Following is a list of various resources that families can use to mark "World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly."


Individuals and Families

  • Have children and grandchildren bless the grandparents
  • Visit an elderly neighbor and be a blessing to them; do a service or bring a small gift
  • Make a display table of photographs of deceased grandparents and elderly
  • Create a memory scrapbook
  • Remember your grandparents by doing something they loved (make a recipe, listen to music, go fishing or some other activity)

For Reading and Reflection:

“Letter to the Elderly” written by Pope St. John Paul II (1999) •

“The Blessings of Age – A Pastoral Message on Growing Older within the Faith Community,” USCCB (1999- English & Spanish) •

“The Catholic Grandparents Handbook:  Creative Ways to Show Love, Share Faith, and Have Fun,” Lorene Hanley Duquin, Word Among Us Press, February 2018

More Resources:

Catholic Grandparents Association website (emblem, poster, prayer)

Franciscan Media, Saint of the Day:
  Saints Anne & Joachim

Holy See – Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life webpage



Diocese of Trenton webpages: