Short Course on the Celebrating Sacraments:
Acts of the Spirit, Work of the Church
An opportunity to study what the rituals, prayers and symbols of Catholic sacraments teach us about how to live out our faith:
- What does baptism initiate us into?
- What does Confirmation add to Baptism?
- How do Matrimony and Holy Orders transform us for service?
This short course is co-sponsored by the ACU Centre for Liturgy.
Topics and Speakers
Wednesday 2 August: Now We Are God’s Children: Baptism as the Door to the Sacramental Life
Baptism begins our lives as members of the Body of Christ. Through it, we become God’s adopted children and step through the door to the sacramental life that comes with belonging to the Church. This presentation will provide a practical introduction to the Roman Catholic Rite of Baptism, including its ritual structure, prayers, and fundamental symbols. Looking to the rite itself, the presentation will explore the profound theological concepts and manifold understandings of what Baptism accomplishes. Is it rebirth? Is it adoption? Is it membership in the Church? Yes! And, it is so much more.
Dr Jason McFarland
Lecturer in Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology and Assistant Director, ACU Centre for Liturgy, Australian Catholic University
Wednesday 9 August: The Image of Confirmation
Sacraments tell stories of faith and life, of the divine and the human. In the Western Catholic tradition, the Sacrament of Confirmation has struggled to find a secure theological narrative in the context of quite varied pastoral practices. One possible way of fruitfully telling the story of Confirmation to differing ages groups, without changing the meaning of the sacrament itself, is to move away from a narrative about the nature of the sacrament to a narrative about the image of the sacrament. Taking the Prayer of Confirmation as the principle sign of the sacrament, the image it reveals will be considered and something of the story it tells will be told.
Most Rev Peter Comensoli
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay
Wednesday 16 August: A Faithful Promise: Holy Matrimony as Covenant and Calling
The sacrament of Holy Matrimony establishes a lifelong covenantal partnership between a baptised man and woman. Catholic theology understands the marriage relationship as an intimate community of life and love established by God, in which the spouses exchange an irrevocable consent to accept each other freely, faithfully and fruitfully. This presentation will explore the rich and multidimensional theology of Holy Matrimony contained in the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (2015) wherein marriage is understood as a sacrament of faith, and the answer to a call to enter into a complementary yet radically equal partnership lived out daily in the light of faith, within the context of a supportive faith community.
Prof Clare Johnson
Professor of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology and Director, ACU Centre for Liturgy, Australian Catholic University
Wednesday 23 August: Worthy to exercise sacred ministries: Exploring the meaning of being ordained in the Church today
The exercise of ministry in the Roman Catholic Church is multifaceted and includes both ordained persons and the lay faithful. From the early centuries, the Church has set aside particular members to exercise what we refer to as ordained ministries. Whilst the three Orders of Bishop, Presbyter and Deacon remain, the context in which they now minister is very different from previous centuries. With reference to the Rite of Ordination this presentation will focus on the reformed Rite of Ordination and what the texts reveal about these Orders in today’s Church.
Msgr Peter Williams
Vicar General, Diocese of Parramatta, and Lecturer, Catholic Institute of Sydney
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