Pastoral Formation Day:
The Christian's Final Journey 9 February 2023
This formation and professional learning program is designed for Roman Catholic clergy, funeral directors, parish pastoral care and frontline staff (including pastoral associates, parish secretaries, youth ministers and family faith educators), teachers, APREs and school staff, and anyone interested in learning more about how Catholics prepare and celebrate funerals.
The Pastoral Formation Day investigates Catholic practices around burial and cremation, how to support those who grieve, and includes an opportunity to prepare a Catholic funeral for yourself or another person. It will facilitate a conversation between clergy and funeral directors, incorporating problem-solving, sharing experiences, and identifying best practice for Catholic funerals informed by expert advice.
Session 1: Dying, death and rites for the Journey to New Life
Session 2: Planning your funeral and care of the grieving
Session 3a: Celebrating the Order of Christian Funerals
Session 3b: Clergy and funeral directors working cooperatively (professional learning)
Session 4: Do's and don'ts of Catholic funerals: identifying best practice
Open to the public, this pastoral formation day is presented by ACU’s Professor Clare Johnson and staff from Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria.
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Date: February 9, 2023
Time: 9am-5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Venue: Polding Centre, 133 Liverpool St, Sydney
- $60 per person (includes tea/coffee, lunch and a workbook)
- $120 per person for funeral directors (includes tea/coffee, lunch, a workbook and five years’ certification upon application)
Registration is essential by: Friday February 3, 2023
Enquiries: CentreforLiturgy@acu.edu.au or 02 9701 4751
Pastoral formation days available on demand
Be not afraid: preparing and celebrating sacraments of healing
What Christians believe about sickness and sacramental healing becomes especially important when we are confronted with serious illness or the danger of death. The Catholic sacraments of healing exist to strengthen those who are being tried by illness or impairment, bodily or spiritual. Within the church’s pastoral approach to healing and caring for the sick, the Sacrament of Anointing raises up the sick person and strengthens their soul to sustain them while they are ill or approaching death. The Sacrament of Penance offers the opportunity to heal relationships with God, those who have been wronged, and the church community, while the Sacrament of Eucharist nourishes the sick person on their journey.
This pastoral formation day investigates Catholic beliefs about the healing power of prayer and sacraments. It looks at how we celebrate the healing brought about by reconciliation and forgiveness. Priests experienced in administering the sacraments of healing discuss how they care for the sick spiritually and sacramentally. All participants will engage in a consideration of how lay people can care for the sick by visiting them, and offering comfort, assistance and prayer. The day concludes with an exploration of Viaticum and how to minister Communion to the sick.
Session 1: What do Catholics believe about Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick?
Session 2: How do Catholics celebrate reconciliation and forgiveness?
Session 3: How do priests, deacons and lay ministers care for the sick?
Session 4: Learn about Viaticum and how to minister Communion to the sick.
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 pastoral formation day investigates 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. This pastoral formation day includes 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.
Our specialised training and formation workshops focus on a variety of topics, including:
Training parish ministers
Speaking Awesome Words Lector Training
The ministry of Lector requires skill and practice so that the word of God is brought to life in the liturgy. The ACU Centre for Liturgy offers parishes a two-hour interactive workshop which provides current and aspiring lectors with techniques for effective proclamation.
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