Families from many parts of the Welsh province gathered at Belmont Abbey in Hereford for the first Catholic Grandparents pilgrimage in the province.
During the day there were opportunities to visit Belmont’s Holy Door of Mercy, Sacrament of reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration a rosary procession through the beautiful Abbey gardens and a Mass concelebrated by Archbishop George Stack, bishop Tom Burns and our own Bishop Peter.
Children (and their parents and grandparents) were entertained by bouncy castles, face painting and sports and games. There was an opportunity to contribute to an Altar cloth which was used during the Mass and prayer balloons which were released outside the Abbey church after Mass.
A talk about Parish Family Groups was given by Dave Allen from St John Vianney, Knutsford parish family group and a talk about grandparents groups was given by Christine Evans from the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Grandparents Groups.
One mother said ‘We have had a fabulous day, I have been lucky enough to come here with my three children, and my husband who is not a Catholic, but also my parents and grandparents. So it has been really special for us to spend the day together as a family. In our busy lives we tend not to meet up in this kind of environment so its been really lovely.’