Courses and Events
The ancients valued wisdom more than anything else; even greater than the finest gold or more important the purest silver is what the book of Proverbs tells us. Why did they value such a thing so much? What does it mean to be wise and how is it useful in our lives today? This course will introduce participants to the richness contained in the Bible’s wisdom literature, answering such questions and more. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.
The season of Lent is sometimes equated with extra spiritual activities and being more disciplined in how we live as Christians in today’s world. What if taking a Sabbatical approach could be just as supportive of our spiritual journey? We will review the meaning of Sabbath, applying the four characteristics of Sabbatical living to the Lenten journey in a reflective way. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.
During the liturgical period of Lent we are called to stop, reflect and prepare ourselves for Easter. Why does the Church call us to this special time of reflection? What is the meaning of Lent and how can this time transform us? The main themes for each week of the course will be: the origins, history and purpose of Lent; the penitential time before Easter; a time of conversion before Baptism; and the Paschal Triduum. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation. All are welcome!
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. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.
Immerse yourself into Lent with this captivating “Book Club” style course that follows insights offered by Ronald Rolheiser OMI in his book: The Passion and the Cross: Daily Readings for Lent. Price of book included in full cost. This course is also offered in the evening at Nollamara parish. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation. For evening times please click here!
Immerse yourself into Lent with this captivating “Book Club” style that course follows insights offered by Ronald Rolheiser OMI in his book: The Passion and the Cross: Daily Readings for Lent. Price of book included in full cost. This course is also offered during the day at Newman Siena Centre. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation. For daytime info please click here!
The Lenten journey asks us to slow down and allow the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to penetrate and illuminate our days revealing their beauty and purpose. In stillness and prayer, our hearts have an opportunity to open and accept God’s relentless desire to find us and be with us, to heal us and feast us from divine abundance. Over the course of three evenings, we will explore the theme of the Good Shepherd, a theme which spans the Old and New Testaments and was the primary way in which Christians in the early Church knew Jesus. All are welcome!
CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.
This course offers a friendly introduction to the writings of the spiritual giant, St John of the Cross. We will see that, far from being formidable, John shows us how to flourish in God’s love. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.
The Catholic Church is one of Australia’s largest employers – with over 180 000 employees engaged in diocesan and parish administration, pastoral care, education, health, aged care, welfare and community services. Underpinning its work is a long-standing and well-established Catholic Social Teaching that spells out the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees. Editor of Good Works: The Catholic Church as an Employer in Australia (2015), Dr Terry Wilson, will unpack this teaching for us and articulate its efficiency within an Australian context. (Morning tea included)
Held on World Heritage Day 2019, this conference explores some lesser known aspects of Catholicism in Australia over the last three centuries. Beginning with a lecture from Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe SDB, three papers will be delivered from unique perspectives by noted scholars on Australian Catholic history. These will be followed by an afternoon of workshops focusing on Parish Archives and Cultural Heritage. Join us in celebrating Western Australia’s Catholic cultural heritage within the confines of a state-listed heritage site. This event is co-hosted by the Archdiocese’s Centre for Faith Enrichment and the Archives Office. It will be held in the Cathedral’s Parish Centre, located in the Cathedral undercroft.
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB
Dr Catherine Kovesi – University of Melbourne (Keynote address).
Keeping the Faith in Faithless Times: How the Hungarian Poor Sisters of Notre Dame of Kalocsa came to Provide a Rest Home for Ladies in Western Australia
Adjunct Professor Jeff Kildea – University of New South Wales.
Absence or Amnesia: Was the Golden West really free from ‘the noxious weed of sectarianism’ that blighted early twentieth-century Australia?
Dr Christine Choo – Historian and Social Researcher
Daughters of Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles – the first order of indigenous nuns in Australia, 1938 – 1951.
PARISH ARCHIVIST’S WORKSHOP
Where was I baptised? – The Central Catholic Baptismal Database
Brendan Sweeney, Archives Office, Archdiocese of Perth
NOT JUST A FILING CLERK
Establishing a Parish Archives
Geraldine Rees, Parish Archivist, Greenmount Catholic Parish
A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY
Finding Aids at the Catholic Archives Office
John Foster, Volunteer, Archives Office, Archdiocese of Perth
ASSESSING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MUSEUM ITEMS
Managing your Museum Objects
Stephen Anstey, Head of Department, History, Western Australian Museum
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This two-week course follows from the Lenten Course of Term 1, with a new focus on Jesus’ Resurrection. We continue in book-club style using Fr Ronald Rolheiser’s The Passion and the Cross but now proceed to the chapter entitled “The Resurrection – Every Grave Opens Up!” These two evenings are designed to stimulate hope-filled insights along with the Easter gifts of ever-deepening peace and surprising joy of Jesus’ Resurrection. Please note, those who did not take the first Lenten part of the course are most welcome to attend.
Pope Francis notes that “every home is a lampstand” and that “the home must continue to be the place where we learn to appreciate the meaning and beauty of the faith.” Using the early Church notions of Koinonia, Diakonia, Liturgia and Didache, this series of talks explores the idea of the Christian home as a place of welcome, formation, celebration and service. It breaks open the idea of making home a place where everyone can encounter the Gospel (children, teens, young adults and adults). All are welcome!
God wants us to lead a life that is good. But why would this be so? What does a ‘good life’ look like? Is it simply following 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 deals with and that we will explore in this lecture.
Within a workshop format, the person of the refugee will be explored through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. Various calls to action will also be identified linking our faith to social justice activity in the spirit of Matthew 25: 35. (Morning tea included)
The opening books of the Bible, known as the Pentateuch, contain some of the most renowned stories of Sacred Scripture. Though relatively well-known among Christians and often depicted in popular culture, the deeper implications and understandings of these stories are often missed. This course will unpack some of these stories and see how they lay down the foundation for the Christian faith. Doing so, we will discover that they are as important today as they have ever been.
In this workshop, the question of how Catholics should respond to vulnerable migrants and refugees will be explored. Pope Francis’ message marking World Migrant & Refugee Sunday and the Catholic understanding of the Dignity of the human person will be our guide. (Morning tea included)
Upon publishing the Dogmatic Constitution on The Church, Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council stated that the Church is “the people of God”, and that each person within the Church is called to be Priest, Prophet and King. This understanding affirms the common identity and equal dignity of everyone in the Church and sheds light on the ‘call to holiness’ for all. What does this mean for us in the 21st Century? How can we best respond to this life of holiness? Join us for four evenings as we address these questions and enrich our understanding of faith.
This course continues the exploration of the life of the early Church, with a focus on Saint Augustine, the Christian understanding of the nature of God, the great Councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon, the relations between divinity and humanity in Christ, the birth of Monasticism, the development of the Papacy and the importance of seeing God’s purpose in the world. Having undertaken Early Church History – Part 1 is not a prerequisite for taking this course. All are welcome! CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge
Join us for an afternoon during which you can reflect on your relationship with God, drawing upon the wisdom of Aboriginal spirituality and our Catholic faith. There will be moments of deep reflection and listening through art, Biblical stories, creation stories and each other.
This book-club style course explores the widely practised method of “Centering Prayer” taught by the late Fr Thomas Keating O.C.S.O. Fr Thomas referred to Centering Prayer as “the contemplative dimension of the Gospel” and described is as “moving into the realm as the greatest adventure”. Fr Thomas’ book Open Mind, Open Heart will be used as our guide.
Weekly sessions will include some practice of Centering Prayer. Cost $55.00 (includes a copy of the book)
We celebrate our faith in a personal relationship with God: “This relationship is prayer” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2558). Join us as we explore what prayer is, the difference between saying prayers and praying, the many ways we pray as Catholics, and our daily call to deepen our unique relationship with God. All are welcome
This workshop will discuss the difference between a person who has refugee status and a person seeking asylum will be examined within a political and theological context. The specific pastoral needs of these vulnerable persons will be explored, along with ways in which the Catholic parish and Catholic school can assist in enabling newly arrived refugee person or those seeking asylum. This workshop is most suitable for Parish and School leaders interested in promoting the ‘human face’ of the refugee and asylum seeker story in their communities. It would also be suitable for those parishioners wishing to work with migrants and refugees. (Morning tea included)
On these three Thursday evenings, we look for God in creation. Special attention will be on seeing God in music, art and nature.