Monthly Archives: August 2014

Feast of the Queenship of Mary craft day

Last Friday we celebrated the Queenship of Mary. So after Holy Mass in which the homily was preached on the 4-fold reasons for Mary’s Queenship as explained by Pope Pius XII we met to make a simple candle craft and to crown Our Lady’s Statue with a crown of fresh flowers after a procession with Hymns in her honour.

In his 1954 encyclical Ad caeli reginam (“To the Queen of Heaven”), Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power.[6] Ad caeli reginam states that the main principle on which the royal dignity of Mary rests is her Divine Motherhood. … So with complete justice St. John Damascene could write: “When she became Mother of the Creator, she truly became Queen of every creature.”.[7]

Instant Candles were made using the template in the Seton Art 1 For Young Catholics book and the paraffin wax beads and wicks and bases which are not easy to find were purchased from the Australian Wax Company in Sth Oakleigh, Melbourne

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The Dignity of the Child and the “I’m Bored: Entertain Me” Syndrome


The Dignity of the Child and the
“I’m Bored: Entertain Me” Syndrome

The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God…By his deliberate actions, the human person does, or does not, conform to the good promised by God…[individuals] make their own contribution to their interior growth; they make their whole…lives into means of this growth.

–Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1700

Work honors the Creator’s gifts and the talents received from Him.

ibid, 2427

Dear Friends,


If you’ve ever read the family-friendly Little House on the Prairie series, or Anne Pellowski’s “Catholic Little House” series, have you noticed that boredom is never mentioned?

“Boredom” was rare a century ago, simply because children were valued not only as gifts made in the image of God, but also for their necessary participation in the well-being of the family. This participation included daily labors that often began before sunrise and ended only at bedtime. After several hours of “chores,” children were rarely bored in their free time. And those chores contributed to their interior growth. (CCC 1700)

Even though they lived often-menial lives, do you suppose Our Lord and Lady were ever bored? No, because all that they did they did for someone else. That is, whether sweeping up sawdust or perhaps baking bread for a sick neighbor, their work was dedicated to the greater glory of God, in the service of others. “Serviam!” I will serve!

Boredom, therefore, can be a spiritual problem, an expression of “Non-serviam!” –I will not serve.

Boredom can present as an unwillingness to do an activity that might take some effort: washing dishes is boring; spelling is boring; TV is not boring. (Interestingly, watching TV and movies can exacerbate the problem of boredom or an inability to self-entertain, for passive TV-viewing requires neither imagination nor “self-investment.”)

Further, the desire to be entertained rather than use one’s own imagination is closely associated with “being bored.” This “boredom,” however, is often selective; productive, virtuous use of the child’s time–e.g., reading to a sibling, doing a chore, or helping a neighbor–are rejected as options. Instead, the “bored” child seeks activities that cater to his own whims.

The good news is that children can learn to entertain themselves, rather than expecting to be entertained; to be self-directed, rather than being inactive or dissatisfied in the absence of direction; and to see moments of “boredom” as opportunities for gainful, joyful activity that brings happiness to others and to the one offering service.

When gainful activity replaces boredom, the dignity of the child is enhanced; as he labors for others, he learns to recognize the image of God in them, and also in himself.

Antidotes to Boredom
Fostering Independence:
When a child indicates that he is bored or wants to be entertained, choose a “regular” activity for the child. (It is important that parent chooses the activity, as the child has just indicated that he doesn’t want to find a way to entertain himself.) Set a timer for three minutes for each year of the child’s age. The child must play with that “regular” activity for the designated time before any “new” option is considered. When the time is up, praise the child for entertaining himself.

Reading: aloud by a parent if the child is too young, or self-directed reading, opens new worlds to the child’s imagination. While the reading itself is entertaining, wholesome, character-building stories often set the stage for self-directed play that will spontaneously follow reading time.

Help-and-Play Jar:
Create a list of activities. Cut index cards in half; print one play activity on each 1/2 card, e.g., dress-up box; pipe cleaner play; finger paints in the bathtub. For every activity, include a card with the words, “How can I help?” Put all the cards in a jar. When children say that they are bored, they draw one “play” card of their choice from the jar, but they also must draw one “How can I help?” card. The child takes the card to either parent and asks, “How can I help?” The child is then assigned a job, e.g., empty the wastebaskets; wash the bathroom sink; wash the stove top, etc. After completing the job well, the child may then do the activity on the “play” card.

Finally, please pray for our staff and our authors as we work to serve you, our CHC families. We rely on you, too; your prayers and sacrifices keep us going!

Commending your families, and the new school year, to Our Lord at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,


Theresa Johnson

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Boredom is:“Irreverence for the present; the next condition to death.” (Chesterton)


The Mystery of the Assumption

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On August 15th, we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. The Church teaches that her body as well as her soul was assumed into Heaven. According to tradition, the apostles discovered her missing body only a few days after she was entombed. One of the apostles was late in arriving, so the others opened her tomb for him to see her, but her body was no longer there.

The Assumption of the Blessed Mother reminds us that we are not meant for this world, that God’s Plan is for us to remain only for a time on this planet. Our final and eternal destination is Heaven.

While we go about the usual day-to-day homeschooling, fixing meals, and planning daily events, we need to keep within us an awareness of the Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother. We need to be constantly aware…

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Today is the feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Catholic Homeschool Australia

The 8th of August is the feast day of Australia’s first saint.

Prayer to St Mary

Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
We ask that you grant our request……………….
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ.

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The Confraternity of Saint Michael the Archangel-Re-Launched

To continue the work Fr Byrne began we have launched this blog to re-establish the Confraternity of Saint Michael the Archangel. Click here for more information Confraternity of Saint Michael the Archangel.