Bible Study

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

Bible Study at St. Anthony on the Lake

Many people want to read the Bible because they know it is God’s Word, but they give up because it seems so complicated. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible helps you to get the “big picture” of the Bible by showing how fourteen narrative books of the Bible tell the complete story from Adam and Eve to Christ and the Church. Join us for this exciting 8-week journey, on Thursday evenings, September 30 through November 18 @ 5:30-6:45pm in St. Anthony Hall. Facilitated by Brian Felsmann.

Cost is $30. This fee includes a newly revised workbook, the color-coded Bible timeline, and online access to the study videos for a year. Couples can feel free to register once and share the materials.

Registration Closed

Questions? Please contact Al McCauley, Director of Adult Formation, at [email protected] or Maureen Michaels at [email protected] or by calling (262) 691-9170.

Bible Basics for Catholics Resources

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 offered a formational series called “Bible Basics for Catholics,” and was 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. Below are presentation slides from this series, which occured in Fall 2020.

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