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Pilgrimage Organiser Invited to Address Vatican Council

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Pilgrimage organiser invited to address Vatican Council A Co. Mayo grandmother who managed to attract 5,000 people to the first National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage in Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, last year has been invited to explain to a high-powered Vatican Council just how – and why – she established the annual event.

Catherine Wiley Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association

Catherine Wiley Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association

Catherine Wiley’s idea of hosting a pilgrimage for Irish grandparents came to spectacular fruition last September, when the Basilica at Knock Shrine was filled to overflowing. Now, in recognition of her achievement, the Castlebar native has been invited to take part in a Plenary Session of the Pontifical Council for the Family from April 3rd to 5th in Vatican City . The theme of the meeting will be

“Grandparents: Presence and Testimony in the Family.”

A grandmother of ten, Catherine said:
“I am very honoured and humbled by this invitation. It is a great thing that the Pontifical Council for the Family are to discuss the role of grandparents. I got the idea for the pilgrimage when I started to realise just how important a part grandmothers and grandfathers play in so many families. They are baby-sitters when parents are so busy with their working lives, and they also have a unique relationship with their grandchildren. Many Grandparents today are struggling with the effects of divorced, separated, second union, or single parent families on their children and their children’s children. I have ten Grandchildren and I know the special relationship that exists between grandparents and grandchildren. Grandparents are there from the birth of the child, they are ever-present and they enjoy the trust of their grandchildren from a very young age. Many grandparents may feel they are taken for granted, and my pilgrimage sought to put that right, and also to honour grandparents for the part they play in helping to pass the Catholic faith from generation to generation.”

This year’s National Grandparents Pilgrimage will take place in Knock Shrine on Sunday, September 14th, when the keynote speaker will be well-known religious affairs writer David Quinn.

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September 16, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Former Eurovision winner and MEP Dana – Keynote Speaker!

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Former Eurovision Winner & MEP Dana

Former Eurovision Winner & MEP Dana

Former Eurovision winner and MEP Dana will deliver the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Grandparents Pilgrimage in Knock which will be led by Dr Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam.

The purpose of the Pilgrimage is to celebrate the pivotal role of Grandparents in the transmission of the faith here in Ireland, and it will also honour St Joachim and St Anne, the Grandparents of Jesus. Children all over Ireland are invited to write a short Family Prayer in recognition of what their Grandparents have done for them, be they living or dead. The goal is to gather the largest collection of prayers ever assembled in Ireland. “Grandparents have helped to keep our families in faith and in love. Pilgrims will travel from all over Ireland to take part in this Pilgrimage,” said Catherine Wiley, the organiser of the Pilgrimage.

Catholic Grandparents Association Patron Archbishop Michael Neary

Catholic Grandparents Association Patron Archbishop Michael Neary

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September 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm