Catholic Scripture Study International
Catholic Scripture Study International was founded in 2003 and publishes more than 30 Bible and faith-related study programs. CSS studies are authored by well-known Bible scholars - such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Steve Ray, Mike Aquilina and Mark Shea - and are led in hundreds of parishes, universities, and organizations across the country.
Advent Cycle B: Preparing for Christ – December 2017
4 Week Personal or Group Study with Fr. Mitch Pacwa
(Cycle B begins December 3, 2017)
Join us this Advent as we take 4 weeks to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ! Are we ready for the King? Are our hearts ready to receive our Savior? The four weeks leading up to Christmas mark the beginning of the Western Church's liturgical year. Advent is our time for reflection, meditation and preparation.
This year the Sunday gospel readings at Mass come from the Gospel of Mark. Our engagement with this gospel, woven with other parts of Scripture, like Isaiah, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Samuel creates a beautiful tapestry of prepared anticipation for the Christ Child coming to the world and into our hearts.
This study follows the Catholic Scripture Study format but concentrates on the Sunday lectionary readings and incorporates the ancient method of Lectio Divina (praying the scriptures). Lectio Divina is a powerful way to ‘hear’ God speaking to us personally through scripture.
To prepare, each participant reads the Sunday readings along with the "Points to Ponder" commentary, answers the Study Questions & Questions for Reflection and "prays the scriptures".
Added elements: Catechism Connections, Rome to Home and Voices of the Saints.
Individual Study Guide (answers included separately)
Author: Cindy Morales
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa
Starting at: $12.95
The Woman Who Said Yes; The Angel Who Said No
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- Tells the story of Mary’s life from before time to today
- Reveals her ongoing battle against the Devil and evil in pursuit of our salvation
- Inspires greater devotion to Our Mother and Queen, who constantly draws us to her Son
- Increases vibrant participation in parish life
Embark on a journey that begins before time itself, when Mary was only an eternal thought in the Mind of God, and extends into her life in Scripture. Discover Our Mother throughout centuries of Church history, as she intervenes at pivotal periods—especially at her most famous apparitions, when she made roses bloom on a hillside in Guadalupe, when she made a miraculous spring of water rise from the ground in Lourdes, and when she made the sun dance at Fatima.
See the maternal care she has given to humanity and the battle she has waged against the evil one, the one she was put in enmity to for all time. After seeing how she pursues us in love, learn how to grow closer to Mary, Our Mother by making devotion to her part of our daily life.
Take this journey now and discover the woman who, from the very beginning, was destined to be the Queen of Heaven.
- In Queen of Heaven your group will:
Each lesson includes:
- Uncover the source of the Devil’s hatred of Mary and how she has battled and conquered him for our sake so many times throughout history
- Learn the meaning and theology behind the four Marian dogmas of the Church
- Understand her role as the Mother of the Church and how she constantly draws us back to her Son in trying times
- Discover the amazing account of John Paul II’s battle against Communism as he consecrated the world to her Immaculate Heart as asked at Fatima
- Foster a deeper love of your mother by learning ways to venerate her in your daily life
- a stunning teaching video, hosted by celebrated actor Leonardo Defilippis and more than a dozen experts
- group discussion facilitated by a beautiful, full-color Study Guide packed with 50+ pieces of beautiful classic artwork
- a final Spiritual Life video presented by Fr. Patrick Winslow.
Starting at: $149.95
- Every Sunday Roman Catholics (like many other Christians) stand to profess our faith in God who created "all things visible and invisible." We confess our sins the presence of "all the angels and saints." We hear Scripture readings that tell stories of angelic interventions in history. There's a flip side, of course, to the angels. There are also the demons. In these lessons, we're going to meet some of the angels and demons featured in the Bible as distinct spiritual persons, with names and identities. We'll treat them like real people we would actually meet in our lives, because that's how they're portrayed in the Bible. Who are they? What do they do? And what do their names teach us about who they are? Throughout the course of this study, in addition to scripture, we will be drawing from Pope Blessed John Paul II's 1986 catechetical series on the angels, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Compendium of the Catechism and other official documents as well as consult the early Church Fathers.
Without Genesis, the rest of the Bible is incomprehensible. Unveiling no less than the creation of the whole world and everything in it, including human life itself, as well as the birth of sin and the promise of a Savior, this book is packed with fascinating images and layered theological insights that require careful study.
Your well-travelled guide on this journey is Fr. Matthew Kauth, who spares no expense in expertly leading you through the spiritual significance of each Biblical event as it prefigures and plays out the story of Salvation History, all according to God’s magnificent plan.
In this powerful 28-session study, author Steve Ray and presenter Fr. Kauth will help you uncover what you need to know about this crucial first book of the Bible, including:
-Where you came from, why you’re here, and the ultimate purpose of your life
-Why Adam and Eve’s First Fall is the Tragedy of tragedies
-Why the idea of “covenant” mattered so much to the Jews, and why it still matters to us today
-What the Binding of Isaac actually signifies
-What Noah’s ark represents
-What it really means to have a personal relationship with the “God of your fathers” (Exodus 3:15)
-And much, much more!
Genesis is the first key to unlocking the chest that enables us to understand the Bible as the Universal Church always has. To find the priceless gems inside, we need a good roadmap to learn how the 50 chapters fit together and fit with the rest of the entire Bible. Let Steve Ray and Fr. Kauth guide you on your deep-dive into the richly puzzling spiritual depths of Genesis.
John is known as "the apostle whom Jesus loved" (John 20:2), and one of the three considered to be in the "Inner Circle" of Jesus' friends, along with Peter and James. His tenacity showed as John was the only apostle who was there at the foot of the cross when our Lord was crucified.
Scott Hahn and Mark Shea lead you through the multi-layered writings of St. John to discover much more than you probably ever realized about this Gospel!
In his Letters to the Corinthians Paul addresses ongoing problems including dissension, immorality, lawsuits, liturgical abuses and their tendency to fall prey to "false teachers". Paul tackles each of these problems with his typical spiritual zeal, strengthening their faith and commitment to build up the Body of Christ.
Two thousand years later, as we struggle with much the same problems, Paul's words of wisdom are both pertinent and valuable!