Bible Study

"Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ." St. Jerome Bible Study at St. Anthony on the Lake

For more information contact our Director of Adult Faith Formation, Al McCauley, at [email protected] or  Maureen Michaels at [email protected].

Bible Basics for Catholics 

  • Tuesdays, September 15, 22, 29;  October 6, 13, 20
  • 9:30-11:00am or 6:30-8:00pm
  • $25 registration fee
  • Childcare offered for Morning Sessions only.  Please pre-register for childcare with Kathy Paro at [email protected].
The Bible is God’s living word that has power to reveal God in our history and his voice in our lives now. As such, it is important for Catholics to read the Bible often. Unfortunately, many Catholics feel ill-prepared to – or fearful of – approaching the Bible. Admittedly, the study of Scripture was not emphasized in the Catholic Church, until the Second Vatican Council urged the faithful to read and study this treasure. To help Catholics feel more comfortable with our Sacred Scriptures, St. Anthony on the Lake is offering a formational series called “Bible Basics for Catholics,” and will be team-taught by Al McCauley and Brian Felsmann.
This six-part series is a “no judgment” opportunity open to adults, young adults, and teens who want to better understand what the Bible is, where it comes from, when it was written and by whom, and how Catholics should read and understand this Divinely inspired gift. This series is designed to both familiarize and affirm parishioners with the Bible, regardless of how little or how much you know and understand about the Bible.
Due to the current COVID-19 limitations, we will meet in the church where we can practice adequate social distancing protocols.

Presentation Slides

1.)  Overcoming Fears (September 15, 2020)

  • What is the Bible and how did it come to be?
  • Books and chapters and verses, oh my!
  • Which Bible translation should Catholics read?

2.) Two Covenants (September 22, 2020)

  • What are the Old and New Testaments?
  • What forms of literature exist in the Bible?
  • Historical overview: how we got our Bible

3.)  Interpretation and Inspiration (September 29, 2020)

  • Divine Revelation: Scripture and Tradition
  • Dei Verbum: How should Catholics read the Bible?
  • Footnotes, cross-references and foreshadowing

4.)  Biblical Background (October 6)

  • Geography: the “Fifth Gospel”
  • The Bible’s major figures
  • Symbolic language and numbers in the Bible

5.)  The Lectionary (October 13, 2020)

  • Scripture and the Mass
  • The Liturgy of the Word and the Real Presence of Christ
  • Cycles of readings and the Liturgical Calendar

6.)  Praying the Bible (October 20, 2020)

  • Lectio Divina: Praying with and through the Bible
  • Visio Divina: Praying with and through biblical images