Edition: Spring 2019 Family Life

Catholic school students share inspiring family stories

14 August 2019 TH

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.

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A pilgrimage of prayer

9 August 2019 TH

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

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Support for struggling families

9 August 2019 TH

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.  

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Opening your home to children in need

9 August 2019 TH

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.

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Fumbled knots (A refugee and his family)

9 August 2019 TH

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

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Why Bluey is a font of parenting wisdom

8 August 2019 TH

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.

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Communion at the dinner table

8 August 2019 TH

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

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A listening Church

8 August 2019 TH

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.

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A holy place in jeopardy

8 August 2019 TH

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

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The patron of family squabbles

8 August 2019 TH

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.

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When family drama gets Biblical

8 August 2019 TH

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.

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A letter to a poet

8 August 2019 TH

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.

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