World Day of Prayer-Grandparents/Elderly

Pope establishes World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Pope Francis has decided to institute a Church-wide celebration of a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Starting this year, it will be held on the fourth Sunday of July, close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

Excerpt from Vatican News by Vatican News  Staff Reporter

Following the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis announced the institution of World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will take place each year on the fourth Sunday in July, close to the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

Recalling the upcoming feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple – when the elderly Simeon and Anna encountered the child Jesus and recognized Him as the Messiah – Pope Francis said, “the Holy Spirit even today stirs up thoughts and words of wisdom in the elderly.” The voice of the elderly “is precious,” he said, “because it sings the praises of God and preserves the roots of the peoples.”

The elderly, he continued, “remind us that old age is a gift and that grandparents are the link between the different generation, to pass on to the young the experience of life.”

Excerpt from The Long Island Catholic 
 Bishop John Barres has commissioned the Diocese of Rockville Centre's Office of Human Life, Family and Bioethics with leading the diocesan celebration honoring the important role of grandparents in passing on the faith and recognizing the value of all those in our community who are “rich in many years.”

This year, World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on Sunday, July 25, with the theme  “I am with you always” to focus on the closeness of God with the aged, and the closeness of intergenerational ties. ...

... For more information about World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, please visit www.catholicgenerations.com or contact the Office of Human Life, Family and Bioethics at respectlife@drvc.org.