Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

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Enjoy Life with our Kids

A growing feature of the Sunday Eucharist is the withdrawal of children to celebrate their own liturgy of the Word. The usual Sunday process of three readings, interspersed with psalm, silence and acclamation, and enfleshed by homily and prayer of the Faithful, requires a level of concentration of which most children are not capable. Simplifying this part of the celebration, while maintaining its liturgical character, satisfies the needs of the young so that they, too, can celebrate the Eucharist with ‘full, conscious and active participation’ which is ‘their right and duty by virtue of their baptism’. (CSL #14)   
Fr Linh invites children, from preps through to Year 6, to come up to the altar before the Liturgy of the Word begins. He sends them out with a blessing, to spend time with the readings at their own level.  Each Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word is enriched and modified to make it important and relevant to the lives and experiences of young people and children.  
Thay are brought back into the church before the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer, and are then invited up to stand around the altar as we pray the Lord's Prayer.  

The Story of St Mary Mackillop

The Feastday of St Mary of the Cross  MacKillop has been and gone early in August, but it is never a wrong moment to celebrate her as our first Ausralian saint.
The students from Holy Family Primary, Granville NSW did a short film about the life of St. Mary MacKillop using CathFamily’s scripts and costume idea! We loved it, and we thought all our CathFamily subscribers would like to watch it and enjoy as much as we did. 

Tips for Media Savvy Parents

1. Engage with your child in what they are watching and listening. Foster curiosity from a young age by posing the ‘pondering’ questions to your child: “that’s interesting… I wonder why it does that?” “Do you think that is true?” “I wonder if there is another explanation for that?” etc
2.Family meals create a forum where healthy conversation can flourish. Use your (TV free) meal times to let family members share about their day. As children mature, the time can be well spent discussing a topical issue encouraging thoughtful debate and discussion.
3.Screen/filter internet, TV, gaming. We won’t be able to do this forever, but we have a responsibility to protect the developing minds of our young children from influences that will permanently disable their ability to relate to the world in a healthy manner. It is critical that we prevent premature exposure to sexual and violent content when children are still learning how to differentiate between reality and fantasy.
4.Set limits. And stick to them! If not restrained, children will happily spend all day gaming or watching TV. Set simple rules (eg no TV until after dinner and homework) and apply consequences when they are breached.
5.Encourage reading. Not only does reading foster imagination and creativity, it remains a crucial skill for accessing a wide range of perspectives on any given topic. Reading by its nature will foster the critical literacy necessary for our children to develop into thinking, intelligent adults.
6.Be vigilant. Stay informed about current issues that are impacting your children. You won’t be able to engage your teenagers in conversation and debate if you don’t know the significant features in the landscape of their lives.
7.Be the example. Nothing will erode your child’s respect for you faster than hypocrisy. If you want your teenagers to take you seriously, be self disciplined about how much and what digital material you digest.
8.Provide alternative entertainment. Too many people end up watching mind-numbing TV reruns through simple boredom and laziness. Though it takes more effort to organise a family board game or footy match than to flick the switch on the TV, it will pay dividends in the long run.
9.Friends of a feather. Be discerning about your children’s friends. While they will increasingly assert their independence in choosing with whom they associate, you can still be influential well into their late teens. Make an effort to know your teenagers’ friends; encourage them to bring their friends home and engage them all in conversation. Teenagers need a place to meet and socialise. If parents fail to provide safe meeting places, be assured, someone or something else will fill it and it almost certainly won’t be a healthier outcome.
10.Pray! The battle for the minds of our youth is no trivial matter. Prayer is essential in building virtue and character in our children. In the words of St Paul: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but … against the powers of this dark world. Eph 6:10-12

The Mary Mac Quiz

Have a family or class room trivia match on Mary’s life. Prizes could be the boiled sweets that Mary used to reward her students or something similar.

1.Unscramble the word TLAEESLRV to complete the quote: “Remember we are but T__V______ here.” (1866)
2. Choose the correct answer to complete the quote: “We must teach more by ___________ than by word.” (1867)
a. demand
b. example
c. courage
d. intelligence
3. Mary MacKillop was born in which year?
a. 1810
b. 1942
c. 1860
d. 1842
4. Mary MacKillop ‘s parents were:
a. Irish
b. English
c. Australian
d. Scottish
5. Unscramble the words: earnestly with Pray confidence. and loving
6. In 1967, Mary became the first sister of St Joseph and Mother Superior. How old
was Mary?
7. The first school was started in a:
a. town hall
b. stable
c. church
d. farmhouse
8. In 1909, Mary died at:
a. Sydney
b. Penola
c. New Zealnad
d. Melbourne
9. Complete Mary’s motto for life: “Neve see a need without doing ________
about it”
10. Mary founded the Sisters of St Joseph with the help of:
a. Fr Tenison Woods
b. The Pope
c. Bishop Sheil
d. Fr Joseph
11. What is the missing word in the quote: “God gives me _________for what is necessary”
a. love
b. help
c. food
d. strength
12. Unscramble the sentence: God’s choice. Spirit you in Let guide your

Anticipating our First Communicants

Here’s a free printable blessing prayer for a child on the occasion of making their First Holy Communion. Print it or resize it for a number of different uses, such as: gluing it on a gift bag containing a First Communion Gift, laminating it and use it as a bookmark, or placing it in a frame as a table decoration for a First Communion party.