Adult Bible & Faith Studies


Welcome!

Welcome to our Adult Bible & Faith Studies page! We are glad you are here. If you are a visitor, greetings! Feel free to explore and stay on our site as long as you want, contact us if you wish, and do come again!

These small group studies provide opportunities for lively discussions, faith sharing, reflection, and building friendships with like-minded people. Please take as much time as you wish to review the details of each study. The corresponding facilitator will be happy to assist you and provide further information. Their names are listed on each study.

Click HERE to see and hear brief video testimonials from people who in their own words express the value of Bible and Faith studies in their lives. 

Know that we are praying for you as you discern the options for winter and spring adult studies! We ask that you open your heart to the Holy Spirit and join us in prayer for Our Lord to guide you in selecting the right study for this place and time in your faith journey. Come and join us in searching for that peace we all long for in this crazy world and find it in friendship with Christ!

Blessings,
Fr. Norman A. Ermis, Pastor

For more information about Adult Bible & Faith Studies, please contact

Mary Ann Mattesion
[email protected]


FALL 2020 - SPRING 2021
Unless otherwise noted, please email [email protected] for more information or to register for a class.


DISCOVERING A DEEPER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
Sundays beginning September 13, 2020 (follows EFF calendar) • 9:30 am to 10:45 am • FLC
Facilitator: Marvin Abney

The Wild Goose series is truly a work of the Holy Spirit. “Wild Goose” was a term that the ancient Celts had for the Holy Spirit. It is a 14 part series featuring Fr. Dave Pivonka and various interviews. Shot in various locations from Niagara Falls to the California desert, The Wild Goose invites viewers to an encounter, or a renewed encounter, with the Holy Spirit. If you allow him, the Wild Goose will lead you to a place of mercy, healing, peace, and presence. The Wild Goose series will help you experience a deeper relationship with the Person of the Holy Spirit, and as you come to experience God’s presence and power, this very same Spirit will transform you and bring you freedom


THE BIBLE TIMELINE
Mondays, September 14 - April 19 • 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm • Online via Zoom
Facilitators: Bill and Karen Walsh

Understand the Entire Bible
The Bible Timeline study program takes you on a guided journey through salvation history. Presenter Jeff Cavins will show you how fourteen of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and give you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven throughout Scripture. In this revolutionary approach to Bible study, The Bible Timeline divides the Bible into twelve color-coded time periods that make it easier to follow its narrative thread. Using a unique color-coded chart, you will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and discover how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our faith. Through its 24 sessions, The Bible Timeline will teach you how to read and understand the Bible and introduce you to the wonderful narrative of the Bible in a way that will transform your life.


TUESDAY MORNING LADIES SCRIPTURE STUDY
Tuesdays, September 15 - May 4 • 9:30 am to 11:30 am • FLC
Facilitators: Jeanette Belter and Charlene Jones

The Gospel According to Luke, continuing from Chapters 16- 24

New Collegeville Bible Commentary, Michael F. Patella, OSB, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota

Having to discontinue our meetings last March, the ladies have requested that we pick up where we left off to finish our study with Luke’s Gospel. Another topic or direction will be offered later for January to May 2021. New participants are welcome to join us.

“Luke continues to challenge our lives.  Focusing on Jesus and his earthly ministry among the early church, Michael F. Patella, OSB, opens the Gospel of Luke to the 21st-century reader.  Patella presents literary, textual, and historical criticism in a readable manner to give readers a solid background for the Lukan Gospel.”

Jeanette Belter, (820) 249-2144, [email protected]
Charlene Jones, (210)  857-3311, [email protected]


DISCOVERING A DEEPER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
Wednesdays (bi-weekly) beginning October 14 (follows EFF calendar) • 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm • FLC
Facilitator: Mary Ann Matteson

The Wild Goose series is truly a work of the Holy Spirit. “Wild Goose” was a term that the ancient Celts had for the Holy Spirit. It is a 14 part series featuring Fr. Dave Pivonka and various interviews. Shot in various locations from Niagara Falls to the California desert, The Wild Goose invites viewers to an encounter, or a renewed encounter, with the Holy Spirit. If you allow him, the Wild Goose will lead you to a place of mercy, healing, peace, and presence. The Wild Goose series will help you experience a deeper relationship with the Person of the Holy Spirit, and as you come to experience God’s presence and power, this very same Spirit will transform you and bring you freedom.


THE FIRST CORINTHIANS
Thursdays, September 10 - November 19 • 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm • FLC
Facilitator: Rudy Molleda

How Do I Live as a Christian in the Midst of a Pagan Culture?
If you page through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, you will see that he addresses many of the same topics that appear in the news headlines today: scandals, promiscuity, debates and controversies, and issues related to prosperity versus poverty. Clearly the struggles faced by the early Christians are in many ways similar to our own. Paul’s messages to the Corinthians regarding division, immorality, persecution, and other trials offer much--needed wisdom for our own times. The First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Community study explores the key elements of the gospel message that Paul introduced to a new and growing Church. In this 11-part program, presenter Tim Gray examines Paul’s advice for living an authentic Christian life in a pagan culture, as well as his teachings about the nature of grace, the Church as the body of Christ, and the most powerful gift of all–the Eucharist.


MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE
Preparing the heart to hear the Word! (using the weekly Liturgical Readins for Mass)
Thursdays, September 10 - April 15 (follows BISD calendar) • 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm • Virtual via Zoom
Facilitator: Ree Laughlin

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Preparing the heart to hear the Word!

A Virtual Bible Study using the weekly assigned Liturgical Scripture Readings for Mass. This is a new and exciting addition to our list of parish Adult Bible and Faith Studies. It’s a no fee remote Bible study accessed from the comfort of your home. Using Zoom each week, you will receive an email with the”one click” link to a virtual classroom hosted by the Facilitator. In the virtual classroom, you will be able to engage with all who have joined this study.

What is needed…
An email account and any electronic device that has access to the internet. A printed or e-Bible.

The process…

  1. Participants will prepare for the Sunday readings by viewing a weekly video from The Institute of Catholic Culture presented by two priest theologians.
  2. A facilitated discussion will follow to explore the themes and lessons from the Word of God. The expected outcome…
    • Have you feel more prepared at Mass.
    • Make yourself familiar with the readings.
    • Develop a more intimate relationship with God through Scripture.
    • Get to know your fellow parishioners.
    • And, much more!

To register or for more information: Ree Laughlin, [email protected], (830) 249-0828.


METANOIA
Fridays, September 11 - December 18 • 10:30 am to 12:30 pm • FLC
Facilitators: Ree Laughlin, Chris Park and John & Lisa Burnsides

METANOIA – and believe in the Gospel. In the Gospel of Mark, the first words of Jesus are an invitation to metanoia, to repent, to change, to be converted.

Every Catholic, no matter where we are in our faith journey, is invited to a deeper conversion. Metanoia is not a one-time event; rather, it is a continual process of turning away from the things of the world, from lies and sin and discovering a deeper union with Christ. Metanoia is a production of The Ministry of The Wild Goose and 4PM Media in association with Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Franciscan Friars TOR of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The series is beautifully filmed on location in the Holy Land, highlighting sacred places such as the Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan, the desert of Temptations, and many of the holy sites in Jerusalem.

This 10-part series featuring Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, President of Franciscan University and founder of The Ministry of the Wild Goose, leads us on a journey with Christ into conversion.Each of the episodes explores areas of our life where conversion is so often necessary. Metanoia will examine topics such as who is Jesus, what must we do to inherit eternal life, and many other significant matters of faith. With preaching from Fr. Dave as well as personal testimonies from men and women, young and old, religious and lay, their stories will inspire you to seek to encounter Jesus and the new life he is constantly inviting us to. Join us for the most important journey of our lives, a journey of grace, hope, repentance, and transformation. Do not delay, “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel. Mk 1:15”


2021 STUDIES
Unless otherwise noted, please email [email protected] for more information or to register for a class.


PROPHETS: MESSENGERS OF GOD'S MERCY
Mondays beginning April 2021 (actual date TBD, after The Bible Timeline is completed) • 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm • Room TBA or online via Zoom
Facilitators: Bill and Karen Walsh

If God’s people had stayed close to him, there might have been no need for the prophets. God sent prophets at critical times to call the people back to their covenant relationship. Prophets proclaimed the consequences of continued sin, called people to repentance, and declared God’s faithful love. They also spoke of the future to shed light on current events and to reveal God’s plans and purposes. It is nearly impossible to understand the work and message of Jesus without the prophetic books. In The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy study, presenter Thomas Smith examines who the prophets were, their role during their time, and the meaning of their messages for our own time. In this 10-session program, discover how God is constantly calling you to a deeper relationship, as well as the ways you are called to be the voice of God to others.


HEBREWS
Thursdays, beginning mid-January • 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm • Room TBA or online via Zoom
Facilitator: Judi White

Do We Realize How Richly We’ve Been Blessed? Hebrews: The New and Eternal Covenant is an 8-week Bible study program that takes Catholics on a guided tour of what is considered the “Holy of Holies” of biblical theology. Presented by Dr. Andrew Swafford and Jeff Cavins, this study program draws out the meaning of the book of Hebrews in a simple way and highlights the critical differences between the Old and New Covenants. After doing this study, Catholics will be able to see, appreciate, and take hold of the riches God has given them in the New Covenant. And most importantly, this encounter with God through the lens of Hebrews will help Catholics get to know the generosity of the Father's heart in a deeper way than ever before.

The Old vs. the New Covenant
The saints of the Old Testament would have longed to see what we see in the New Covenant—especially God’s presence in the Holy Eucharist. Noah, Abraham, and Moses, for example, did such amazing deeds. Yet, Catholics today have the New Covenant. The question is, do we realize what this means?

Catholics who embark on this 8-session study will...

  • Understand the book of Hebrews and a variety of aspects of the Catholic faith including the Creed, the Sacraments, salvation, judgement, heaven, hell, morality, and prayer.
  • Be challenged to become the faithful Catholics they’re called to be as they realize how much is expected of those to whom much is given.
  • Appreciate, more fully, the power of the Holy Mass and return to church with a renewed awe and awareness that heaven is truly present to them.
  • Be encouraged by the community of saints, the tremendous “cloud of witnesses” rooting for them to get to heaven and interceding on their behalf.
  • Discover key connections to the patriarchal period of salvation history and veiled references to the Blessed Mother and the Mercy Seat.
  • And more...!

THE CHURCH FATHERS
Fridays, January 8 - April 16 • 10:30 am to 12:30 pm • FLC
Facilitators: Ree Laughlin, Chris Park and John & Lisa Burnsides

In The Bible and the Church Fathers, you’ll learn who the Early Church Fathers were and how they shaped the way we read Scripture.

The Bible and the Church Fathers will teach you everything you need to know about how the Bible took form. You’ll learn powerful tools for reading it, and you’ll understand Scripture’s relationship to Tradition and, in particular, to the sacraments. The study consists of four main parts: the videos, the workbook, and the supplemental materials. The videos contain the bulk of the content, and can be viewed by themselves for a rich catechetical experience, but they were designed to be accompanied by the workbook. With a space for notes, recommended reading assignments, review questions, discussion questions and review notes, you’ll be fully prepared to absorb the rich content from the videos. Supplemental readings come from Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Mike Aquilina’s The Fathers of the Church and Faith of Our Fathers, and Dr. Scott Hahn’s Consuming the Word. Our participant kit offers the workbook, The Fathers of the Church, Faith of Our Fathers, and Consuming the Word.