The cathedral green crowded with families for the day of the festival

A JUMPING castle, petting zoo, face painting stall brought hundreds of people of all ages to St. Stephen’s Cathedral for Brisbane’s participation in the World Meeting of Families on June 25.

Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge celebrated mass to open the festivities and then families came out onto the cathedral green to do their makeup, colour, eat and more.

The Evangelization Brisbane Children and Families team organized the event and had around 400 people at the event.

A spokesperson said the team received “wonderful” feedback from parents after the event.

“A father-of-two said how amazing it was to feel his whole family was welcomed into the celebration, feeling a great sense of love,” the spokesperson said.

“It was truly an occasion of faith and pleasure as the cathedral grounds exploded with color and activity.”

It was also possible to delve into the seven catechesis topics related to this year’s World Meeting of Families.

Children’s zoo: a girl approaches a cuddly friend.

“For example, the topic of the catechesis ‘Nazareth: Making Love Normal’ was marked by a photo booth that invited families to dress like a family from the time of Jesus,” the spokesperson said.

“This topic invited participants to remember that Jesus was born into a real family with all the realities of family life and reminds us that the Son of God also wants to be part of the daily realities of their families.

“It invites us all to think about how when we bring Jesus into family life, everyday things become special because Jesus helps us do everything with love.”

The World Meeting of Families, which took place June 22-26, was the 10e of gender and has seen families around the world come together to discuss the role of the family in the life of the Church today.

It was created by Pope John Paul II in 1994.

Like World Youth Day, the World Meeting of Families is a gift to the Church that invites each diocese to place families at the center of pastoral attention during the week.

The EB spokesperson thanked the staff and other Catholic agencies and organizations who partnered with them to make the event such a great success – St Stephens Cathedral Parish, Centacare, Brisbane Catholic Education, Catholic Mission, staff and students from St Stephens Catholic Primary School Algester, McCauley College, St Thomas More College, St Mary’s Primary School Beaudesert, the Canossian Daughters of Charity and Impact Uganda.

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