Courses and Events
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The Lenten journey asks us to slow down and allow the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to penetrate and illuminate our days revealing their beauty and purpose.
In stillness and prayer our hearts have an opportunity to open and accept God’s relentless desire to find us and be with us, to heal us and feast us from divine abundance. In this retreat, we will explore the theme of the Good Shepherd, a theme which spans the Old and New Testaments and was the primary way in which Christians in the early Church knew Jesus. All are welcome! Cost $10 (includes morning tea and lunch).
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
Held on World Heritage Day 2018, this conference will explore the rich story of Catholicism in Western Australia over the last three centuries. There will be three papers from unique perspectives by three noted scholars on religious law, the World War One conscription debate and WA’s missionary history. Join us in celebrating Western Australia’s Catholic cultural heritage within the confines of a state-listed heritage site. This event is co-hosted by the Archdiocese’s Centre for Faith Enrichment and the Archives Office.
An exploration in book-club style of the Writings of Augustine. In just 100 pages this book celebrates excerpts from C. One of the great spiritual classics, the Confessions has bestowed boundless wisdom on every generation. Cost $40 (includes a copy of the book) All are welcome!
Living at the apogee of one of the most creative periods of the Christian contemplative tradition was an extraordinary man – Meister Eckhart – a person of profound intellect, a spiritual guide to Christianity and to our whole Western civilisation.
While his writings are often poetical and paradoxical they are grounded in a deep knowledge and understanding of Scripture.
We find in his teaching a way of understanding creation, who we are, who Christ is, who God the Creator is for us, which sits comfortably within the context of modern cosmology.
You are invited on a journey as we explore key aspects of the teaching of this remarkable man.
In his Encyclical Ut Unum Sint, Pope Saint John Paul II stated that “the Church must breathe with its two lungs” – its Eastern one and its Western one. The Pope was especially encouraging Western Catholics to learn about and come to appreciate the Eastern tradition and the rich heritage of the Eastern Catholic Churches. Who are the Eastern Catholics? Where did their Churches originate, and how does their worship differ from the Roman Catholic Church? Melkite Priest Fr Elias Kilzi will guide participants in a four-week exploration of the Eastern tradition, including an explanation of how certain Eastern traditions can act as “bridges” between East and West. All are welcome!
Our Christian story begins with the scriptures of the Hebrew people – the scriptures that Jesus knew, that we call the Old Testament. What questions do you have about this remarkable collection of writings? This day will explore questions such as: Who wrote the books of the Old Testament? When were they written and why? What does the Old Testament tell us about God that prepares us for Jesus and the Gospels. Morning tea provided. All are welcome!