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He is truly the father-in-law from Heaven

By Francine and Byron Pirola BEFORE you start wondering which happy husband or wife is blessed with such a father-in-law – our own are pretty good, by the way – we’re not actually talking about earthly men. We’re talking, literally, about our Father in Heaven, who also happens to be the father of our spouse and thus our Heavenly Father-in-Law. ... Read More »

Lenten austerity grows

By Paul Dobbyn WHEN 15-year-old Ben Dowling suggested to his parents Jim and Anne the family spend the first week of Lent living off produce from their Dayboro property their reactions were mixed. Jim and the other children Eleni, 11, and Teresa, 13 were fine with the idea as was Dave Sprigg, a guest at the Peter Maurin Catholic Worker ... Read More »

Saving is a family affair

By Peter Bond  YOU eat together, play together and live under the same roof – so why not save together? While many parents bear the brunt of their family’s finances, it’s a good idea to consider making household saving a family affair by involving kids in the process. With the cost of living on the rise, many Australian families are ... Read More »

Time to confess

As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis has offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of Penance. After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession – “because we are all sinners” – the Pope listed 30 key questions to reflect on ... Read More »

Receiving help from the Holy Family

By Carrie McCormack WE are born with a mother and a father yet there is an invitation beyond biological family. As children of God, through baptism we are adopted by God as sisters and brothers to Jesus Christ, and therefore have a permanent family connection to Mary, Joseph and the entire Church. The Holy Family offers us the model of ... Read More »

Cooking with The Catholic Leader

PANCAKES and Project Compassion are on the menu for the first Cooking with The Catholic Leader video. Caritas Australia diocesan director Joe Foley joined The Catholic Leader team to film a step-by-step pancake tutorial in the lead-up to Shrove Tuesday on February 17. The following day, Ash Wednesday, marks the start of Lent and also Caritas Australia’s 2015 Project Compassion ... Read More »

Committed to commitment

By Byron and Francine Pirola A FRIEND of ours is fond of saying in relation to successful marriage, “it’s a matter of being committed to being committed”. In other words, we have to be serious about our marriage commitment, willing to tough it out when it’s difficult and put to the test. There’s a great deal of wisdom to this ... Read More »

Aiming for ‘couple fun’

The Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council has released its St Valentine’s Day message for 2015 and this year, the theme is Couple Fun. FRANCINE and BYRON PIROLA present some excerpts. WHY is it that when we grow up, we forget about the joys and benefits of having fun? Counsellors and educators often talk about the importance of fun in ... Read More »

What is commitment?

By Byron and Francine Pirola A FEW years ago, we were giving a talk on chastity to a group of young people and some of them challenged us, saying that “sex before marriage was okay if you were in a committed relationship”. So we quizzed them about what defined a “committed relationship’. Universally, their answer was a measure of duration; ... Read More »

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