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Catholic Social Teaching

ON: Thursday 24th August
FROM: 9.30am - 11.30am
WITH: Dr Terry Wilson
AT: Seminar Room - Catholic Pastoral Centre, 40A Mary Street, Highgate (parking available from Harold Street)

The Church’s social teaching, articulated through papal encyclicals and other papal documents, is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. This talk will cover the principles of the Church’s social teaching and the practical implications in our lives. 

13th National eConference: Gospel Leadership in Times of Chaos: the Hope of Pope Francis

ON: Friday 25th August
FROM: 10.00am - 2.00pm
WITH: Mr Paul kelly and Ms Elizabeth Proust AO and Professor Massimo Faggioli and Professor The Hon Bob Carr and Rev Dr Gerald A. Arbuckle SM and Sr Clare Condon SGS and Sr Ruth Durick OSU
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

In the past year, communities around the world have been grappling with socio-political change and uncertainty. Examples include the rise of fundamentalism, the growing violence and displacement of peoples in the Middle East, the election of numerous populist leaders such as Presidents Trump in the USA and Duterte in the Philippines, and Britain’s vote to leave the EU.  At this year’s BBI eConference, prominent speakers will reflect upon these turbulent times and discuss them in the context of Pope Francis’ unique style of leadership. Please register for catering services – lunch will be provided.

The eConference will be screened in the Clune Lecture Theatre.

Coming Home to the Heart of God

ON: Tuesdays 29th August - 19th September
FROM: 7.00pm - 9.00pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Highgate Parish, 50 Mary Street, Highgate

Our friends, the Mystics, have written about the singular connection to the heart of God, and the Church expresses great devotion to the Sacred Heart. What does it mean to come home to the heart of God, to realize that the One whom we desire dwells within us, and calls us to that ultimate union with Godself? Participants will explore the writings of Catherine of Siena and Margaret Ebner, Margaret Mary Alacoque, the Sacred Scriptures, the history and symbolism of the heart in art, a contemporary reflection on the Sacred Heart, and “our coming home to the heart of God.” Suggested donation $20.00.

 

The Mystery of God and Suffering

ON: Tuesdays 5th September - 19th September
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.15pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

This short, user friendly online course reads the Wisdom Literature in Scripture, especially Job and the Psalms, from the perspective of a person’s deepest hurts, failures, sins, sorrows and sufferings.

Bible Basics for Contemporary Times

ON: Thursdays 7th September - 28th September
FROM: 10.00am - 11.30am (4 sessions)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Newman Siena centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

Though it sits as a foundational component of the Christian faith, many people can struggle to understand the Bible; how we came to have it, how we use it and what is really in there. Even those who feel they are quite familiar with the Scriptures recognise there is always more to discover. This short course will look at how we can make sense of the Bible in the modern world. Various skills and concepts are explored including inspiration and truth, how the Bible was formed, how we can understand difficult parts, and what Catholics and Christians in general really believe about scripture.

Noongar Country & Catholic Ecological Connection

ON: Sunday 24th September
FROM: 11.00am - 3.00pm
WITH: Aboriginal Catholic Ministry team
AT: Whadjuk Noongar Country (meeting point will be at Kings Park)

A country experience exploring Kings Park on Whadjuk Noongar Country and the interconnectedness of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si. Suggested cost $25 – $50. However don’t let finances be an issue and contact us. BYO lunch and snacks. For information on where to meet, please contact Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Director Vicky Burrows on 9328 7529 or 0412 529 656

 

 

Where Does the Jesus Story Begin?

ON: Thursdays 12th October - 2nd November
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

The course takes its title and inspiration from Scripture scholar Denis McBride’s insightful book. We will explore where and how the gospel writers begin their stories of Jesus. Like overtures, the opening chapters of each gospel sound the storyline of what follows: the mystery of Jesus, Word made flesh, his ministry, message and invitation to live our own story to the full (Jn 10.10).

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Your Parish Building Relationships with the Aboriginal Community

ON: Saturday 21st October
FROM: 10.00am - 4.00pm
WITH: Aboriginal Catholic Ministry team
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

An opportunity to explore practical ways you and your parish can engage with the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and the Aboriginal community. The possibilities of an individual parish reconciliation plan and other tools will be explored. Morning and Afternoon Tea provided. BYO lunch. Cost – Donation.

The Gospel According to John

ON: Mondays 23rd October - 6th November
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.15pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

Our thirst for life is quenched by Jesus who came so that you and I may have abundant life (John 10:10). This short, user friendly online course explores our life in communion with Divine Love.

Seeking the Cosmic Christ in Laudato Si

ON: Wednesdays 25th October - 29th November
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (6 sessions)
WITH: Mr John Auer
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

“The destiny of all creation is bound up with the mystery of Christ, present from the beginning” – the Cosmic Christ described most beautifully in Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 1:15-17 (Laudato Si’, paragraph 99). Come explore how this cosmic vision of creation underpins and inspires Pope Francis’ magnificent encyclical, Laudato Si’.

Our Earth – Our Home

ON: Thursdays 2nd November - 23rd November
FROM: 7.30pm - 9.00pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Holy Rosary Parish, 46 Thomas Street, Nedlands

This course invites participants to embrace a rich spirituality that has been part of the Judeo-Christian Tradition for millennia. Spoken afresh today in Pope Francis Laudato Si Encyclical, this spirituality offers to equip us to meet the challenges we face as citizens in the 21st century. Run in a contemplative but interactive atmosphere, conversation will be sparked by the video Our Earth-Our Home designed for parish groups. Suggested donation $20.00

All in a Day’s Work: Martin Luther and the Reformation Road

ON: Thursdays 9th November - 30th November
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

31 October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the journey of Reformation by Martin Luther. The Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity presents us with two challenges: “the purification and healing of memories, and the restoration of Christian unity in accordance with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” This program will cover the history, spirituality, and theology of Martin Luther and the Catholic Church, including the most recent developments in the call for unity.

All in a Day’s Work: Martin Luther and the Reformation Road

ON: Thursdays 9th November - 30th November
FROM: 7.00pm -9.30pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Studio Curios, Catholic Education Centre, 50 Ruislip Street, Leederville

31 October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the journey of Reformation by Martin Luther. The Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity presents us with two challenges: “the purification and healing of memories, and the restoration of Christian unity in accordance with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” This program will cover the history, spirituality, and theology of Martin Luther and the Catholic Church, including the most recent developments in the call for unity. Suggested donation $20.

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.