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Spring 2019: Family life

05 August 2019


Opening your home to children in need

08 August 2019 | Abbey Maffescioni

Becoming a foster carer can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, and make a real and lasting difference to the life of a child or young person.

A letter to a poet

07 August 2019 | Michael McGirr

Dear Les Murray, I clearly remember the day many years ago when I was working for Australian Catholics magazine and you rang up out of the blue.

A pilgrimage of prayer

08 August 2019 | Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie

Seeking solace in places of worship while a family member battles illness.

Coming to terms with domestic violence

07 August 2019 | Chiara Fankhauser

Trigger warning: Article includes discussion of domestic violence and abuse. 
Physical violence and verbal abuse are just the most visible forms of domestic violence. One of our young writers says it’s important that people understand that the domestic abuse takes many forms, and that tackling it means addressing all of these aspects.

Growing the village one peg doll at a time

07 August 2019 | Emilie Ng

A Brisbane-based Catholic ministry is helping to connect young Australian families through a creative painting project.

The family you make

07 August 2019 | Michele Frankeni

The Passionist Family Group Movement deepens relationships within parishes and among parishioners.

A sacrifice for family’s sake

07 August 2019 | Beatrice Van Rest

Agum came to Australia at the age of 15, leaving most of her family behind in a refugee camp in Uganda. Now a young mother, she reflects on the many challenges she has had to overcome and the opportunities that she hopes her children will now have as a result.

Three generations. One family story

07 August 2019 | Mieke De Vries

Family life today is much different to what it was in the past, particularly when it comes to the choices available for women. One of our young writers interviewed her mother and grandmother and learns that some of their choices and experiences continue to influence her life today.

No room at the school

05 August 2019 | Chiara Fankhauser

A holy family finds out that what makes them special also makes them not-so-welcome in some places.

A listening Church

07 August 2019 | Fr Frank Brennan SJ

On 26 June 2019, Fr Frank Brennan SJ gave a speech to the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture in Canberra, titled ‘Our Church or Our Museum – Contributing to a confident, humble, listening and questioning Church’. In this edited excerpt, he reflects on what it means to be a listening Church.

A holy place in jeopardy

07 August 2019 | Kieran Noonan

A teacher from Bunbury writes about a campaign to save a sacred Aboriginal site from becoming a highway.

Explorations – family life

07 August 2019 | Andrew Hamilton SJ

For better or worse, most of us first learn about relationships from the way people are treated in our family. That's why helping strengthen and support families is so important in the Catholic Church.

Why Bluey is a font of parenting wisdom

07 August 2019 | Koa Whittingham, Amy Mitchell, Ben Mitchell

Bluey is a ground-breaking Australian children’s television series and the most downloaded show in ABC iView history. It captures the wonder and joy of parenting, and delivers precious nuggets of parenting wisdom along the way.

Fumbled knots (A refugee and his family)

08 August 2019 | Elise Ho

Elise Ho’s father came to Australia as a refugee from Vietnam. The following poem was written after she interviewed him about his journey.

Support for struggling families

08 August 2019 | Abbey Maffescioni

When your family has gone through a rough patch and find that they are in need of support, where do you get support from? Many families that struggle find it hard to find support within their community. However, there are services dedicated to helping families through rough times. One of these agencies is Catholic Care.


The patron of family squabbles

07 August 2019 | Peter Fleming

St Elizabeth of Portugal dealt with her fair share of family drama. But as a Queen, her family dramas had further reaching consequences than most.

When family drama gets Biblical

07 August 2019 | Michael McVeigh

From Cain killing his brother Abel, to Mary having to give birth in a stable in Bethlehem, the Bible is full of family drama. While family life in Biblical times is just as messy as it can be today, there are still some valuable lessons to be learned. We take a look at three stories, and how they shape our understanding of God and family.

An offer from a stranger

07 August 2019 | Kate Moriarty

An unexpected encounter in a shopping centre food court.

Communion at the dinner table

07 August 2019 | Emilie Ng

In her first year of motherhood, Emilie Ng has discovered the importance of dinner time for families.

The blessings of family

05 August 2019 | Ann Rennie

The blessings of family, mainly marvellous and occasionally mixed, is given to us the moment we take our first breath. It is with us till the last.

Recipe – Easy Mexican Brunch Bowls

06 August 2019 | Brendon D'Souza

A tasty meal that’s easy to make and great for sharing with the family.

Catholic school students share inspiring family stories

13 August 2019 |

Family stories of courage, determination and faith are in abundance among the winning entries of this year’s Australian Catholics Young Journalist Award, sponsored by Australian Catholic University.

Guest editors

06 August 2019 |

In May, we welcomed six Catholic school students in our offices in Melbourne to be the guest editors of our Spring edition.

YJA Intermediate Section winner

05 August 2019 |

The winner of the 2019 Australian Catholics Young Journalist Award Intermediate Section was Asheriya Charan of Thomas Carr College, Tarneit, Vic who wrote about her grandfather's quest for education.

YJA Intermediate runner-up

05 August 2019 |

The runner-up in the Australian Catholics' Young Journalist Award Intermediate Section was Madeline McVeigh of Catholic Ladies College, Eltham Vic. 

YJA Junior Section runner-up

05 August 2019 |

The runner-up in the Australian Catholics' Young Journalist Award Junior Section was Makaylah Beatty of Augustines Primary School, Coffs Harbour, NSW.

YJA Junior Section Winner

05 August 2019 |

The winner of the Australian Catholics' Young Journalist Award Junior Section was Jack Webber, St Joseph’s Primary School, Merewether, NSW.

Capturing family life on screen

05 August 2019 | Kyla Dwyer

From Mary Poppins to The Incredibles, we’ve seen many depictions of family life in movies that centre on an ideal nuclear family – mother, father and children. While these stories can touch many of us, in reality family life can take come in many different flavours, shapes and sizes.

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