The Portal Archive August 2011 - Page 12

THE P RTAL August 2011 Page 12 Walsingham Pilgrimage for Grandparents and Grandchildren by Jackie Ottaway and Ronald Crane Having worked together for over 25 years, it was no surprise when Jackie’s eldest son married Ronald’s youngest child, a daughter! Nine years later they have produced a son, Joseph and a daughter Emily. Together with one of Ronald’s other Grandchildren, Grandparents in passing on the Faith. “They do so”, Libby, we decided to attend the Catholic Grandparents’ she told us; “Without fear, shame or embarrassment”. Association annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Held around the time of the The whole idea is a wonderful one. Our Grandchildren memorial of SS Joachim and Anne had a splendid day. They sang at Mass (Jesus’ Grandparents) it promised to be and enjoyed the picnic. Afterwards a splendid occasion. they made full use of the face-painting; the fancy balloons; the bouncy castle founder, Catherine Wiley and the hula-hoops. The CGA is the brainchild of its founder, Catherine Wiley, and honours In the afternoon there was a and thanks all Grandparents for passing Children’s Liturgy with appropriate on the faith. songs during which the children decorated the statue of Our Lady of Saturday July 23rd 2011 promised to Walsingham. This done, Our Lady be a “faith-filled and fun-filled day with Joseph, Emily and Libby was taken on a short procession. The Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation”. The web site said Liturgy closed with the children writing their prayers there would be a children’s liturgy to follow Mass with on post-it notes which were attached to balloons. To a the crowing of Our Lady’s statue with flowers. We were great cheer these balloons were let loose into the sky. advised to bring a picnic and enjoy the Children’s Fun As the best children’s books say: we all went home very Fair, Bouncy Castle, Clowns, Games and Climbing tired but very happy. Wall! Children’s entertainment was to be by Graham and Fun Force. Although the weather was changeable, and not especially warm, everyone had a really good day. The Right Revd Brian Noble It all sounded like a good day out. So we decided to attend, The Right Revd Brian Noble, Bishop Emeritus of Shrewsbury was the principal celebrant and preacher. His homily was good, instructive and thought provoking. After Mass, we spoke with Catherine and one of her ten Grandchildren: Olivier. Catherine told us that at their Grandparents Pilgrimage at Knock in Ireland, over fourteen thousand people attended! “The Association”, she said, “Was conceived in Walsingham, and born in Knock!” Without fear, shame or embarrassment Of her ten Grandchildren, Catherine explained that four were step-grandchildren; a fact not uncommon today. Her dream is for there to be a Branch of the CGA in every Paris ѡ) ѡɥ́ͥєЁѡɽ)Q ѡɅɕ́ͽѥ)ٔѡȁݸݕͥє)ܹѡɅɕͅͽѥ)Qյȁ%ɕ̤̀