WOJ Christmas Day, Year A

By |2019-12-18T13:23:18+10:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Articles, Memes, Special Feasts, Words of Jesus|Tags: , , , , , |

The word was made flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, full of grace and truth (John 1:14) Feel free to share “Words of Jesus” with your networks: Tweet or post to social media Include in your organisation’s bulletin Add to your slides for reflection on the Sunday readings Print for staff

Gingerbread Nativity 2

By |2020-10-09T10:17:48+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

Epiphany Gift Box

By |2018-01-03T05:38:43+10:00November 29th, 2016|Categories: Activities, Craft, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Around Christmastime young children will be love making this gift box containing beautiful and fragrant materials representing the wise men’s gifts for Jesus; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then use the box in our Feast of the Epiphany prayer service in early January. We purchased some of these materials, but it will work just as well

My Spiritual Work of Letting Go

By |2016-02-29T00:33:06+10:00February 28th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I love my Christmas dinnerware! For 20 years I’ve served many wonderful feasts on it. Family and friends have gathered around my festive table year after year to pray, eat, celebrate, and share stories. Our sons have grown up with my Christmas dishes, and now my granddaughter looks for them. As I was putting my

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 Cards

By |2017-09-07T04:20:25+10:00November 30th, 2015|Categories: Activities, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , |

For the seven days just before Christmas the Divine Office (daily prayer book of the Church) resounds with joyful praise known as the ‘O’ Antiphons. For those of us who somehow manage to get almost to the end of Advent without having done any of the spiritual preparation we had planned - here’s a way

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