Night of Light

By |2017-09-06T06:08:23+10:00March 11th, 2013|Categories: Craft, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Do your own little bit of evangelisation this Halloween and avoid some of the unhealthy, tooth-rotting candy. Why not hand out these little scripture cards with a glow stick or savory snack? The free template comes with four different scripture passages about light. Print it onto think card stock and cut around the dotted lines.

Light it up!

By |2017-09-06T06:07:07+10:00March 8th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The kids in our street love Halloween, but we don’t really go for the ghoulish costumes and greedy demands for sweets. It is however quite a community event – the only time of the year when we get to meet many of our neighbours. If your children are participating, take care to avoid the pagan

Faithful, Faulty Families

By |2017-09-06T05:51:59+10:00February 19th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Ordinary Time|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It is in the family that we learn what it is to love. Christ calls us not be perfectly happy, but to trust in him and be open to growth and grace. Families can be wonderfully, and awfully, messy can’t they? They may be the fundamental unit of society, but there’s no question that families

Reclaiming Halloween

By |2017-09-06T05:24:52+10:00August 26th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Like it or loath it, there’s no escaping the marketing presence of Halloween.  Parents are wise to approach this festival with caution.  The practice of trick-or-treating can lead children into a mind-set of greed and an expectation of free handouts. Further, the association of Halloween with pagan ritual can feed an unhealthy fascination with the

St Mary of the Cross Mackillop

By |2017-09-06T05:13:30+10:00August 14th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

For the first time, on August 8, 2011, the universal Church will honour Australia’s first saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. It has always been her feast day, but from this year the liturgical observance of this feast will be raised to a ‘solemnity’. What is a solemnity? A solemnity is the highest rank

Saints for Mothers

By |2017-09-06T05:04:42+10:00August 7th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Mary & the Saints|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

St Gerard Majella | Feast day: October 16 | Patron of expectant mothers | 1755 AD Born at Muro, Italy, in 1726, St Gerard joined the Redemptorists as a lay brother at age 23. Displaying an extraordinary wisdom and gift for reading consciences, he was permitted to counsel communities of religious women. His patronage of

Paper Chain of Peace

By |2018-04-23T01:20:16+10:00July 31st, 2012|Categories: Craft, Ordinary Time|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The origami paper crane is a traditional symbol of peace. Instructions on how to make them can be found with an internet search, or try some of these links: Origami Fun Origami Instructions.com For this activity, each family member can make a crane and transfer the words of one line from the Peace Prayer of

Peace Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

By |2017-09-21T00:32:43+10:00July 31st, 2012|Categories: Activities, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , |

St Francis is well known for his commitment to poverty, simplicity and peace. During the fifth crusade, he travelled to the holy lands spending considerable time in dialogue with the Sultan of Egypt. This famous prayer first appeared during the First World War however, scholars do not believe that St Francis wrote it. It was

The Mini Litany of Saints

By |2020-08-24T12:28:45+10:00July 18th, 2012|Categories: Activities, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , |

The Litany of Saints is an ancient and complex prayer. It has a beautiful rhythm swinging gracefully between the leader and respondents (bold text). It can prayed at any time of the year, but is especially relevant on All Saints Day. The full version is quite lengthy and used old English in parts. This adaptation

St Nicholas Candy Cane Blessing

By |2017-09-06T04:37:09+10:00July 16th, 2012|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This little family prayer ritual is a perfect way to celebrate St Nicholas' feast day on the 6th of December. For more information on St Nicholas and the many traditions of his feast day, see this article. This prayer compliments the CathFamily St Nic Candy Cane Holder Activity. Materials: St Nic's Candy Cane Holder(Click Here)