Upcoming World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

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    This year we will celebrate the fourth World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Pope Francis in 2021 declared that this special day celebrating Grandparents and the Elderly is to be held on the fourth Sunday of July. This is close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.


    ​This year the fourth World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly falls on Sunday 28 July.

    Ways to celebrate:

    Sunday Mass: Invite your grandchildren and family to attend with you, a wonderful way to start the day’s celebration.

    Prayer: Take time to pray as a family and individually, giving thanks for our grandparents and elderly that we know of. Find some prayer resources below.

     Family Dinner: Make time for a family dinner over the weekend where every member and generation of the family are invited.  

    Parish Picnic: After the Mass on the Sunday, bring the families and elderly parishioners together for a picnic in the parish garden or in the local park if there is one close by. Maybe the young people can help serve.

    Visit the elderly: Visit one of your elderly relatives or someone in the parish who doesn’t have family nearby. You could encourage children to make cards for the elderly on your street.

    For more information visit the Catholic Grandparents Associate for England: http://www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.org

    “Dear Lord, We thank you for grandparents and elderly relatives throughout the world, their lives and their vocation. We are grateful for their love, care and the advice that they give to each of us. Protect them dear Lord, in all that they do, as we continue to be blessed by their wisdom in our communities. Guide them in their earthly pilgrimage and always keep them close to your heart, so that they continue to generously respond to your call. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.”

    This article and accompanying image is re-printed from the website of the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia, with kind permission.