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Award in Developing Environmental Responsibility

  Villa Apap Bologna, St Anne Street, Marsaskala
Developing Environmental Responsibility

License Number: 2013-FHI-028

The course is designed to inspire and empower participants in taking a stand on sustainability, both in their personal lives and in their communities.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the basic Environmental, Social, and Development Challenges we are facing as a country and globally.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to bring about sustainable choices in their day-to-day life.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to bring about sustainable change at a household, institution, and community level.
  • Reflect critically on their roles and identities as active citizens, consumers, and change-makers in a complex and interconnected world.

The Developing Environmental Responsibility is offered by the Pastoral Formation Institute in collaboration with inteko, CEER (University of Malta), and the Interdiocesan Commission for the Environment.

Adults with an interest in

  • developing environmental responsibility
  • engage in ecological conversion
  • further positioning themselves in front of the interconnected double challenge of preserving the environment and eradicating poverty. 
Target Audience Age: 18+

This course is held on Wednesdays from 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm

Mode of Delivery: In-person
19th April 2023 – Knowing – the Social and Development challenges.
During this introductory lesson, we will discuss the Social and Development Challenge and how they impact us.
26th April 2023 – Knowing – the Environmental challenge.
Current local and global environmental challenges, and how they impact us.
5th May 2023 – Caring for the Planet: Where do I stand?
Making sense of and taking a stand on the newly acquired knowledge and awareness of the first two sessions. We will examine our own lifestyles and patterns and identify areas that require a change.
10th May 2023 – Aligning my stated values with my daily behaviour.
During this lecture, participants will have an opportunity to engage critically in value clarification.
17th May 2023 – Ecological Conversion: A Spiritual Journey
Spirituality and Ecological Literacy. Living in an ethical and moral manner and meeting today`s challenges.
24th May 2023 – A shared vision and commitment
This session is a follow-up of the previous one but brings out the creation of community and the community mindset as a pre-requisite for overcoming today`s local and global challenges
31st May 2023 – How can we remain inspired?
In this concluding seminar, the participants will have the opportunity to share any behavioural changes they observed or trying to adopt in their day-to-day routine. This opportunity of sharing will help participants learn from each other in inspiring active change.

Assessment: Reflective Journal 

MQF Level: Level 5

Duration: 7 weeks (14 hours)

Certification:

This course has two exit certificates: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance 

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend 80 % of the contact hours

2. Certificate of Achievement  
To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  • attend all the contact hours
  • and successfully complete a reflective journal of at least 500 words.

Final Award: Award in Developing Environmental Responsibility

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.

Language competencies: The student is required to be proficient in Maltese;

Digital competencies: The student is required to be digitally literate, i.e. knowing how to access the internet, must have an email address and use Moodle software and word processor.

Emotional Support In The Community

  Ta` Mlit, Mosta

The aim of this course is to empower persons who do not have any academic background in the psychological sector, such as pastoral workers; volunteers; and other persons interested in improving their relationships, with the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes needed whilst interacting with parishioners or other persons. This course introduces pastoral workers or volunteers to helping skills, theories, and approaches.

Through studying and discussing these methods, students become more aware of the tools which help them in their work with different people who come from various cultural and social backgrounds. The course aims to create an opportunity to reflect on the methods they use during their work and relationships and evaluate their work.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • understand the basic helping theories and skills;
  • know how to listen and respond appropriately;
  • be able to support the person emotionally and spiritually;
  • know when to refer a person to professional help.

Persons who do not have any academic background in the psychological sector. Namely:

  • Persons who listen and accompany colleagues and friends on a regular basis at their workplace, within their family, etc…
  • Pastoral workers, volunteers or those who come in contact with persons, families in need, or visit residential homes.  
  • Persons who are interested in developing their relationships. 

Target Audience Age: 18+

In this session participants will explore helping skills used during pastoral work, including listening to people, supporting, and validating feelings.

The learning outcomes of this session are:
  • to learn how to be present with people physically, emotionally, and mentally.
  • to learn how to help a person feel accepted, understood and not judged.

In this session, the important skill of being empathic when helping people will be discussed. There will be the opportunity to practice this skill during the session. At the same time, the practice of maintaining boundaries will be thoroughly discussed, as having clear and established limits in our work contribute to safe connections.

The learning outcomes of this session are:
  • to become aware of the importance of empathy;
  • to be able to practice ways of empathic communication;
  • to be able to practice self-care through having healthy boundaries.

In this session, the student will become more self-aware; the individual is encouraged to reflect and be aware of his/her strengths, challenges, beliefs, thoughts, and emotions.

 The outcomes of this session are:

  • to be able to engage in reflective practice;
  • to be able to identify one’s strengths and challenges;
  • to be able to bring about changes in the attitudes and ways of working.

In this session, students will be invited to look at their own spiritual life and become aware of how this is manifested and expressed in their personal lives and within the community. It will also investigate cultural varieties and other religious denominations and/or spiritual practices and trends within the parish, and how these influence individual as well as community/parish life, and vice versa. This session will also touch on the notion of spiritual accompaniment and religious practices, how they differ, and how they can complement each other.

The outcomes of this session are:
  • to gain a better understanding of the spirituality as lived in the community;
  • to gain awareness by reflecting on one’s own spiritual lives and discourse and how these can influence the community they are part of;
  • to gain an understanding of the notion of spiritual accompaniment and how this can be put into practice.

In this session, the student will become aware of when s/he should refer a person to professional help, why confidentiality is important when working in a pastoral context and what are the limits to confidentiality.

The outcomes of this session are:
  • to learn and be able to differentiate amongst various helping professionals and services available;
  • to be able to guide and link people to further specialised help when required.

 

The course is delivered over 10 contact hours over 5 weeks. The 2 hour weekly sessions are held on Fridays between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. at Ta’ Mlit Pastoral Centre. Free parking facilities available.

Fridays at 6:00 pm – 8:00pm
Friday 24th February 2023
Friday 3rd March 2023
Friday 10th March 2023
Friday 17th March 2023
Friday 24th March 2023
Certification:  

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend all the course contact hours. 

2. Certificate of Participation

To obtain a Certificate of Participation, students must attend all the contact hours and pass the short multiple-choice online exam. 

3. Certificate of Achievement 

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must: 

  • attend all the contact hours;  
  • pass the short multiple-choice online exam; 
  • and successfully complete a Case Study Analysis of at least 500 words;

Teaching and Awarding Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: 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.

Language: Primary level understanding of Maltese and English.

Digital: Knows how to access the internet and use a word processor.

Safeguarding Seminar for Clergy

  Parish Centre (Hall), Santa Lucija
priest talking to child

This seminar aims to equip priests (and brothers) with the necessary safeguarding tools for their work in the community. By familiarising themselves with the key principles of safeguarding, priests can learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. familiarise themselves with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help
  • Diocesan Priests
  • Religious Order Priests
  • Religious Order Brothers

3-hour in-person seminar. The PFI will be offering this seminar on six different dates, you may find all the dates in the Calendar section below.

This seminar will be offered again on Monday 23rd January 2023 at 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Certificate: Certificate of Attendance*

*To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, a student must; attend all the contact hours.

Teaching Institutions: Safeguarding Commission together with Pastoral Formation Institute

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: 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.

Language: Primary level understanding of Maltese and English.

Digital: Knows how to access the internet and use a word processor.

Award in Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

  TBA
Safeguarding Others
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Licence Number: 2013-FHI-028

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The intended learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. familiarise themselves with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help
  • Employees who work with children and vulnerable adults
  • Employees who handle children and vulnerable adults` data
  • Volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults
  • Volunteers who handle children and vulnerable adults` data.

The course is delivered over 5 contact hours. These 5 hours are delivered over two sessions:

  1. 3 hours – In person session
  2. 2 hours – Online Zoom session

Students will also be given additional reading material which they can read in their own time.

You may find all the dates in the Calendar section below.

Each course is delivered over two sessions; (a) 3-hour, in-person session and (b) 2 hours of recorded material which can be accessed on the PFI`s Moodle Portal.

January 2023
Lecturing Period
Mode of DeliveryDate & TimeVenue
In-personSaturday 21st January 2023
09:00 am – 12:00 pm
Archbishop`s Curia, Floriana
Recorded MaterialAvailable from Saturday 21st – 27th January 2023Recorded Videos on the VLE platform
Assessment Period:
AssessmentAvailable FromDue by
Short Multiple-Choice Online ExamSaturday 21st January 2023Monday 4th February 2023
Reflective JournalSaturday 21st January 2023Monday 3rd March 2023

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be rewarded to students who have:

  • attended in-person session
  • watched all the recorded material
  • and did not submit any course assessments.
  1. Certificate of Participation 

A Certificate of Participation* will be rewarded to students who meet the attendance criteria and successfully conclude the course multiple choice test. (please check the calendar tab above for exam dates)

  1. Certificate of Achievement 

A Certificate of Achievement* is awarded to students who successfully concluded the course, that is;

  • meet the attendance criteria
  • sit and pass the short multiple-choice online exam (mentioned in point 2),
  • and also submit a Reflective Journal of at least 500 words.

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Participation, a student must; attend all the contact hours and successfully conclude the assessment/s.

Teaching Institutions: Safeguarding Commission together with Pastoral Formation Institute

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: 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.

Language: Primary level understanding of Maltese and English.

Digital: Knows how to access the internet and use a word processor.

An Introduction to the Theology of the Holy Spirit

  Ta` Mlit, Pastoral Centre, Mosta

The course aims to provide theological knowledge regarding the catholic belief in the Holy Spirit as it developed throughout the centuries and lived in various aspects of ecclesial life. The course will start by analysing scripture references to the Holy Spirit and will explore the development of the theology of the Holy Spirit from the Church Fathers to contemporary theology. The Course will also illustrate the role of the Holy Spirit in liturgy and ecclesial life, the Communal Discernment, and conclude by analysing how the Holy Spirit is expressed in art.

Application Closes at noon on the 13th January 2023

People who wish to enrich their spirituality by learning more about the third person of the Holy Trinity.

Target Audience`s Age: 18+
Session TitleLecturer
Session 1Holy Spirit in the Old Testament: The ‘Spirit of God’Rev. Dr Paul Sciberras
Session 2Holy Spirit in the Old Testament: The ‘Spirit in Prophecy’Rev. Dr Paul Sciberras
Session 3Holy Spirit in the New Testament: Holy Spirit in the Synoptic GospelsRev. Dr Martin Micallef
Session 4Holy Spirit in the New Testament: Holy Spirit in the Gospel of JohnRev. Dr Martin Micallef
Session 5Holy Spirit in the New Testament: The Holy Spirit as a central theme in the Letters of St PaulRev. Dr Martin Micallef
Session 6Patristic Theology: Early PneumatologyRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
Session 7Patristic Theology: Third Century Tertullian OrigenRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
Session 8Patristic Theology: Fourth and Fifth CenturiesRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
Session 9Dogmatic Theology: The Holy TrinityRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
Session 10Dogmatic Theology: The work of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ life and the mission of the ChurchRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
Session 11Dogmatic Theology: The Holy Spirit in the Papal MagisteriumRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
Session 12Western Liturgy: The Liturgy as an action of the Holy SpiritRev. Stephen Attard
Session 13Western Liturgy: The four concepts and accompanying gestures in the Post-Second Vatican Council Liturgical Texts    Rev. Stephen Attard
Session 14Western Liturgy: Holy Orders and Marriage/The Vigil and Day Mass of the Solemnity of PentecostRev. Stephen Attard
Session 15Eastern Liturgy: The work of the Holy Spirit in the Byzantine LiturgyPapas Prof. Martin Zammit
Session 16Eastern Liturgy: The Anaphors in the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and St BasilPapas Prof. Martin Zammit
Session 17Communal DiscernmentRev. Dr Andre Zaffarese
Session 18The Holy Spirit in Sacred Art: Representations of the Holy Spirit: From symbol to signMs Giulia Privitelli
Session 19The Holy Spirit in Sacred Art: Retrieving “likeness”: From idols to iconsMs Giulia Privitelli

 

Session Format

Nineteen lectures on Thursdays between 18:00 and 20:00 (38 hours)


Part 1: Holy Spirit in Scripture
19th January 2023Holy Spirit in the Old Testament: The ‘Spirit of God’Rev. Dr Paul Sciberras
26th January 2023Holy Spirit in the Old Testament: The ‘Spirit in Prophecy’Rev. Dr Paul Sciberras
2nd February 2023Holy Spirit in the New Testament: Holy Spirit in the Synoptic GospelsRev. Dr Martin Micallef
9th February 2023Holy Spirit in the New Testament: Holy Spirit in the Gospel of JohnRev. Dr Martin Micallef
16th February 2023Holy Spirit in the New Testament: The Holy Spirit as a central theme in the Letters of St PaulRev. Dr Martin Micallef
Part 2: Patristic and Dogmatic Theology of the Holy Spirit
23rd February 2023Patristic Theology: Early PneumatologyRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
2nd March 2023Patristic Theology: Third Century Tertullian OrigenRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
9th March 2023Patristic Theology: Fourth and Fifth CenturiesRev. Dr Jonathan Farrugia
16th March 2023Dogmatic Theology: The Holy TrinityRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
23rd March 2023Dogmatic Theology: The work of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ life and the mission of the ChurchRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
30th March 2023Dogmatic Theology: The Holy Spirit in the Papal MagisteriumRev. Prof. Hector Scerri
Part 3: Holy Spirit in Liturgy
20th April 2023Western Liturgy: The Liturgy as an action of the Holy SpiritRev. Stephen Attard
27th April 2023Western Liturgy: The four concepts and accompanying gestures in the Post-Second Vatican Council Liturgical Texts    Rev. Stephen Attard
4th May 2023Western Liturgy: Holy Orders and Marriage/The Vigil and Day Mass of the Solemnity of PentecostRev. Stephen Attard
11th May 2023Eastern Liturgy: The work of the Holy Spirit in the Byzantine LiturgyPapas Prof. Martin Zammit
18th May 2023Eastern Liturgy: The Anaphors in the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and St BasilPapas Prof. Martin Zammit
Part 4: Manifestation of the Holy Spirit
25th May 2023Communal DiscernmentRev. Dr Andre Zaffarese
1st June 2023The Holy Spirit in Sacred Art: Representations of the Holy Spirit: From symbol to signMs Giulia Privitelli
Friday: 2nd June 2023The Holy Spirit in Sacred Art: Retrieving “likeness”: From idols to iconsMs Giulia Privitelli

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to students who have attended at least 80% of the course`s contact hours.

  1. Certificate of Participation 

A Certificate of Participation will be rewarded to students who meet the attendance criteria* and successfully conclude the course multiple-choice tests. 

  1. Certificate of Achievement 

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to students who successfully concluded the course, that is;

  • meet the attendance criteria*
  • sit and pass the short multiple-choice tests (mentioned in point 2),
  • and also submit a written assessment of at least 1000-1500 words.

Final Award: Certificate in An Introduction to the Theology of the Holy Spirit

Awarding Institute: Pastoral Formation Institute

Duration: Four months part-time course

Attendance Criteria: Students must attend at least 80% of all the course`s contact hours.

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 Holy Communion

  Online

Course Description

The course Introduction to the Eucharist is designed to give the extraordinary minister formation and direction for distributing communion during masses and to be a guide to help him/her in taking communion to those who are unable to join the community in person. By the end of this course the student will: 

  • have a basic biblical and theological understanding of the teachings related to the Eucharist.   
  • know the language in which liturgical worship is explicit. 
  • learn most matters concerning the rite of Communion.  
  • learn to appreciate more the sacrament of Holy Communion. 
  • acquire a deeper knowledge of the role of the extraordinary minister. 
  • grasp the spiritual meaning that this role entails

Intended For

  • Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion who provide a service during church masses, in residential elderly homes or homebound sick persons.   
  • Those who wish to learn to appreciate more the sacrament of Holy Communion. 
  • Those who are starting their service as extraordinary ministers. 

Please Note: Doing this course does not entitle the student to become an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. Extraordinary ministers are chosen by the shepherd of the parish. 

Curriculum

Part 1: God With Us – Dogmatic Theology 
  1. Christian theology on God’s revelation in the Eucharist.  
  2. The communitarian dimension of the Eucharist.  
  3. Eucharistic miracles around the world.  
  4. Re-actualisation – understanding the past, present and future dimensions of the sacraments.  
  5. Terminology for the Blessed Sacrament.  
Part 2: The Biblical Foundations of the Eucharist
  1. The scriptural perspective of the Church’s teachings on the Eucharist. 
  2. The foreshadowing of the Eucharist in the Old Testament. 
  3. The Last Supper narratives. 
  4. The testimony of St Paul on the Eucharist. 
  5. Exegesis. 
 
Part 3: The Eucharist in Daily Life 
  1. The role of the extraordinary minister at mass and at home. 
  2. The effects of the Eucharist on the community. 
  3. Cultivating my relationship with God through the Eucharist. 
  4. Way of life of the extraordinary minister. 
  5. The spiritual dimension of the role of the Eucharistic minister – testimonials:  

Calendar

The course is delivered in short, recorded sessions which are each about 18 minutes long. The student will be provided with a username and a password so s/he can watch these sessions on his/her own device. The total number of minutes amounts to 5-6 hours including the assessment.

Usernames and passwords will be sent to students within a week of payment confirmation.

Assessment & Certification

Assessment: Multiple choice test after each online session. The pass mark is 60%. 

Certificate: Certificate of completion will be awarded to those who complete all the sessions and pass all the assessments.

An electronic certificate will be sent via email, within a week of successfully completing the course.

Awarding and Teaching Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Entry Requirement

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 Holy Mass

  Online
introduction to holy mass

Course Description

The course Introduction to the Holy Mass is designed to give all those involved in the preparation of the Liturgy, formation for a better understanding of the different parts of the Eucharistic celebration. In light of Sacrosanctum Concilium’s desire to restore the celebration of the Mass to the vigour it enjoyed in Patristic times the course intends to explain the liturgico-historical roots of the different rites of the Mass for a better understanding of the celebration of the Eucharist according to the post-conciliar Missale Romanum. Moreover, such knowledge will enable the participants to put into practice the much desired active participation of the faithful in the celebration of the Mass.  

By the end of this course the student will:  

– have a basic liturgical and theological understanding of the celebration of the Mass according to the Missale Romanum 1975. 

– know the language in which liturgical worship is explicated.  

– know the historical roots of the different parts of the Mass. 

– learn most matters concerning the different rites which compose the celebration of the Mass.   

– acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of the different roles, members of the assembly hold.  

– grasp the spiritual meaning that these roles entail

Intended For

  • Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion,
  • Lectors, Animators,
  • Choir members,
  • members of the Parish Liturgical Commission
  • and those interested in understanding better the celebration of the Eucharist.

Curriculum

Part 1: The Introductory Rites  

  • The Introit
  • Greeting of the Altar and of the Assembly  
  • The Act of Penance
  • The Kyrie Eleison
  • The Gloria
  • The Collect 

Part 2: The Liturgy of the Word   

  • The Readings and the Responsorial Psalm
  • The Acclamation and the Gospel
  • The Homily
  • The Profession of Faith
  • The Prayer of the Faithful. 

Part 3: The Liturgy of the Eucharist  

  • The Offertory
  • The Preface
  • The Eucharistic Prayer I
  • The Eucharistic Prayer II
  • The Eucharistic Prayer III
  • The Eucharistic Prayer IV
  • The Eucharistic Prayer V
  • The Eucharistic Prayer of Reconciliation I and II 

Part 4: The Communion Rite

  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • The Rite of Peace
  • The Fraction
  • Communion
  • The Concluding Rites

Calendar

The course is delivered in short, recorded sessions which are each about 15 minutes long. The student will be provided with a username and a password so s/he can watch these sessions at his/her own computer or other technological device. The total number of minutes amount to 6-7hrs including the assessment.

Usernames and passwords will be sent to students within a week of payment confirmation.

Assessment & Certification

Assessment: Multiple choice test after each online session. The pass mark is 60%. 

Certificate: Certificate of completion will be awarded to those who complete all the sessions and pass all the assessments.

An electronic certificate will be sent via email, within a week of successfully completing the course.

Awarding and Teaching Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Entry Requirement

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.

Award in Creating & Animating Prayer Spaces

  Dar Ħanin Sammaritan, Santa Venera & Rivotorto Retreat House, S. Sommier Street, Birkirkara

Licence Number: 2013-FHI-028

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Students who successfully complete this course 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. €87.50 will be refunded back for this course).

The course Creating and Animating Prayer Spaces is designed to:

  • equip the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills required to create and run a prayer space in a given setting.
  • offer participants the opportunity to grow in their connectedness with their own self, with others, with the world, and with God through the prayer spaces experience.
  • enable the participants to accompany others and explore their faith, spirituality, and life’s big questions in a safe, creative, and interactive way. 
  • lead the participants to understand better the shift from living merely to functioning, fulfilling demands and expectations to a more meaningful life.
  • invite the participants to become aware that relationships are strengthened when one takes the time to appreciate and reflect upon them.

A prayer space can be set in various places. The setting can be a school, a youth center, a parish hall, at the workplace, in an open-plan area, or an outdoor place.

Application Closes at noon on the 8th November 2022
  1. define what a prayer space is;
  2. identify different age groups of children and young people attending the prayer space;
  3. communicate in different ways with children, young people, or adults according to their age, culture, and language during a prayer space;
  4. identify suitable interested members of the staff/personnel who are willing to form a team to prepare and animate prayer spaces in their respective schools;
  5. draw up a plan for planning, preparing, setting up, and running prayer spaces;
  6. report what educators and students said after they have experienced prayer spaces for themselves;
  7. evaluate what went well, identify difficulties and challenges in setting a prayer space;
  8. understand that at the most basic level, prayer spaces give students a way to reflect and develop reflective thinking skills in terms of the four key relationships: the self, others, the world, and God;
  9. make a connection between prayer spaces and other subjects
  1. Reflect personally on a prayer space;
  2. Plan a prayer space;
  3. Prepare for the setting of prayer spaces;
  4. Create simple and clear instruction cards, and prepare the resources related to the prayer space;
  5. Set up the physical prayer space in any given space and/or venue.
  6. Demonstrate a welcoming attitude to all children and young people of all faith and none who will be experiencing a prayer space;
  7. Lead the children and young people to the safe, hands-on, creative prayer space and, when necessary, animate the prayer spaces;
  8. Show a sense of accompaniment and being there for the person;
  9. Operate with other members of staff who wish to give a helping hand before, during, and after the setting of a prayer space activity;
  10. Recruit and train a prayer space team;
  11. Run a Prayer Space;
  12. Do a follow-up of a prayer spaces session.

This course is targeted at all those who wish to help children, young people, and adults grow in their prayer life, namely:

  • educators,
  • catechists,
  • youth workers,
  • youth leaders,
  • youth ministers,
  • religious counselors,
  • chaplains and lay chaplains,
  • priests and religious.  

Target Audience Age: 18+

Rev. Paul Chetcuti SJ

The lecturer will introduce the concepts of prayer, spirituality, and religion. Participants will become aware of the superficial vs meaning-making, being, and the development of symbolic language. 

Rev Reuben Gauci

Prayer Spaces stations will be set up for participants to experience them for themselves. A lecture will follow about the values of prayer spaces, and participants will learn that prayer spaces are spiritual, reflective, inclusive, professional, and Christian.

Rev Reuben Gauci

Prayer Spaces stations will be set up for participants to experience them for themselves. During the lecture about the purpose and theology of prayer spaces, participants will learn that prayer spaces help one reflect and develop reflective thinking skills; and see this in terms of four key relationships: the self, other people, the World, the sacred, and divine. They will also learn that God made everyone spiritual; God has a mission, welcomes, hears, cares, speaks, and acts.

Rev Reuben Gauci

Prayer Spaces stations will be set up for participants to experience them for themselves. A lecture about preparing for the setting of prayer spaces will follow. Participants will learn how to get started with prayer spaces.

Ms Silvana Cardona:

Prayer Spaces stations will be set up for participants to experience them for themselves. A lecture about creating prayer activities will follow. Participants will learn how to choose and create prayer activities directed to the self, others, the World, and God and create activities that are a mix of learning styles; writing, listening, looking, reading, and doing.

Rev Reuben Gauci

Prayer space stations will be set up for participants to experience them for themselves. A lecture about how to recruit and train an excellent prayer space team will follow, and participants will learn to recruit people who are prayerful, inclusive, reflective, professional, and safe. Participants will also learn how to set a good prayer space and how it can be welcoming to anyone who wishes to visit. They learn how to gather feedback and write a report as a follow-up.

 

 The course is delivered over 18 contact hours over 3 weeks. The 3-hour sessions are held on Tuesdays and Fridays between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Tuesday 22nd November 2022Dar Ħanin Sammaritan, Santa Venera5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday 25th November 2022Rivotorto Retreat House, Birkirkara5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 29th November 2022Dar Ħanin Sammaritan, Santa Venera5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday 2nd December 2022Rivotorto Retreat House, Birkirkara5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 6th December 2022Dar Ħanin Sammaritan, Santa Venera5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday 9th December 2022Dar Ħanin Sammaritan, Santa Venera5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Assessment:

To receive

  • Multiple-choice online exam – 40%
  • An assignment of 500 – 800 words about the steps needed to plan, prepare, set up, and evaluate an actual prayer space, including photos or short videos (up to 3 mins).  Guidelines on how to do the assignment.
Certification:  

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend at least 80% of the course’s contact hours. 

2. Certificate of Participation

To obtain a Certificate of Participation, students need to meet the attendance criteria and successfully conclude the course multiple-choice online exam. 

3. Certificate of Achievement 

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must: 

  • attend at least 80% of the course`s contact hours;  
  • pass the short multiple-choice online exam; 
  • and successfully complete a Reflective Journal of at least 500 words;
Funding
Students completing the Award in Creating & Animating Prayer Spaces 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. €87.50 will be refunded back for this course).

Teaching and Awarding Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: 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.

Language: Primary level understanding of Maltese and English.

Digital: Knows how to access the internet and use a word processor.

The Richness of the Various Christian Traditions

  Santa Rita Hall, Santa Rita Street, Birzebbuga

This course describes the commitment of the different Churches to seek unity after centuries of division. Great strides have been made in this area in the last 60 years with the result that separated Churches have come closer to each other and now collaborate in various ways. During this course, students will have the opportunity to appreciate the different rites and liturgy of Churches.

Course Aim:
  1. An appreciation of the history of the Church and how divisions came about among various Churches and Traditions
  2. Learning the basic terminology related to ecumenism
  3. Basic knowledge about the Christian East and the Christian West
  4. Knowing about the various efforts of ecumenical dialogue and the fruit achieved by pioneers in the field
  5. Appreciating the way other Churches celebrate the liturgy on the Lord’s Day

Those interested in the knowledge of the various Churches and their traditions.

Part 1: The Basic on the Search for Christian Unity
Session 1Basic Introduction to Ecumenism:
Basic jargon and historical overview of Ecumenism
Rev. Prof. Hector Scerri
Session 2Churches and Rites in the Christian EastPapas Prof. Martin Zammit
Session 3The Genesis of the Ecumenical MovementDr Dorianne Buttigieg

Part 2: The Richness of the Various Christian Traditions
Session 4Churches and Traditions:
Their origins, development, and socio-religious context
Rev. Prof. Hector Scerri & Dr Andre P. Debattista
Church Liturgy/ Service
Session 5The Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Serbian Orthodox ChurchSerbian Orthodox Church, Birzebbuga
Session 6The Sunday Eucharist celebrated by the Church of EnglandSt Andrew`s Scots Church, Valletta
Session 7The Sunday Service at St Andrew`s Scots` ChurchSt Paul`s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta
Session Format
  • Four lectures on Wednesdays between 18:00-20:00 (8 hours).
  • Three Sunday Liturgy/Service (3 hours)
Calendar:
DateTimeVenue
9th November 202218:00 – 20:00Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga
16th November 202218:00 – 20:00Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga
23rd November 202218:00 – 20:00Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga
30th November 202218:00 – 20:00Santa Rita Hall, Birzebbuga
Sunday 4th December 20229:30 amSerbian Orthodox Church, Birzebbuga
Sunday 18th December 202210:30 amSt Andrew`s Scots Church, Valletta
Sunday 8th January 202310:30 amSt Paul`s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta

Students are asked to be present 30 minutes prior to the Sunday liturgy/service for an introductory session on-site.

This course has two exit certificate options

1.Certificate of Attendance:

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to students who have attended a minimum of 80% of all contact hours.

2. Certificate of Participation:

A Certificate of Participation* will be awarded to students who meet the attendance criteria and successfully complete the course multiple choice online exam.

Duration: 7 sessions

Awarding Institute: Pastoral Formation Institute

Attendance Criteria: students need to attend a minimum of 80% of all contact hours.

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.

CPD for Diakonia Pastoral Workers

  TBA

The aim of this course is to ensure that pastoral operators who offer their service in the diaconia sector remain aware of new emerging realities in the field.

The topics chosen for this year were priorities indicated by the parish priests themselves. The course offers both input from professionals working in the field, as well as space for the participants themselves to discuss. In addition, this short course helps the participants to become equipped with essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes which are crucial to offering a good service in today’s world.

  • Pastoral operators, staff, or volunteers who work in a parish, diocesan or lay;
  • Persons who listen and accompany colleagues and friends on a regular basis at their workplace, within their family, etc;
  • Pastoral workers, volunteers, or those who are in contact with persons or families in need, or those who visit residential homes.

Target Audience Age: 18+

Below please find this year`s programme. We are aware that some of you might have recurrent commitments on Tuesdays. Keep this in mind, the meetings are offered on the last Tuesday or Thursday of the month. Thus, giving a chance to those who cannot attend on Tuesday the opportunity to attend the Thursday meetings instead.

The in-person meetings will be held in various parishes, in order to take the opportunity to meet different communities and their realities. We appreciate and are thankful for the effort each parish makes in order to have a representative present for every meeting.

Tuesdays & Thursday
DatesSession TitleSpeakerVenue
25th October 2022Djakonija ħidma ta Żvilupp fil-KomunitaCatherine Fleri SolerIklin Parish
29th November 2022Id-Djakonija fil-Parroċċa – Komunita’ ta’ Fidi li twassal il-messaġġ tal-Vanġelu lill-hinnProf Rev Salvu ChircopDar Ommna Marija, Siggiewi
26th January 2023Support Emozzjonali fil-KomunitaMr Joseph PellicanoMarsaskala Parish
28th February 2023L-iSkola bħala kollaboratur importanti
tal-ħidma tad-djakonija fil-parrocca
Sr Teresa TonnaTBA
30th March 2023Ngħinu lil min nixtiequ jinbidel
imma mingħajr ma nipprovaw nibdluh aħna
Dr Anna VellaTBA
25th April 2023Kif jistgħu jkomplu fil-parroċċi tagħnaEsperjenzi ta volontarjat InternazzjonaliTBA
25th May 20232 inizzjattivi f’parroċċa lokali
u oħra internazzjonali
Komunita li tisma’: Tilqa, u Tippromwovi l-fejqanTBA
27th June 2023Il-ħidma tad-djakonija fil-parroċċa,
u dik fost iż-żghażagħ jistgħu joqorbu
għall-ġid tal-komunita?
Benjamin Flores MartinTBA
Certification:  

This course has two exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend all the course contact hours. 

2. Certificate of Participation

To obtain a Certificate of Participation, students must attend all the contact hours and pass the short multiple-choice online exam (one after each session). 

Teaching Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Awarding Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: 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.