Courses and Events
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! CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.
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. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.
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) CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.
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. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.
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. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.
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) CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.
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! CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.
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) CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.
On these three Thursday evenings, we look for God in creation. Special attention will be on seeing God in music, art and nature. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.
This workshop will explore how youth ministry can support young people to move and grow from participation in youth ministry to exercise their discipleship as adults in broader parish and community life. If youth ministry gathers for the purpose of sending out, how can our youth ministries and initiatives best prepare young people for that future? If our purpose is sending young people out into mission, into the full life of the Church and world, then how does our youth ministry best prepare them for this leadership in faith? Join us as we explore one of the most pressing topics of our time!