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Seeking the Counsel of the Wise: A Journey through the Wisdom books

ON: Thursdays 7th March - 11th April
FROM: 10.00am - 12.00pm (6 sessions)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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.

Lenten Leisure: A Sabbath Approach to Lent

ON: Tuesdays 12th March - 2nd April
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Highgate Parish, 50 Mary Street, Highgate

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.

Journey towards Easter: Discerning the meaning of Lent

ON: Tuesdays 12th March - 2nd April
FROM: 8.00pm - 9.30pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Mr Paolo Sala
AT: Thornlie Parish, Cnr Ovens Road and Discovery Drive, Thornlie

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!

Discerning Lent One Reading at a Time

ON: Wednesdays 13th March - 3rd April
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Cloverdale Parish, 345 Wright Street, Cloverdale

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.

The Passion and the Cross: Lent 2019

ON: Wednesdays 13th March - 10th April
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (5 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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

 

The Passion and the Cross: Lent 2019

ON: Thursdays 14th March - 28th March
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Nollamara Parish, 269 Flinders Street, Nollamara

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!

 

Beside Still Waters: A Lenten Journey

ON: Mondays 18th March - 1st April
FROM: 7.30pm - 9.00pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Dr Pina Ford
AT: Kelmscott Parish, 42 Streich Avenue, Kelmscott

The Lenten journey asks us to slow down and allow the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to penetrate and illuminate our days revealing their beauty and purpose. In stillness and prayer, our hearts have an opportunity to open and accept God’s relentless desire to find us and be with us, to heal us and feast us from divine abundance. Over the course of three evenings, we will explore the theme of the Good Shepherd, a theme which spans the Old and New Testaments and was the primary way in which Christians in the early Church knew Jesus. All are welcome! 
CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.

The Impact of God: Exploring the Spiritual Insights of St John of the Cross

ON: Thursdays 28th March - 11th April
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

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.

A Force for Good: The Catholic Church as Employer in Australia

ON: Tuesday 2nd April
FROM: 9.30am - 11.30am
WITH: Dr Terry Wilson
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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)

2019 World Heritage Day Conference: Catholicism on the Margins

ON: Thursday 18th April
FROM: 9.30am - 4.00pm (morning tea and lunch provided)
WITH: Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB and Dr Catherine Kovesi and Dr Christine Choo and Dr Jeff Kildea
AT: St Mary's Cathedral, Victoria Square, Perth

Held on World Heritage Day 2019, this conference explores some lesser known aspects of Catholicism in Australia over the last three centuries. Beginning with a lecture from Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe SDB, three papers will be delivered from unique perspectives by noted scholars on Australian Catholic history. These will be followed by an afternoon of workshops focusing on Parish Archives and Cultural Heritage. Join us in celebrating Western Australia’s Catholic cultural heritage within the confines of a state-listed heritage site. This event is co-hosted by the Archdiocese’s Centre for Faith Enrichment and the Archives Office. It will be held in the Cathedral’s Parish Centre, located in the Cathedral undercroft.

Opening Lecture
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB

Topics:

Dr Catherine Kovesi – University of Melbourne (Keynote address).

Keeping the Faith in Faithless Times: How the Hungarian Poor Sisters of Notre Dame of Kalocsa came to Provide a Rest Home for Ladies in Western Australia

Adjunct Professor Jeff Kildea – University of New South Wales.

Absence or Amnesia: Was the Golden West really free from ‘the noxious weed of sectarianism’ that blighted early twentieth-century Australia?

Dr Christine Choo – Historian and Social Researcher

Daughters of Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles – the first order of indigenous nuns in Australia, 1938 – 1951.

PARISH ARCHIVIST’S WORKSHOP

Where was I baptised? – The Central Catholic Baptismal Database
Brendan Sweeney, Archives Office, Archdiocese of Perth

NOT JUST A FILING CLERK

Establishing a Parish Archives
Geraldine Rees, Parish Archivist, Greenmount Catholic Parish

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Finding Aids at the Catholic Archives Office
John Foster, Volunteer, Archives Office, Archdiocese of Perth

ASSESSING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MUSEUM ITEMS
Managing your Museum Objects
Stephen Anstey, Head of Department, History, Western Australian Museum

For information on parking near St Mary’s Cathedral, please click here

The Ressurection: Easter 2019

ON: Wednesdays 1st May - 8th May
FROM: 10:00am - 12:30pm (2 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

This two-week course follows from the Lenten Course of Term 1, with a new focus on Jesus’ Resurrection. We continue in book-club style using Fr Ronald Rolheiser’s The Passion and the Cross but now proceed to the chapter entitled “The Resurrection – Every Grave Opens Up!” These two evenings are designed to stimulate hope-filled insights along with the Easter gifts of ever-deepening peace and surprising joy of Jesus’ Resurrection. Please note, those who did not take the first Lenten part of the course are most welcome to attend.

Home: The Place for Encountering Christ

ON: Thursdays 9th May - 30th May
FROM: 7.30pm - 9.00pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Derek and Karen Boylen
AT: Midland Parish, 69B Morrison Road, Midland

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!

Life to the Full: An Introduction to Catholic Moral Thought

ON: Tuesday 14th May
FROM: 9.30am - 11.30am
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

God wants us to lead a life that is good. But why would this be so? What does a ‘good life’ look like?  Is it simply following the rules? Is there a difference between good for the religious person and those who are not religious or are not sure about their faith? These are some of the questions that moral theology deals with and that we will explore in this lecture.

Dive Deeper: The Adventure of Christian Life

ON: Thursdays 16th May - 30th May
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

This course visits the ordinariness of our Christian lives with a desire to draw us towards the larger mystery of our everyday existence.

Catholic Social Teaching Series Faith in Action: The Refugee person

ON: Thursday 16th May
FROM: 9.30am - 11.30am
WITH: Deacon Greg Lowe (WACMRO) and Mrs Anita Finneran
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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. (Morning tea included)

Such is the Story of Heaven and Earth: The Foundational Stories of the Old Testament

ON: Mondays 20th May - 1st July
FROM: 10.00am - 12.00pm (6 sessions) PLEASE NOTE NO CLASS ON 3 JUNE
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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.

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

ON: Thursday 23rd May
FROM: 9.30am - 11.30am
WITH: Deacon Greg Lowe (WACMRO) and Mrs Anita Finneran
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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)

What does it mean to be ‘The Church’ in the 21st Century?

ON: Wednesdays 29th May - 19th June
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (4 sessions)
WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco
AT: Applecross Parish, Canning Highway & Ardross Street, Applecross

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.

History of the Early Church: The Story Begins (Part 2)

ON: Thursdays 30th May - 4th July
FROM: 10:00am - 12:30pm (6 sessions)
WITH: Dr Marco Ceccarelli
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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

Twilight Retreat: Aboriginal Catholic Spirituality

ON: Thursday 30th May
FROM: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
WITH: Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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.

Open Mind, Open Heart: An exploration of “Centering Prayer”

ON: Wednesdays 5th June - 3rd July
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (5 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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)

Prayer: Being Yourself Before God

ON: Tuesdays 11th June - 25th June
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: North Beach Parish, 3 Kitchener Street, North Beach

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

Catholic Social Teaching Series: Faith in Action: Seeking refuge or asylum: what is the difference?

ON: Friday 14th June
FROM: 9.30am - 11.30am
WITH: Deacon Greg Lowe (WACMRO)
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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)

Divine Footprints: Seeing Some of the Ways God Walks with Us in Creation

ON: Thursdays 20th June - 4th July
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

On these three Thursday evenings, we look for God in creation. Special attention will be on seeing God in music, art and nature.