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Understanding the Relationship between Scripture and The Church

ON: Thursdays 3rd September - 24th September
FROM: 10:00am - 12:00pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Dr Peter Christofides
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

This course explores the foundations of Catholic Christian tradition from Old Testament concept of who God is and the New Testament revelation of Jesus: incarnate Son and Saviour. The course will also examine the faith communities that grew out of that experience. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge

The Domestic Church: Home is a Holy Place

ON: Thursday 24th September
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (Online)
WITH: Dr Carmel Suart - Director of Office of Christian Initiation
AT: Online

Where is God in your home? God is present within all the messiness of family life. How can we appreciate that the ordinary life and activity of our homes are vehicles of God’s love and grace? This one-off online evening event will address the challenge of making God’s presence more widely known, served and celebrated within the home. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.

Unpacking the Gospel of Mark

ON: Thursdays 22nd October - 12th November
FROM: 10:00am – 12:00pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

Mark has been described as a ‘Gospel in a hurry’. Its style and theological themes have an urgency about them which give Jesus and the kingdom he proclaims a certain edge. It is also has a confounding message of how Christ is fulfilling in himself the Old Testament hopes of a coming king, yet is one who suffers and is rejected. Join us as we survey the Gospel, examining these and other themes that seemed vital to Mark’s hopes of introducing a human image of Jesus, and asks, will you follow?

Modern Church History: From the Enlightenment to Vatican II Part 2: The Church in the Modern World and The Second Vatican Council

ON: Wednesdays 28th October - 25th November
FROM: 10:00am – 11:30am (5 sessions)
WITH: Dr Marco Ceccarelli
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre) AND Online

This second part of the course on modern church history ventures into the post-war period and explores the Catholic Church’s relationship with the modern world. Beginning with an assessment of the Church in Australia and Western Australia, the course will consider the importance of the Second Vatican Council, with a focus on its primary documents and their relevance to our faith formation today.

Adult Faith Foundational Programme – Part 3. On Earth as it is in Heaven: The Liturgy and Sacraments

ON: Mondays 2nd November - 16th November
FROM: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune LT) AND Online

As a pathway for the growth of our spiritual life laid out by the Church, the Liturgy and the Sacraments contribute to strengthening our relationship with God. However, for too many of us, they remain largely unexplained or in need of unpacking. This course will bring participants into a deeper understanding of the Liturgy and the Sacraments of the Church, with a particular focus on developing a stronger awareness of their purpose and impact in our lives. Over four terms, this four-part foundational programme will cover core topics of the Catholic tradition such as Church, the call to holiness liturgy, sacraments, Scriptures, missionary discipleship.

A Journey Through the Our Father: Advent Preparation with the Prayer of Christ, the Son

ON: Tuesdays 3rd November - 24th November
FROM: 10:00am – 11:30am (4 sessions, includes short break)
WITH: Ms Natalie Thomas
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

Advent and Christmas are on their way! Christ ‘became flesh and dwelt amongst us’ to bring us to God, the Father. As we approach advent, this course will walk participants through the meaning of the statements and petitions we make in the Our Father, the essential prayer Christ gave us. Utilising the reflections of Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, theologians, saints and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, you will discover how Christ gave us the Our Father to ‘form our inner being, to train us in His inner attitude’ toward the Father (Pope Benedict XVI). Please note, this course will also be held in the evening as an online course. Please click here for information.

A Journey Through the Our Father: Advent Preparation with the Prayer of Christ, the Son

ON: Tuesdays 3rd November - 24th November
FROM: 7:30pm – 8:30pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Ms Natalie Thomas
AT: Online

Advent and Christmas are on their way! Christ ‘became flesh and dwelt amongst us’ to bring us to God, the Father. As we approach advent, this course will walk participants through the meaning of the statements and petitions we make in the Our Father, the essential prayer Christ gave us. Utilising the reflections of Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, theologians, saints and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, you will discover how Christ gave us the Our Father to ‘form our inner being, to train us in His inner attitude’ toward the Father (Pope Benedict XVI). Please note, this course will also be held in during the day time as a face to face, On-site course. Please click here for information.

Prayer as we Await the Nativity

ON: Thursdays 5th November - 26th November
FROM: 7:30pm - 8:30pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

Using Scripture and art to help us pray, this user-friendly online course enters the heart of Mary as she gave her ‘yes’ at the Annunciation.  Her ‘yes’ gave birth to Him who upholds the universe. And our struggle to be a constant ‘yes’ is our greatest work for the world and our most profound prayer for Christmas.

Towards Plenary 2021 – Discovering a Christ-Centred Church that is Prayerful and Eucharistic

ON: Thursday 5th November
FROM: 5:30pm – 6:45pm
WITH: Sr Kerry Willison RSM
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Room S1.01)

A significant number of the answers submitted in the Plenary Council Listening and Dialogue and Listening and Discernment phases focused on the need for the Church in Australia to value and prioritise prayer and the Eucharist.  Being ‘prayerful’ is part of a broad tradition which entails being in constant connection with God in personal and communal ways. The word ‘Eucharistic’ is also best understood in the largest sense, encompassing all that draws us towards the Eucharistic table. As the Second Vatican Council taught, “Christ is always present in His Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 7). This talk will address the important role that prayer and liturgy play in the Australian Catholic Church and their fundamental contribution to the church of the future.

IDEAL FOR YOUNG ADULTS Living a ‘Good Life’: An Introduction to the Moral Virtues

ON: Wednesdays 11th November - 2nd December
FROM: 7:30pm – 8:30pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Catholic Pastoral Centre, 40A Mary St, Highgate AND Online

In partnership with Catholic Youth Ministry, Perth, this course is aimed at young adults and those interested in learning the Church’s deep and inspiring understanding of Moral Theology. God wants us to lead a life that is good. But why? In this course, we will take a look at ethics and what is defined as living a good life. Is it simply following the rules? What happens if I can’t follow all the rules? Is there a difference between good for the religious person and those who are not religious or are not sure about their faith? These are some of the questions that moral theology covers and more. What a great way to prepare for Advent! A light supper will be provided.

Towards Plenary 2021 – Discovering a Christ-Centred Church that is Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal

ON: Thursday 19th November
FROM: 5:30pm – 6:45pm
WITH: Deacon Greg Lowe (WA Catholic Migrant Refugee Office) and Ms Donella Brown - (Director- Aboriginal Catholic Ministry)
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Room S1.01)

A key theme highlighted by the recent consultation process for the Plenary Council 2020 was the importance of the need for the Church in Australia to be Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal. One aspect of this discussion was a greater openness to, and celebration of, the diverse cultures found within Australia. Delivered by two speakers, this talk lays emphasis on the valuable role that migrant communities and Indigenous Australians play within a multicultural Australian Church that moves together with Christ and on the way of Christ.

Catholic Social Teaching Series: Faith in Action God & Migration: Towards a Theology of Migration Part 1

ON: Friday 20th November
FROM: 9:30am - 11:30am
WITH: Deacon Greg Lowe (WA Catholic Migrant Refugee Office) and Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune LT) AND Online

Within a lecture format, Fr Thomas Groody’s theology of migration will be explored in four parts: Imago Dei, Verbum Dei, Missio Dei and Visio Dei.  Part 1 will examine the Imago Dei and Verbum Dei. Participants will learn that the migration phenomena can be understood as a way of thinking about God and human life. Participants will also learn that the migration phenomena is a call, spiritually speaking, to cross borders and overcome barriers as an expression of the Christian mission of reconciliation.

Catholic Social Teaching Series: Faith in Action God & Migration: Towards a Theology of Migration Part 2

ON: Friday 27th November
FROM: 9:30am - 11:30am
WITH: Deacon Greg Lowe (WA Catholic Migrant Refugee Office) and Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune LT) AND Online

Within a lecture format, Fr Thomas Groody’s theology of migration will be explored in four parts: Imago Dei, Verbum Dei, Missio Dei and Visio Dei. Part 2 will examine the Missio Dei and Visio Dei. Participants will learn that the migration phenomena can be understood as a way of thinking about God and human life. Participants will also learn that the migration phenomena is a call, spiritually speaking, to cross borders and overcome barriers as an expression of Christian faith.