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

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

Christmas Consumers

By |2017-09-07T01:15:57+10:00March 10th, 2014|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Jesus tells us that we cannot serve two masters, God and money. How did we end up with Christmas becoming so commercialised? Catholic families the world over have creatively approached their Christmas traditions to help raise their children in the true spirit of the event. CathFamily editor, Kiara Pirola interviewed Ron & Kathy Feher about

Gingerbread Nativity

By |2017-09-06T06:36:14+10:00May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Give the Christmas tradition of a gingerbread house a more spiritual twist by making a ginger bread nativity instead! We've put together some instructions for a 'basic model' that any one can do. However you can design and plan your gingerbread nativity to be as elaborate as you like! Download the handout, or print this

Guadalupe Colour-in

By |2017-09-06T06:18:20+10:00March 29th, 2013|Categories: Craft, Mary & the Saints|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

We've put together a simple colour-in page to engage kids of all ages (and adults too!) in the story and symbolism in the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Check out these posts for the story of the image and the intricate symbolism. Download Here   This activity featured in the December 2012 edition of

Guadalupe Novena

By |2018-05-04T05:34:14+10:00March 22nd, 2013|Categories: Mary & the Saints, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , |

 A Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe by Blessed Pope John Paul the Great A novena is a prayer repeated every day for nine days. It is a powerful prayer of praise and petition which makes it a perfect prayer for Advent. This prayer by Bl. Pope John Paul the Great was written for his

Mother of Life

By |2017-09-06T06:13:00+10:00March 16th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Mary & the Saints|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When an insignificant, barren hill in Mexico becomes the destination for 13 million pilgrims a year, something’s going on... December 12 is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is one of the most significant Marian apparitions in the Church’s history and some 13 million people make a pilgrimage to the Basilica in Mexico

Gingerbread Jesse Tree Cookies

By |2017-10-25T04:51:24+10:00March 15th, 2013|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Make your family Jesse Tree even more appetising by creating edible ornaments! This is great fun for kids and is also perfect for morning teas after Mass on Sundays during Advent or as a special Christmas gift. Materials: A favourite gingerbread recipe, or try this one we found from taste.com Royal Icing. If you have never made this before, check out

Jesse ‘Tea’ Party

By |2017-09-06T06:09:44+10:00March 14th, 2013|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Why not host a tea party with an Advent flavour? Serve Gingerbread cookies with Jesse Tree symbols, or draw inspiration from the following ideas: Adam’s Apple- cut apples into thin ‘chips’ Noah’s Ark- remove the flesh of 1/2 a watermelon, fill it with watermelon balls Abraham’s Star- use star fruit Isaac’s Bundle of Sticks- use