"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: 'Give them something to eat' (Mk 6:37)." (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (November 2013), #49)

 

Courses

Course: Writing Your Life (I) - A Freeing Journey

Catherine Hammond Bs in Ed, MA, MPh
JCatherine Hammond
Starts Tuesday 4 Feb
Have you always meant to write down your life’s key moments for your children? Perhaps also for grandchildren, other family members and friends? If you don't do it now, when?

What a freeing discovery it can be to look back over your life and your family history! New understanding, a fresh outlook, perhaps renewed gratitude – these are just some of the personal benefits that may result.

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Course: Developing Your Own Spirituality

Unit 1: Mystery & Freedom, Participation & Possibility

JMarieWEB201401JMichael Whelan 2
Starts 6pm Thurs 6 Feb
The aim of this course is to assist participants to develop an approach to everyday living which will promote a well-grounded personal spirituality. Spirituality is first and last about relationships – with God (however you name God), yourself, other people and the events and things of the world. Spirituality is never private though it is always personal. It begins by listening effectively – “with the ear of the heart” as St Benedict says – to what is going on.

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Course: Film Lectio I - Woman in Gold

JWoman in Gold
Starts Wednesday 12 Feb
Woman in Gold is a 2015 biographical drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Alexi Kaye Campbell. The film stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Pryce.

The film is based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee living in Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles, who, together with her young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, fought the government of Austria

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Course: Thomas Aquinas on Faith

Rev Dr Andrew Murray sm
JAndrew Murray sm
Starts 10am Tues 3 March
In his treatment of the virtues in Summa Theologiae I-II qq. 55-67, Thomas divides them into the intellectual, moral and theological virtues. The theological virtues are faith, hope and charity (see 1 Corinthians 13:13). Although a less agreeable term in English, they are so named because their object is God (Theos), they are infused by God, and they are made known to us by Divine Revelation (q. 62, a. 1).

This course (the first of three in the series)

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Course: In the beginning there was Genesis

Learning to read the revelation of God
JRobert Tilley 2
Starts Wednesday 4 March
The Old Testament prohibits people from making an image of God, and yet the first book of the Bible opens with God making an Image of Himself, namely humanity. What does this mean? As with the parables Jesus told, beneath the apparently simple meaning of the book of Genesis there is a world of hidden treasures; of an artistry and sophistication that scholars have only begun to explore.

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Course: Thomas Aquinas on Hope

Rev Dr Andrew Murray sm
JAndrew Murray sm
Starts 10am Tues 3 March
In his treatment of the virtues in Summa Theologiae I-II qq. 55-67, Thomas divides them into the intellectual, moral and theological virtues. The theological virtues are faith, hope and charity (see 1 Corinthians 13:13). Although a less agreeable term in English, they are so named because their object is God (Theos), they are infused by God, and they are made known to us by Divine Revelation (q. 62, a. 1).

This course (the second of three in the series) 

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