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Family Ministry

  Catholic Institute, Floriana

Licence Number: 2013-FHI-028

In our modern society, in which the traditional family is facing many challenges, the need to strengthen, provide a model for, and encourage Catholic families to live their vocation faithfully, has never been greater.

This course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills required in order to serve couples and their families through every phase of the life cycle. This is done through a two-fold programme that combines academic training as well as practical ministry application.

Application Closes at noon on the 3rd January 2023
  • Adults who wish to learn more
  • Couples who which to learn more about the Church teaching on the vocation of marriage
  • Cana Couple Leaders (Koppji Mexxejja ta` Cana) – This course offers an indepth understanding of current issues couples and families

Modules:

Theology of the Family4 ECTS
Family Ministry4 ECTS

Topics

– Christian Anthropology with a focus on Love and Sexuality
– Church Teachings on Marriage and the Family – Part 1
– Church Teachings on Marriage and the Family – Part 2
– The Gift of Life and the Gift of Love
– Theology of the Body, John Paul II (Non-residential Weekend Seminar)
– Marriage in Scripture and Lectio Divina
– Sacramental Theology of Marriage
– Liturgical Theology of Marriage

Topics

– Pastoral Approach to Marriage and the family
– Psychological and Sociological Perspectives of Marriage and the Family
– Marital relationships and conflict management
– Family work-life balance, financial and time management
– Family Life-Cycle and Dynamics
– Bioethics and the family, formation of conscience and discernment process
– Intimacy in Marriage
– Child development; Communication with children; Children with disability
– Social challenges to the Family, such as alcohol, drug abuse
– Social Media: Challenges and Opportunities for the Family
– Separation; annulment; divorce; cohabitation
– Mental health, ill-health, Domestic violence
– Caring for the elderly and related issues
– The Spirituality and Mission of the Couple (Saturday Morning Seminar)

Nineteen lectures on Tuesdays between 18:30 and 20:30 from 17th January till 1st July 2023 (40 hours)

One non-residential weekend 4th – 5th March 2023 (15 hours)

Morning Seminar on a Saturday 1st July 2023 (5 hours)

THD5011: Theology of the Family

January17th, 24th, 31st
February7th, 15th, 28th
Non-Residential Weekend Seminar: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th
March7th, 14th

THD5010: Family Ministry

March21st, 28th
Easter Recess from29th March – 11th April 2022
April18th, 25th
May2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
June6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
JulySaturday 1st

Assessment: Written assignment for every module

Final Award: Higher Education Award in Family Ministry**

MQF Level: Level 5

Duration: 1 year part-time (58 hours)

Certification: A sealed Certificate together with a Certificate supplement after successful* completion of the course

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement a student must: attend a minimum of 70% of each module and Pass successfully the assignment

** The Higher Education Award in Family Ministry is a course accredited by the MFHEA

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Funding
Students completing the Higher Education Award in Family Ministry can apply for the Get Qualified Scheme which will enable them to benefit from a tax credit of 70% of the costs incurred (i.e. €175 will be refunded back for this course).

Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider a very wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills

Pastoral Care/ Chaplaincy in Schools

  Floriana
Pastoral Care in Schools - team work

Licence Number: 2013-FHI-028

Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy in Schools is being considered as a bridge between faith(s) and culture(s) in the contemporary context. People involved in this mission are to be well prepared in order to be effective instruments of sharing the joy of the Gospel and Gospel values within schools in the current pluralistic society.

Course Aim:

This course gives participants the knowledge and practical skills needed to enhance effective Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy in Schools. The course assists participants to build a range of skills necessary for this ministry: reflective, analytical, critical and synthetic, leadership, collaborative, interpersonal, listening, planning, and implementation.

Application Closes at noon on the 2nd January 2023

This course is open to all people involved in the educational sector or with an expressed interest to work in this area.

In this module, participants will be introduced to the concept of Pastoral Care / Chaplaincy in schools and prepare them for this mission. Participants will get the opportunity to discuss and learn how pastoral care/ chaplaincy can be a means to facilitate dialogue between faith(s) and culture(s) in our contemporary pluralistic society. In this module, we will articulate how to nurture a wholesome attitude towards life, different religions and cultures, and the whole of creation, founded on Gospel values and the teachings of the Church. 

This module offers the participants the opportunity to examine the richness and the challenges of a multicultural and multifaith environment within the school community in the context of Pastoral Theology. 

In the context of Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy,  Pastoral Theology enables the people involved in this ministry to nurture in their life and in the life of the whole school community the truth that;

“[t]he nature of the reign of God is the communion of all human beings between themselves and with God  

( Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio)

This theme will be discussed through selected Scriptural texts and texts from the teachings of the Church and early Church Fathers.

By the end of this module, participants will be able to identify various ways of fostering a relationship with the Transcendent/God through different methods of Prayer. Participants will be able to become more familiar with : 

  • the meaning of  spirituality,  
  • the spiritual development of the young (4-10 yrs.), youth (11-16yrs.), and adults (18+), keeping in mind contemporary culture/s.  
  • how to plan and conduct various spiritual encounters and activities with the young (4-10yrs), youth (11-16yrs) and adults (18+). 

The aim of this module is to enable participants to build resources to design and enrich liturgical and religious celebrations/activities in schools through exploring and adapting artistic expressions, media, and IT resources in the context of Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy. 

This module is divided into three parts; 

Part One: One-day seminar – This seminar will enable participants to relate various leadership models and collaboration strategies to Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy in Schools.  

Part Two:  Half-day spiritual retreat: where participants will have time to reflect on their own spiritual journey in the light of selected Biblical texts and spiritual literature.    

Part Three:  Online reading:  Four papers are going to be presented as online reading. These papers are related to all the modules and will enable participants to reflect on the different ways that Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy is expressed around the world. Participants will be asked to critically analyze and review these articles and use them to evaluate national experiences. 

 

Session Format

  • Twenty-eight lectures on Thursday between 17:00-19:15 (60 hours). The mode of delivery for these lectures will alternate between in-person and online. Please refer to the dates below for more information.
  • One day-seminar on Saturday 14th January 2023, between 9:00 – 17:00 ( 8 hours
  • Morning Retreat (5 hours)
  • Online learning (12 hours)

Calendar:


THM6021: Internalizing and Evaluating various perspectives of Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy in Schools. – Part 1
DateTimeVenue
Saturday 14th January 20229:00 – 17:00Rivotorto Retreat House, Birkirkara

THM6017: Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy in Schools: Promoting Human Dignity and Gospel Values in Contemporary Cultures.

Thursdays at 17:00 – 19:15

Dates
19th January
26th January
2nd February
9th February
23rd February
2nd March
9th March
Carnival RecessThursday 16th – Tuesday 21st February 2023

THM6019: Nurturing Spirituality through Pastoral Care / Chaplaincy in Schools

Thursdays at 17:00 – 19:15

Dates
16th March
23rd March
30th March
20th April
27th April
4th May
11th May
Easter Recess: Monday 11th April – Sunday 24th April 2022

THM6018: Pastoral Theology in relation to Pastoral Care / Chaplaincy in Schools

Thursdays at 17:00 – 19:15

Dates
18th May
25th May
1st June
8th June
15th June
22nd June
6th July

THM6020: Practical ways of Enriching Liturgical Celebrations and Religious Activities in Schools.

Thursdays at 17:00 – 19:15

Dates
14th September
28th September
5th October
12th October
19th October
26th October
2nd November

THM6021: Internalizing and Evaluating various perspectives of Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy in Schools.
DateTimeVenue
Saturday TBA8:30 – 14:30Rivotorto Retreat House Birkirkara

Assessment: Written assignments. Each assignment will be handed for every module

Final Award: Higher Education Award in Pastoral Care in Schools

MQF Level: Level 6

Duration: 1 year part-time (84 hours)

Certification: A sealed Certificate together with a Certificate supplement after successful* completion of the course

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement a student must; Attend a minimum of 80% of each module and Pass successfully the assignment

Funding
Students completing the Higher Education Award in Pastoral Care/ Chaplaincy in Schools can apply for the Get Qualified Scheme which will enable them to benefit from a tax credit of 70% of the costs incurred (i.e. €245 will be refunded back for this course).

Every application will be considered on its individual merits* and includes:

  • Full qualification at MQF Level 5 (Undergraduate Certificate/ Diploma) or equivalent
  • Proficient in English and/or Maltese language
  • Basic digital competencies (able to do research)
  • Expressed interest in Pastoral Care/ chaplaincy in state or non-state schools.

*The applicant will be refunded if not eligible for the course.

The Jewish Roots of Christianity

This course will introduce you to Jesus and the Apostle Paul as Jewish theologians.

The Church was birthed by Jesus the Jew. His Jewish and Gentile followers were rooted in Judaism and a Jewish understanding of God’s relationship to his people. Within this perspective, this course offers four modules:

  • The Beginnings of Christianity within First Century Judaism
  • Paul of Tarsus with his Jewish upbringing and learning as reflected in his handling of the Jewish Scriptures in his letters
  • Jews and Christians Reading the Passion Narratives
  • the Jewish roots within Christianity as they particularly stand out in archaeology and early Jewish and Christian Art.

Those who wish to better understand Jesus’ life in its Jewish context and correct any misunderstandings about him and his world.

Modules:

THD5025The Beginnings of Christianity within First Century Judaism2 ECTS
THD5026Paul handles the Jewish Scriptures2 ECTS
THD5027Jews and Christians Reading the Passion Narratives2 ECTS
THD5028Early Jewish and Christian archaeology and art2 ECTS

Session Format

  • Twenty-three lectures on Thursdays between 18:00 and 20:00 (2 hours)
  • Module 1 and 3 will be held online, through ZOOM.

Modules are self-standing and prospective applicants can apply for any one or more module(s) according to their preference.

Calendar:

Module 1 – The Beginnings of Christianity within First Century Judaism

Lecturer: Sisters of Sion & Jonathan Gorsky

October 202128th  (Thursdays)
November 20214th, 11th, 18th, 25th (Thursdays)
December 20212nd, 9th
Christmas Recess from19th December 2021 to 3rd January 2022

Module 2 – Paul handles the Jewish Scriptures

Lecturer: Fr Paul Sciberras

January 202213th, 20th, 27th (Thursdays)
February 20223rd, 17th, 24th (Thursdays)
March 20223rd
Public Holiday10th February 2022
Carnival Recess fromThursday 24th to Tuesday 1st March 2022

Module 3 – Jews and Christians Reading the Passion Narratives

Lecturer/s: Sisters of Sion & Jonathan Gorsky

March 202210th, 24th (Thursday)
April 20227th, 28th (Thursday)
May 20225th, 12th,19th (Thursday)
Easter Recess11th to 24th April 2022
Study PeriodThursday 27th February to 26th March. 

Module 4 – Early Jewish and Christian archaeology and art

May 202226th (Thursday)
June 20222nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (Thursday)
July 20227th

Assessment: Written assignment or reflection paper for every module

Final Award: The Jewish Roots of Christianity; Jesus & Paul, Jewish Theologians

Duration: 1 year part-time (112 hours)

Certification: A sealed Certificate together with a Certificate supplement after successful* completion of the course

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement a student must; Attend a minimum of 70% of each module and Pass successfully the assignment

Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider a very wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.

Introduction to Catechetical Ministry

  Catholic Institute, Floriana

The course is intended to form and support adults who wish to become better acquainted with the basic tenets of the Catholic Faith, in view of their service to the Christian communities.

The introductory study unit (Module 1), will introduce participants to the basic theological notions underlying pastoral ministry. These include fundamental scriptural, dogmatic, ecclesiological and ethical concepts guiding the evangelising mission of the Church.

The second study unit (Module 2), will facilitate the application of such theological notions to the practical field of catechesis. The participants who complete this course will have the basic knowledge and skills required to serve as catechetical ministers

Adults who wish to serve as catechists in their Christian communities.

Modules:

Faith foundations for ministry: basic themes4 ECTS
Catechetical Ministry6 ECTS

This course is held on Tuesdays from 18:30-20:30, with alternating sessions of in-person meetings and online sessions.

Calendar:

Module 1 – Faith Foundation in Catechetical Ministry

Il-Missjoni tiegħi, il-vokazzjoni tiegħi
Il-Fidi u r-Rivelazzjoni + Il-Bniedem: Misteru li jiżviluppa tul it-triq tal-ħajja
Introduzzjoni Ġenerali għall-Kotba Mqaddsa
Il-Kelma ta’ Alla: Skrittura, Tradizzjoni u Maġisteru
Skrittura: Ħidma ta’ Alla u l-bniedem
Alla ta’ Ġesù Kristu
Il-Knisja, bennejja tas-Saltna
Il-ħidma tal-Ispirtu s-Santu: Spiritwalità u dixxipulat
Sagramenti u Liturġija
It-Tagħlim Soċjali tal-Knisja
Morali u Virtujiet

Module 2 – Practical Aspects in Children`s Catechetical Ministry

L-Identità tal-Katekeżi
Il-Katekist u r-rwol tiegħu fil-Knisja
Alla huwa mħabba. It-Testment il-Qadim. Pedagoġija ta’ Alla
Ġesú salvatur. Il-pedagoġija ta’ Ġesú
Aspetti diversi tal-Katekeżi
Il-Lingwaġġi tal-Katekeżi
SEMINAR – L-għarfien tal-persuni li se nakkumpanjaw. Perspettivi soċjoloġiċi u psikoloġiċi.
Il-Katekeżi u l-Liturġija
L-Ispirtwalità tal-katekist
Il-katekeżi għal tfal u adolexxenti
b’kundizzjonijiet varji
L-Inizjazzjoni Nisranija u l-Katekeżi għall-Adulti
Lesson planning
Safeguarding good practices
SEMINAR – L-era diġitali u l-katekeżi: Aspetti Prattiċi
Riżorsi li jistgħu jintużaw fil-laqgħat mat-tfal u adolexxenti

Assessment: 

Module 1: Written assignment

Module 2: Written and practical assignment 50% and a Reflective Journal 50%

Final Award: Introduction to Catechetical Ministry

Duration: 1 year part-time (112 hours)

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement a student must: attend a minimum of 70% of each module and Pass successfully the assignment

Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider an extensive range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.

Training Sample

  Cahtolic Institute

This is a sample training page.

Those who are currently involved or who desire to get training on ______________.

Modules:

CodeModuleValue
PFI1000Introduction to Training2 ECTS

Module 1 – Title

Lecturers: various

SessionDatesTimes
In-personXXth Month 202109:00 – 13:00

A mix of assessment methods will be employed to allow for different learning styles. They include:

Assessment: 

  • Modules 1

Final Award: 

Duration: 

  • Contact hours –
  • Supervised Placement and Practice Hours –
  • Self-Study Hours –
  • Assessment Hours –

Certification: 

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement a student must; Attend a minimum of 70% of each module and Pass successfully the assignment

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Teaching Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute, in collaboration with the Salesian Family, and the MCYN (Malta Catholic Youth Network)

Applicants must be in possession of: