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Courses and Events


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. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.


EVENT CANCELLED – World Heritage Day Lecture Series 2020 – A Discontented Civilisation: Losing the Knowledge of God in the Digital Age

ON: Friday 3rd April
FROM: 9.30am - 1.00pm (morning tea provided)
WITH: Dr Alex Deagon FHEA and Dr Colin Barr and Mr Greg Sheridan AO
AT: The Archdiocesan Lecture Theatre - 450 Hay Street, Perth (Wilson's Parking at 517 Hay Street, Perth)
Dear Friends,
Unfortunately this event has been CANCELLED due to the Coronavirus situation. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The Centre for Faith Enrichment

Unpacking Catholic Social Teaching in an Australian Context

ON: Tuesday 5th May
FROM: 10.00am - 11.30am (Online)
WITH: Prof Matthew C. Ogilvie
AT: Online

This online presentation will be in two parts. The first will outline key parts of the Church’s social teaching with a focus on social issues in Australia. The second will encourage and challenge participants to apply the Church’s social teaching. They will be asked to advise a Church, community or government group on how Catholic social teaching can make a difference to specific social concerns affecting Australians today. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Parables of Jesus: Sheep, Goats, Feasting and Living in the Kingdom

ON: Thursdays 7th May - 21st May
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions - Online)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

This user-friendly online course explores Jesus’ parables about what it means to live the life of the Kingdom here and now. We will look at: the last judgement; the wedding and great banquets; the rich man and Lazarus; the 10 pounds and talents; and the labourers in the vineyard.

Christian Autobiographies: Sacred Stories for the New Evangelisation

ON: Thursdays 21st May - 28th May
FROM: 10.00am - 11.30am (2 sessions - Online)
WITH: Fr Tom Scirghi S.J. - Visiting Scholar from Fordham University, New York
AT: Online

Christianity has been called “the greatest story ever told.” This story spread far and wide by people who told of their experience with Jesus Christ. Over time many more have written autobiographies telling of their conversion to Christ and the difference he made in their lives. If Christianity is to remain viable in a growing secular society, we need to hear the stories of the difference Christ makes in our lives. In this course we will discuss several of the “masters” in Christianity and reflect upon our own stories of faith.

Theology of the Body for Daily Living

ON: Tuesdays 2nd June - 16th June
FROM: 10.00 - 11.30am (3 sessions - Online)
WITH: Mr Derek Boylen - Director of Centre for Life, Marriage and Family
AT: Online

Saint John Paul II provided the Church with a profound, rich teaching on the meaning of human sexuality and relationships. This course provides a broad overview of his Theology of the Body and looks specifically at its implications for daily living. Saint John Paul II calls us to deeply explore ideas like original solitude, original unity, original nakedness and original sin. What significance do these ideas hold for us now and how is St John Paul II inviting us into more authentic relationships with one another and with God? Join us for this user friendly online course!

Bible Basics for Contemporary Times

ON: Tuesdays 2nd June - 23rd June
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (4 sessions - Online)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Online

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. This online course will look at how we can make sense of the Bible in the modern world. Various skills and concepts will be 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.

Modern Church History: From the Enlightenment to Vatican II Part 1: The Age of Reason, Revolution and the World Wars

ON: Wednesdays 3rd June - 1st July
FROM: 10.00am - 11.30am (5 sessions - Online)
WITH: Dr Marco Ceccarelli
AT: Online

This online course will explore the Catholic Church’s relationship with the modern world as it responded to great events such as the French Revolution, the enlightenment, the missionary movement, the revival in biblical, theological and liturgical studies and the rise of totalitarianism in the 20th century.

Understanding Identity, Sexuality and Theology of the Body

ON: Wednesdays 3rd June - 24th June
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (4 sessions - Online)
WITH: Ms Natalie Thomas
AT: Online

Through his Theology of the Body, Saint Pope John Paul II gave the Church a deep new understanding of the purpose of the human body. He emphasised the theme of love as self-gift and saw the body as the means to love in the image of God. This online lecture series explores the role and dignity of the human body as male and female in God’s great plan for us. Topics include original nakedness, sexual unity, the Fall, our Redemption in Christ, marriage, celibacy and an explanation of the Church’s teaching on the sacredness of human life and contraception.

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

ON: Mondays 8th June - 22nd June
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions - Online)
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Online

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.

Parables of Jesus: Being Found by the God Who Seeks Us

ON: Thursdays 11th June - 25th June
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions - Online)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

This user-friendly online course explores Jesus’ parables on seeking and being found, and being right with God. We will look at: the unforgiving slave; the lost sheep, coin and son; the good Samaritan; the unjust judge; and the pharisee and toll collector.

Faith in Action: The Refugee Person in Need & Catholic Social Teaching – Part 1

ON: Friday 12th June
FROM: 9.30am - 11.00am (Online)
WITH: Deacon Greg Lowe (WA Catholic Migrant Refugee Office) and Mrs Anita Finneran (Catholic Institute)
AT: Online

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. All are welcome.

Faith in Action: The Refugee Person in Need & Catholic Social Teaching – Part 2

ON: Friday 19th June
FROM: 9.30am - 11.00am (Online)
WITH: Deacon Greg Lowe (WA Catholic Migrant Refugee Office) and Mrs Anita Finneran (Catholic Institute)
AT: Online

Within a workshop format, how Catholics should respond to vulnerable migrants and refugees will be explored through the teaching of Pope Francis’ message marking World Migrant & Refugee Sunday and the Catholic understanding of the Dignity of the human person.