First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly


On Sunday, July 25, Catholics will celebrate the first annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, a day commissioned by Pope Francis that celebrates the connection of younger and older generations.

The theme for the inaugural holiday is “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20). In his message, the Holy Father stressed that COVID-19 resulted in severe seclusion for many older individuals and that now, “as a long period of isolation ends and social life slowly resumes… May every grandfather, every grandmother, every older person, especially those among us who are most alone, receive the visit of an angel!”

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will take place the fourth Sunday of each July, which is close to the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

You can also advocate for the elderly by joining Bishop Kevin Vann and others on July 26 to discuss the Church’s calling to address dementia. You can view a preview of the event here and register here for the event.

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