The  Church celebrates the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

The Church celebrates the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

The Church celebrates the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Today July 24, the Church celebrates the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Established by Pope Francis in January 2021, the observance is celebrated each year on the fourth Sunday of July, coinciding with the feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s parents and Jesus’ grandparents, Sts. Joachim and Anne.

The theme for this year’s World Day is “In old age they will still bear fruit” (Psalm 92:15) and emphasizes how grandparents and the elderly are a value and a gift both for society and for ecclesial communities.

An Elderly Mother claps hands during the Mass

In his message for the second World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, Pope Francis writes:

“Old age is no time to give up and lower the sails, but a season of enduring fruitfulness: a new mission awaits us and bids us look to the future. ‘The special sensibility that those of us who are elderly have for the concerns, thoughts and the affections that make us human should once again become the vocation of many. It would be a sign of our love for the younger generations’.

3-This would be our own contribution to the revolution of tenderness, [4] a spiritual and non-violent revolution in which I encourage you, dear grandparents and elderly persons, to take an active role.”

At St Mary Immaculate Centenary Catholic Parish Kireka, Kampala Archdiocese. Mass was led by Rev. Fr. Erick Mbaziira amidst many grandparents and the elderly who attended the Mass.

In his homily Fr Erick congratulated the elderly upon reaching this special day in their lives. He empathized the young people to give time to the elderly and pray for them always.

He also appealed to the Christians to visit the Grandparents and the elderly at all times not only on Christmas or Easter seasons only. Fr Erick later on requested the elderly to enjoy their age in good ways as they are the example to the young generation.

Youths help an elderly to Walk during Mass at Lubaga Cathedral

Christians all over the World celebrate the day joyfully with the grandparents and the elderly in their communities,homes and neighborhood.