Catholic Grandparents Association Offering Pilgrimage to Ireland Coinciding with World Meeting of Families

“The Mission Statement of the Catholic Grandparents Association is to assist Grandparents in passing on the Faith and to keep prayer at the heart of family life,” commented Catherine Wiley, the organization’s founder. Catherine and her husband Stewart realized the importance of the role of grandparents when they became grandparents themselves not many years ago. With the blessing of the Bishop of East Anglia and the encouragement of the Director and staff of the Shrine, Catherine Wiley organized the first National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham on Saturday, July 26th, 2003, the feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne, who, as parents of Our Lady and Grandparents of Jesus, may be considered the Heavenly patrons of this whole enterprise, and the pilgrimages have been repeated annually since then.
“Long known as the “Isle of Saints and Scholars”, Ireland was the epicenter of Christian learning while the rest of Europe was in the Dark Ages. As the home of Saints Patrick, Bridget, Columba, and many more, Ireland also provides many faith-based attractions- from the Book of Kells, (an elaborately scripted 9th-century version of the Four Gospels), to the Knock Shrine (a leading Marian pilgrimage site), historic abbeys, cathedrals, churches, and high crosses,” said Wiley. “This why we are so excited about offering a pilgrimage to Ireland this year as part of the World Meeting of Families. Many wonderful events will be taking place at the World Meeting, as well as throughout Dublin. That includes Liturgical and Cultural Events, Testimonies, Lectures, and Workshops during the week – as well as Special Masses and Events in the evening! Not to mention the Opening and Closing Celebrations, and Concerts and I do hope you can join us.”
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