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Help my unbelief! | 12 February

Help my unbelief!! Searching for God in a secular age

Monsignor Professor Tomas Halik, the ‘underground priest’ who converted to Catholicism as an adult and was secretly ordained a priest in 1978 during the communist rule of then-Czechoslovakia is in Australia to give a series of lectures as part of the Bishop Vincent Presents series. The conversation will be moderated by leading academic and priest, Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO.

A renowned public intellectual, philosopher, sociologist and priest, Halik is known for being a leading voice against Soviet communism in the 1980s (he was persecuted by the secret police as an “enemy of the regime”) and was co-responsible for the revival of the Czech Catholic Church after the fall of communism.

You can register to livestream this event at https://events.humanitix.com/bishop-vincent-presents-a-conversation-with-tomas-halik-livestream or register to attend in the Library at the Diocesan Resource Centre.

Registrations are essential.

Date: 12 February 2024

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue: Library in Diocesan Resource Centre

Links: FLYER REGISTRATION

Tilling the Church discussion | continues 21 February


While Father Richard’s visit in August was short, he last left our diocese with riches which we can continue to explore together, as our church is an unfinished project and in need of tilling. So, let’s continue the discussion!

You are invited to discuss Father Richard’s latest publication, “Tiling the Church: Theology for an Unfinished Project” chapter by chapter over the next several months online.

Wednesday October 18 - Introduction and Chapter 1. The Church as Project

Wednesday November 22 - Chapter 2. Symbolizing Grace

Wednesday February 21 - Chapter 3. The Pilgrimage Community of Faith and Hope

Wednesday March 20 - Chapter 4. Engaging the Graced World

Wednesday April 17 - Chapter 5. The Future-Oriented Past

Wednesday May 15 - Chapter 6. The Art of Faithfulness and conclusion

RGISTRATION LINK

Franciscan Spirituality with Boston College | Feb-April

Feb 21 - Apr 2 ($60)

Beginning with the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi, this course explores the foundational elements of Franciscan spirituality including the centrality of Christ, poverty, creation, contemplation, prayer, and the universal call to holiness.

CLICK HERE for further information or to enrol. 

Understanding the Beatitudes | 7 & 14 March

One of the most striking examples of Jesus’ teaching is the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel. The Beatitudes are the foundation on which that sermon is built. They are also one of the most beautiful statements of Christian ethics. Yet at the same time, they are also some of the trickiest verses in the Bible to interpret. In this subject, we’ll tackle the meaning of the blessings by putting them into the context of the gospels, the Hebrew Bible, and wider Jewish literature, like the Dead Sea Scrolls. We’ll think about what the Beatitudes contribute to our understanding of Jesus’ teaching and mission. And finally, we’ll think about how the Beatitudes still matter today.

Dates: Thursdays 7 & 14 March (4.00pm-5.30pm)

Venue: Library in Diocesan Resource Centre

Register at: https://forms.office.com/r/cGXZ545eRX

 

Art & Spirituality Day | 14 March

Creation of art provides an opportunity for a deepening awareness of oneself and the world and can act as a catalyst for evoking the Spirit.

Art is a means to see-to-re-search and find the living meaning of what it means to open the heart. Everyone has the ability to create art, but in order for it to be theological, the artist needs to explore ways that it makes sense of faith. Opening the heart through art involves making meaning through the creation, then reflecting on the art itself and the unfolding the moment-to-moment direct experience of the process.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to awaken the Spirit through the beauty of God’s creation, prayer, and reflection. Participants will engage in art making experiences which will nourish their faith.

Date: 14 March 2024

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Venue: Kilaben bay Community Centre

Cost: $25

For further information contact Rose McAllister on rose.mcallister@mn.catholic.org.au

Links: FLYER REGISTRATION

Short Courses in your community

The Formation and Education office offers a variety of short courses, workshops and reflections. Courses include prayer, Art & Spirituality, New & Old Testament, The Christian Spiritual journey and Discernment of gifts. 

Click here for BROCHURE or contact Rose McAllister on

P: 4979 1346, M: 0414 962 922 E: rose.mcallister@mn.catholic.org.au

Boston College courses

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry have a variety of courses including The Engaged Parish, St Mary of Magdala and Teaching Religion to Adolescents: Creative Strategies and Best Practices.

The courses have been developed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of their faith. 

Click HERE to see more information on these and other courses available through Boston College. 

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