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Vulnerability in Christ: The Key to Freedom and Redemption

ON: Thursdays 6th August - 27th August
FROM: 10.00am - 11.30am (4 sessions)
WITH: Ms Natalie Thomas
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

Vulnerability often hurts. Yet Christ teaches us that vulnerability is the key to our freedom and Redemption. This course will explore what vulnerability really means, how Christ took upon himself our vulnerability to redeem it for our good, and how we can move from experiences of violations of our vulnerability to entrusting our vulnerable self to God, so we can take meaningful risks in freedom to participate in our Redemption in Christ.

The Word Became Flesh: Exploring the Incarnation

ON: Thursdays 6th August - 20th August
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

This user-friendly course explores the incarnation of the Word of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth – His words, deeds, and life. We will consider how the Scriptures proclaimed Him as the Lord and long-awaited Christ, and how the early Church proclaimed Him as fully human and fully divine. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.

Catholic Social Teaching Series Faith in Action: Scripture & Migration Part 1 – Hebrew Scriptures

ON: Friday 7th August
FROM: 9.30am - 11.30am
WITH: Deacon Greg Lowe (WA Catholic Migrant Refugee Office) and Dr Judith Woodward
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre) and ONLINE

Within a workshop format, this session will look at the history of migration as part of the journey of faith in God. The workshop will examine key scripture passages in order to further understand the link between the phenomena of migration and belief in the God of Abraham.

Catholic Social Teaching Series Faith in Action: Scripture & Migration Part 2 – Christian Scriptures

ON: Friday 14th August
FROM: 9.30am - 11.00am
WITH: Deacon Greg Lowe (WA Catholic Migrant Refugee Office) and Dr Judith Woodward
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre) and ONLINE

Within a workshop format, this session will look at why the migration event is an intrinsic part of the faith journey. The workshop will also look at Jesus’ experience of migration from the Godhead to Egypt; from the Cross to the Resurrection. This course will be both ON-SITE and it will be live-streamed ONLINE.

Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments: A Journey with Pope Francis

ON: Tuesdays 25th August - 15th September
FROM: 10.00am - 12.00pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Dr Carmel Suart - Director of Office of Christian Initiation
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

Sacraments are portals through which the Lord brings all the power and grace that flow from his death and resurrection. Each sacrament opens us to a personal encounter with Jesus. In this course, the richness of the Sacraments will be explored through the eyes, mind and heart of Pope Francis. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge

Towards the Plenary Council 2020 Understanding a Missionary and Evangelising Church

ON: Thursday 27th August
FROM: 5.30pm - 6.45pm
WITH: Rev Fr Vincent Glynn BTh STL LLB
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Room S.101)

A key theme highlighted by the recent consultation process for the Plenary Council 2020 was the importance of the need for the Church in Australia to be an evangelising Church – a Church that understands its mission and purpose in the world of today and into the future. But what is this evangelisation that has been called for by many of the recent Popes? Who is it for? What is the Holy Spirit saying to the Church in Australia about this important work? Looking at the writings coming from the Church we will seek to understand what evangelisation is, who is it aimed at and how it is the proclamation of both the Gospel and of the person of Christ. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.

What does it mean to be The Church in the 21st Century: How we got here and where are we meant to be?

ON: Tuesdays 1st September - 22nd September
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.45pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Online

The Church tells us that as “the people of God” (Gaudium et Spes, 11), 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. Where did such understandings come from and what does it mean for us today?  How can we best respond to this life of holiness in the reality of the 21st century? Join us for four evenings online as we address these and other questions and enrich our understanding of faith. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.

IDEAL FOR YOUNG ADULTS – Saint John Paul II’s understanding of Freedom, Love and Responsibility

ON: Wednesdays 2nd September - 23rd September
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (4 sessions - includes a light supper)
WITH: Ms Natalie Thomas
AT: Catholic Pastoral Centre, 40A Mary St, Highgate (entry via carpark off Harold st)

In partnership with Catholic Youth Ministry, Perth, this course is aimed at young adults and those interested in learning the Church’s deep and inspiring understanding of sexuality and sexual ethics. It will focus on Saint Pope John Paul II’s book Love and Responsibility, which arose from his pastoral care of young people, couples preparing for marriage and married couples. The idea behind the book was to assist people in maturing their “eros” from attraction, to romantic love and to true friendship, to the surrender of self in spousal love. We will discuss JPII’s concept of the primacy of the person in love, the sexual drive as part of our personhood, dealing with shame, the true meaning of chastity, and living justice in marriage. A light supper will be provided.

Understanding the Relationship between Scripture and The Church

ON: Thursdays 3rd September - 24th September
FROM: 10:00am - 12:00pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Dr Peter Christofides
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

This course explores the foundations of Catholic Christian tradition from Old Testament concept of who God is and the New Testament revelation of Jesus: incarnate Son and Saviour. The course will also examine the faith communities that grew out of that experience. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge

I Will Be with You Always: Christ as Saviour and Redeemer

ON: Thursdays 3rd September - 17th September
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

In this user-friendly course, we look at the various ways the Risen Christ continues His presence with us today as Saviour and Redeemer. Particular attention will be given to the topics of suffering, injustice, death, love, friendship, and compassion. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.

Adult Faith Foundational Programme – Part 2. Responding to the Call to Holiness

ON: Mondays 7th September - 21st September
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre) and ONLINE

The Second Vatican Council document, Lumen Gentium, tells us that “in the Church, everyone whether belonging to the hierarchy, or being cared for by it, is called to holiness, according to the saying of the Apostle: ‘For this is the will of God, your sanctification’”. As we come to know ourselves, this call makes itself more pronounced in our life. How do we respond to this call? How do we recognise those nudges of the Holy Spirit that direct us towards holiness? Over four terms, this four-part foundational programme will cover core topics of the Catholic tradition such as Church, the call to holiness, liturgy, sacraments, Scriptures and missionary discipleship. This course will be both ON-SITE and it will be live-streamed ONLINE. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.

Catholic Social Teaching Series Faith in Action: The Pope’s Message on Migrants & Refugees

ON: Friday 11th September
FROM: 9.30am - 11.00am
WITH: Deacon Greg Lowe (WA Catholic Migrant Refugee Office)
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre) and ONLINE

Within a workshop format, Pope Francis’ message for World Migrant & Refugee Sunday 2020 will be explored. This course will be both ON-SITE and it will be live-streamed ONLINE. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.

Catholic Social Teaching Series Faith in Action: Theology of Hospitality & The Welcoming Parish

ON: Friday 18th September
FROM: 9.30am - 11.00am
WITH: Deacon Greg Lowe (WA Catholic Migrant Refugee Office)
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre) and ONLINE

Within a workshop format, the notion of hospitality as a way of understanding God will be explored; passages from the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures will be studied to support this understanding of God as a gratuitous, hospitable being. Our stance towards welcoming the newcomer at the parish level will be discussed including any barriers around cultural and religious difference that may be present. This course will be both ON-SITE and it will be live-streamed ONLINE. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.

The Domestic Church: Home is a Holy Place

ON: Thursday 24th September
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (Online)
WITH: Dr Carmel Suart - Director of Office of Christian Initiation
AT: Online

Where is God in your home? God is present within all the messiness of family life. How can we appreciate that the ordinary life and activity of our homes are vehicles of God’s love and grace? This one-off online evening event will address the challenge of making God’s presence more widely known, served and celebrated within the home. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.