Courses and Events
We celebrate our faith in a personal relationship with God: ‘This relationship is prayer’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2558). Together we will 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. Suggested donation $15.00
A continuation of Exploring Faith: Theology for Beginners, this captivating course will explore the theology of key contributors throughout history; from the foundational forbearers of the early Church to great thinkers of the modern era. Figures such as Augustine and Aquinas have shaped Christianity and Western thought in marked ways. Revisiting them with fresh eyes not only helps us understand how we have come to believe what we do, but provides us with sources of wisdom that help us make sense of our faith. The course will also take in theologians such as Karl Rahner and Elisabeth Fiorenza who have helped bring the richness of the Christian faith into genuine dialogue with modern and post-modern times. Please note, having undertaken Exploring Faith: Theology for Beginners is NOT a prerequisite for this course.
The building blocks of a Christian life and ministry within the Church are built upon a personal & communal relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ. Church leadership is also founded and anchored in this relationship. This relationship is expressed sacramentally/ritually within the Initiation Sacraments. The sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation call Christians to discipleship of Christ and to be visible signs of God’s presence and action in the world. What does our personal & communal relationship mean for our lives? How is our church leadership or ministry seen as flowing from the sacraments of Baptism & Confirmation? All are welcome.
Have you ever found a Gospel story a bit puzzling? Sometimes we may wonder: What is this really all about? What messages lie underneath the text? For example, what is Matthew trying to tell his readers in his particular account of the birth of Jesus?
Why is it important to study a Gospel anyway? Matthew’s Gospel offers not only answers but also some surprises. His Gospel has much to teach us in terms of ancient times and customs as well as the real purpose of the Gospels. It offers a challenge, not only to better understand the Scriptures, but to live them in a more meaningful way.
With Paul and Mark as our guides, we will contemplate Jesus’ Passion in the light of Creation and Scripture. Paul’s image of creation groaning for freedom and redemption (Rom 8) calls us to renewed conversion in a critical era of climate change. Taking up our cross and following Jesus is a core theme of Mark. Moreover, his Passion account comprises a third of his gospel. We are called to walk our way of the cross and follow Jesus if we want to find life (Mk 8.34f).
This course invites all those interested to discover and deepen their understanding of the Mass – the source and summit of our Christian life. Starting with an overview of the history of the Mass, the course will explore why we do what we do during the Mass, and reflect on how the sacrament of the Eucharist can be lived in a way that shapes our daily lives. These four classes will be co-hosted by Centre for Liturgy and the Centre for Faith Enrichment. Suggested donation $20.00.
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 these key texts in a sophisticated yet accessible manner and, thus, help us find wonderful lessons for this special season and for life in general.
As a pathway for the growth of our spiritual life laid out by the Church, the Sacraments are our most privileged moments of encounter with God. However, for too many of us, they remain an untapped and undervalued source of Grace. This course will bring participants into a deeper understanding of each of the seven Sacraments of the Church, with a particular focus on developing a stronger awareness of their purpose and impact in our lives.
As well as being an intense period of preparation for Candidates waiting to be received into the Church, Lent provides Catholics with an opportunity to reflect on the implications of their membership in the Church. What sustains our membership to the Church? What drives this engagement that nourishes our faith? Fr Greg Donovan will address these and related questions through an exploration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist). A light supper will be provided