Spousal Gifts

By |2018-04-24T01:23:05+10:00December 24th, 2014|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , |

It was 1985 and our whole family had gone to hear a talk by visiting Jesuit Father Charles Gallagher. He was proposing a radical approach to Christmas: cancel the bought presents and give gifts of personal sacrifice, affirmation, service and kindness. Instead of the usual toys, movie tickets, clothes or festive foods, he challenged us

Christmas Card-o-Envelope

By |2017-09-07T02:24:55+10:00December 19th, 2014|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Craft|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Want something a bit different to the usual mass-produced greeting cards? Try our environmentally-friendly Christmas card-o-envelope for a nifty way to make a card and envelope from one piece of A4 paper. We have 2 versions, one colour and one black and white that the kids can colour-in! It's as simple as downloading the template

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

Twelve Ways to Say ‘I Love You’

By |2015-06-16T04:02:49+10:00March 28th, 2013|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the spirit of the Christmastide, here are twelve ways to communicate your devotion to your honey. Use a dry erase marker to leave a message on your bathroom mirror. Write a love note, roll it up and insert it into a balloon. Decorate the balloon with markers. Using a deck of cards (in order),

Twelve Days of Christmas

By |2018-12-17T14:38:18+10:00March 26th, 2013|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Christmas is a season not a day. Here are some ideas to make the Christmas spirit last... Beginning on Christmas day and ending on the Feast of the Epiphany (6th January) Christmastide is an ancient tradition, marking celebrations for twelve days. In the Middle Ages, it was a time of continuous feasting and revelry. It

Annunciation Candle

By |2019-08-01T15:53:47+10:00July 18th, 2012|Categories: Craft, Mary & the Saints|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This neat little activity was adapted from Women for Faith and Family Materials: Large Pillar Candle, white (purity) or blue (for Mary) Small image of the baby Jesus. Small square of white cloth or ribbon Pins Knife Method: Take the pillar candle and carve a niche into it with the knife (or any other carving

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)