World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly was celebrated by St Andrew’s Parish on Sunday, 24th July 2022. The 9:00am Mass was followed by a special morning tea to acknowledge the gift that these two groups bring to the lives of the community .
In old age they will still bear fruit
This is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the II World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 2022
On Sunday, July 24, 2022, the Second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated throughout the universal Church. The theme chosen by the Holy Father for the occasion is “In old age they will still bear fruit” (Psalm 92:15) and intends to emphasize how grandparents and the elderly are a value and a gift both for society and for ecclesial communities.
The theme is also an invitation to reconsider and value grandparents and the elderly who are too often kept on the margins of families, civil and ecclesial communities. Their experience of life and faith can contribute, in fact, to building societies that are aware of their roots and capable of dreaming of a future based on greater solidarity.
The invitation to listen to the wisdom of the years is also particularly significant in the context of the synodal journey that the Church has undertaken.
The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life invites parishes, dioceses, associations and ecclesial communities throughout the world to find ways to celebrate the Day in their own pastoral context, and for this purpose it will later make available some appropriate pastoral tools.
Centre for Liturgy
The annual World Sunday for Grandparents and the Elderly will take place on 24 July, the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, Grandparents of Jesus. The theme chosen by the Pope: “In old age they will still bear fruit” (Psalm 92:15), to emphasize how grandparents and the elderly are a value and a gift both for society and for ecclesial communities.
The elderly must not be forgotten, the pastoral care of the elderly is a priority that can no longer be postponed by any Christian community. Place the elderly at the center of the life of our communities every day. Ensure “no one lives this day in loneliness.”
The following resource material is available to download from the links below:
- Liturgical Notes
- Reflection MP4 which could be used before or after Masses/Meetings
- Bulletin Bit
- Universal Prayer
- Prayer Card Templates
Sr Kerry Willison rsm
Centre for Liturgy