|Fr Richard Biggerstaff with some of the grandchidlren of the parish|
The parish celebrated the start of our first Diocesan Grandparents’ Week on Sunday 30 September with a special Mass organised by the parish Grandparents Group led by Christine Evans. The parish is following the diocesan lead to try to strengthen the wonderful relationship between school and parish to raise the profile of grandparents and to support them in their role.
All welcomers, musicians, singers, readers, those taking up the gifts and the special Eucharistic ministers were grandparents. Fr Richard's homily was most meaningful to all and special mention was made in the Eucharistic Prayer to Sts Joachim and Anne the parents of Our Lady and grandparents of Our Lord. Many grandchildren attended and at the end of the Mass they processed with Fr Richard to the chapel of Our Lady where each was presented with a copy of the universal prayer for grandparents composed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 for the National Grandparents Pilgrimage.
Refreshments and snacks, courtesy of the parish, followed in the hall and grandchildren from our primary schools entertained their grandparents and others singing 'If I were a butterfly'.