In an apostolic exhortation, Pope Benedict urged Catholics to include prayerful Bible reading and study in their daily lives. The Bible is the focus for both men and women in a variety of formats at OLA to suit your style and schedule. Take advantage of these opportunities to bring the transforming Word of God into your life! Fellowship of Catholic Christian Women
A new study year begins for the Fellowship of Catholic Christian Women with an orientation night (Come and See) on Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. Women of all ages are invited to join returning members who have resolved to make this year a time to grow closer to Christ Jesus and each other in faith. Regular sessions will be the second and fourth Tuesday evenings beginning in September. This is the seventh year for FCCW at OLA. Together, through studying the Word of God, discussion and faith-sharing, the women of FCCW will "unlock" the treasures of Scripture that focus on the richness of the Eucharist to find a deeper encounter with Jesus in the sacrament. They will use the books, Food from Heaven: The Eucharist in Scripture and Seven Secrets of the Eucharist. For more information, click here.
Adult Bible Study
Adult Bible Study for men and women meets Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at OLA (check the reception desk for location). It is a time for reading of Scripture, study, questions and answers, and fellowship. The study is facilitated by Deacon Joe Domond. There is no skill requirement, only the desire to learn more about the Word of God. This year's study of The Bible and the Virgin Mary will begin with a Sept. 6 orientation session including an overview of the topic and helpful information about reading the Bible. It will be followed by 12 weekly sessions based on a study guide written by the renowned Scripture scholar, Dr. Scott Hahn.
Thursday Morning Bible Study
All are invited to an ongoing Bible study Thursday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sapienza Room. "As a child learns to write by putting his hand in his father's and letting him guide his fingers around the edges of the words, so we can learn to pray by reading the Psalms, listening for an echo of our hopes and longing, and finding there a voice with which to lift them up to God." The wisdom of these words is just an example of Psalms, The School of Prayer to be taken up this year by OLA's Thursday Morning Bible Study, beginning in September. The group gathers to watch the DVD series and use the study guide authored by Jeff Cavins, Sarah Christmyer and Tim Gray. Parishioners are invited to join this group which takes a quotation from the Second Vatican Council to heart: "In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven meets his children with great love and speaks with them." At the heart of that conversation are the Psalms.