This Sunday is 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 (July 26th).
In his message for this year’s observance, 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 affections that make us human should once again become the vocation of many.” Pope Francis, who is 85 years old, certainly is not lowering his sails as he leads our church as the successor of St. Peter in a very challenging world.
Below is the prayer for this year’s World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly:
I give thanks to you, Lord,
For the blessing of a long life
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.
Be sure to reach out your grandparent(s) or an elderly friend or relative to let them know that they are loved and make a difference in the lives of others.
Finally, remember in your prayers the repose of the soul of long-time parishioner Carl Knighton, Jr., who’s Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday.
Have a Good Week!
- We are in need of people for our sacristan and linen cleaning teams. This is a vital behind the scenes ministry that is not too taxing. Please contact Liam Benton firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
- Applications for Altar Servers are now available on our website and at the Hospitality Table. Please consider having your child sign up for this important ministry Here.
- We are looking for a new Coordinator of Digital Evangelization, please call the parish office if you or someone you know might be interested in this position.
Sunday Worship Aid
A reminder....although masking is now optional, we encourage all parishioners to use your best judgement about wearing a mask especially if you are not vaccinated or immunocompromised. Please use the hand sanitizers in the Narthex and when you enter the church at the Food Pantry entrance. As always, if you are not feeling well, have a fever or persistent cough, please stay home and watch our live-streamed Mass online.
As usual, we will continue to live-stream Mass (Mon—Thurs at 9:00am and Sunday at 9:30am) on the parish Facebook (link) and uploaded on YouTube (link), and our parish website, https://www.seaseton.org/Resources/Media.