Scripture

Sacred Scripture, along with Church Tradition, is a pillar of Catholicism. Bible reading, study, and reflection puts us in intimate conversation with God. Prayerful knowledge of both the Old Testament and New Testament are essential components of Christian living. The four Gospels, which include the words and deeds of Jesus, are primary among the biblical texts.

Divine Word Spirituality

Where Does the Word Lead?

Our spiritual lives are rooted in God's love for us. One of the ways we discover how much God cares for us is by reading and praying with God's Word. As a family or household, spend time over the course of a week reading a passage and discussing the question for each day.

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Listening to God's Word • Generations of Faith

In this all-ages session, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the Lectionary and its message.

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Family Scripture Activities • Generations of Faith

(English & Spanish)

A couple of activities for learning about the Bible and reflecting on what it is telling us today.

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God's Word Table Prayer • Generations of Faith

(English & Spanish)

A table prayer to reflect on Jesus as God's word.

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Loving the Bible • Parent Learning Centers

Helping Our Family Live Our Faith

This session will help parents to appreciate that God is the author of Sacred Scripture because God inspired its human authors and that we must be attentive above all to what God wants to reveal through the writings of the sacred authors. They will learn how to help their children love Scripture and the stories about Jesus so they can grow into a lifetime of faith. • By Bill Huebsch

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Loving the Bible • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

This session will help participants to appreciate that God is the author of Sacred Scripture because God inspired its human authors and that we must be attentive above all to what God wants to reveal through the writings of the sacred authors.

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Creeds in the Bible • Generations of Faith

During Advent, Lent or the Easter season cut these scripture passages apart, place them in a bowl, and as a family read and discuss one each evening.

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Scripture Revelation Ritual • Generations of Faith

This activity will guide participants in recalling the words, phrases, and passages of Scripture that they carry in their hearts and discuss how God reveals Godself to us in those passages.

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Reading the Bible

Today, more and more Catholics are interested in reading, studying, and understanding the Bible. Reflecting on the biblical tradition has become fundamental to Catholic evangelization and faith formation. And individually, more Catholics are turning to the Bible as a source of spiritual enrichment.

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Old Testament

The Hebrew Scriptures, which we share with our Jewish brothers and sisters, help us understand God and our ancestors in faith.

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New Testament

The Christian Scriptures—which include the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and Revelation—introduce us to Jesus and the church.

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Lectionary Cycle

A high-level view of the progression through the liturgical seasons and the daily and weekly readings we hear at mass.

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Campfire Family Night • Faith Festivals

This 90-minute faith formation session can be used for families or for the intergenerational faith community. It engages people of all ages in exploring some of the great stories from Scripture, but in the style of stories told around a campfire. • By Jane Angha

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