2015 July

By |2017-09-07T04:16:36+10:00June 30th, 2015|Categories: E-Magazines, Ordinary Time|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

During the writing of this month’s CathFamily, Pope Francis’ much anticipated encyclical Laudato Si was released. The Pope issues us with a challenge: to answer the call to be more attuned to the natural world. For many of us, this means challenging the consumer lifestyle which leads to more clutter and more stress. Our featured

April 2015 ANZAC SPECIAL

By |2017-03-15T23:19:45+10:00April 9th, 2015|Categories: E-Magazines, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This ANZAC Day, we have gone to a little extra effort to mark the Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign of WWI. We present to you here a story that is often overlooked in our mainstream histories and national rituals; the story of Catholic military chaplains. These men worked tirelessly for the material and spiritual well

Holy Week Explained

By |2017-09-07T04:02:52+10:00March 25th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Lent & Easter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s a wonderful season packed to the brim with meaningful ceremonies that bring us to reflect on the mystery of God’s love. Yet we truck from ceremony to ceremony to family lunches and then wrangle over-sugared and overtired children into bed with an exhausted sigh of relief… Is it any wonder that the reverence and wonder of the week

St Patrick’s Breastplate

By |2017-09-07T03:50:33+10:00March 16th, 2015|Categories: Mary & the Saints, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , |

St Patrick is one of the Church's most well known saints and is practically synonymous with all things Irish. This saint is ultimately very mysterious, living, preaching and converting the inhabitants of the Emerald Isle in the 5th century AD. This beloved saint also gave us a beautiful prayer known as St Patrick's Breastplate or

Seasons of Grace

By |2017-09-07T03:03:32+10:00February 1st, 2015|Categories: Articles, Lent & Easter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Among the Seasons of the Church, the great season of Lent calls us to the grace of perseverance. Modern family life is busy. The constant stream of events and activities shuttling kids around, work, parish or community commitments… It’s a constant drone that makes it difficult to maintain our focus on the things that really matter. Our Church calendar is a great

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

2014 August

By |2017-03-15T01:01:43+10:00August 4th, 2014|Categories: E-Magazines, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

From the Editor This month is the second in our Sacrament Essentials series. The featured sacrament is Baptism and we have written this with a mind to provide a bit of theology and also practical and simple ways of doing it in every day life. After all, theology that does not move us to action

2014 June

By |2017-09-07T02:39:29+10:00June 3rd, 2014|Categories: E-Magazines, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Hello and welcome to the first in our special series on the Sacraments! For Catholics, Sacraments are a big deal. They are major maturing milestones in our faith life, and often the centre of our communal life. Despite their centrality, many parents feel ill-equipped to prepare their children for the Sacraments, relying instead almost solely on

First Communion Cards

By |2017-09-07T01:33:40+10:00June 2nd, 2014|Categories: Craft, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , |

Your child's First Communion is a special opportunity to invite family and friends to pray for your child as they prepare for the Sacrament. We've put together four different A6 prayer cards for precisely this purpose! For the best results, print them on some thin cardstock and compose a little prayer with your family to