July Theme: Grandparents – and Great Grandparents
The Joy of Love: Pope Francis
We must reawaken the collective sense of gratitude, of appreciation, of hospitality, which makes the elderly feel like a living part of the community. Our elderly are men and women, fathers and mothers, who came before us on our own road, in our own house, in our daily battle for a worthy life. (191)
Very often it is grandparents who ensure that the most important values are passed down to their grandchildren, and many people can testify that they owe their initiation to the Christian life to their grandparents. Their words, their affection or simply their presence help children realise that history did not begin with them, that they are now part of an age-old pilgrimage and that they need to respect all that came before them. (192)
A family that fails to respect and cherish its grandparents, who are its living memory, is already in decline, whereas a family that remembers has a future. (193)
- July 26th is the feast of Saints Joachim & Anne, the parents of Mary, and of course the grandparents of Jesus.
- We have no information about them. The names we give them come from a tradition that goes back to the second century.
- In the system of extended family of the time these grandparents would have had a huge influence on Jesus as he grew up.
- They would have helped to teach him the skills of human living. And they would have been involved in his religious education, bringing him to a knowledge of the God of the Hebrew people.
- Grandparents today also fulfil a very important role in the upbringing of children and young people. In many places we no longer have a strong system of extended family. Because of this the grandparents have an even more important part to play in the healthy growth of children.
- They can be a very important source of support for the parents in their own relationship by enabling them to have time for each other.
- They can have direct personal contact with each child and young person by spoiling them now and again.
- They can be a great source of comfort for each child or young person especially when one of these children needs someone to confide in.
- And they can be a really good support for the parents in handing on the faith and the values of the faith, particularly when the parents may be struggling with practicing the faith themselves.
- How can the parish community help to develop the role of grandparents in the rearing of children today?
- How can grandparents be a support for the parents of their grandchildren without interfering in their central role as a couple and as parents?
- How can grandparents be a support to each child and young person in these years of growth as well as being an influence for good in the family life of their daughters and sons?
- In what ways can grandparents help in handing on the faith to their grandchildren even when the parents of the children would seem not to be interested?
Parish Prayer Day for Marriage and Family Life
Next Saturday 20th of June, our parish of Malin prays for the 24 hours for Marriage & Family Life. This is part of a Movement of Continuous Prayer for Marriage & Family Life as other parishes and groups take on the prayer for the other days of the month.
To make this prayer continuous, many people in our parish have committed themselves to a specific hour of prayer on the 20th in such a way that the whole day and night are covered.
Everyone is invited to join in this prayer, either by taking on an hour, or by including this intention in your own prayer during that day; by including it in the prayers of the Masses celebrated on that day; by inviting the schools of the parish to involve the children and young people in praying for it; by asking any prayer groups that are meeting on that day to also include a prayer for it.
Information: There is a Grandparents Pilgrimage to Knock in September 2019
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