COURSES AND GROUPS
BIBLE STUDY ANYONE?
Our Lady’s and St Benedict’s are hoping to engage the parish in a Bible Study to learn more about our faith. There are various ways to approach a study and it would be good to know how YOU would like to approach it.
There will be a leaflet presented to the parish soon that gives just a few examples of how we can go about this, and ‘tick boxes’ for you to show the best days and times that you can manage. Also a comments box so that you can express your feelings about a Bible Study! When the leaflet is available please complete and leave the questionnaire part of the leaflet at the back of the church.
Parishioners can always give us their views anyway - you don't need to be asked! Contact us with your thoughts: email@example.com
Here are some possible examples from the St Paul Centre in Steubenville, Ohio.
THE BIBLE & THE CHURCH FATHERS
A VIDEO STUDY
As Christians, we should want to know our family tree. We should want to know who has gone before us in the Faith, where they came from, and what they believed. We should want to know our history. 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. Presented In twelve beautifully produced lessons.
You will learn 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.
You will also recognize the powerful effect of Scripture on the Church Fathers. For them, this was no academic pursuit. Their love of God’s Word transformed their lives—just as it has the power to transform ours today.
THE EUCHARIST IN SCRIPTURE
A VIDEO STUDY
The Eucharist in Scripture is a discovery of God’s plan as it is expressed through the Bible and the Mass. This six-lesson study, presented by Dr Scott Hahn, will unlock the meaning of covenant, sacrifice, and sacrament as understood in the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation.
Built around three of Dr Hahn’s foundational talks: “The Lamb’s Supper,” “The Fourth Cup,” and “Consuming the Word,” This video, 'The Eucharist in Scripture' examines the biblical foundations of the Eucharist and explores the Church’s liturgy as the original context for the books of the Bible.
COVENANT - A BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW
A TEXT STUDY
“Covenant” is the master concept that unlocks the meaning of the Bible. The Bible tells the story of God the Father’s love for His children and His plan to fashion all people into one holy family. God unfolds this plan of salvation through a series of covenants, culminating in the New Covenant He makes in Jesus.
In this course, we look at God’s covenant plan. We study the five key covenants God makes in the Old Testament in order to see how they are fulfilled in Jesus and the Church. The goal is to enable you to understand the crucial significance of the covenant concept for interpreting the Bible and for understanding God’s fatherly plan.
THE GIFT - LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
A series of six programmes The course helps us to have more of the Joy of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Bishop Mark was pleased that we are once again giving parishioners the opportunity to enjoy this course. Further details from, Heather Johnson 01258 472 392
On a retreat for over 1000 priests in Rome in June this year, Pope Francis asked “I ask each and every one of you, as part of the current of grace of Renewal, to organise seminars of Life in the Spirit in your parishes, seminaries, schools and neighbourhoods, to share Baptism in the Spirit. It is catechesis that produces, by the work of the Holy Spirit, the personal encounter with Jesus who changes our life.”
'Life in the Spirit' is a short weekly (CaFE*) course, the aim of which is to help all of us recognise the Holy Spirit in our lives and become open to Him. We will listen to some inspirational speakers on DVD and come together to talk about our faith and the place of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
*CaFE: Catholic Faith Exploration
THE WHY? COURSE
Personal Faith Development. Following the success of the recent parish initiative using the book “The Big Picture”, over a 12 week period, 22 of our parishioners have enhanced their knowledge and personal understanding of The Holy Bible.
Many of them have asked for more opportunities to learn more about our faith, so we can run a short course called “Why?” Why God? Why Jesus? Why Church?” over three weeks, using the new large screen facility at Our Lady’s.
The course consists of 3 sessions of a DVD lasting approximately 1/2 hour with time for a discussion afterwards. Should there not be one running at any given time, please ask when the next one will be, or put in a request and we will happily arrange a convenient time. (There is a 'taster' on the right....)
THE NEW EVANGELISATION (Robert Barron)
The Catholic Faith is not about myths or legends, symbols or literary devices. It’s about an encounter so overwhelming that you want to tell the whole world. It is an encounter with Jesus Christ. Throughout history, the call of Christ has sent people to the corners of the earth with a message of great joy, a message that has built civilisations, inspired cultures and even sent some to prisons and to their graves.
We have the same call — that’s the New Evangelisation.
This course explores the Church's mission within the challenges of contemporary culture. Hosted by Father (now Bishop) Barron the DVD focuses on the cultural obstacles the church faces today, such as the emergence of the "new atheism" and relativistic attitudes towards questions of faith and morality.
EVANGELII GAUDIUM - THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
A compilation of six popular CaFE sessions inspired by Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium", which help people engage personally with the Good News in an inspiring and practical way.
Pope Francis encourages every Christian to rediscover the joy of a personal encounter with Jesus and then to engage with renewed vigour in the mission of spreading that joy of the Gospel and becoming spirit-filled evangelizers.
“I have chosen to present some guidelines which can encourage and guide the whole Church in a new phase of evangelization, one marked by enthusiasm and vitality... I have decided, among other themes, to discuss at length the following questions:
· the reform of the Church in her missionary outreach;
· the temptations faced by pastoral workers;
· the Church, understood as the entire People of God which evangelizes;
· the homily and its preparation;
· the inclusion of the poor in society;
· peace and dialogue within society;
· the spiritual motivations for mission.”
JESUS IN THE GOSPELS - A DENIS MCBRIDE COURSE
"Jesus in the Gospels", on Tuesdays at 6.15 pm: a substantial course by Fr Denis McBride of Redemptorist Publications.
Pope Francis says " The best incentive for sharing the Gospel comes from contemplating it with love, lingering over its pages and reading it with the heart." (Evangelii Gaudium)
BELOVED DISCIPLES - a CaFE course
Now finished. Please let us know if you would like it shown again.
An inspiring DVD course for the over sixties in four 30 minute sessions (with sub-titles):
The Autumn of Life
Changing your World
Thy will be done
The best is yet to come!
presented by David Wells and David Payne. Plus engaging testimonies from older people around the UK.
THE BIG PICTURE - A CAFE* BIBLE STUDY COURSE
Each person will need your own Big Picture Book/Journal (£10.00) which includes a TV quality DVD.
All welcome! Books available from Tony Moore: 01963 365848.
The Course covers 12 engaging sessions taking you through Salvation History, starting at the very beginning with God the Creator right through to the End Times with the Second Coming of Christ.
Your journal gives you 6 daily Bible reflections and questions for you to prayerfully ponder before then meeting with your group.
Each session includes an informative overview of the topic followed by a 15 minute DVD presentation from amazing speakers filmed around the biblical world. These are also available as free downloads to anyone who has bought the course book.
*CaFE - Catholic Faith Exploration
The best way to experience the course is to share it either with a friend or ideally in a small group (either in a home or as part of a parish gathering). These sharing times can be life-changing.
This course has finished but a new one will be starting in the future. Keep an eye on this site to see when or email us to express an interest.
The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known - the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender.
The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844. Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.
The local work of the SVP includes visiting the housebound, those in the prison, fund food and other assistance to the homeless, and organising the food collections of the Gillingham Food Bank.
Email our local chair, Patrick Roche, or tel: 01258-820205 for more information.
The Comunità dei Figli di Dio (CFD, Community of the Sons and Daughters of God) is a religious order, monastic in character, and includes monks, religious and lay people, but its members live in the wider community. The comunità is committed to a contemplative life, with particular devotion to the reverent celebration of the Mass, fidelity to the teachings of the Church, prayer (including the Divine Office), and study of the Bible and the Early Fathers of the Church. Unlike other monastic communities, its members are mainly lay people but includes priests as well. The comunità commit themselves to attending weekly prayer meetings, monthly one-day retreats, and an annual week of spiritual exercises.
The process of Beatification for Don Barsotti, founder of CFD is underway.
Peter Wardley is the local group leader. His email is:
"Missio exists because 40% of the worldwide Catholic Church is too poor to support itself. Missio plays a crucial role supporting the local Church overseas and sharing the light of Christ by training priests, building churches and combating injustice, disease, poverty and exploitation in 157 countries."
MISSIO is the Pope's official charity for overseas mission. We share the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty and uncertainty in the world, and where the Church is new, young or poor. Missio empowers local people to form and sustain communities of faith and trains future leaders so that the vital work of the Church in the world can take place.
Heather Johnson is the Sturminster area contact (01258 820205) Maggie Foster is the Marnhull area contact (01258 821239)
Let The Children Live! is a charity that works in Colombia with children from the streets and shanty-towns of the city of Medellín. These children were once called ‘the disposable ones’ and they are at high social risk from the violence that they experience in the streets.
Most of the danger in the shanty-towns comes from the many gangs that control them. Let The Children Live! is at present working with 500 very vulnerable boys and girls in this city. For most of them it is their last hope. Their ages range from six-year-olds to teenagers and they are often unloved and unwanted; even beaten, robbed, raped and sometimes murdered. By the rest of the world they are either unknown or forgotten.
LTCL! aims to safeguard the lives of these children from the poverty and violence of the streets, and to make their lives worth living by giving them love, education and a future.
To date, as a parish we have contributed over £118,000 to Let The Children Live! Our parish contact is Anna Richards (contact details to follow).
AOS provides practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race. Our port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare services and advice, practical help, care and friendship. The Apostleship of the Sea in Great Britain is part of an international network known to the maritime world as Stella Maris. working in more than 250 ports around the world. Pope Francis is it’s patron.
90% of world trade is transported by ship. However the life of a modern seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones and often working in harsh conditions.
Both ashore and afloat the emphasis is on the welfare of the crew who work long and demanding hours, and go for months at a time without the sacraments.
Rob Vitali is AOS Parish Contact and can be reached on 01258 821303
DORCAS SEWING GROUP
Dorcas is an example of a woman who lived what she believed. She didn’t just talk about helping those in need; she made it a part of her life, and because of that she was deeply loved by those around her. She used her God-given talent of sewing to do God’s will. Read about her in Acts 9 : 36 - 42
Heather Johnson is the Dorcas contatct and invites anyone who is 'crafty,' to join or if you are just on your own and would like to come along for a cup of tea and a natter please pop in. 01258 472392 for further details.