The Jesse Tree

By |2017-09-06T06:09:11+10:00March 12th, 2013|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Get into the spirit of Advent with your family with this guide to Jesus’ Family Tree. Contemplating God’s Family & Ours Children learn about love from being loved, and for most of us that love comes from our families. We develop our sense of identity, purpose, security and belonging largely from our families. It’s no different

The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe

By |2017-09-06T05:38:52+10:00November 30th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Mary & the Saints|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In 1519, the Spaniard Hernan Cortes arrived in Aztec Mexico with his small band of soldiers. By 1521, Cortes and his local allies had defeated the Aztec Empire and added the Yucatan Peninsular to the colony of New Spain. In 1524, twelve Franciscans arrived in the new territory to begin evangelising the native peoples. They

Our Lady of Guadalupe

By |2018-01-03T03:01:10+10:00November 30th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Mary & the Saints|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Carl Anderson underscores the incredible complexity of the Image. Every detail about the image had a meaning for the indigenous people, The image itself was a pictographic codex, a method traditionally used to record and transmit religious and cultural practices before the arrival of the Spanish. Here are some of the key elements. The colour

St Nicholas Candy Cane Blessing

By |2017-09-06T04:37:09+10:00July 16th, 2012|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This little family prayer ritual is a perfect way to celebrate St Nicholas' feast day on the 6th of December. For more information on St Nicholas and the many traditions of his feast day, see this article. This prayer compliments the CathFamily St Nic Candy Cane Holder Activity. Materials: St Nic's Candy Cane Holder(Click Here)

St Nic Candy Cane Holder

By |2017-09-06T04:35:36+10:00July 16th, 2012|Categories: Activities, Advent & Christmas, Craft|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

St Nicolas is usually depicted in crimson or deep purple bishop robes (not the bright red of commercial Santas). The European tradition of hanging stockings by the fire and serving oranges comes from the story of the three sisters which is sometimes told with gold balls (represented as oranges) instead of bags of gold. Common

The Jesse Tree Prayer

By |2019-09-30T10:40:31+10:00July 16th, 2012|Categories: Activities, Advent & Christmas, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Preparation: Jesse  Tree branches or banner. One (or more) Jesse Tree symbols ready. Scripture story ready. Download Scripture Stories Jesse Tree Prayer [Make the Sign of the Cross] [Light your Prayer Candle] [Sing a song of praise or say together:] Lord God, Our hearts long for your coming. We wait to joyfully welcome you. Amen.

Making Your Own Jesse Tree

By |2019-09-30T10:41:09+10:00July 16th, 2012|Categories: Activities, Advent & Christmas, Craft|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Beginning a new Advent Tradition in your family could not be simpler. A Jesse Tree is a simple ritual that comes with a prayer (see this article) that takes a few minutes. Prepare your family for the joy of Christmas whilst introducing them to the many extraordinary men and women of the Hebrew Scriptures. For

Advent Wreath Banner

By |2017-09-06T03:49:21+10:00July 6th, 2012|Categories: Activities, Advent & Christmas, Craft|Tags: , , , , , , |

 This Advent Wreath is an innovative and space saving adaptation of an old tradition.  The pattern below makes a banner finished size 60 x 75 cm. If you want to make it even more quickly, substitute the  fabrics for poster card and coloured paper. Materials Banner background: Dark coloured fabric  60x100cm (eg. twill, felt) hemmed