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Reaching Across Generations

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”Here is what I would like: a world that experiences a renewed embrace between

young and old.”

                 -Pope Francis from  Sharing the Wisdom of Time


A Special Message from Bishop Ned

What to expect

A typical Alpha

Alpha runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes — you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

First up there's


Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch-up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. We start with food, because it’s a great way to encourage community and get to know each other.

Then a 

What is #sendyourhug?

The Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life has launched a new campaign encouraging young people to reach out to older people with “inventiveness of love” by “sending a hug” in creative ways. Likewise, older people have much love and wisdom to share and are encouraged to offer their many gifts with younger generations.

How can we participate?

Check out these creative ideas for how to “Send A Hug” across generations. Share your experiences in this worldwide initiative by using #sendyourhug on social media.





Here's a graphic to download and share on your social media!

How can we pray?

Recommended Supplemental Reading

Here are some prayers for grandparents and grandchildren that can be prayed anytime, but especially at events honoring these special relationships.





A list of other websites with helpful intergenerational resources. 

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