Rituals for Lent

By |2017-09-07T03:45:35+10:00February 17th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Lent & Easter|Tags: , , , , , , |

of Death and Life It is often said that there can be no resurrection without death. New life is almost always preceded by death in an perpetual cycle of regeneration. This cycle of death and rebirth is evident everywhere in the created order around us. We see how the death and ‘burial’ of the seed is what allows it

Mardi Gras Prayer

By |2018-02-01T23:16:53+10:00February 10th, 2015|Categories: Lent & Easter, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As the last day before Lent, traditionally this day is one of celebration and festivity. The words ‘Mardi Gras’ translate as ‘Fat Tuesday’. It was the custom on this day for Christians to eat as much fat as possible before the fasting and abstinence of Lent. In some countries, street parades and parties are also

Ash Wednesday Prayer

By |2017-09-07T03:04:51+10:00February 10th, 2015|Categories: Lent & Easter, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , |

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, a day on which Catholics traditionally resist eating between meals (fasting) and avoid eating meat (abstaining). Many Catholics also attend Mass or have special prayer liturgies. Lent is a forty day period preparation for Easter. It reminds us of the forty-days that Jesus spent in the wilderness before he took

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

Examination of Conscience

By |2017-09-07T02:58:56+10:00January 21st, 2015|Categories: Rituals & Prayer, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Preparing for Reconciliation is a must. A simple five minutes to slow down and reflect is all you need to make this sacrament meaningful and significant. One of the most useful tools to help you prepare is an Examination of Conscience. Catholics are encouraged to examine their conscience everyday and offer a prayer of sorrow. Having

Act of Contrition Cards

By |2017-09-07T02:56:06+10:00January 21st, 2015|Categories: Rituals & Prayer, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , |

A business card-sized Act of Contrition to keep handy in your wallet or purse. An essential item if you're not too good at remembering these things by heart! Prints about eight to one A4 page. Act of Contrition O my God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do

Prayer on the Run

By |2017-09-07T02:55:21+10:00January 20th, 2015|Categories: Parenting, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Let’s face it; modern parenting is a vast juggling act. Between school, sports, music, coaching, medical appointments and homework it’s common to feel overwhelmed. Add to the mix for Christian parents, the responsibility to also nurture their child’s spiritual and religious formation, and we’ve got a whole cohort of stressed out, frazzled, and probably grumpy, parents. In Familiaris Consortio,

Pray for the Synod on the Family

By |2017-09-07T02:02:20+10:00September 24th, 2014|Categories: Ordinary Time, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , |

Pope Francis has called all people to pray for him and the upcoming Synod on the Family. This will be a comprehensive review of the challenges facing marriage and family life across the world. The Synod starts on the 5th of October and ends on the 19th. Join us at CathFamily in praying for Pope

Growing in Love

By |2017-09-07T01:52:41+10:00June 5th, 2014|Categories: Marriage, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , |

The popularity of St Valentine’s Day grew out of the joy of celebrating romantic married love. The celebration also encourages us to renew and develop that love. God is love and this year we focus on one particular aspect of deepening the love of a couple, whether they are engaged or married – that is,

Spiritual Communion Prayer

By |2017-09-07T01:34:34+10:00June 2nd, 2014|Categories: Rituals & Prayer, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , |

  We are required to attend Mass every Sunday and to participate in the celebration. For most of us, this includes receiving communion, though there can be good reasons why someone might not take communion such as needing to go to Confession or having only just finished eating. In these situations, we are encouraged to