The Catholic Grandparents’ Association emails a regular newsletter. In the winter edition just released, you could read about:

  • Author Peggy Stanton to be guest speaker for the December Faith Café
  • Pope Francis’ message for the Second World Grandparents’ Day – “We are living a famine of peace”
  • An invitation to celebrate Bambinelli Sunday on 11 December
  • An invitation to follow their Thought for the Day on Facebook and Twitter
  • Some topical book reviews

You can subscribe to their mailing list here. Meanwhile, as a sneak peek at what you are missing, here’s their Bambinelli Sunday feature:


An invitation to celebrate Bambinelli Sunday on 11 December

The Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) has for many years been the day when the children of Rome bring the figurines of Baby Jesus from their family cribs to St. Peter’s Square to be blessed by the Pope during the Angelus. The day is affectionately known as “Bambinelli Sunday.” Instituted by Pope Saint John Paul II during his Papacy, the tradition has continued and has grown in popularity across the universal Church. Children are invited to wrap the blessed figurines in Christmas wrapping when they return home, and to place them under the tree, to be opened as the first gift of Christmas; thus encouraging young children to make the connection between the gifts they receive on Christmas Day and the greatest gift that any of us can receive, Jesus; and the connection between the Nativity set at home and the local Church where they worship each weekend.

This is one of the easiest traditions to establish in a parish as the only resources needed are; families and their Baby Jesus figurines!

The following prayer was used by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to accompany the blessing of the Bambinelli in 2008 and could be used in your parish, or you could compose a prayer of your own.

Family Prayer 

God our Father, You loved us so much you sent us your only Son, Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, to save us and lead us back to you. We pray that, with your blessing, these images of Jesus might be a sign of your presence and love in our homes. Good Father, give your blessing to all who gather with us this Christmas, our family and friends. Open our hearts, that we might receive Jesus in joy, do always what he asks of us, and see him in those who need our love. We ask this in the name of Jesus, your beloved Son, who came to give peace to the world. You, who live and reign forever and ever. 

Amen

CGA Resource

The CGA will have a Bambinelli Resource available on our website for parishes and families to download. All are welcome to avail of it.