How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage which is so essential for each and every society! – Pope Francis
Grandparenting Conference: August 24, 2019
Grandparents are vital to the New Evangelization! Please mark your calendar to attend the second Archdiocese of Dubuque Grandparenting: Leaving a Legacy of Faith conference on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at St. Mary Catholic Church, Waverly. Click here for the promotional flyer. Click here to register!
For recommended resources for Catholic Grandparenting, click here. Many of these resources could be used for parish grandparenting small groups or prayer groups.
For a blessing of grandparents from the USCCB, click here.
Memorial of Sts. Anne and Joachim
July 26th is the Memorial of St. Anne and St. Joachim, the grandparents of Jesus. Grandparents make up a significant segment of the parishioners in our parishes. They provide tremendous support to today’s families and are a valuable part of parish life. The weekend before or after this memorial is an opportune time to recognize and affirm their important role in passing on the faith with a special blessing and by including prayers for grandparents in the General Intercessions and the parish bulletin or other communications. Click here for options for blessings of grandparents, an intercession, as well as prayers for grandparents for your parish/cluster bulletin or other communications. The social media tiles below could also be used to recognize the important role of grandparents.
The following resources were developed for the Grandparenting Pray and Play event that could be replicated at parishes or utilized between grandparents and grandchildren to foster a deeper relationship:
Here are social media tiles that may be used to draw attention to the importance of grandparents:
The following are videos of talks given during the Grandparenting: Leaving a Legacy of Faith conference on August 25, 2018.