Bible Study explores Scripture in greater depth than most of us would otherwise be able to, usually concentrating on a single book of the Bible such as one of the four Gospels, one or more of the Epistles or a book of the Old Testament. Occasionally, the group studies a Biblical theme instead of a particular book. Study materials include transcripts of lectures by experts on the subject, a book containing Scripture text with commentary, and a list of questions for discussion.
Bible Study meetings generally take place in the late winter/early spring and in the fall. The groups meet weekly in small groups during these seasons. There are no meetings during the summer and busy holiday season. Most courses require 6-12 meetings. The group usually completes its study of a particular topic during each of the two seasonal periods, but the longer courses are sometimes carries over to the following season.
The small group discussions are among the most rewarding aspects of the program. Most participants experience a deeper, more personal relationship with God, a lively experience of Christian community, a stronger sense of faith and prayer and a richer appreciation for the Church’s teachings and worship.
No prior knowledge is required for Bible Study sessions. While regular attendance and preparation is encouraged, participants are welcome to join at any time during the course of study for as many sessions as their schedule permits.
Fall 2019: The Book of Psalms
This Fall we will read and discuss the Book of Psalms. These are the prayers Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles would have recited and sung, both in private moments and in shared worship. Now we ourselves hear and join in the Psalms that are sung every Sunday as part of the Mass. By our study we hope to understand and appreciate these beautiful prayers and to make them available for our own conversations with the Lord. The program this fall starts on September 4th and end on November 21st. There are two groups. One meets Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 am. The other meets Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. You choose the one that fits your schedule. The meetings are held in the St. Paul Spiritual Center. The format of the meetings for the fall program will be a video lecture followed by discussion of the week’s reading. There is a Study Guide for the Psalms that is required. The cost for this book, which includes access to the video lectures, is $24.95. All are welcome. Please join us in this study of the Psalms. For more information and/or to register and order the study guide contact Chuck Balestri at firstname.lastname@example.org.