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The Art of Accompanying Couples Preparing for Marriage

  Parish Centre, Żejtun

“The art of accompanying couples” provides the basic knowledge and skills needed by leading couples who are commencing their ministry with engaged couples preparing for a Christian marriage. This course introduces those new to this ministry in the art of creating the necessary group dynamics, accompanying individual couples, keeping up to date with information and methodologies in this particular field. This course addresses these needs by modelling the learning outcomes in the methodology of the course itself.

The intended learning outcomes: 

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

  • facilitate a group of young couples preparing for Christian marriage
  • accompany on a basic spiritual and emotional level young engaged couples preparing for a Christian marriage.
  • couples who are being introduced to the ministry of accompanying couples towards the sacrament of marriage; 
  • other couples who are already accompanying couples towards marriage as a form of ongoing formation.  (commonly known as koppji mexxejja) 

Target Audience Age: 19-65+

The course is delivered on Fridays between 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Throughout the course, the participants will be mentored by experienced Cana Couple Leaders (koppja mexxejja) Mr Chris and Ms Rosanne Triganza. Through useful tips and experiences, the couple can help participants with any queries they might have and to better understand their future role as a Cana Couple Leader (koppja mexxejja).

DateSessionLecturers
30th SeptemberSession 1: Group Dynamics Mr Joseph Pellicano
7th OctoberSession 2: Skills for Accompanying Individuals Rev. Prof Paul Galea
14th OctoberSession 3: Growing Deeper in the Spiritual Dimension Mr Claudio and Ms Antoinette Laferla
21st OctoberSession 4: Exploring Available Resources Part 1: Family Planning and Sexuality  Ms Christine Galea
28th OctoberSession 5: Exploring Available Resources
Part 2: Issues with moral theology related to the family 
Rev Prof. Emmanuel Agius
4th & 11th NovemberSession 6: Assessment Presentation by the Participating Couples Fr Charles Attard and Fr Aayrton Muscat
Leading Couple Shadowing Experience

After following the above course, the participants will have the opportunity to shadow an experienced couple during an actual Cana course. This will give the participants the chance to observe what being a couple leader (koppja mexxejja) entails.

This course is held on Fridays from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates
SessionDatesTimes
SeptemberFriday 30th September 20226:00pm – 9:00pm
OctoberFridays 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th October 20226:00pm – 9:00pm
Presentation SessionFridays 4th & 11th November 20226:00pm – 9:00pm
Leading Couple Shadowing Experience

After following the above course, the participants will have the opportunity to shadow an experienced couple during an actual Cana course. Dates and location for this arrangement will be discussed individually with the applicants.

Assessment: short presentation during the last course session.

Certification: Certificate of Achievement

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, a student must; attend all the contact hours, complete the leading couple shadowing experience and pass successfully the assessment/s.

Teaching Institutions: Cana Movement together with Pastoral Formation Institute.

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

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.

Emotional & Spiritual Support In The Community

  Ta` Mlit, Mosta

Licence Number: 2013-FHI-028

The aim of this course is to empower pastoral workers or volunteers 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, pastoral workers or volunteers 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 for pastoral workers or volunteers to reflect on the methods they use during their pastoral work 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.
  • Pastoral workers or volunteers who come in contact with persons in need families, or visit residential homes.  
  • Persons who are interested in developing their relationships. 

Target Audience Age: 16+

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.

Fridays at 6:00 pm – 8:00pm
Friday 2nd September 2022
Friday 9th September 2022
Friday 16th September 2022
Friday 23rd September 2022
Friday 30th September 2022
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 Reflective Journal 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 Children and Vulnerable Adults

  Blended
Safeguarding Others

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 to 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 and volunteers who are currently working, or who desire to get training on working with; children and vulnerable adults or handle their 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 hours in-person session and (b) 2 hours of recorded material which can be accessed on the PFI`s Moodle Portal.

June 2022
SessionDatesTimesVenue
In-personSaturday 18th June9:00 am – 12:00 pmThe Archbishop`s Seminary, Rabat
Recorded MaterialSaturday 25th JuneRecorded Videos on the VLE platform

The online exam will open on Saturday 25th June at 11:30 am and will close on Saturday 18th June at 5:00 pm

OR
July 2022
SessionDatesTimesVenue
In-personSaturday 23rd July09:00 – 12:00Catholic Institute, Floriana
Online sessionSaturday 30th JulyRecorded Videos on the VLE platform

The online exam will open on Saturday 30th July at 20:00 and will close on Saturday 6th August at 16:00

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance if you have attended all the contact hours for this course. 

  1. Certificate of Participation 

You will receive a Certificate of Participation* if you sit for the exam and pass the short multiple-choice online exam. This online exam is available for you on the Moodle platform. (please check the calendar tab above for exam dates)

  1. Certificate of Achievement 

You will receive the Certificate of Achievement*, if you 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 pass successfully 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.

Safeguarding Seminar for Clergy

  Blended
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.

You may choose one of the following 6 seminars.

SeminarDatesTimeVenue
MayTuesday 10th May9:30 am – 12:30 pmĊentru Parrokjali, Santa Luċija
JulyTuesday 12th July9:30 am – 12:30 pmĊentru Parrokjali Santa Marija, Birkirkara
AugustTuesday 9th August4:30 pm – 7:30 pmĊentru Parrokjali Santa Marija, Birkirkara
SeptemberTuesday 13th September9:30 am – 12:30 pmĊentru Parrokjali Santa Marija, Birkirkara
OctoberTuesday 11th October4:30 pm – 7:30 pmĊentru Parrokjali, Santa Luċija
NovemberTuesday 15th November9:30 am – 12:30 pmĊentru Parrokjali Santa Marija, Birkirkara

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.

The Human Experience of God in Prayer

  Lecture Room 3, Archdiocese of Malta, Floriana
prayer

During this course, participants are invited to experience the beauty of their relationship with God in prayer. The aim of the course is for the participants to deepen their understanding of prayer as essential to our journey of faith.  

The course will be spread over six Saturdays, exploring different approaches to prayer, including scripture, icons, and experiential texts.  

Adults who wish to explore and delve deeper into their relationship with God in prayer.

Lecturer
Prayer as the Motor of Spiritual LifeRev Dr Jimmy Bonnici
Prayer in the Old TestamentRev Dr Stefan Attard
Prayer in the New TestamentSr Marie Scicluna rscj
Vocal PrayerRev Dr Mark Sultana
Liturgical and Ecclesial Aspects of PrayerMr Emanuel Micallef
Praying with IconsProf Adrian Gellel

This course is held on Saturdays from 9:00 am -12:00 pm

Mode of Delivery: In person
05/02/2022Introduction to the course: Prayer as the Motor of the Spiritual Life
12/02/2022Prayer in the Old Testament
19/02/2022Prayer in the New Testament
05/03/2022Vocal Prayer
12/03/2022Liturgical and Ecclesial Aspects of Prayer
09/04/2022Praying with Icons

Assessment: no assessment

Final Award: Certificate of Attendance

Duration: 3 months (18 hours)

Certification: A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded after successful* completion of the course

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement a student must: attend a minimum of 70% of each module

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

 

 

 
 
 

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.  
  • 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. 

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:  

 

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: 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

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.

Developing Environmental Responsibility

  Mgarr Parish
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. 
1. Knowing – the Social and Development challenges.
During this introductory lesson, we will discuss the Social and Development Challenge and how they impact us.
2. Knowing – the Environmental challenge.
Current local and global environmental challenges, and how they impact us.
3. Now that I know, what?
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.
4. Aligning my stated values with my daily behavior.
During this lecture, participants will have an opportunity to engage critically in values clarification.
5. If spirituality compels us towards more love and compassion then what?
Spirituality and Ecological Literacy. Living in an ethical and moral manner and meeting today`s challenges.
6. How to re-interpret community for today`s challenges.
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
7. How can we remain inspired?
In this concluding seminar, the participants will have the opportunity to share any behavioral 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.

This course is held on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm -8:30 pm

Mode of Delivery: In person
25/01/2022Knowing – the Social and Development challenges.
01/02/2022Knowing – the Environmental challenge.
08/02/2022Now that I know, what?
15/02/2022Aligning my stated values with my daily behavior.
22/02/2022If spirituality compels us towards more love and compassion then what?
08/03/2022How to re-interpret community for today`s challenges.
15/03/2022How can we remain inspired?

Assessment: Reflective Journal 

Final Award: Higher Education Award in Developing Environmental Responsibility

MQF Level: Level 5

Duration: 7 weeks (14 hours)

Certification: AA 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

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.