Courses and Events
Vatican Council II was one of the most significant gatherings in the Church. There are people who remember the Church “before and after” the Council and those who only know the contemporary Church and who ask: what was all the fuss about?! This second part of the program will continue to explore the 16 Vatican II Documents, Post-Vatican II Developments and Pope Francis and the Spirit of Vatican II. Cost $50.00 includes printouts of Vatican II documents. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.
In this course we will explore the spiritual writings of the Fourteenth Century mystic, Julian of Norwich and consider the ways in which Julian’s insights can inspire our lives in the Twenty-first Century. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.
Have you had a chance to answer the question: What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time? Between now and Ash Wednesday 2019, we have been invited to participate in the first phase of the Plenary Council: an open and inclusive process of listening, dialogue and discernment about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. Join us on 13 February or 26 February to take part in open Listening and Dialogue sessions and have your say.
We encourage you visit the well-equipped and informative Plenary Council website before attending the session. Please click here
Within a workshop format, Gospel non-violence and ‘just peace’ will be explored through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching with various calls to action being identified. Papal messages of peace will be discussed, including the 52nd World Day of Peace Message that is marked on the 1st of January 2019. In his new year message, Pope Francis highlights the need for politics to be at the service of peace, with dialogue and mutual trust being critical. (Morning tea included)
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!
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)