Catholic grandparents from all over Ireland are set to explore ways of passing on the faith to their grandchildren at a special workshop in Mayo next month. Catherine Wiley, founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, will team up with well-known communications expert Fr. Benny McHale to facilitate the event in Castlebar on Friday, November 12. The title of the workshop will be 'Passing on the faith – how grandparents can play their part', and, according to Mrs.
Wiley, it will attempt to empower grandparents to explore different ways in which they can be 'faithful' to their grandchildren, and communicate God's love to them.
She added: "In 2007, when we held the first-ever National Grandparents Pilgrimage in Knock Shrine, it was like turning over a stone.
"We discovered thousands of grandparents who were anxious to pass on the faith to their grandchildren, but didn't know how they could play that role.
"In many cases, grandparents are holding families together. They are like a bridge between broken and fragmented families, and they want their grandchildren to experience God's love in the way they did as children.
"They spend valuable time with grandchildren and the relationship is one of outright love."
The workshop starts at 10.30 a.m. and will finish with Mass at 3.30 p.m., and is a joint initiative between the Catholic Grandparents Association and the Family Centre in Castlebar.
There is no cost to attend, and bookings can be made by contacting the Family Centre on (094) 9025900 or by visiting www.thefamilycentre.com.
Further details are available on www.CatholicGrandparentsAssociation.com or telephone (098) 24877 (2.30 to 5.30 p.m., Monday to Friday).