St. Augustine Parish offers several opportunities each year to study God’s Word and how it applies to our daily lives.
Starting soon – Advent Scripture Study!
Advent begins December 1st. The Church stresses that Advent is a time of reflection, meditation and preparation during which we should be focused on preparing our hearts to receive our Savior. This year we will be offering a short (4 week) Scripture Study based on each week’s Sunday readings for Advent. This study will follow the Catholic Scripture Study format including reflection on the Sunday readings, Lectio Divina (an ancient method of prayer), discussion, and a short DVD. We will offer three sessions: Tuesday evenings beginning November 26th at 7pm, Wednesday mornings beginning November 27th at 9:30am and Thursday evenings beginning December 5th at 7pm. A $10 fee covers the cost of materials. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Each year from September through May, several groups gather on a weekly basis using Catholic Scripture Study International’s acclaimed and doctrinally sound program for an in-depth study of one or more books of the Bible. Our next session begins the third week of September 2013. This year we are offering two separate studies:
- Old Testament study of “Joshua, Judges and Ruth” on Tuesdays from 1-2:30pm beginning September 24th. Discover Joshua, a faithful leader carrying out God’s commands followed by the deteriorating faith and failure of the Judges but concluding with the heart-warming story of grace and redemption in Ruth!
- New Testament study of “The Gospel According to John” on Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm beginning September 25th. John is known as “the apostle whom Jesus loved” (John 20:2), and one of the three considered to be in the “Inner Circle” of Jesus’ friends, along with Peter and James.This study will lead you through the multi-layered writings of St. John to discover much more than you probably ever realized about this Gospel!
Each session meets for 1 1/2 hours a week to discuss the current reading, share answers to a set of study questions and view a DVD featuring a theologian who provides the groups gathered with deeper insight into the passages just studied. Sign-ups for this annual study are typically held from mid-August to mid-September. These studies are suitable for all adults from beginner through advanced. For more information on this program email Danette Morris at email@example.com.
We also offer short (4-6 week) studies several times per year especially during the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent. Information about each study is posted in the bulletin at least 4-6 weeks prior to its start.