Following the success of the first-ever National Grandparents Pilgrimage in 2007 a similar event has been organisedfor Sunday, September 14th 2008 again in Knock Shrine.

Knock Shrine – 14th September 2008

2pm – Anointing of the Sick

3pm – Pilgrimage Mass followed by Rosary Procession

Chief Celebrant
Bishop John Fleming, Killala

Keynote speaker
David Quinn well-known religious affairs writer

Guest singer
Fr Liam Lawton

Click on link to download poster – Grandparents Pilgrimage 2008

Building on 2007

Following the great success of the first-ever National Grandparents Pilgrimage in September 2007 when over 5,000 turned up to honour grandmothers and grandfathers at Knock Shrine,a similar pilgrimmage has been organisedfor Sunday, September 14th 2008 again in Knock Shrine.

Catherine Wiley, the chief organiser,explains the background to the pilgrimage as follows –

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 childrens 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.

Contact

Catherine Wiley,
Coordinator,
National Grandparents Pilgrimage,
Horizon House,
Riverview, North Mall, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Tel: 00 353 (0) 98 50290 Fax: 00 353 (0) 98 50291
E-Mail: catherinewiley1@aol.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information

http://www.nationalgrandparentspilgrimage.com/