World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated in the Catholic Church on Sunday 24 July.
Parishes in the Archdiocese have been asked to dedicate one of their Masses on that date to grandparents and the elderly in their community.
I invite you to go out and look for those elderly persons who are most alone, at home or in residences where they are guests. Let's make sure no one feels alone. Visiting the elderly who live alone is a work of mercy in our time! #GrandparentsElderly #BlessingOfTime
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 13, 2022
On the day the Church grants a plenary indulgence. That means the faithful obtain remission of their sins' punishment. They can obtain it for themselves or for the souls in purgatory.
How can I get it?
By visiting or accompanying the elderly who are alone. Pope Francis calls it a "work of mercy". The act must be accompanied by the usual conditions for indulgences:
- Praying for the Pope's intentions
- Rejecting all sin
The day was established last year by Pope Francis. The theme chosen by him for 2022 is "In old age they will still bear fruit" (Psalm 92:15). It intends to emphasise how grandparents and the elderly are a value and a gift both for society and parishes.
The Archdiocese has provided clergy with a liturgy guide to help them organise the Mass. It's taken from this pastoral guide from the Dicastery for Laity, Family & Life.
Prayer for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
I give thanks to you, Lord,
For the blessing of a long lif
For, to those who take refuge in You,
Grant always to bear fruit.
Forgive, O Lord,
Resignation and disillusionment,
But forsake me not
When my strength declines.
Teach me to look with hope
To the future you give me,
To the mission you entrust to me
And to sing your praises without end.
Make me a tender craftsman
Of Your revolution,
To guard with love my grandchildren
And all the little ones who seek shelter in You.
Protect, O Lord, Pope Francis
And grant Thy Church
To deliver the world from loneliness.
Direct our steps in the way of peace.
For more details on World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, visit www.laityfamilylife.va