Confession a Place of Victory

By |2019-07-01T16:23:10+10:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Mercy, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , |

Reconciliation is so much more than a merely human experience of unburdening the soul... Any good barman, counsellor, or hairdresser can listen to a confession! Rather, it is a powerful, grace-filled encounter with the mercy of Jesus, who is present in the person of the priest. Many people are anxious and fearful about going to

Confirmation Prayer Cards

By |2018-05-29T01:29:01+10:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Activities, Articles, Rituals & Prayer, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , |

Confirmation is the completion of the graces received at Baptism and from the earliest days of Christianity was closely linked to the Sacrament of Baptism. The Letter to Hebrews lists the first elements of Christian instruction is the waters of Baptism and the Laying on of Hands and invoking of the Holy Spirit. Anointing the

Mass & Family Prayer: A deep Connection

By |2018-10-02T16:46:41+10:00July 5th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Parenting, Rituals & Prayer, Sacrament Essentials|

While Catholic practice rightly emphasises the Mass as the centrepoint, without a broader context of frequent family prayer, Mass alone is insufficient. Vic O’Callaghan, grandfather, author and educator offers these reflections on his experiences. Vic’s Story At Mass this morning, my wife Liz and I sat behind a young family; Mum and Dad, a five

Sacrament Essentials : Reconciliation

By |2019-12-13T09:10:57+10:00June 19th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Parenting, Sacrament Essentials|

What's this Sacrament business all about? As human beings we communicate through our body; through our words, gestures, facial expressions, and actions. Communication is so foundational to human relationships that they wither when we don’t regularly make the effort to communicate. They also shatter when we use our words or gestures to hurt others. God

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!

Examination of Conscience

By |2017-09-07T02:58:56+10:00January 21st, 2015|Categories: Rituals & Prayer, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Preparing for Reconciliation is a must. A simple five minutes to slow down and reflect is all you need to make this sacrament meaningful and significant. One of the most useful tools to help you prepare is an Examination of Conscience. Catholics are encouraged to examine their conscience everyday and offer a prayer of sorrow. Having

First Reconciliation Cards

By |2017-09-07T02:56:42+10:00January 21st, 2015|Categories: Craft, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , |

Invite family and friends to pray for your child as they prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Don’t forget your child’s Godparents! We have four different designs to choose from and they are all A6 sized. For the best results, print them on some thin cardstock and compose a little prayer with your family to

Act of Contrition Cards

By |2017-09-07T02:56:06+10:00January 21st, 2015|Categories: Rituals & Prayer, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , |

A business card-sized Act of Contrition to keep handy in your wallet or purse. An essential item if you're not too good at remembering these things by heart! Prints about eight to one A4 page. Act of Contrition O my God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do

Making a Baptism Candle

By |2017-09-07T02:08:21+10:00October 13th, 2014|Categories: Craft, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , |

A white candle is an essential part of the Sacrament of Baptism. It is lit from the big Pascal Candle and is a symbol of hope and the light of Christ that the newly baptised now live by. The Candle can become precious keepsakes for your children and can be lit on their feast day,

2014 August

By |2017-03-15T01:01:43+10:00August 4th, 2014|Categories: E-Magazines, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

From the Editor This month is the second in our Sacrament Essentials series. The featured sacrament is Baptism and we have written this with a mind to provide a bit of theology and also practical and simple ways of doing it in every day life. After all, theology that does not move us to action