2015 February

By |2017-09-07T03:00:05+10:00January 22nd, 2015|Categories: E-Magazines, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

From the Editor As we move towards Lent, we turn our thoughts towards spiritual rejuvenation and toning. Just as an athlete prepares for weeks (or even months) for a major event, so do Catholics spend weeks preparing for Easter. And like an athlete, the better our preparation, the better our performance at the main event!

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

First Reconciliation Cards

By |2017-09-07T02:56:42+10:00January 21st, 2015|Categories: Craft, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , |

Invite family and friends to pray for your child as they prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Don’t forget your child’s Godparents! We have four different designs to choose from and they are all A6 sized. For the best results, print them on some thin cardstock and compose a little prayer with your family to

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

Making a Baptism Candle

By |2017-09-07T02:08:21+10:00October 13th, 2014|Categories: Craft, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , |

A white candle is an essential part of the Sacrament of Baptism. It is lit from the big Pascal Candle and is a symbol of hope and the light of Christ that the newly baptised now live by. The Candle can become precious keepsakes for your children and can be lit on their feast day,

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

Watermelon Baptism Font

By |2015-06-09T05:34:40+10:00August 4th, 2014|Categories: Recipes, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A perfect summer treat and a healthier option to a cake, this watermelon recipe is so simple and fresh. All it takes is a watermelon, a knife and delicious seasonal fruit. It's a perfect dish for a Baptism party or kid's birthday. Ingredients 1 whole watermelon. a sharp knife a melon baller Seasonal fruit, washed,

Baptism Cakes

By |2017-09-07T01:58:22+10:00August 4th, 2014|Categories: Recipes, Sacrament Essentials|Tags: , , , , , |

No Sacrament celebration is complete without cake! Here are some unique ideas to mark your child's or godchild's baptism. 1. Icing Sugar Patterns This is as simple as baking whatever baked goodie you like, brownies, tea cake, (or even a packet mix) and then  placing a stencil on top and scattering icing sugar over the

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

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