by NZ CATHOLIC staff
AUCKLAND — Numbers are expected to increase for the second Family Fun Day, to be held on February 5.
Four hundred people turned up at the Franciscan Friary in Auckland for the inaugural day last year — even though there was a downpour in the morning.
The event is hosted by Family Life International, the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, and the Secular Franciscans, Holy Spirit Fraternity of Mt Roskill. It was organised to celebrate life, especially as families, from conception to natural death.
“It has so much potential,” said Bishop Dunn.
FLI director Colleen Bayer said she expected word would get out more about the 2012 event, boosting attendance further.
“Our patron is Pope John Paul II. With so many pressures on the family today this Family Fun Day gives families the opportunity to relax, have fun and celebrate with children who our patron calls the ‘precious gift of marriage’, she said.
As well as fun races, there will be face painting, colouring of religious pictures, the showcasing of musical talent, sausage sizzles, Devonshire Teas and the petting and feeding of farm animals. Old MacDonalds Farm will be back again.
Parishes, communities, groups and schools will be invited to feature their banners. Then Bishop Dunn will lead everyone on a prayer procession and bless children, unborn and born.