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The Birth of Jesus and Christmas

ON: Thursdays 5th December - 19th December
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

This user-friendly online course looks at the origins and ‘developments’ of celebrating Christmas throughout the world while always returning to ‘reason for the season’ – the birth of Jesus. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.

Exploring Faith: Theology for Beginners

ON: Mondays 10th February - 23rd March
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (6 sessions - No Class 2 March)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

Theology is all about making sense of God, what we believe in and the many ways that those beliefs affect our lived reality. This course is designed to open up the rich world of theological thought that has always been an integral part of the Christian faith experience. It introduces some major themes of Catholic Christian theology including ideas on God, sacred scripture, what it means to live the “good life” and how we can better understand notions such as community and Church.

Plenary Council 2020 – Stage 2 Listening and Discernment. Theme in Focus: Humble, Healing and Merciful

ON: Tuesday 18th February
FROM: 10.00am - 12.00pm
WITH: The CFE Team
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Room S.101)

The second stage of the Plenary Council process invites us to continue to listen to what the Spirit is saying as we move from listening and dialogue into listening and discernment. Along with parishes in the Archdiocese of Perth, the Centre for Faith Enrichment will be hosting listening and discernment sessions as we discern how God is calling us to be a Christ centred Church that is: Missionary and evangelising; Inclusive, participatory and synodal; Prayerful and Eucharistic; Humble, healing and merciful; A joyful, hope-filled and servant community; Open to conversion renewal and reform. Join us on one or all the dates listed!

Plenary Council 2020 – Stage 2 Listening and Discernment. Theme in Focus: A Joyful, Hope-Filled and Servant Community

ON: Wednesday 19th February
FROM: 1.30pm - 3.30pm
WITH: The CFE Team
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Room S.101)

The second stage of the Plenary Council process invites us to continue to listen to what the Spirit is saying as we move from listening and dialogue into listening and discernment. Along with parishes in the Archdiocese of Perth, the Centre for Faith Enrichment will be hosting listening and discernment sessions as we discern how God is calling us to be a Christ centred Church that is: Missionary and evangelising; Inclusive, participatory and synodal; Prayerful and Eucharistic; Humble, healing and merciful; A joyful, hope-filled and servant community; Open to conversion renewal and reform. Join us on one or all the dates listed!

St Teresa of Avila: Fifty Years as Doctor of the Church

ON: Thursdays 20th February - 5th March
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

St Teresa of Avila’s writings on prayer helped reform the Carmelites and nourish millions of people. In 1970, Saint Pope John Paul II declared her the first woman Doctor of the Church. This user-friendly online course presents and delves into these remarkable writings.

Plenary Council 2020 – Stage 2 Listening and Discernment. Theme in Focus: Open to Conversion, Renewal and Reform

ON: Thursday 20th February
FROM: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
WITH: The CFE Team
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Room S.101)

The second stage of the Plenary Council process invites us to continue to listen to what the Spirit is saying as we move from listening and dialogue into listening and discernment. Along with parishes in the Archdiocese of Perth, the Centre for Faith Enrichment will be hosting listening and discernment sessions as we discern how God is calling us to be a Christ centred Church that is: Missionary and evangelising; Inclusive, participatory and synodal; Prayerful and Eucharistic; Humble, healing and merciful; A joyful, hope-filled and servant community; Open to conversion renewal and reform. Join us on one or all the dates listed!

Using Greek to Unlock Biblical Terms

ON: Fridays 21st February - 27th March
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (6 sessions)
WITH: Dr Peter Christofides
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

When reading the Scriptures, we find words that are difficult to understand.  Over six weeks, we will discover the “real meaning” of the following words: DISCIPLE, GLORY, EVANGELISM, GRACE, FELLOWSHIP, CHURCH and see how these words apply to our lives today. Most of our English translations of the Bible are great interpretations of the original Hebrew or Greek. However, in any translation, not everything that was communicated in the original language can be precisely conveyed in another language. Some nuances do not transfer well from one language to another.  As a result, a translation rarely is a perfect version of the original. Let us “bridge the gap” together and get “FUEL FOR THE JOURNEY”.

The Fullness of Joy: How to pursue Virtue in our Daily Lives

ON: Thursdays 27th February - 12th March
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Mr Derek Boylen - Director of Centre for Life, Marriage and Family Office
AT: Morley Parish, 47 Wellington Road, Morley

Our Catholic faith gives us a great road map for becoming the best version of ourselves. More specifically, it indicates the virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, courage, and faith, hope, and charity as means through which we can achieve this. The Catechism tells us that the virtues allow people not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of themselves. This series of talks explores what virtues are, the habits and dispositions that lead to a virtuous life and practical steps for making positive change.

Reading the Signs of the Times – Moving from Social Justice Thought to Action

ON: Thursdays 27th February - 5th March
FROM: 9.30am - 11.30am (2 sessions - morning tea included)
WITH: Ms Carol Mitchell - Director - Justice Ecology and Development Office (JEDO)
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

Over two workshops – ‘Reading the Signs of the Times’ through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and thinking will be explored. This will be inclusive of the Six National Themes for Discernment for the 2020 Plenary Council and various social justice issues including the 2019/20 Social Justice Statement, Making it Real – Genuine Human Encounter in our Digital World. Session 1 will focus on Parish Social Justice Action Groups and incorporating social justice in other parish ministries. Session 2 will explore social justice action through parish hubs; and through a CST Book Club format. As St Mary MacKillop stated: “Never see a need without doing something about it”

Discerning Lent One Reading at a Time

ON: Tuesdays 3rd March - 17th March
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Crawley Parish (St Thomas More College Chapel) 48 Mounts Bay Rd, Crawley

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 the texts typically used during the Lenten season in a sophisticated yet accessible manner and, thus, help us find wonderful lessons for this special season and for life in general. All are welcome!

Lent as a season of Lament and Praise of God’s Merciful Love

ON: Thursdays 12th March - 26th March
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

This course will reflect upon Psalms of Lament selected from the Church’s Lenten and Holy Week liturgies. These psalms put us in touch with the heartfelt prayer of Jesus to his Abba, Father, during his Passion. They reach into the aspirations of our own hearts in this sacred season. Join us as we engage the Scriptures through the timeless Laments of the Biblical Psalms (Sunday cycle A & weekday cycle 2).

Lent as a season of Lament and Praise of God’s Merciful Love

ON: Thursdays 12th March - 26th March
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Nollamara Parish, 269 Flinders Street, Nollamara

This course will reflect upon Psalms of Lament selected from the Church’s Lenten and Holy Week liturgies. These psalms put us in touch with the heartfelt prayer of Jesus to his Abba, Father, during his Passion. They reach into the aspirations of our own hearts in this sacred season. Join us as we engage the Scriptures through the timeless Laments of the Biblical Psalms (Sunday cycle A & weekday cycle 2).

An Insight into Beauty: The Saint John’s Bible

ON: Thursday 12th March
FROM: 9.30am - 11.30am
WITH: Dr Angela McCarthy
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

The Saint John’s Bible features 160 major original artworks, created over 13 years by a team of 30 artisans. Originally commissioned by the Benedictine Monks, the Bible is part of the “Saint John’s Bible Project” that began in 1998. The volumes were created by an international team of 30 calligraphers and artists over a 13-year period. Limited to 299 sets of 7 volumes, each volume represents a portion of text and illustrations from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible. The Bible explores the life of Jesus Christ and the early journeys of the Church in stunning detail. Striking features include the scattered use of gold leaf which represents the ‘divine’, while the use of silver/platinum reflects the principle of wisdom and detailed iconography symbolises God’s omnipresence.

Adult Faith Foundational Programme – Part 1 – What is the Church? A Journey through Themes, Ideas and Documents

ON: Tuesdays 24th March - 7th April
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: North Beach Parish - 3 Kitchener Street, North Beach

The word Church is a translation of the Greek word Ecclesia, (Εκκληςια) which means an assembly. The Church is the assembly, or gathering of the people who respond to Jesus Christ. What role des the Church play in Christian history and contemporary life? How can the Church work toward God’s ultimate purpose for human beings? Join us as we draw from the richness of the Catholic tradition to uncover the true meaning of Church for us. Over four terms, this four-part foundational programme will cover core topics of the Catholic tradition such as Church, liturgy, sacraments, Scriptures and the call to holiness.

Saints Thérèse, Louis and Zelie Come to Perth

ON: Thursdays 26th March - 9th April
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (Online)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

The relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and those of her parents, Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, will visit Perth this year. To appreciate this visit all the more, the Centre for Faith Enrichment is presenting this user-friendly online course exploring the spirituality of these remarkable people.