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Sunday Afternoon Bible Study

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Room, beginning 9/23/18

Renew your love of the Mass by discovering the richness of every, intentional aspect through the study of its biblical foundations. “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass” by Dr. Edward Sri takes participants on an exciting tour of the Liturgy in a 5-part program, as it explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass and explains their profound significance. See, perhaps for the first time, why we say what we say and do what we do every week at Mass. The words and gestures will be seen in a new light, giving new life to the liturgical experience.

  • Learn the biblical background to the words, prayers, and gestures of the Liturgy, all in the context of the revised Mass translation
  • Discover how the Mass is a “true re-presentation” of Christ’s redeeming sacrifice on the Cross
  • Explore the three key aspects of the Mass as a Sacrifice, Real Presence, and Holy Communion
  • Gain helpful insights for getting the most out of every Mass…and much more!

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below. Please contact study leader, Brian Bobick brianbobick@verizon.net with any questions about this study.

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Monday Morning Bible Study

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in St. Catherine Room, beginning 9/24/18

“Psalms: The School of Prayer” by Jeff Cavins, Sarah Christmyer and Tim Gray makes things personal. While the historical books of the Bible recount God’s creative and redemptive acts in history, the Psalms reveal Israel’s response to God’s covenant offer and serve as a model for our response to Him. Indeed, one could say that the historical books tell the “outside” of the story of Israel by giving an historical perspective, while the Psalms tell the “inside” story, which comes from the deeply personal perspective of one who is seeking God. Our communication with God is enhanced by a deeper understanding of the book of Psalms and of the individual psalms that reside in each of our hearts.

  • Discover a rich school of prayer for all life’s circumstances.
  • Experience the transforming power of the responsorial psalms in the Mass.
  • Learn how to visualize the psalms in order to empower their meditation.
  • Study the many ways the Psalms foretell the life and mission of Jesus.
  • See how the Psalms can empower your prayer to become an honest and personal dialogue with God.

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below. Please contact study leader, Lisa Ostendorf lostendorf@stfrncis.org with any questions about this study.

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Several studies are being offered through Ascension Press, which can be completed at home and at your own time. By registering online and purchasing a workbook, you will gain access to all of the videos (provided that a minimum of 2 people register for the study.) A facilitator is available to answer your questions by phone or through email. The following is a list of studies being offered this fall:

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

This eight-part study (30-minute sessions) provides the easiest way to understand the Bible. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible makes the complex simple. It helps you uncover the story woven throughout Scripture so that you can get the “big picture” of the Bible and understand what it is all about. The Bible is a story about the Father’s unfailing love for you – a love that you are now called to share with others.

  • Make sense of the Bible and see how it relates to your everyday life
  • Discover the remarkable connections between the Old and New Testaments
  • See how the sacraments, the Church and our entire Catholic Faith is rooted in Scripture
  • … and much more!

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

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Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom

The book of Acts shows the Church, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, teaching, preaching, healing, and restoring outcasts in the same way that Jesus did on earth. The Acts of the Apostles provides an historic framework for understanding the rest of the New Testament. Paul’s letters in particular come alive in a new way when they are read within the context of the Acts narrative.

  • See how the Gospel witness spread outward in waves, from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria, and finally to the ends of the earth.
  • Share with the early Christians the joys and struggles of living the life of Christ, and learn how these apply to us today.
  • See how the Holy Spirit guided the apostles into Truth.
  • Observe the way the Spirit-filled Church adapted to new cultures when proclaiming the Gospel.
  • Watch the seeds of Church structure and authority take root, and see how conflicts were resolved even at that early stage.
  • See your place in Christ’s Church, and how you should live day-to-day as a disciple of Christ.

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

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Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer

The Oremus study program teaches you the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life. Over the course of eight weeks you will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear his voice.

  • Become aware of God’s presence in your life
  • Discover the simple yet profound steps of Catholic prayer
  • Learn how to respond to God and express yourself in prayer
  • Discover how to hear God’s voice in Scripture, in your heart, and in ordinary moments.
  • Learn how to overcome frustrations, distractions, and dryness in prayer.
  • See that desolation and consolation are a normal part of everyone’s walk with God.
  • Grow in your relationship with God and those around you.
  • and more…

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

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Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer — He wants you to be his disciple and friend. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is your guide to a personal encounter with Christ. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus seeks after us. He comes to meet us and beckons us to follow him. He calls us to be his disciples, to trust him, to open ourselves to his merciful love, and to love others as he has loved us. Follow Me invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ.

  • Learn what it takes to follow Christ.
  • Discover the joy of divine friendship.
  • See how God, and only God, can satisfy the deepest desires of your heart.

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

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Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

This exciting study brings the Gospel to life and draws you closer to Christ. You will see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who fulfills the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, establishes the New Law, and inaugurates the Kingdom of Heaven. Set in the rich context of Jesus’ life, Matthew shows us who Jesus is and what his life and teachings mean for us today.

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

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A Biblical Walk Through the Mass

Renew your love of the Mass by discovering the richness of every, intentional aspect through the study of its biblical foundations. “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass” by Dr. Edward Sri takes participants on an exciting tour of the Liturgy in a 5-part program, as it explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass and explains their profound significance. See, perhaps for the first time, why we say what we say and do what we do every week at Mass. The words and gestures will be seen in a new light, giving new life to the liturgical experience.

  • Learn the biblical background to the words, prayers, and gestures of the Liturgy, all in the context of the revised Mass translation
  • Discover how the Mass is a “true re-presentation” of Christ’s redeeming sacrifice on the Cross
  • Explore the three key aspects of the Mass as a Sacrifice, Real Presence, and Holy Communion
  • Gain helpful insights for getting the most out of every Mass…and much more!

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

Register

Psalms: The School of Prayer

“Psalms: The School of Prayer” by Jeff Cavins, Sarah Christmyer and Tim Gray makes things personal. While the historical books of the Bible recount God’s creative and redemptive acts in history, the Psalms reveal Israel’s response to God’s covenant offer and serve as a model for our response to Him. Indeed, one could say that the historical books tell the “outside” of the story of Israel by giving an historical perspective, while the Psalms tell the “inside” story, which comes from the deeply personal perspective of one who is seeking God. Our communication with God is enhanced by a deeper understanding of the book of Psalms and of the individual psalms that reside in each of our hearts.

  • Discover a rich school of prayer for all life’s circumstances.
  • Experience the transforming power of the responsorial psalms in the Mass.
  • Learn how to visualize the psalms in order to empower their meditation.
  • Study the many ways the Psalms foretell the life and mission of Jesus.
  • See how the Psalms can empower your prayer to become an honest and personal dialogue with God.

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

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What translation of the Bible should I read? If you would like to read the translation we use in Mass, look for the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE).  If you are looking for a good translation for in depth study, you may elect to choose the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) or the New Jerusalem Bible.

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What makes a Bible a “Catholic Bible”? People often wonder if we read a different version of the Bible than our Protestant brothers and sisters.  Every book in a “Protestant Bible” is included in a “Catholic Bible”.  A “Catholic Bible” refers to the inclusion of seven, additional, deuterocanonical books (1 and 2 Maccabees, Sirach, Wisdom, Baruch, Tobit, and Judith, as well as parts of Daniel and Esther.) The Church maintains these books have been referenced since the beginning of Christianity and were explicitly approved for inclusion as canon at the Council of Trent in 1546.  During the Protestant Reformation, all books not originally written in Hebrew were removed from “Protestant Bibles”.  

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