For many people, experience of Catholic faith and life is challenging. The situation of the Church in Australia today points to a great need to return to the experience of God, to the reality of Christ in the ordinariness of life.
Many Catholics and other Christians are aware that they have a spiritual tradition but are unaware of what it actually means for their faith. Most people know what it is they are taught to believe in terms of Catholic teaching and doctrine but few people know what the Church teaches about where the heart of the tradition finds its inspiration.
The Diocese of Wilcannia- Forbes offers an online event each year called: Lessons from the Long Paddock . See Homepage
This resource opens the conversation for many people who are curious about what the experience of faith actually feels like in ordinary life. Through the lens of the lived experiences of specific characters from the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes, participants accompany others into a glimpse of some of the themes which lie at the heart of our spiritual tradition. Participants engage with conversations which signpost essential spiritual markers relevant to knowledge about what leads into fuller humanity, Christian, Catholic and Australian life. This formation resource draws participants to seek Christ at the heart of human experience and nurtures a capacity to trust that individuals have all they need to begin the journey into constant conversion.
The Lessons from the Long Paddock in 2017 had two keynote speakers: Bishop Columba Macbeth Green OSPPE and Fr Frank Brennan SJ who discussed Australian and Outback Spirituality.
Workshops can be organised for you to use and, if required, can be facilitated by Kate Englebrecht, Diocesan Director of Mission.
For more information please contact Kate on : 0420 309 689
CURRICULUMS FOR TEACHING SPECIAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Walking with Christ
Walking with Christ is a Kindergarten to Year 6 program based on the Diocese of Broken K-12 Special Religious Education Foundations and Syllabus document. The program consists of Student Books, Teacher Manuals, Music CDs and a demonstration lesson DVD.
Christ our Light and Life
This series aims to provide an environment in which young children may develop a real relationship with God. It will be most effective in teaching contexts committed to the Gospel of Christ, to Sacred Scripture and the magisterium of Christ’s Church.
The curriculum is informed by the following practical principles:
- Formation in faith is a life-long journey
- The needs of the students change overtime. Therefore, a variety of teaching methods are required
- The students’ lives influence their expressions of faith. Thus catechists teaching strategies will respond to and respect the cultural diversity
- The family is the basic community of the Church. Links between the home, parish and school are discovered and encouraged.
This curriculum is widely used in joint denominational in schools throughout NSW & Qld. It is a three-year curriculum designed to engage children in a relationship with God and his Word. The stories and activities have been written so that they are appropriate in an education setting for children aged 5 to 12.
Sunday Scriptures Alive
This program is based on the Three Year Sunday Lectionary. The stories, activities and worksheets explains the Gospel in a manner appropriate for primary aged children.
TRAINING & FORMATION FOR SPECIAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (SRS)
The Department of Education requires that all SRE teachers (Catechists) undertake accredited initial and going training in Child Protection and Classroom Management.
This training can be offered face to face or online. For further information regarding both options or before commencing either of the online training courses please contact:
Therese Newell (Diocesan SRE Coordinator)
Ph: 02 68539300