Little family, big job

This is my column recently published in The Catholic Weekly.   In his first official homily as the new Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher certainly painted an inspiring 20-year vision for the Catholic Church in Sydney (which should benefit the whole city). In part, he said that he hoped by the time he retired…

Surviving taking young children to Mass

  My column published in last week’s Catholic Weekly. Everyone loves the idea of parents coming to Mass with their young children, but not everyone always enjoys having young children there, including the parents themselves. I’ve been to Masses where I’ve broken out in a sweat from trying to keep the children relatively still and…

Parents the first educators when it comes to faith

From The Catholic Weekly column: Joachim was finishing up his breakfast the other day when he suddenly looked up as if all inspired and said in a rush, “You know Mum, I used to think Jesus was just a statue in the church, just a dead statue, but then I went to Kindergarten and learned all…

I’m on a podcast!

I was invited not long ago to record a two-minute segment to be aired each fortnight on The Journey, a one-hour Catholic podcast which is created by the Wollongong Diocese. My segment is called The Peaceful Parent, and I can’t tell people the title without laughing, especially if they know me, because I’m not altogether that…