Immaculate Conception

By |2018-11-23T14:57:07+10:00November 25th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Rituals & Prayer, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , |

Many people confuse the Immaculate Conception with Jesus’ conception (which is called a virgin conception or virgin birth). The Immaculate Conception, in fact, refers to Mary’s conception in the womb of her mother (Anne). However, unlike regular conceptions, Mary was conceived without sin (that’s the ‘immaculate’ part) due to the intervention by God that protected

Beyond Fear

By |2018-09-25T12:05:38+10:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Marriage, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , |

The fear of an unplanned pregnancy is one of the prevailing realities of modern coupledom. No matter how much we love babies, how much we trust in God’s providence, almost every couple will at some time have tasted the anxiety of possible pregnancy at the wrong time. For some couples, the anxiety may be

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

The Joy Bomb

By |2018-01-10T01:44:45+10:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Marriage, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

If you could summarise Patrick in one word, it is joy. If you could bottle Patrick’s joy and sell it, we’d be multi-billionaires. You can get all these books and things on how to find happiness, but nope! All you need is a drop of Patrick! The older kids just adore him. When they come

Gingerbread Nativity 2

By |2017-10-31T23:35:32+10:00October 26th, 2017|Categories: Activities, Articles, Craft, Recipes, Seasonal, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Give the classic gingerbread house a Christian twist and make it a gingerbread nativity scene, complete with a Star of David and babe in a manger. Superstar mum Katarina Doyle shows you how: Fun with fondant Make your own gingerbread nativity You’ll need: 1 x large chopping board or cake board 2 x quantities of

2016 Dec-Jan | Surprise!

By |2017-03-16T00:59:03+10:00November 30th, 2016|Categories: Articles, E-Magazines|Tags: , , , , , , |

From the Editor One of the most wonderful things about children is their surprisability. It’s so easy to surprise them, and their expressions of anticipation, followed by shock and glee, are a joy to behold! Maybe that’s one reason everyone loves Christmas; it’s a golden opportunity to delight and surprise each other. God is always

Epiphany Prayer Service

By |2018-12-17T08:37:33+10:00November 29th, 2016|Categories: Activities, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A short and sweet prayer service that introduces children to the meaning of the wise men’s visit to Jesus. Materials Epiphany gift box and gifts (download instructions below) Candle CathFamily Epiphany Prayer Cards (download below) Instructions Light the candle and make the Sign of the Cross Read: The story of the wise men in Matthew

2016 Nov | Accompany

By |2017-09-07T05:00:42+10:00November 7th, 2016|Categories: E-Magazines, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

From the Editor Marilyn Rodrigues In this edition we feature the testimonials and commentary of people who are walking with those whose life circumstances and choices make it difficult for them to feel that they belong in the Catholic family. Many same-sex attracted or gender questioning Catholics, for example, feel rejected by the Church rather

2016 Oct | Embrace

By |2017-10-25T04:50:13+10:00October 4th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Craft, E-Magazines, FRANKLY, Lifestyle, Manhood, Marriage, Parenting, Recipes, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

From the Editor Marilyn Rodrigues Marriages are central to the life of the Church, our culture and society. They are vital to our future. St Pope John Paul II said, “Humanity passes by way of the family” and as we know, marriage is the basis of family. The Church is deeply invested in the marriages