World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly: As many of you may have read in other Catholic journals or on Catholic websites, our Holy Father has designated a day to recognize the elderly and maybe particularly grands who, among the many of EU and Asian decent, have always been revered for their age and wisdom. Some of our current older members of the parish, especially of ethnic background, may even remember when a grand would live within the household of one of the children; multi-generational homes were common to many cultures. Young children learned from the oldest in the extended family as they grew up, and treasured what they learned. There was great respect given them. Hopefully, we are living up to those values still today as we raise young families.
Our prayers for this weekend reflect our regard and celebration of grands and the elderly of the parish, closing Mass for the weekend with a special blessing for them. Here is a copy of that blessing:
BLESSING ON A LONG LIFE
God of mercy,
You have given Your children the gift of a long life,
And they ask for Your blessing.
Let them feel the tenderness and strength of Your presence.
As they look back to the past,
Let them rejoice in Your mercy.
As they look to the future,
May they persevere in hope that does not fade.
To You be praise and glory forever! Amen.