6 Ways to Celebrate the Year of Mercy

By |2017-09-07T04:27:53+10:00December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Mercy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Here are six ideas for you and your family to fully participate in the graces of this holy year, though they are good for every day, every year! Forgive those who have hurt you. Is anyone estranged from you because of a past conflict? Reach out to them in love this year. Tell them you

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

2015 August

By |2017-09-07T04:17:17+10:00July 30th, 2015|Categories: E-Magazines, Ordinary Time, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Family Prayer can be challenging! But as many dogged Catholic parents will attest, it is totally worth the effort. We’ve drawn inspiration from our readers and the experience of guest authors in the trenches to give you some ideas to forge or renew a family tradition.

Embracing Divine Mercy Everyday

By |2017-09-07T04:07:47+10:00April 11th, 2015|Categories: Rituals & Prayer, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Why not try some of these simple things with your family to introduce them to Divine Mercy? For more on the history and the story behind Divine Mercy, check out this article. Embracing Divine Mercy Make some Chaplet beads. Using cord of your choice, knot it with a single knot at one end, followed by

Divine Mercy Sunday

By |2017-09-07T04:05:34+10:00April 10th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In the Jubilee Year, Pope John Paul II established the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. Popularised by twentieth century Polish nun, St Faustina, devotion to the Divine Mercy is gaining momentum. In a world where so many struggle to live faithful lives, the promises of Divine Mercy are truly a beacon of hope. Officially established as

Stations of Glory

By |2020-03-31T11:01:23+10:00April 8th, 2015|Categories: Lent & Easter, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Easter is not just a weekend, it’s a whole season! It begins on Easter Sunday and runs through to Pentecost, seven weeks in duration. The colour gold or white is used during this time to signify the glory of the Lord and our joy in the resurrection. It is a time when we, as a

Easter Rituals

By |2017-09-07T04:03:36+10:00March 27th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Lent & Easter|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Without a doubt, Holy Week is the busiest week in the Church calendar! With so many important events, it is difficult for parishes to provide family-friendly services, especially when the themes are so sophisticated. Yet Holy Week is a wonderful time to help children enter more deeply into the mysteries of our faith through home based rituals. Here’s a few

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