First Catholic Grandparents Pilgrimage in Northeast to be held Sept. 8
(Photos courtesy of Alicia Belanger)
SPRINGFIELD – The local branch of the international Catholic Grandparents Association will sponsor the first Catholic Grandparents Pilgrimage in the northeastern U.S. on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge.
The pilgrimage, being held on National Grandparents Day, will include a devotional talk and prayer; Eucharistic adoration and confessions; a Mass celebrated by Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell; the Chaplet of Divine Mercy; Benediction: blessing of religious artifacts, a blessing with a relic of St. Faustina; and a procession along the path of the life-size Stations of the Cross.
The cost for the pilgrimage is $4 per person and includes a noontime lunch of pizza and a drink. The Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) was founded in 2004 by an Irishwoman, Catherine Wiley, to highlight the importance of grandparents in preserving and passing on the Catholic faith to younger generations.
The local branch was initiated in 2012 by Westfield resident and parishioner Alicia Belanger (left in photo at right) and has been meeting monthly since January of this year at the four Catholic churches in Westfield and in West Springfield and Belchertown. Questions about registration for the pilgrimage can be directed to Belanger at 413-568-0123 or to the shrine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the CGA, visit www.CatholicGrandparentsAssociation.org.