5 Fast facts about advent

By |2017-09-07T06:22:27+10:00August 4th, 2017|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Articles, Parenting, Rituals & Prayer, Seasonal, Special Feasts|

 When does advent begin and end? Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. The first Sunday of Advent is the start of each new Church year. What is it for? The word ‘Advent’ comes from the Latin word adventus, which means ‘coming’ or ‘visit’. During this time we connect with the

Advent Joy for kids

By |2017-09-07T06:22:14+10:00August 4th, 2017|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Articles, Lifestyle, Parenting, Rituals & Prayer, Seasonal|

Here are some simple ways to bring Advent joy to children while helping them to learn about, and personalise, some of our rich faith traditions. Advent Calendars There are some beautiful religious calendars that can be purchased through Christian book shops – avoid the commercialised chocolate versions that feature toys and reindeers. Mary, Mary... If

2015 December

By |2017-09-07T04:21:53+10:00December 1st, 2015|Categories: Advent & Christmas, E-Magazines|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

God has brought us again to this beautiful Advent season of waiting and preparing for Christ to come into the world and into our hearts. You are so good in this busy time of year to take time for some spiritual reading and planning for Christmas! Thank you for your support of CathFamily this year;

O Antiphon Prayer Service

By |2017-09-07T04:21:31+10:00November 30th, 2015|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , |

Beginning on December 17, take the O Antiphon Bauble for that day and place it in the sacred space. Download Template Light a candle & make the Sign of the Cross. Leader: Lord Jesus, help us to prepare our hearts for your coming. You are our heavenly Father’s best gift to us. Fill us with

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

The Intentional Family

By |2017-09-07T02:50:22+10:00December 26th, 2014|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Plan your family fun these holidays... Creating Memories Think back to a favourite Christmas holiday memory. Was it one of those simple, spontaneous moments, or was there some planning involved? Usually there is at least some forethought whether to plan a trip away, or simply spend a day at the beach, and for every child’s

Spousal Gifts

By |2018-04-24T01:23:05+10:00December 24th, 2014|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , |

It was 1985 and our whole family had gone to hear a talk by visiting Jesuit Father Charles Gallagher. He was proposing a radical approach to Christmas: cancel the bought presents and give gifts of personal sacrifice, affirmation, service and kindness. Instead of the usual toys, movie tickets, clothes or festive foods, he challenged us

2015 January

By |2017-09-07T02:42:00+10:00December 19th, 2014|Categories: Advent & Christmas, E-Magazines|Tags: , , , , , , , |

From the Editor It’s Christmas! And in Australia, that means long summer holidays. So we have re-published a previous edition to keep the Christmas Spirit going all season long. It’s been an exciting year, with our shiny new website and our shiny new eMagazine too. Next year we’ve got big plans, so please stay tuned!

Christmas Card-o-Envelope

By |2017-09-07T02:24:55+10:00December 19th, 2014|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Craft|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Want something a bit different to the usual mass-produced greeting cards? Try our environmentally-friendly Christmas card-o-envelope for a nifty way to make a card and envelope from one piece of A4 paper. We have 2 versions, one colour and one black and white that the kids can colour-in! It's as simple as downloading the template

2014 December

By |2017-03-15T03:10:11+10:00December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Advent & Christmas, E-Magazines|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

From the Editor Advent is upon us! In this edition, our Christmas focus is Surprise Babies in honour of the ultimate surprise baby, Jesus. This month’s article features the testimony of Louise Elliott, one of our readers whose ‘surprise baby’ was born a week before Christmas in 2013. The article also shares some insights into