From when we were very young our grandparents have watched over us and showered us with love. They have laughed with us, cried with us, and prayed with us. Can we ever thank them enough?
The Catholic Grandparents Association, set up in 2007, wants to say thanks. The Association appealed to the children of Ireland to write a prayer especially for their grandparents, to thank them, honour them, and remember them if they have passed on. These beautiful prayers poured out love and affection for grandparents, alive and deceased. This very successful appeal resulted in hundreds of submissions nationwide. A selection of these prayers now appears in this publication.
A wonderful gift for any grandparent, Prayers for Grandparents treasures these most special of people and the most special of roles they play in our lives.
The Catholic Grandparents Association was set up by Catherine Wiley, and for the past two years in September has hosted the increasingly popular National Grandparents Pilgrimage in Knock, Co. Mayo. The mission of the CGA is to pass on the faith from grandparents to grandchildren. Catherine Wiley is a native of Castlebar, Co. Mayo, and now lives at Murrisk, Co. Mayo. She is married to Stewart, and is a grandmother of ten.
Oddly enough this little book brought to mind a Victorian painting which may be familiar still to some. The Boyhood of Raleigh showed an old sailor filling the mind of the potential captain with the romance of the sea and a love of his future calling.
It always strikes me that though we talk glibly enough about parents being the primary educators of children, it is really the grandparents who are the carriers of tradition.
A Columban father who had worked in the Philippines once told me that when they had children to instruct for First Communion they always knew that those who lived with grandparents would need little coaching in their prayers and catechism compared with those who did not.
This is simply because the grandparent of 70 has more time to spend with the child of seven that the parents busy with the daily round of work and home.
So it is more than appropriate in this age of child minders and early pre-schooling that the real tradition bearers should be honoured by a selection of prayers for their grandchildren to say. It has been produced by the Catholic Grandparents Association, which was founded in 2007.
It is not just the nuclear family that needs protecting as so many think. But much more so, I believe, does the extended family, that unit of five generations that encompasses the little world of real culture we inhabit. What lies behind the life of our great-grandparents is history. What comes after is real life.
This is a deeply felt book which every family should obtain a copy of
- Peter Costello, The Irish Catholic, 14th October 2010
The recent emergence of Grandparents Day as a calendar mark to vie with Mothers or Fathers Day indicates that social changes have not diminished the role of grandparents in families - and theyre living longer of course. It was only a matter of time before the churches caught on. This book is produced under the auspices of the Catholic Grandparents Association which was founded in 2007. The association asked schoolchildren to write prayers for grandparents as a way of thanking and honouring them and acknowledging their contribution. Hundreds of prayers were sent in and the best appear in the book accompanied by colourful illustrations making this an appealing book for the younger reader. All the prayers published show the affection and regard that grandparents are held in by their grandchildren.
- Books Ireland, October 2010
Written by grandchildren and edited by Catherine Wiley, this book celebrates these most special of people and the wonderful role they play in all our lives.
- Brianog Brady Dawson, Teaching Matters, InTouch, October 2010
From when we were very young grandparents have watched over us and showered us with love. Can we ever thank them enough?
The Catholic Grandparents Association, appealed to the children of Ireland to write a prayer especially for their grandparents, to thank them, honour them, and remember them if they have passed on.
A selection of these prayers now appears in this: publication. A wonderful gift for any grandparent, Prayers for Grandparents treasures these most special of people and the most special of roles they play in our lives.
- Irelands Own, 8th October 2010
Few of us could deny the very special relationship which exists between grandparents and their grandchildren. Its even been suggested that they share a common enemy - parents! In Ireland 2011 the value of grandparents has never been more apparent as family structures change and the extended family of the past features less strongly if at all in a childs life. ln celebrating this strong bond the Catholic Grandparents Association, set up in 2007 appealed to Irish children to write a prayer for their grandparents living and dead. From the many responses to that request a selection have been chosen to appear in Prayers for Grandparents, edited by Catherine Wiley. Touching and humorous, honest in their appreciation of practical gifts of money and food they express the joy young children derive from the stories, playfulness and wisdom of their grandparents. Above all they testify to the importance of the time spent together as the most precious gift of all. The prayers also reveal a poignant awareness many children have of the fragility of their grandparents and an anxiety that they be protected from harm. This small hardback book of just 127 pages offers encouragement to Catholic grandparents to continue in their vital vocation of handing on the faith.
- Intercom, September 2011
- Father in heaven, please pray for my grandmother and my grandad. He is in heaven so will you please mind him, and will you tell him that I always loved him. Tell him who I am because I didnt see him, I was a baby. I hope you will still pray for my granny, and I will pray for you. Amen.
The first prayer received by the CGA
Dear God, thank you for my grandparents. They believe in me, they bring me to the seaside, and ask me over for tea. They teach me things I never knew. How I love my family, and you. I never knew my grandad Doyle, but if he was here he would make me smile, so bless them, Lord, and for them I will pray, each and every single day. Amen.
My nana always wears lovely scarves and glasses. She loves chatting to me and babysitting me when Mammy and Daddy are out. I love my nana. God bless my nana. Granpa has a great moustache and he lets me rub it. Granpa always smiles at me and makes funny faces at me. My current obsession is dogs and Granpa has one. He has a little chat with the dog to let him know I am his friend. I love my granpa.
God bless my granpa.
Grandparents are special, Ive got two. I love them both, so I pray to you to keep them safe, all through the night, and guide them through the day with care. I love my other granny and grandad, but theyre deceased,
so pray for them, theyll rest in peace. Amen.