At a time when our faith is being tested from both inside and outside the Church, and trust in institutions—including the Church—are at an all-time low, where do people turn to see Christ’s love in action? Our families! It is families rooted in Christ who can become the fertile ground in which the witness of the Gospel and our message of hope can sprout anew.
Alight Family Fiesta aims to unite families and anyone interested in encouraging and strengthening Catholic family life. Held on Saturday 21 September 2019, it’s for Mum, Dad and the whole family! Grandparents, uncles, aunts—anyone who wants to support and learn more about how to develop a vibrant family culture in our faith community is welcome.

Getting There

St Bede’s College - Mentone

2 Mentone Parade, Mentone, VIC 3195 


Limited parking is available in the school grounds (on a first come basis). There is ample free parking on the streets surrounding the college.


Mentone and Parkdale Stations (on the Frankston Line) are each approximately a 15 minute walk from the venue. The 903 bus route has a stop outside the school on Palermo Street.  


At Alight there’s something for everyone!

 Registration  from 8.30 AM 
 Mass  9.30 AM
 Concurrent Program  11.00 AM
 Lunch and Fiesta  1.00 PM
 Fr Leo: ‘Spicing up Family Life’  3.00 PM
 Finish  4.30 PM


Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli will celebrate Mass at 9:30 AM to begin the day. 

Concurrent program

After Mass, separate programs for parents, children (primary school aged) and youth (high school aged) will run from late morning until lunch. In order to prepare a program that is well resourced and safe, registration for the children's and youth programs must be completed by 31 August. Children registered after 31 August are welcome to attend Alight, however, will not be able to take part in the children's and youth programs and will be required to remain with their parents throughout the morning.

Rides! Games! Music! 

The middle of the day will be free time to enjoy the festivities – food, rides, games and live music and entertainment. 

Food for the Soul 

We’ll conclude with a session for the whole family where Fr Leo Patalinghug will serve up food for the soul with his cooking demonstration. 

Play space 

An optional play space for pre-school aged children will be set up adjacent to the main auditorium where parents can enjoy the presentations via video while supervising their young children. 

Food vans 

During the Fiesta (lunch) time, there will be food vans selling meals and snacks. Families who would like to, are encouraged to bring their own blanket and picnic lunch. 

Our guest speaker

Fr Leo Patalinghug

Fr Leo Patalinghug is one of the most engaging and creative teachers ministering in the Catholic community today. A trained chef and two-time black belt martial arts instructor, he weaves his love of food and martial arts with his faith and Christ’s message. Bringing families, food and faith together is at the heart of his Plating Grace ministry. For further events with Fr Leo, see more here


Cost & Registration

Children under school age (4 years and under) are free. 

In order to prepare a program that is well resourced and safe, registrations for the children’s and youth programs should be completed by Saturday 31 August.

Children under 18 years of age must be registered with a parent or legal guardian.

Children registered after 31 August may be able to attend the children's and youth programs - however, subject to availability in these programs. If the programs are full, children are still welcome to attend Alight, however, they will need to remain with their parents throughout the morning session.


Early Bird

After 31 August

 Couple  $90  $120
 School aged children (5-17 years)  $10  $10
 Pre-school children (4 years & under) Free Free
Additional children 
(Families who register more than three school-aged children receive free registration for all additional children!)
 Single adult   $45  $60
 Student (18+) / Priest / Religious $25 $35
Tickets include: entry to the children’s, youth and adults programs, rides and entertainment at the Fiesta, and Fr Leo’s cooking demonstration which concludes the day.
In the event of a cancellation, a refund (minus a $30 administration fee) can be obtained by contacting us at least two weeks before the start of Alight. Online bookings will close on Sunday 15 September. 


Catholic Development Fund (CDF) has provided a grant to assist families in financial difficulty who would like to attend. 

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