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Courses and Events


The Writings of St Augustine

ON: Wednesdays 9th May - 30th May
FROM: 10.00am - 12.00pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

This book-club style exploration of the writings of Augustine celebrates excerpts from one of the great spiritual classics – The Confessions – and considers other works by Augustine which have bestowed boundless wisdom on every generation. Cost $40 (includes a copy of the book)  All are welcome!

Christ-Centering Your Role as Parent

ON: Wednesdays 9th May - 30th May
FROM: 7.00pm - 9.00pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Mr Derek Boylen
AT: Cloverdale Parish, 345 Wright Street, Cloverdale

Jesus tells us: “You are salt of the earth” and “You are the light of the world.” One of the places we struggle most to live this call is in family life. Does the faith illuminate your parenting? Does it give flavour to home life? These workshops are aimed at giving Mum and/or Dad some time for faith growth but in a way that nurtures home and family life. Suggested donation $20.00

Meister Eckhart: The Man from whom God hid Nothing

ON: Tuesdays 15th May - 19th June
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (6 sessions)
WITH: Mr John Auer
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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.

Jesus and the Church: The Two Great Sacraments of Love

ON: Wednesdays 16th May - 30th May
FROM: 7.00pm - 9.00pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Beaconsfield Parish, 59 Lefroy Road, Beaconsfield

This course offers participants an opportunity to enrich their understanding of the nature of the Sacraments. We will explore what it means to think of Jesus and the Church as Sacraments and consider how this shapes our understanding and celebration of the seven Sacraments. Suggested donation $15.00

Bridging East and West: An Exploration of the Eastern Catholic Traditions

ON: Thursdays 24th May - 14th June
FROM: 10.00am -12.00pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Fr. Elias Kilzi
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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!

Discovering the Transformative Power of the Liturgy

ON: Thursday 31st May
FROM: 9.30am - 2.30pm
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Girrawheen Parish, cnr Girrawheen Avenue & Patrick Court, Girrawheen

Join us for a day of discovery and deepening of our understanding of the Mass – the source and summit of our Christian life. Starting with an overview of the history of the Mass, this one-off event 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. Morning tea and lunch are included in the price. All are welcome!

Letters of St Paul

ON: Thursdays 7th June - 21st June
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

This online course explores the life-changing letters of St Paul – a man completely transformed by and into the crucified and resurrected Jesus.

The Roots of the Christian Story: Discovering the Old Testament

ON: Thursday 4th October
FROM: 9.30am - 12.30pm
WITH: Dr Pina Ford
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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!