By our Baptism, we are called to life in relationship with God and to live as disciples of Jesus Christ at home, in the workplace, the community and the world. Faith formation opportunities help us to grow in our relationship with God, developing an understanding of the Bible and the Catholic tradition in order to deepen our spiritual life and practices, and engage in service and mission.
Life Long and Ongoing
The Religious Education Team of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland works with parishes to provide adult faith formation that is engaging, interactive, relevant and fits contemporary learning situations.
We are happy to coordinate faith formation by either providing a facilitator from our own team or finding others.
The range of topics for study are as broad as the beliefs and traditions of the Catholic Church. If you have interest in a particular theme we will provide assistance for study.
Experience informs us that three 1-½ to 2 hour sessions are manageable for busy people. Some parishes like to hold these sessions over a number of weeks, whilst others prefer during a Saturday or Sunday. We can mix and match according to a parishes needs.
To continue exploring possibilities contact: Sr Siân Owen: 09-360 3056, firstname.lastname@example.org
Parishes can hold sessions in the Church, Church Hall, meeting rooms – wherever there is space and people are comfortable.
Thanks to the parishioners of Whangarei
A Taste of Faith
The following sessions are:
- Independent and complimentary. Parishes may choose to take up one or more.
- Interactive using Adult Faith formation principles
- 90 minutes long
Stop, Pause, Engage – Exploring Lenten practices.
The Invisible Gift – Accepting the gift of grief in our lives
Listening with the Heart – Compassionate and effective communication
What we (don’t) believe – How Catholics express their belief
Therese of Lisieux – Living her simple way with Jesus today
Glimpses of God in Art – Images of God in art through the ages
Mary Mother of Mercy – Mother and Missionary of Mercy in Scripture and Art
The Gift that Keeps on Giving – Preparing spiritually for Christmas
Contact us at email@example.com to book one or more of these sessions for your parish.
Sent by Christ – Fit for Mission
A four week small group reflection and dialogue on our role as the baptized sent on Mission. Created in New Zealand for our context it is self contained it includes advice and guidance for the facilitator.
There are four sessions:
- Listening to God’s call
- Experiencing God’s love
- Trusting in God’s mercy
- Sharing in God’s Mission
Available post Easter-tide, August 2017.
If you are interested please let us know and we will make sure you get all information in a timely manner.
Exploring what it means to be Catholic in today’s world.
Spot the Catholic
- What Catholics do that is distinctly Catholic
- How Catholics form Church.
- Ministry within the Church.
Catholic belief and practices
- Sacraments and Sacramentality
- Marks of Catholicism.
- The Call to Justice.
- What evangelisation means today.
- Ideas on how to evangelise.
- Planning for evangelisation in the local community.
Celebrating Who We Are
Looking at the face of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa today.
The Inclusive Church
- Being people of the Treaty.
- The gift of multi-culturalism.
- Ecclesia in Oceania.
All Are Welcome
- The Early Church.
- Standing up for Others.
- Practices that welcome.
- The Gifts of the Spirit.
- Parables of the Kingdom.
- Our call to be Priest, Prophet and King.
Act Justly! Why?
Looking at the call to be people of justice in a contemporary world.
Charity and Justice
- Why there is a need for social justice.
- The two footsteps of the Church’s teaching on justice.
- The principles of Social Justice.
Church Teaching on Social Justice
- Scripture and tradition
- The Cycle of Baal.
- A Māori perspective.
Our Lived Reality
- The Call of Micah.
- The Common Good.
- Theological reflection on the need to act.