Adult Bible Study Resumes!
Here at CCOP, our mission is “To know Christ better, live as He calls us to live, and make Him better known.” But the greatest bible scholar Saint Jerome said, in the 4th Century, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” This is why we need to know the bible in a very intimate way. By intimate, I mean not just reading the bible, but to know just what it is, what kind of information we must expect from it, who wrote it, how it was written, etc. We need to know the bible intimately in order to understand what we read from it.
For instance, you do not read the bible as you would read a historical report, or a newspaper, or novel. CCOP Adult Bible Study seeks to make participants knowledgeable, conversant, familiar and, hence, comfortable in using the bible. We resume our sessions on Thursday, September 7 at 7:30 PM and Friday, September 8 at 9:30 AM at Saint Augustine Hall. In September, we will continue with our study of the “The Pentateuch: The Five (5) Books of Moses.” and start the Book of
Leviticus. Participants and all those who would like to join us are required to purchase and read the book Introduction to the Bible: A Catholic Guide to Studying Scripture by Stephen J. Binz.
This book is available for purchase at a subsidized price of $7 in the offices of both Saint Elizabeth Seton and Saint Augustine
campuses. Come and learn to know Christ better and make him better known!
September The Book of Leviticus
October The Book of Numbers
November The Book of Deuteronomy
Bible Study isn’t just a matter of gaining intellectual knowledge of the Bible; it is also about gaining a greater understanding of God’s love and concern for creation. The purpose of reading and knowing the Bible is to enrich our relationship with God.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church enshrines these famous words of the Second Vatican Council: “Access to sacred Scripture ought to be open wide to the Christian faithful.”
And as Pope Benedict XVI reminds us, “a study of the Bible is not only an intellectual pursuit but also a spiritual adventure that should inﬂuence our dealings with God and neighbor.”
The Catholic Church and The Mass are as Biblical as any institution or event in the world, and yet too often Catholics feel ignorant of the Bible, even though they’ve been “listening” to the Bible readings every Sunday at Mass throughout their lives.
During the year, we offer multi-week sessions in Scripture studies, and the ancient Christian practice of Lectio Divina. This combination of study and meditation will help Catholics to grow in their knowledge and spiritual awareness while deepening their understanding of the riches of our shared Catholic faith.
Thursday Evenings At 7:30 p.m. - St. Augustine Hall
Friday Mornings At 9:30 a.m. - St. Augustine Hall
For information about our next scheduled sessions contact the parish rectory office at 925.846.4489