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Courses and Events


The Book of Isaiah and Advent

ON: Wednesdays 29th November - 13th December
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.15pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

The Book of Isaiah is God’s Word to a people who “walked in darkness.” This short, user friendly online course lets us listen to this Word once again and feed our Advent hope and longing for Light.

Prayer: Being Yourself Before God

ON: Thursdays 1st February - 22nd February
FROM: 7.00pm - 9.00pm (3 sessions) PLEASE NOTE Class will not be held on Thursday 15 February
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Bateman Parish, Cnr Dean & Marsengo Roads, Bateman

We celebrate our faith in a personal relationship with God: ‘This relationship is prayer’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2558). Together we will explore what prayer is, the difference between ‘saying prayers’ and praying, the many ways we pray as Catholics, and our daily call to deepen our unique relationship with God. Suggested donation $15.00

Exploring Faith Part II: Intermediate Theology

ON: Wednesdays 14th February - 4th April
FROM: 10.00am - 12.00pm (8 sessions)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

A continuation of Exploring Faith: Theology for Beginners, this captivating course will explore the theology of key contributors throughout history; from the foundational forbearers of the early Church to great thinkers of the modern era. Figures such as Augustine and Aquinas have shaped Christianity and Western thought in marked ways. Revisiting them with fresh eyes not only helps us understand how we have come to believe what we do, but provides us with sources of wisdom that help us make sense of our faith. The course will also take in theologians such as Karl Rahner and Elisabeth Fiorenza who have helped bring the richness of the Christian faith into genuine dialogue with modern and post-modern times. Please note, having undertaken Exploring Faith: Theology for Beginners is NOT a prerequisite for this course.

Prayer in Silent Land

ON: Thursdays 15th February - 1st March
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

This course explores prayer as our longing for radical openness to God in our everyday lives.

Rediscovering the meaning of Baptism and Confirmation

ON: Thursday 15th February
FROM: 9.30am - 12.30pm (morning tea provided)
WITH: Rev Fr Vincent Glynn BTh STL LLB
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

The building blocks of a Christian life and ministry within the Church are built upon a personal & communal relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ. Church leadership is also founded and anchored in this relationship. This relationship is expressed sacramentally/ritually within the Initiation Sacraments. The sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation call Christians to discipleship of Christ and to be visible signs of God’s presence and action in the world. What does our personal & communal relationship mean for our lives? How is our church leadership or ministry seen as flowing from the sacraments of Baptism & Confirmation? All are welcome.

A Journey through the Gospel of Matthew

ON: Fridays 16th February - 23rd March
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (6 sessions)
WITH: Mrs Jan O'Connor
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

Have you ever found a Gospel story a bit puzzling? Sometimes we may wonder: What is this really all about? What messages lie underneath the text? For example, what is Matthew trying to tell his readers in his particular account of the birth of Jesus?
Why is it important to study a Gospel anyway? Matthew’s Gospel offers not only answers but also some surprises. His Gospel has much to teach us in terms of ancient times and customs as well as the real purpose of the Gospels. It offers a challenge, not only to better understand the Scriptures, but to live them in a more meaningful way.

Walking The Way of the Cross in 2018

ON: Tuesdays 20th February - 27th March
FROM: 10.00am - 12.00pm (6 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

With Paul and Mark as our guides, we will contemplate Jesus’ Passion in the light of Creation and Scripture. Paul’s image of creation groaning for freedom and redemption (Rom 8) calls us to renewed conversion in a critical era of climate change. Taking up our cross and following Jesus is a core theme of Mark. Moreover, his Passion account comprises a third of his gospel. We are called to walk our way of the cross and follow Jesus if we want to find life (Mk 8.34f).

Exploring the Centrality of the Mass: Source and Summit of our Christian Life

ON: Wednesdays 21st February - 14th March
FROM: 7.00pm - 9.00pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Sr Kerry Willison RSM
AT: Morley Parish Centre, Infant Jesus Parish, 47 Wellington Rd, Morley

This course invites all those interested to discover and deepen their understanding of the Mass – the source and summit of our Christian life. Starting with an overview of the history of the Mass, the course will explore why we do what we do during the Mass, and reflect on how the sacrament of the Eucharist can be lived in a way that shapes our daily lives. These four classes will be co-hosted by Centre for Liturgy and the Centre for Faith Enrichment. Suggested donation $20.00.

Discerning Lent one Reading at a Time

ON: Thursdays 22nd February - 8th March
FROM: 7.00pm - 9.00pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Nedlands Parish, 46 Thomas Street, Nedlands

The readings of Lent are carefully chosen to teach us about the way of Christ and to guide our journey through this particular period of the liturgical calendar. This course will unpack some of these key texts in a sophisticated yet accessible manner and, thus, help us find wonderful lessons for this special season and for life in general.

An Introduction to the Sacraments and Spiritual Life

ON: Thursdays 1st March - 5th April
FROM: 10.00am - 12.00pm (6 sessions)
WITH: Ms Johanna Banks
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

As a pathway for the growth of our spiritual life laid out by the Church, the Sacraments are our most privileged moments of encounter with God. However, for too many of us, they remain an untapped and undervalued source of Grace. This course will bring participants into a deeper understanding of each of the seven Sacraments of the Church, with a particular focus on developing a stronger awareness of their purpose and impact in our lives.

From Anchor to Kite: The Gift of Brokenness

ON: Thursdays 8th March - 22nd March
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

In this course we see how our failures, losses, sins and griefs are the doorways from mere existence to the joyous freedom of abundant life that Jesus promises (John 10:10).

Initiated and Sent: How the Sacraments of Initiation can Transform Us

ON: Wednesday 14th March
FROM: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
WITH: Fr Greg Donovan
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

As well as being an intense period of preparation for Candidates waiting to be received into the Church, Lent provides Catholics with an opportunity to reflect on the implications of their membership in the Church. What sustains our membership to the Church? What drives this engagement that nourishes our faith? Fr Greg Donovan will address these and related questions through an exploration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist). A light supper will be provided