There was no shortage of excitement during the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore’s family fun day which was packed with entertainment for all.
Kicking off on Sunday, June 24, there was music, face painting, a bouncy castle, obstacle course, kite making, treasure hunts, arts and crafts, tours of the abbey, prayer services and much more.
Speaking at the event Bishop Phonsie Cullinan told all gathered that time is a “precious gift” that families use for God and each other.
“Make time for family activities. Start small. Little victories. Time to pray. A grace before meals,” he said.
“Even the use of the phrases like ‘thanks be to God’, ‘God bless you’. ‘God help us’. God wants to help us – always. God wants to help you. Each day. So think of your use of time with your family.”
He echoed Pope Francis warning against the overuse of the internet and TV, and the effect that can have on family life.
Bishop Cullinan said: “What a danger that is to family life. The dad watching sport in one room. The mum watching something else in another and the children upstairs watch God knows what in the bedrooms. Family unity [can be] very difficult.”
There was musicians galore including the Dungarvan Brass Band, Comeragh Comhaltas, St Mary’s Choir of Clonmel, Cahir to Sing, Nire Valley Voices.
Holy Family Mission took on the storytelling and drama for the children and many walked the beautiful trails across the grounds at Mt Melleray.
During the day families also feasted on picnics or availed of the monastery’s café.