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Advent 2018: A Call to Gaudete et Exsultate – Rejoice and be Glad

ON: Wednesdays 28th November - 12th December
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

Advent is the season of joy and hope-filled expectation as we prepare to celebrate the feast of Christmas. This course counters the Christmas rush by pausing to meditate on Pope Francis’ Gaudete et Exsultate: The Call to Holiness in Today’s World (March 2018). The Apostolic Exhortation concerns the universal call to holiness. It is strewn with pearls of wisdom, presenting a practical guide on how each of us may pursue our personal pathway of holiness. Jesus doesn’t want us to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. He calls us to rejoice and be glad. He wants our joy to be full (John 16.24). Cost $35.00 (Includes copy of Apostolic Exhortation) CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.

Please note, this course is also offered in the evening at Cloverdale Parish. Please click here for more details.

Advent 2018: A Call to Gaudete et Exsultate – Rejoice and be Glad!

ON: Wednesdays 28th November - 12th December
FROM: 7.00pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Sr. Shelley Barlow, RNDM
AT: Cloverdale Parish, 345 Wright Street, Cloverdale

Advent is the season of joy and hope-filled expectation as we prepare to celebrate the feast of Christmas. This course counters the Christmas rush by pausing to meditate on Pope Francis’ Gaudete et Exsultate: The Call to Holiness in Today’s World (March 2018). The Apostolic Exhortation concerns the universal call to holiness. It is strewn with pearls of wisdom, presenting a practical guide on how each of us may pursue our personal pathway of holiness. Jesus doesn’t want us to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. He calls us to rejoice and be glad. He wants our joy to be full (John 16.24). CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.

Please note, this course is also offered during the day time at The Centre for Faith Enrichment, please click here for more details

The Prophets for Advent

ON: Thursdays 6th December - 20th December
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

This course gives voice to the conscience of Israel that we are to make, above all else, room for God’s blessing in our lives … to make room for Christmas. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge.

Exploring the Second Vatican Council: A Journey through Times and Documents (Part 2)

ON: Tuesdays 12th February - 19th March
FROM: 10.00am - 12.30pm (6 sessions)
WITH: Dr Margaret Scharf, OP
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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.

SPECIAL EVENT: PLENARY COUNCIL 2020 LISTENING AND DIALOGUE SESSIONS

ON: Wednesday 13th February
FROM: 10.00am - 12.00pm
WITH: The CFE Team
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Room S.101)

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

All Will Be Well: Exploring the Spritual Insights of Julian of Norwich

ON: Thursdays 21st February - 7th March
FROM: 7.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions)
WITH: Rev. Dr Charles Waddell
AT: Online

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.

SPECIAL EVENT: PLENARY CONCIL 2020 LISTENING AND DIALOGUE SESSIONS

ON: Tuesday 26th February
FROM: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
WITH: The CFE Team
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Room S.101)

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

Blessed are the peace-makers: Gospel Non-Violence and the 2019 World Day of Peace Message

ON: Thursday 28th February
FROM: 9.30am - 11.30am
WITH: Ms Carol Mitchell (JEDO)
AT: Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

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)

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.

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.

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. All are welcome!

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 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. To find out more click here!

 

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.

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 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

The Impact of God: Exploring the Sprirtual 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.

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)