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A witness to God’s gift of age

Catholic Care are pleased to support the publication and distribution of Growing Old Grace-fully’s new Guide for Parishes on learning from and caring for older people. Growing Old Grace-fully is a small charity focused on supporting Later Life Friendly Parishes in our Diocese.

Peter, Rachel, Helen and Sharon from Catholic Care joined people from all over our Diocese and beyond in exploring the content of Welcoming Older People: ideas for and from parishes at an evening launch reception at Leeds Church Institute on 4th May. All who attended the launch took a copy of the pack back to their parishes or organisations with an invitation to arrange a short session in their own community, led by Growing Old Grace-fully in partnership with Catholic Care, to support the valuing of older people and benefiting from their gifts.

The Right Reverend Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds, says in his Foreword, “This Guide is offering practical suggestions and real examples of how parishes in our diocese and beyond are exploring how we can learn from and care for older people. I wholeheartedly support the vision and recommendations contained in this guide. I hope you will use it to consider how older people’s gifts, wisdom, experience and prayers can help all of us to appreciate the precious gift of life and live that life fully with God’s grace.”

To arrange a short session in your own parish or church community and receive copies of the pack, call Rachel on 07702 255142 or email growing.old.gracefully@dioceseofleeds.org.uk .

The pack is also available to download for registered users here.