SHORT COURSES IN LITURGY, SACRAMENTS AND THE SACRED ARTS
Our short courses in liturgy, sacraments and the sacred arts offer parishioners, clergy, pastoral associates, teachers, students, and members of the general public the opportunity to explore how Catholic faith is enacted in our rites and sacraments, and to learn how the faith life is expressed and nourished through liturgy and prayer. Short courses provide an experience of studying with Australia’s leading liturgical scholars, sacramental theologians and pastoral practitioners without committing to a full degree. Our short courses are presented at locations around Australia in a variety of formats, e.g., one evening session per week over four weeks, or two sessions per day over two Saturdays.
Forthcoming Short Course
From death to new life: preparing and celebrating Catholic funerals
What Christians believe about the meaning of life and death and the promise of eternal life comes into sharp focus when a loved one dies. Catholic funerals provide a way for mourners to remember and give thanks for the life of the deceased person in a series of beautiful rites that both honour the dead and express Christian belief and hope in eternal life.
Have you ever thought about what will happen when you or a loved one dies? What decisions do you need to make when you prepare to celebrate a funeral in the Catholic tradition? This short course will investigate a Christian theology of dying and death and explore how the Order of Christian Funerals celebrates death in a specifically Catholic way. Experienced priests and funeral directors will discuss how they care for the dead and for those who grieve. As part of this short course you will have an opportunity to prepare a Catholic funeral for yourself or a loved one.
Session 1: Raised to new life – a Christian theology of dying and death
Session 2: Celebrating death the Catholic way – the Order of Christian Funerals
Session 3: Collaborating in care – funeral directors and priests in dialogue
Session 4: A fitting conclusion – preparing your Catholic funeral