Kiara Pirola

About Kiara Pirola

Kiara is the former editor and designer of CathFamily and the daughter of the founder, Francine Pirola. She is a self-taught graphic designer and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney researching Papal Diplomacy in Latin America

St Therese of Lisieux: Living Faith Beads

By |2018-09-25T11:54:23+10:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Activities, Craft, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

St Therese of Lisieux, also called The Little Flower, was known for her simple yet profound faith. She reportedly carried a string of ten beads in her pocket as a means of counting the good deeds that she would perform as a daily devotion to God. St Therese's devotions and spirituality became so popular, she

A Blessing for your Home

By |2018-07-12T15:21:33+10:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Activities, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , |

The home is the place where we learn to love. It is in our homes that our children are first introduced to love; in our homes where husbands and wives most profoundly model sacramental love; in our homes where we learn and practice forgiveness, compassion, encouragement, humility, trust....for more, check out this article from CathFamily. Materials: Holy Water Holy Family Image

Dads + Kids = Kids + Church

By |2017-10-18T03:43:35+10:00July 12th, 2017|Categories: Articles, August, Manhood, Parenting, Rituals & Prayer, Seasonal|

Kiara Pirola examines some recent statistics on the unique impact that fathers have on their children’s spiritual development and decisions about worship practice later in life. For families where religious tradition is important, interesting statistics have emerged on the different impact of fathers and mothers on the continuing faith practice of their children. In 1994,

Winter Joey

By |2018-08-01T14:10:37+10:00July 27th, 2016|Categories: Recipes, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , |

In light of the fact that St Mary Mack’s Feast day is in August, that she managed her medication like a pro, and she lived during the height of Teetotalism, a very fitting way of celebrating St Mary’s accomplishments is with a brandy-based cocktail! The Winter Joey Serves 3 Ingredients 3 eggs 500 ml of

Joy-raising Cupcake Toppers

By |2017-09-07T04:38:30+10:00May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Craft, Ordinary Time|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Use these cute and happy little cupcake toppers to spread some words of wisdom the next time you bake cupcakes for a gift or fundraising stall! Use our decorated toppers or colour in the plain ones. Materials: Joy-raising Cupcake Toppers template Colouring materials - pencils, textas, crayons etc. Toothpicks Glue stick Scissors Download Template Here

7 Ways to Enjoy Easter Eggs

By |2017-09-07T04:33:37+10:00March 21st, 2016|Categories: Craft, Lent & Easter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Easter eggs have a long and rich history that goes back well before the invention of chocolate. Eggs have long been associated with new life, fertility and rebirth with evidence of egg decorating dating back some 60,000 years. As early as the 4th and 5th centuries AD, there is evidence that it was common for

Holy Clutter Burial Ceremony

By |2017-10-26T04:51:10+10:00February 25th, 2016|Categories: Ordinary Time, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Help! I can’t find my Prayer Space anymore! What are you supposed to do with all the broken, damaged, or worn-out rosary beads, Ash Wednesday palms, holy cards, prayer cards, medals, scapulars, and other religious objects that accumulate and mysteriously multiply? Do you feel guilty about unceremoniously binning them? If you are feeling totally overwhelmed

2015 August

By |2017-09-07T04:17:17+10:00July 30th, 2015|Categories: E-Magazines, Ordinary Time, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Family Prayer can be challenging! But as many dogged Catholic parents will attest, it is totally worth the effort. We’ve drawn inspiration from our readers and the experience of guest authors in the trenches to give you some ideas to forge or renew a family tradition.

How do you do it? Family Prayer

By |2015-07-13T23:18:07+10:00June 19th, 2015|Categories: Ordinary Time, Surveys & Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Dear Friends, We are looking to write an article that explores parent's experiences of establishing and maintaining family prayers and faith rituals. We'd like to know what kind of things that Catholic families do to make their faith a part of every day life. We've all had successes and failures in this department and we'd love