Grandparents Pilgrimage to Knock 2008
update 17th September:
We are absolutely delighted to tell you that we have received from Our Holy Father at Prayer and this prayer was officially launched and presented at the Pilgrimage on Sunday.
PRAYER FOR GRANDPARENTS
you were born of the Virgin Mary,
the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.
Look with love on grandparents the world over.
Protect them! They are a source of enrichment
for families, for the Church and for all of society.
Support them! As they grow older,
may they continue to be for their families
strong pillars of Gospel faith,
guardian of noble domestic ideals,
living treasuries of sound religious traditions.
Make them teachers of wisdom and courage,
that they may pass on to future generations the fruits
of their mature human and spiritual experience.
help families and society
to value the presence and roles of grandparents.
May they never be ignored or excluded,
but always encounter respect and love.
Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed
in all the years of life which you give them.
Mary, Mother of all the living,
keep grandparents constantly in your care,
accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage,
and by your prayers, grant that all families
may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland,
where you await all humanity
for the great embrace of live without end. Amen!
We have been spending a lot of time during recent weeks in schools, launching the new initiative for “Grandparents Day in School” (Grandparents visit their Grandchildren in School) (see attached). Thank God they are proving very popular and very successful.