Vicariate for Faith & Mission

Growing Together in Faith and Prayer as a Family

God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Prayer for Family Life

Third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly - Sunday 23 July 2023

“His mercy is from age to age” (Luke 1: 50)

I would invite you to make a concrete gesture that would include grandparents and the elderly. Let us not abandon them. Their presence in families and communities is a precious one, for it reminds us that we share the same heritage and are part of a people committed to preserving its roots.

Pope Francis

This year we will celebrate the third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Pope Francis in 2021 declared that this special day celebrating Grandparents and the Elderly is to be held on the fourth Sunday of July. This is close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

The theme this year coincides with that of World Youth Day taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, ‘His mercy is from age to age’ (Lk 1:50). This is taken from the meeting between Mary and Elizabeth (Lk 1:39-56), and links with the World Youth Day theme where Mary sets out to visit Elizabeth ‘Mary arose and went with haste’ (Lk 1:39). Pope Francis in his message to people for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly asks young people who are travelling to Lisbon, before they leave, to visit an elderly person stating that “their prayers will protect you and you will carry in your heart the blessing of that encounter. I ask you, the elderly among us, to accompany by your prayers the young people about to celebrate World Youth Day”.

This year the third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly falls on Sunday 23 July. There are many ways we can celebrate this special day in our homes and parishes.

The National Office of Vocation (NOV) has further information and resource available through their website.

Read Pope Francis’ full Message for the Third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly (2022)

Catechesis on Old Age

Second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly (2022)


10th World Meeting of Families 2022

The 10th World Meeting of Families will take place in Rome, 22-26 June 2022. The theme of this meeting, chosen by Pope Francis, is “Family love: a vocation and a path to holiness”, which has been the inspiration of the official prayer for this event.

Heavenly Father,
We come before You to praise You
and to thank You for the great gift of the family.
We pray to You for all families
consecrated by the Sacrament of Matrimony.
May they rediscover each day
the grace they have received,
and as small domestic Churches,
may they know how to witness to Your presence
and to the love with which Christ loves the Church.
We pray to You for all families faced with difficulty and suffering
caused by illness or circumstances of which only You know.
Sustain them and make them aware
of the path to holiness upon which You call them,
so that they might experience Your infinite mercy
and find new ways to grow in love.
We pray to You for children and young people:
may they encounter You and respond joyfully
to the vocation You have in mind for them;
We pray for parents and grandparents: may they be aware
that they are signs of the fatherhood and motherhood of God
in caring for the children who, in body and spirit, You entrust to them;
and for the experience of fraternity
that the family can give to the world
Lord, grant that each family
might live their specific vocation to holiness in the Church
as a call to become missionary disciples,
in the service of life and peace,
in communion with our priests, religious,
and all vocations in the Church.
Bless the World Meeting of Families. Amen.

Prayer for the Tenth World Meeting of Families, June 2022

Catechesis Resources

A series of seven Catechesis giving instruction, points for discussion and further resource all based on different aspects of family life have been produced for the World Meeting of Families. Access them below.

World Meeting of Families 2022


Families are at the heart of what it is to live a life of faith. For most people faith is experienced firstly in the home. We have put together the following links and resources to help you, as family, to bring the faith alive to one another.

Family Life is Sacred – Growing together in Faith

Here you will find some key messages about what the Church thinks about family and the importance it places on your home being a place for faith to grow.

Faith and the Family Resource

Here are some tips to help you as you consider your family’s faith:

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There are many families that have one parent who is Catholic and one who isn’t. Here are some supporting notes if this is your situation.

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Sharing faith within your household may be a foreign idea for many of us, but it is a really wonderful way to help those with whom you live – and yourself – grow in faith.

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Resources for faith in the home and family prayer used with permission from the Diocese of Salford.

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The Bible is one of the best ways for us to know God and for us to teach our children about God. Some of us can get a bit intimidated by the Bible, perhaps because we were not taught much about it or how to use it.

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A guide to the liturgical actions of adoration focused on the gift of Christ in the Eucharist and using scripture to focus our prayer.

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Introducing the free Parenting for Faith course – equipping you to easily and naturally help your kids and teens discover faith on their own terms.

Bishop Peter Brignall invites us to use this short family service for each day of the Octave, beginning on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with a blessing of the crib.

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Praying Together as a Family

What does praying as a family actually look like? The following links provide activities, ideas and videos to help you think through how to get started in praying with your family and to consider what approach would suit your family best.

Family Prayer Resource

It is important for every child to learn how to pray. Even though you may not think you are qualified to be an authority, as parent or guardian, you are your child’s primary teacher!

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The origin of the Rosary dates back to the year 800, but it has evolved throughout the centuries resulting in the Rosary that we know today. The Rosary invites us to make a beautiful meditation about the life of Jesus and the Holy Virgin Mary.

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Use their family prayer ideas and resources to support your family’s prayer life.

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Create your own bauble.

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There are a number of organisations that seek to resource and support parents and grandparents in keeping their families in prayer. Here are some of our favourites. Download a collection of Catholic Prayers for families here.

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Mothers Prayers was formed to help those mothers who wished to pray together for their children and grandchildren and to find the support they needed.

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CELEBRATE is a Catholic ministry that aims to inspire, equip and connect people of all ages to live an authentic Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit, in support of the family, to encourage local community and the sharing of faith with others.

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