April 20, 2018

Author Archive | Staff writers


Walking in the footsteps of Christ

For many school teachers the holidays are a chance to unwind and relax but for Charbel Doumit it is a time to embark on a trip that he is sure will “change his life”. The Mathematics and Assistant Religious Education Coordinator at Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield is one of 30 teachers from Sydney Catholic Schools […]


Flipping maths on its head to find a solution

Villa Maria Primary School at Hunters Hill is one of the first in the Sydney Archdiocese changing the way mathematics is being taught in Catholic Primary Schools. Called Mathematical Expertise and Excellence, the innovative new program aims to provide the best possible mathematics education for every student of all abilities. The most significant difference with […]


How to raise resilient daughters

Well-known journalist and Catholic mother Madonna King  knows all too well about “expectation inflation” being placed on young women and has written a book to help parents. Fourteen is the most difficult year in a young lady’s life according to journalist Madonna King. Social media, expectations by parents, peer pressure from friends, even a lack […]


20 Fun School Holiday Ideas

  “I’m bored!” – if this is what you’re faced with these school holidays, here’s a list of some fun activities to keep the family entertained without the expense. KIDS IN THE PARK – April 14–29 Take your pick of more than 50 fun activities, including writing workshops, space racing, digital filmmaking and origami. Where: Sydney […]

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP relaxes outside his hospital room. The last few months have seen him engaged in daily rehabilitation as he recovers from Guillain Barré Syndrome. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Archbishop Anthony Fisher’s Easter video message for 2018

In his Easter message for 2018, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP invites us to look at the Easter story anew, through the eyes of a child. He encourages us to not allow our Lenten regrets to over-complicate our Easter, but rather to experience the hope and joy of Easter with the simplicity that children often see, […]

A cast member takes shelter under his shield at the Good Friday Passion Play rehearsal at Penrose Park, March 24, 2018. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Thousands expected at Penrose Park Passion Play this Good Friday

They say it’s like being on the Via Dolorosa in the first century. Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend the Good Friday Passion Play at The Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy, Penrose Park, on March 30. More than 100 cast and crew members come from far and wide to the southern highlands’ […]

The seven founding sisters, left: back row, left to right: Ellen Fitzgerald, Katie Lynch and Kit McGrath. At front are, left to right: May McGahey, Julia Cooney, Theresa McLaughlin and Mary Drohan.

Could the brave ‘Little Mother’ be Australia’s next saint?

Paradoxically, it is often those who endure terrible suffering that find great motivation to reach out to help others. And such was the short, but inspirational life of Eileen O’Connor, who devoted hers to the poor and sick that it is of little surprise so many have been championing her towards sainthood for decades. Born […]

Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church to hold the first Plenary Council in Australia in more than 80 years

Pope Francis gives the go-ahead for Australia’s 2020 Plenary Council

Pope Francis has approved plans for a national plenary council of the Catholic Church in Australia in 2020. It will be the country’s first in more than 80 years and the first to include lay men and women and religious in its preparation, celebration, and implementation processes. The 2020 Plenary Council will be the highest […]


5 Tips to Keep Your  Children safe online

Every day, there are new websites to visit, apps to download and social media platforms to join. It is hard, if not impossible as a parent, to keep up with the latest technology to understand the risks for your children and protect them. More and more children are using smartphones, tablets and other internet-enabled devices – […]


How to get your children to open up about their day

We’ve hit the halfway mark for Term 1, but if you’re already tired of the monosyllabic answers to “How was school today?” then here’s some ideas to draw more than just “good” from your child. Talking with them about their day shows you’re interested in what’s going on in their life. This interest boosts their mental health, […]


10 Things You Should Let Your Child See You Do

Modelling behaviours you want your child to develop is the best way to raise happy, well-adjusted adults. CRY: A lot of children think that crying means they are a baby, or weak or deficient in some way, or defective, that they should be able to override feelings of loss and sadness. When these feelings do come […]

Michael reads a parable to students at St Patrick's Primary School in Kogarah. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Michael helps bridge school-church gap

After 30 years in the corporate world, Michael Feraz had it all – or so he thought! A successful career with one of Australia’s largest retailers, he travelled the country, held the respect of his peers and was financially secure however there was one thing missing that he just couldn’t buy – time with his […]