By John Saffian,who took part with his wife and their five children in the Heart’s Home Family Day on June 9th at the ICCC.
“In order to write about Family Day, I thought it best to go straight to the experts. Walter, my 5 year old, told me his favorite parts were the picnic and jumping on the trampoline. Justin, the 3 year old agreed, but he also singled out dessert as his favorite part. Magdalen, who is 7, recalled how the children picked flowers and placed them on the statue of Mary during the Rosary. And our 9 year old, Lydia, loved the meditation on Mary at the start of the day. If I spoke to the dozens of other children, or even adults who attended, I’m sure I’d get similarly positive responses.
The day started with Sr. Regine’s talk on Mary and the importance of compassion. Simultaneously, the children held their own discussion on Mary and colored beautiful artwork. Lunch and playtime followed, under mercifully cool skies. Old friends and new acquaintances mingled and helped make the gathering at once relaxing and fulfilling.
The Rosary procession to the shrine was a beautiful example of families and friends joining their voices in prayer. That, along with Mass in the chapel, provided a wonderful reminder of the sacramental life we are all called to live, as individuals, in family and in community.
Family day gave us some quality time away from the city, and offered everyone who attended a great opportunity to enjoy each other’s company in a wonderfully prayerful setting.”