Hundreds of Grandparents and families again travelled to Aylesford Priory in Kent for the Second Annual Grandparents Pilgrimage. The event, jointly organised by the Dioceses of Arundel and Brighton, Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster, is the culmination of months of preparation. Despite the recent inclement weather all the fun activities went ahead as planned with many things to do for all ages.
In the opening prayer service, Fr Graham Preston, Episcopal Vicar for Marriage and Family in Southwark Diocese, spoke of the day as being one of ‘Faith and Fun’. Many families chose to spend their time in prayer with the Blessed Sacrament or joining in the Rosary Prayer and still managing some time for face painting or bouncy castle.
The liturgy during the day was supported by choirs from Southwark and Brentwood Schools. There were also two well attended workshops led by Katherine Bergin, who spoke about Grandparent Groups and Phil Butcher speaking about Holiness in the Home.
At the end of the day all made their way to the Chapel for a concelebrated Mass, presided over by Bishop John Hine (Chair of the Bishops’ Committee for Marriage and Family Life) and Bishop Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. In the closing event hundreds of balloons, each carrying a prayer were released by the two Bishops.