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The Promise of Friendship, Forever: The Sacrament of Marriage

ON: Thursday 26th July
FROM: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
WITH: Fr Tom Scirghi S.J.
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

There is truth in the saying, “I married my best friend.” According to the philosopher Aristotle, in friendship we experience our friend as another self. For this reason marriage is the highest form of friendship. Still, the promises which the couple make on their wedding day sound audacious. How can anyone say “forever,” but with the grace of God?

Everything Ablaze: Meditating on the Mystical Vision of Teilhard de Chardin

ON: Wednesdays 1st August - 29th August
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (5 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

An exploration in book-club style of Everything Ablaze: Meditating on the Mystical Vision of Teilhard de Chardin by Rev Dr David Richo. In just 140 pages, Fr Richo offers us an inspirational and compelling synthesis of sound theology, scientific insight and practical spirituality for daily life. Book is included in Course payment.

Psalms: Very Human Prayers to God

ON: Thursdays 2nd August - 16th August
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

The psalms embody the vast array of human feelings we can take to God who is at the centre of every occurrence comprising your life and mine.

Nurturing Faith within the Home: Passing on Faith to Your Children

ON: Wednesdays 8th August - 5th September
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (5 sessions - 8th, 22nd & 29th August & 5th September - PLEASE NOTE NO CLASS ON 15TH AUGUST)
WITH: Dr Carmel Suart
AT: Bateman Parish 100 Dean Road, Bateman

“If parents are secure in their faith… then the faith will indeed be passed on to the next generation” – Sandra De Gidio. Held over four evenings in August, this course has been designed to affirm, encourage and support families in their endeavour to nurture faith within the home. The course will be divided into four sections: Understanding the domestic Church: what are families Called to do?; Teachable faith moments; Praying in the home and Rituals: Helping families create and celebrate. Please note: there will be an additional Prayer Family Event on 12 September at 6:00pm in which parents are encouraged to attend with their children to create their family prayer.

Event Cancelled – Contact ACM on Ph: (08) 9328 7529 or 0412 529 656 Indigenous Spirituality and Our Catholic Faith Reflection Afternoon

ON: Sunday 12th August
FROM: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
WITH: Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

CANCELLED – CONTACT ACM on :  Ph: (08) 9328 7529 or 0412 512 656

Join us for an afternoon to reflect on your relationship with God, drawing upon wisdom from Aboriginal spirituality and our Catholic Faith.

2018 eConference – Synodality in Practice: Listening to the Spirit and Leading Change

ON: Thursday 16th August
FROM: 10.00am - 4.00pm
WITH: Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Dr Gemma Cruz and Lana Turvey-Collins and Professor Massimo Faggioli and Professor Richard Lennan
AT: Screening at Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

This 14th National BBI-TAITE eConference will focus on engaging communities around Australia in a landmark discussion around the future vision and direction for the Catholic Church in the country. This discussion is timed to coincide with the 2020 Plenary Council – the first such synod for the Australian Church in 80 years. Speakers at this year’s eConference will focus on models of leadership in the contemporary Church, draw fresh insights from Pope Francis’ vision of synodality and examine how the upcoming Plenary Council may help promote a more inclusive, dialogical Church.          

Leaders that Listen: Synodality in Practice – Archbishop Mark Coleridge – Archbishop Coleridge is the Archbishop of Brisbane and Chair of the Bishops Commission for the 2020 Plenary Council

Synodality in Practice – Preparing for the Australian Plenary Council – Mrs Lana Turvey-Collins -Ms Turvey-Collins is the Plenary Council Facilitator

Structures of Synodality: Insights from Pope Francis – Professor Massimo Faggioli -Professor Faggioli is a Professor of Historical Theology, University of Villanova (Philadelphia), International Papal expert, theologian and political scientist.

Changes and the Church’s Traditions – Professor Richard Lennan -Professor Lennan is Professor of Systematic Theology at the School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College, USA.

Synodality, Community and the Margins – Dr Gemma Cruz – Dr Cruz is Senior Lecturer at the School of Theology, Institute of  Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University.

Exploring the Second Vatican Council: A Journey through Times and Documents (Part 1)

ON: Tuesdays 21st August - 25th September
FROM: 10.00am - 12.00pm (6 sessions)
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

Vatican Council II was one of the most significant gatherings in the Church, whose impact upon the lives of Catholics was immense. There are people who remember the Church “before and after” and those who only know the contemporary Church and who ask: what was all the fuss about?! This program will be offered in two Parts of 6 weeks each as an exploration of such topics as: The Lead-up to Vatican II (Church history), The Council is Called, a Study of the 16 Documents, Post-Vatican II Developments and Pope Francis and the Spirit of Vatican II. Part II of the program will be offered in Term 1 – 2019. Cost $50.00 (includes printouts of Vatican II documents)

Young, Smart and With it – is there Room for God

ON: Mondays 3rd September - 17th September
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.00pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: St Thomas More College (Quinlan Seminar Room)

Religious expressions can seem old, outdated and irrelevant especially for smart educated young adults who live in digital age with the world at their fingertips. These sessions will aim to engage sentiments such as this head on. Do we need God in our modern day and age? If so, why? Participants will be encouraged to ask tough questions about religion, the concept of church and God with an aim to unlocking some of the benefits of our religious traditions while remaining firmly engaged in the modern sophisticated world we live in.

Embracing the Nonviolent Teachings of Jesus

ON: Thursdays 6th September - 20th September
FROM: 10.00am - 12.00pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Mr Brendan McKeague
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

In his World Day of Peace message, 1 Jan 2017, Pope Francis stated that ‘to be true followers of Jesus today also includes embracing his teaching about nonviolence….I pledge the assistance of the Church in every effort to build peace through active and creative nonviolence.’ What did Jesus teach about nonviolence? How are we to embrace and live out his teachings? What does the challenge of ‘love your enemies’ mean in our time and place? These three interactive sessions will explore the meaning of violence and nonviolence, the witness of Jesus to nonviolence and key skills that help us to live a more nonviolent life.

Embracing the Nonviolent Teachings of Jesus

ON: Thursdays 6th September - 20th September
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Mr Brendan McKeague
AT: Como Parish 45 Thelma Street, Como

In his World Day of Peace message, 1 Jan 2017, Pope Francis stated that ‘to be true followers of Jesus today also includes embracing his teaching about nonviolence….I pledge the assistance of the Church in every effort to build peace through active and creative nonviolence.’ What did Jesus teach about nonviolence? How are we to embrace and live out his teachings? What does the challenge of ‘love your enemies’ mean in our time and place? These three interactive sessions will explore the meaning of violence and nonviolence, the witness of Jesus to nonviolence and key skills that help us to live a more nonviolent life.

The Books of Proverbs to Ecclesiasticus: There is a time for….

ON: Thursdays 13th September - 27th September
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

The psalms embody the vast array of human feelings we can take to God who is at the centre of every occurrence comprising your life and mine. This course reviews Biblical Wisdom – the pursuit of which Is our noblest endeavour; its attainment is to be with God.

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!

History of the Early Church: The Story Begins (Part 1)

ON: Thursdays 25th October - 29th November
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (6 sessions)
WITH: Dr Marco Ceccarelli
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

This course explores the life of the early Church, from its origins and development in the Jewish, Greek and Roman environment, to the Apostolic Fathers and Apologists that first defined its identity. We will look at how the early Christians suffered under the great persecutions until the rise of the Emperor Constantine and the Christianisation of the Roman Empire. Other points of focus will include the development of Christian understanding regarding the nature of God, the great Councils, the Holy Trinity, the relations between divinity and humanity in Christ, and the importance of seeing God’s purpose in the world. Part 2 will be offered in Term 2, 2019.