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

2015 May-June

By |2017-09-07T04:13:28+10:00May 26th, 2015|Categories: E-Magazines, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to our exciting two part series! We begin this month with Raising Catholics: Taking Kids to Mass and will follow it up with Raising Catholics: Faith at Home. Taking kids to Mass is fraught with emotion and frustration. Parents are conflicted, sleep-deprived, busy and stressed and so are highly reactive and sensitive to perceived

How do you do it? Surviving Mass with Kids

By |2015-06-19T05:25:22+10:00April 14th, 2015|Categories: Ordinary Time, Surveys & Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dear Friends, We are looking to write an article that explores the experiences of parents with Kids at Mass. We've all had good and bad experiences - we'd love to hear yours and the lessons you've learned. Sometimes, we all need a little inspiration from people who have been there. We need the data quite

April 2015 ANZAC SPECIAL

By |2017-03-15T23:19:45+10:00April 9th, 2015|Categories: E-Magazines, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This ANZAC Day, we have gone to a little extra effort to mark the Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign of WWI. We present to you here a story that is often overlooked in our mainstream histories and national rituals; the story of Catholic military chaplains. These men worked tirelessly for the material and spiritual well

2015 April

By |2017-04-06T03:04:59+10:00March 24th, 2015|Categories: E-Magazines, Lent & Easter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

This month we have updated our Holy Week Special. We go through each of the most important days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday and break it down with simple themes, fun activities and prayerful rituals that will make for special and unique family memories. Let us know what you think! Is this helpful for

St Patrick’s Breastplate

By |2017-09-07T03:50:33+10:00March 16th, 2015|Categories: Mary & the Saints, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , |

St Patrick is one of the Church's most well known saints and is practically synonymous with all things Irish. This saint is ultimately very mysterious, living, preaching and converting the inhabitants of the Emerald Isle in the 5th century AD. This beloved saint also gave us a beautiful prayer known as St Patrick's Breastplate or

One Flesh Union

By |2017-09-07T03:49:28+10:00March 5th, 2015|Categories: Lent & Easter, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

It can be hard to get our heads around the amazing gift that Jesus made of himself by dying on the cross for our salvation. We are told that it was a personal sacrifice, that if we were the only one in need, he would have still gone through with it – his love for each of

Waste Not Stale Bread

By |2017-09-07T03:47:32+10:00February 25th, 2015|Categories: Lent & Easter, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |

One of the ways we can heighten our appreciation of the food God gives us is to avoid wastage. Here’s an Tuscan favourite for using up stale bread. Panzanella Ingredients: 2/3 loaf of day-old bread (Sourdough works best. More than one type is fine too. Just don't use regular sliced bread) 500 g of mixed

Seasons of Grace

By |2017-09-07T03:03:32+10:00February 1st, 2015|Categories: Articles, Lent & Easter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Among the Seasons of the Church, the great season of Lent calls us to the grace of perseverance. Modern family life is busy. The constant stream of events and activities shuttling kids around, work, parish or community commitments… It’s a constant drone that makes it difficult to maintain our focus on the things that really matter. Our Church calendar is a great

2015 February

By |2017-09-07T03:00:05+10:00January 22nd, 2015|Categories: E-Magazines, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

From the Editor As we move towards Lent, we turn our thoughts towards spiritual rejuvenation and toning. Just as an athlete prepares for weeks (or even months) for a major event, so do Catholics spend weeks preparing for Easter. And like an athlete, the better our preparation, the better our performance at the main event!