O Antiphon Prayer Service

By |2017-09-07T04:21:31+10:00November 30th, 2015|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , |

Beginning on December 17, take the O Antiphon Bauble for that day and place it in the sacred space. Download Template Light a candle & make the Sign of the Cross. Leader: Lord Jesus, help us to prepare our hearts for your coming. You are our heavenly Father’s best gift to us. Fill us with

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

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

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

Holy Spirit Novena

By |2018-01-25T03:29:57+10:00May 10th, 2013|Categories: Rituals & Prayer, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Considered the oldest and original novena of the Church, the novena to the Holy Spirit begins on the Friday of the 6th Week in Easter and ends on Pentecost Sunday. It originates in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, when the bewildered disciples and believers gathered together to pray and await the

The Last Supper and the Jewish Passover

By |2017-09-06T05:44:36+10:00January 16th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Lent & Easter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

At Mass on Holy Thursday night Catholics enter the journey of their Saviour who walked the path of suffering and death to resurrection. At home we may enter it also, with a Last Supper meal that draws the family into the rich symbolism of our Jewish and Christian heritage. The Passover Seder is the Jewish

Christ the King!

By |2017-09-06T05:32:54+10:00November 30th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Despite the machinations of those who had rejected Christ’s peace, Christ’s reign is complete and eternal... writes Marilyn Rodrigues In 1925 the world was lurching from one major crisis to another, rocked by waves of political, social and economic disorder. Mussolini dismantled the Italian government and took control of the country. Hitler published Mein Kampf

The Jesse Tree Prayer

By |2019-09-30T10:40:31+10:00July 16th, 2012|Categories: Activities, Advent & Christmas, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Preparation: Jesse  Tree branches or banner. One (or more) Jesse Tree symbols ready. Scripture story ready. Download Scripture Stories Jesse Tree Prayer [Make the Sign of the Cross] [Light your Prayer Candle] [Sing a song of praise or say together:] Lord God, Our hearts long for your coming. We wait to joyfully welcome you. Amen.

Making Your Own Jesse Tree

By |2019-09-30T10:41:09+10:00July 16th, 2012|Categories: Activities, Advent & Christmas, Craft|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Beginning a new Advent Tradition in your family could not be simpler. A Jesse Tree is a simple ritual that comes with a prayer (see this article) that takes a few minutes. Prepare your family for the joy of Christmas whilst introducing them to the many extraordinary men and women of the Hebrew Scriptures. For