The Family Groups began in New Zealand in 1988 by a Religious Order called the Passionists who saw a need for the formation of small groups of families as one way off fostering community spirit within the parish.
Generally a Family Group is made up of 8-15 families. Of those families, some may be single parent families, some single or widowed, some couples with children at home, and some whose children have left home. The group will normally have around 18-20 adults and a number of children. Normally the Passionist team arranges the groups, ensuring a cross section of ages and a general matching of children, if this is possible. Activities of the groups include Picnics, BBQ’s, Games, Ten-pin bowling, Video film nights, shared meals, walks, Beach activities, wine & dine nights, parish and school activities together, social justice awareness activities, fundraisers….the list goes on and on.