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

Grateful

By |2017-09-07T02:49:36+10:00December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

“It was a typical school yard conversation. A bunch of mothers were talking about the various challenges their kids were facing - the usual stuff. “You just want them to be happy, you know” was the concluding statement.” - Barbara Thriving Kids We all know that when kids are happy, they tend to thrive at

Days of Gratitude

By |2020-02-05T13:03:53+10:00December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Ordinary Time, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Here at CathFamily, we're a little bit into Gratitude at the moment! Consciously cultivating gratitude in your life can alter the way you see the world... for the better. Seeing the goodness in everything and everyone and making an effort to acknowledge it dramatically shifts the way we see our own life, the people in

Too Many Children?

By |2014-12-22T23:12:09+10:00July 7th, 2014|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , |

Cross-posted from Lightly Salted, by Peter Holmes a father of eight. Today I was chatting with a friend who has a largish family. When I say 'largish', I mean five or more children. We don't have to go back very far in history to see that families of ten or more children were much more common than

Make a Family Paschal Candle

By |2017-09-07T01:24:16+10:00April 1st, 2014|Categories: Craft, Lent & Easter|Tags: , , , , , , |

On Holy Saturday, the Paschal Candle is blessed and lit for the first time. It will be used throughout the Easter season and at Baptisms until next Easter. It has the symbols of Jesus on it, the cross, five grains of incense for the five wounds, and the alpha and the omega for the eternity

Family Stations of the Cross

By |2020-03-31T10:32:14+10:00April 1st, 2014|Categories: Lent & Easter, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Children love candles! Use this simple prayer format to engage the family in the Passion of Jesus. Beginning with 12 lit candles, read each station and extinguish a candle until all is dark. Materials 12 lit candles (white or red) Red cloth or plate Handout Small torch for reading Optional: Candle snuffer Optional: Taize music Download

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

Brand New Grandparents

By |2017-09-07T00:02:06+10:00July 6th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As a grandparent, or expectant one, your relationship with your grandchild comes bundled with your relationship with the parents. It can be helpful to reflect upon your own grandparent encounters in order to better understand your expectations and hopes for your grandchildren. Reflect on your grandparent memories. What is your fondest memory? Revisit your experience of