Roll up, roll up, it’s family time

As the 2021 COVID-19 stay-at-home orders came into place, the Diocese’s family ministry coordinators developed ways to encourage families to purposefully remain connected with each other, and other families in the community.

It was following this that the @HOME series began, which started also with the Family Sleepout and includes the Family Dinner Project and Movie Night. Families are invited to share photos from their time together, and recommend their favourite recipes, movies and at-home camping ideas with others for inspiration.

Deb Hawthorne, principal at Holy Cross Primary School, Glendale said that the @HOME series, including the Family Dinner Project, had inspired many in their school community to spend quality time together, in ways they may not have considered. “The sharing of meals is an important part of our Catholic faith and as such, the emphasis on this aspect of the project made it very special.”

Holy Cross is blessed to have a broad multicultural community with families who willingly share their cultural heritage and traditions.”

Below is a favourite recipe of one of Holy Cross’ families, the Bui’s, which they shared with their school community as part of the Family Dinner Project.


These filling ingredients are flexible. For example, you can use carrot instead of cucumber, or extra cabbage in place of the lettuce. These filling ingredients are flexible. For example, you can use carrot instead of cucumber, or extra cabbage in place of the lettuce. 

  • Thin rice noodles
  • Large sheets of rice paper
  • Butter or iceberg lettuce (keep in leaf form)
  • Red cabbage (shredded)
  • Carrot (grated)
  • Cucumber (cut thinly)
  • Green onion, coriander and mint (chopped)
  • Protein eg. tofu, chicken, prawns etc. if desired (small pieces)


  1. Soak the thin rice noodles according to the instructions on the packet. Put to them to the side to cool.
  2. Soak rice paper sheets according to the instructions on the packet.
  3. Place a few pieces of lettuce about one-third from the bottom of the rice paper. The width of your fillings will determine the width of the roll. Leave a couple of inches open on the two sides for wrapping purposes.
  4. Then, add the remaining ingredients, starting with the noodles.
  5. Gently pull the bottom of the wrapper up and over the lower portion of the filling. Try to keep the fillings compact as you roll upwards, just until the fillings are covered.
  6. Pull each side over to enclose the filling. Continue wrapping upward until your rice paper roll is fully wrapped!


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Helene O'Neill

Helene O'Neill is the Parish-Family Liaison Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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