The highlights of those early years were the processions in honour of the Blessed Sacrament and in honour of Our Lady, which took place in the beautiful grounds and orchard of the Lodge. An annual Garden Party was also held every June. "Fr. Mac" was a keen gardener and took great pride in maintaining the extensive gardens and orchard. The young men of the parish helped with the gardening chores. A football match was usually then organised as a "thank you". One of the young men of those days recalls
"playing football until it was dark. Fr. Mac's brother, Fr. Tony was a very good footballer, and each brother captained a side. Many a tussle took place at these games. Fr. Tony was of a professional standard. Fr. John – rough and ready. I think I can say that the hours spent at St. Bernard's in those days were some of my happiest."