OVERVIEW JULY:  GRANDPARENTS MATTER.  There is a growing proportion of older persons in our society due to improved healthcare and nutrition. Some remain active in their own lives into old age. Others are involved with their children and caring for grandchildren. This relationship is important and many grandparents contribute in valuable ways to the wellbeing of their families, but eventually they are often the ones that need care and support.   Neglect, exploitation and  abuse of the elderly, even by their own grandchildren at times, shows they no longer seem to matter. Pope Francis Our elderly are men and women, fathers and mothers, who came before us on our own road, in our own house, in our daily battle for a worthy life. How I would like a Church that challenges the throw-away culture by the overflowing joy of a new embrace between young and old.  AL192.

SETTING THE SCENE.  The “Our Parents’ Home” retirement village had held a family day and invited any family members, siblings, children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren to visit their oldies. It was discovered that not everyone had family members who lived close by and some had none at all.  It was therefore a common decision that no one needs to be alone during these later days of their lives.  Everyone was to do their best to look out for others and for one another.  Occasional group gatherings would be added to the social calendar and scripture reflection and prayer times could be offered to groups or done individually.  A grandparents’ Mass with a blessing and prayer can be offered around 26 July.   See the Blessing and Prayer below.


Lord, today we bring to you in prayer our grandparents.  They may be here with us now, or may already have died and are now at peace. As parents, they gave life and nurtured the life of our own parents. We thank you for them and for that gift.  We thank you too for the memories they created and that they have shared with us. They were born into a world different to ours. As times have changed they may have struggled to keep up and sometimes lost touch.  Forgive us for the times we have been impatient with them. Help us to be generous with our love and care for them in their old age. Bless with eternal rest those grandparents who have died. Bless those of us who are grandparents. And bless all grandparents with peace and contentment and an acceptance that their lives were well spent in your service.   We ask St Joachim and St Anne, the grandparents of Jesus, to intercede for us as we offer this prayer in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Apart from the Sundays and feast days most of the scripture readings are taken from the biblical stories of the Patriarchs used at the time.  .

Abbreviations from Pope Francis documents : AL – Amoris Laetitia.  EG – Evangelii Gaudium,  LS – Laudato Si    FM – The Face of Mercy

July 6th.  St Maria Goretti.  Their RE teacher spoke to the Grade 8 girls and boys.  “We all know that rape of young girls is a big problem. Sometimes the perpetrators are young boys and often enough a girl ends up pregnant and she is the one who is left holding the baby. If she resists she can even be beaten or killed.   Maria Goretti was a young girl who resisted and died. You also know of blessers, older men, old enough to be the girls’ father or even grandfather who start relationships with girls.  They may agree so as to get money or clothes or cell phones.  All this is wrong and sinful for the men and boys, not for girls if they are forced into this, but it is wrong for the girls if they consent willingly.”     The body is not made for immorality, but for the Lord and the Lord for the body.  Shun immorality.  Glorify God in your body.   1 Cor 6-20. Pope Francis:   The sexual abuse of children is all the more scandalous when I occurs in places where they ought to be most safe, particularly in families, schools, communities and Christian institutions.  AL45

July 7th. Sunday 14C.  After their own marriage enrichment experience Dullah and Dawn had been struck by the call to go out as a couple and help other younger couples prepare for marriage. After some time they also recognised the need to support the young married couples as children started to arrive.   For many years they ran a group in their parish to share their own parenting and even grandparenting experiences which helped many families deal with their relationship issues. The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Luke 10:1-20.  Pope Francis: The initial years of marriage are a vital and sensitive period where couples become more aware of the challenges and meaning of married life. Pastoral accompaniment needs to go beyond the actual celebration. Experienced couples have an important role to play and the parish is a place for this. AL 223. 

2019  MARFAM FAMILY YEAR PLANNER  Theme: EVERY FAMILY MATTERS!    These THOUGHTS are available on, facebook and twitter and can be e-mailed to you on request. Send name and email address to   




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