Parish Grandparent Ministries build a community of support and healing for grandparents, encourage them to live holy lives, and equip them with the tools to build up their families and parishesin Christ.

Starting a Grandparent Ministry of prayer and learning at the parish is important, however please be sure to ask permission from your Pastor and understand that not every parish is in a position to support a new ministry. Please respect his decision. If your Pastor grants permission to start a Grandparent Ministry, inquire from the parish staff about a meeting room, timing and resources. Onlythen should you start implementing theParish Plan.

Grand Adventure Study Program:
Grandparents: Living the Faith on Our Journey to Eternity

Online Resources for Grandparents to Use

  • The Gen2Rev Storybook: A Walk through the Catholic Bible. This book, recommended for children in Grades K-8, tells the story of salvation from God’s creation of the world in Genesis to Revelation.
  • Brother Francis DVDs for children ages 2-8. These DVDs teach children the faith and are exciting, very educational, and modern.
  • Holy Heroes “Glory Stories.” Each Glory Story focuses on the life of a saint. Holy Heroes also created a dramatized stations of the cross and their website is filled with games and books that help teach the faith.
  • Tell Me About the Catholic Faith Children’s Bible and Catechism by Ignatius Press. This is perfect for children ages 6 and up. It is very colorful and incorporates both the Old and New Testaments as well as simple Catechesis.
  • Totally Catholic: A Catechism for Kids and Their Parents and Teachers. This is for kids 9 and up. It is easy to read, thorough and very interactive.
  • Once Upon a Time Saints book series by Ignatius Press. There are four books in this series and they make the lives of the saints come to life.
  • “Tell All Souls About My Mercy: Conversations from the Diary of St. Faustina” DVD by Mother of Mercy Messengers.

Books for Grandparents to Read

Look for these resources at your local, Catholic bookstore!

  • Head & Heart: Becoming Spiritual Leaders for Your Family by Katie Warner
  • Prayers for Grandparents by Catherine Wiley
  • The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • The Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • Grandparents are Forever by Carolyn Gutowski
  • Creative Grandparenting Across the Miles: Ideas for Sharing Love, Faith, and Family Traditions by Patricia L. Fry
  • GrandLoving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren: Babies to Teens – Near or Farby Sue Johnson, Julie Carlson & Elizabeth Bower
  • Long-Distance Grandparenting: Connecting with Your Grandchildren from Afar by Wilma Willis Gore
  • The Essential Grandparent: A Guide to Making a Difference by Dr. Lillian Carson
  • Know Me, Hold Me, Sing to Me: What My Grandchild Taught Me about God by Kathleen O’Connell Chesto
  • Rich in Years: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life by Johann Christoph Arnold
  • Return: How to Draw your Child Back to the Church by Brandon Vogt