Francine Pirola

About Francine Pirola

Francine Pirola is the founder of Cathfamily and the mother of five children. She resides in Sydney, Australia, with husband, Byron is co-director of the Marriage Resource Centre.

Taking Kids to Mass

By |2018-02-01T02:07:52+10:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Marriage, Parenting, Rituals & Prayer|

"Let the little children come to me" Francine’s Story “Have you ever been to Mass with a restless toddler or unsettled baby? I have. Plenty of times. As a daily Mass-goer and mother of five, I’ve lost count of the number of times. While I took reasonable steps to contain their boisterous behaviour, I wanted

Mother’s Day Photo Bouquet

By |2017-09-07T04:34:53+10:00April 6th, 2016|Categories: Craft, Ordinary Time, Womanhood|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Give mum a bouquet of flowers that will last all year and remind her of you. Materials: Cardboard in various colours Chenille pipe cleaners Photographs of children Glue, scissors Ribbon Method: Draw or trace the petal templates onto cardboard. Decorate with markers or patterned paper if desired. Position your photographs in the hole – trim

2016 April | Joy

By |2017-09-07T04:34:13+10:00March 22nd, 2016|Categories: E-Magazines, Lifestyle, Ordinary Time|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Pope Francis is big on joy. Not only is he always smiling and delighting in the people he meets, many of his writings express the joy he has in his faith. His first two (not counting the one he finished for Pope Benedict), The Joy of the Gospel and Praised Be!, are firmly planted in

Did You Know?

By |2017-09-07T04:25:21+10:00December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Activities|Tags: , , , , , |

To Christians the classic Snakes and Ladders game seems to be based on Old Testament ideas around sin and God’s mercy. It makes us think of Jacob’s angel-laden ladder to the heavens in the Old, and satan disguised as a snake who sparked the Fall of Adam and Eve. But it’s actually an ancient Indian

The Way of Mercy

By |2020-03-13T09:29:48+10:00December 21st, 2015|Categories: Activities, Mercy|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Way of Mercy is four simple steps to heal a relationship based on the principles of restorative justice. When we make a bad choice, say or do things that we shouldn’t, hurt someone or break the trust of another, it’s important to take ownership of our actions (or inactions), apologise for it and rebuild

O Antiphon Baubles

By |2017-09-07T04:19:40+10:00November 30th, 2015|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Craft|Tags: , , , , , , |

The O Antiphons are prayed in the week before Christmas. Cut out the pre-printed baubles or use the blackline templates to design your own. Materials: O Antiphon Bauble template (download below) Colouring pencils, pens, glitter, sequins etc. String or ribbon for hanging Hole punch Scissors Print out the template and decorate the baubles, cut them out, punch

Embracing Divine Mercy Everyday

By |2017-09-07T04:07:47+10:00April 11th, 2015|Categories: Rituals & Prayer, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Why not try some of these simple things with your family to introduce them to Divine Mercy? For more on the history and the story behind Divine Mercy, check out this article. Embracing Divine Mercy Make some Chaplet beads. Using cord of your choice, knot it with a single knot at one end, followed by

Divine Mercy Sunday

By |2017-09-07T04:05:34+10:00April 10th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In the Jubilee Year, Pope John Paul II established the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. Popularised by twentieth century Polish nun, St Faustina, devotion to the Divine Mercy is gaining momentum. In a world where so many struggle to live faithful lives, the promises of Divine Mercy are truly a beacon of hope. Officially established as

Stations of Glory

By |2020-03-31T11:01:23+10:00April 8th, 2015|Categories: Lent & Easter, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Easter is not just a weekend, it’s a whole season! It begins on Easter Sunday and runs through to Pentecost, seven weeks in duration. The colour gold or white is used during this time to signify the glory of the Lord and our joy in the resurrection. It is a time when we, as a

Easter Rituals

By |2017-09-07T04:03:36+10:00March 27th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Lent & Easter|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Without a doubt, Holy Week is the busiest week in the Church calendar! With so many important events, it is difficult for parishes to provide family-friendly services, especially when the themes are so sophisticated. Yet Holy Week is a wonderful time to help children enter more deeply into the mysteries of our faith through home based rituals. Here’s a few