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Bible Study

Thursday Afternoon Bible Study

Join us for a Bible study beginning on Thursday, September 10th focusing entirely on the Life of Jesus.  A group of parishioners meeting on Monday mornings recently completed this study and some of their reflections can be found below.  Sessions will be held virtually each Thursday evening at 6:30pm to view the weekly video and 7:00pm for discussion.  Please see below for more information and use the following link to purchase materials and register for the study.  Please contact Sheila Noble at [email protected] with any questions.

A Powerful Study on the Life of Jesus Christ

Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life is a 10-week video study program and book. Anchored in the life of Christ as presented in the Gospels, this study explores the entirety of Jesus’ life—who he is, what he is really like, what he taught, what he did for our salvation, and what all of this means for us as Catholics today.

Presented by Dr. Marcellino D’AmbrosioJeff Cavins, and Dr. Edward Sri, this study was filmed in the Holy Land so Catholics can experience the extraordinary world in which Jesus lived and taught—the historical context, the politics, the clashing cultures, the history, and the ancient land—and see where the most significant events of his life took place, from his infancy to his ascension.

This study shows, in a simple way, how Jesus, the Incarnate God, is both fully divine and fully human—his intimacy with the Father, his revelation of the Father’s love, and his extraordinary influence on his disciples, his followers, and even his enemies.

Most importantly, this encounter with Christ will inspire and empower you to center your entire life in him as you come to know and love him in an ever-deeper and more intimate way.

“I have attended Church regularly all of my 81 years.  During that time I have listened as attentively as possible to many scripture readings and homilies.  I thought I knew just about everything I needed to know about the Bible.  Then, several years ago, I started going to Bible studies on Monday mornings and discovered there was so much more.  I didn’t realize that God had a plan throughout the Old Testament that Jesus was sent to fulfill.  I didn’t know what it would have been like to walk day-by-day throughout the Holy Land with Jesus and his disciples. I didn’t know much about the works of Peter and Paul to spread the Gospel to both Jews and Gentiles.  Facilitators Jan and Marv Floom, comments from participants in the study, and the Ascension Press Bible Studies have opened my eyes to a whole new and fascinating world.   In addition, the fellowship every week with a wonderful group of fellow believers is truly a blessing.   I only wish that everyone could join us.”

Paul Scott, Parishioner since 1980.

“Thank you for organizing the St Francis Bible study program.  The Bible studies have opened my heart and my eyes to the Parables of Jesus and the meanings of the Readings and the Psalms.  I didn’t know that Jesus prayed the Psalms as he was growing up.”

Bill Gray

Monday Morning Bible Study

Understand the Entire Bible

Join us Monday mornings at 9:30am beginning September 14th to study the Timeline of the Bible!  Please contact Sheila Noble ([email protected]) with any questions and use the link below to register:

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.

Several studies are being offered through Ascension Press, which can be completed at home and at your own time. By registering online and purchasing a workbook, you will gain access to all of the videos (provided that a minimum of 2 people register for the study.) A facilitator is available to answer your questions by phone or through email. The following is a list of studies being offered this fall:

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

This eight-part study (30-minute sessions) provides the easiest way to understand the Bible. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible makes the complex simple. It helps you uncover the story woven throughout Scripture so that you can get the “big picture” of the Bible and understand what it is all about. The Bible is a story about the Father’s unfailing love for you – a love that you are now called to share with others.

  • Make sense of the Bible and see how it relates to your everyday life
  • Discover the remarkable connections between the Old and New Testaments
  • See how the sacraments, the Church and our entire Catholic Faith is rooted in Scripture
  • … and much more!

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom

The book of Acts shows the Church, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, teaching, preaching, healing, and restoring outcasts in the same way that Jesus did on earth. The Acts of the Apostles provides an historic framework for understanding the rest of the New Testament. Paul’s letters in particular come alive in a new way when they are read within the context of the Acts narrative.

  • See how the Gospel witness spread outward in waves, from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria, and finally to the ends of the earth.
  • Share with the early Christians the joys and struggles of living the life of Christ, and learn how these apply to us today.
  • See how the Holy Spirit guided the apostles into Truth.
  • Observe the way the Spirit-filled Church adapted to new cultures when proclaiming the Gospel.
  • Watch the seeds of Church structure and authority take root, and see how conflicts were resolved even at that early stage.
  • See your place in Christ’s Church, and how you should live day-to-day as a disciple of Christ.

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer

The Oremus study program teaches you the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life. Over the course of eight weeks you will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear his voice.

  • Become aware of God’s presence in your life
  • Discover the simple yet profound steps of Catholic prayer
  • Learn how to respond to God and express yourself in prayer
  • Discover how to hear God’s voice in Scripture, in your heart, and in ordinary moments.
  • Learn how to overcome frustrations, distractions, and dryness in prayer.
  • See that desolation and consolation are a normal part of everyone’s walk with God.
  • Grow in your relationship with God and those around you.
  • and more…

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer — He wants you to be his disciple and friend. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is your guide to a personal encounter with Christ. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus seeks after us. He comes to meet us and beckons us to follow him. He calls us to be his disciples, to trust him, to open ourselves to his merciful love, and to love others as he has loved us. Follow Me invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ.

  • Learn what it takes to follow Christ.
  • Discover the joy of divine friendship.
  • See how God, and only God, can satisfy the deepest desires of your heart.

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

This exciting study brings the Gospel to life and draws you closer to Christ. You will see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who fulfills the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, establishes the New Law, and inaugurates the Kingdom of Heaven. Set in the rich context of Jesus’ life, Matthew shows us who Jesus is and what his life and teachings mean for us today.

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass

Renew your love of the Mass by discovering the richness of every, intentional aspect through the study of its biblical foundations. “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass” by Dr. Edward Sri takes participants on an exciting tour of the Liturgy in a 5-part program, as it explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass and explains their profound significance. See, perhaps for the first time, why we say what we say and do what we do every week at Mass. The words and gestures will be seen in a new light, giving new life to the liturgical experience.

  • Learn the biblical background to the words, prayers, and gestures of the Liturgy, all in the context of the revised Mass translation
  • Discover how the Mass is a “true re-presentation” of Christ’s redeeming sacrifice on the Cross
  • Explore the three key aspects of the Mass as a Sacrifice, Real Presence, and Holy Communion
  • Gain helpful insights for getting the most out of every Mass…and much more!

To register for the class and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy

by Thomas Smith & Sarah Christmyer

If we consider that God is the Divine Bridegroom and the Church is his Bride, then the prophets can be seen as “spiritual marriage counselors.” They afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, calling us to return to our covenant relationship with God. They urge us to repentance, warn us of the dangers of sin, and announce the blessings of faithfulness. Their prophetic words speak to us even today, as they draw us closer to our heavenly Bridegroom, and show us how to share him with others.

In The Prophets You Will:

  • Discover who the prophets were, what their message was, and why they are important to us.
  • See how God is constantly calling you to a deeper relationship with him.
  • Discover the areas in your life that prevent you from drawing closer to God.
  • Understand how the central message of the prophets is one of love, proclaiming the mercy of God for his children.
  • See how their powerful words speak to us today, shedding light on our faith and our lives.
  • Discover the ways you are called to be the voice of God to others.
  • …and much more!

To register and purchase your workbook through Ascension Press, please click the button below.

Frequently Asked Questions


What translation of the Bible should I read? If you would like to read the translation we use in Mass, look for the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE).  If you are looking for a good translation for in depth study, you may elect to choose the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) or the New Jerusalem Bible.


What makes a Bible a “Catholic Bible”? People often wonder if we read a different version of the Bible than our Protestant brothers and sisters.  Every book in a “Protestant Bible” is included in a “Catholic Bible”.  A “Catholic Bible” refers to the inclusion of seven, additional, deuterocanonical books (1 and 2 Maccabees, Sirach, Wisdom, Baruch, Tobit, and Judith, as well as parts of Daniel and Esther.) The Church maintains these books have been referenced since the beginning of Christianity and were explicitly approved for inclusion as canon at the Council of Trent in 1546.  During the Protestant Reformation, all books not originally written in Hebrew were removed from “Protestant Bibles”.  

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