, schools and with families to capture in digital format some of the stories of the Grandparents and the elderly in their parishes. By recording these stories in audio or video format, parishes, schools and families can create a living sound and vision archive of the Grandparents in their parish and families.

We invite you to share these resources and to join with us in making the 'World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly', a day to remember for Grandparents, their families and our Church. Please join with us in offering a prayer of thanksgiving for Pope Francis who has gifted us this grace filled day of joy.

We would be delighted to hear how you are going to celebrate this momentous occasion. Email us: [email protected]