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Q and A with Fr John Flader: Caring for the elderly

I work in an aged care home and, while many of the people there have frequent visits from members of their family, many others see their children only rarely, even though they live in the same city. This disturbs me. How should we view this?

Q and A with Fr John Flader: The role of grandparents

Dear Father, you wrote that we grandparents should not baptise our grandchildren when their parents have not had it done. But what can we do then? I really feel for these beautiful children growing up without any faith.

Q and A with Fr John Flader: Grandparents and baptism

My married children do not practise their faith and, in spite of the encouragement of my wife and me, they have not had their...

The blessing and challenge of grandparenting

We were blessed to become “brand new” grandparents in our mid-40s with the arrival of our beautiful granddaughter Mila. This sense of newness, however, also brought with it a few questions of self-identity.

When age is an advantage

From passing on faith traditions to offering a safety valve for the “pressure cooker” of family life, Dr Ron and Mavis Pirola being grandparents.

Grandparents’ offer ‘phenomenal’ support

  As the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly draws near, Sydney mums praise their parents Parenting is a challenging gig, but it’s certainly made...

Pope Francis tells elderly “You are needed”

In a message for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, Pope promotes memory, prayer.

Pope sets day for grandparents and the elderly

The dynamic between the generations is vital, says pontiff.

What to Do When Parents and Grandparents Disagree

In Australia, two-thirds of parents are both working and raising young children. And many of those families are turning to grandparents to fill the...

Celebrating the past and present

Five-year-old twins Olivia and Jessica Tarchichi love playing with Lego, spending time in the garden and playing in the park. But mention Albert Tarchichi’s name...

The special role of grandparents

Did you know that in NSW, on Sunday 28 October we celebrate Grandparents Day? This is the perfect opportunity to recognise the role grandparents...
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