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.
Commentary by Scott Hahn and Mark Shea - presented by Fr. Mitch Pacwa
Hebrews is a masterfully-written work with a fascinating point: the New Covenant of Jesus Christ perfectly fulfills the Old. Even more impressive, however, is the fact that only the New Covenant can free us from sin. The news was so shocking—and so radical—that it literally shook the world, beginning with an earthquake at Calvary, and thundering down to us thousands of years later.
James was devoted to the ultimate example of redemptive suffering, and encouraged his listeners to practice what they preached. This letter is a practical, no-nonsense guide to living out the Christian life on a daily basis.
In 28 insightful lessons, you will learn:
-Why the New Covenant fulfills, without destroying, the Old
-The difference between trials and temptations, and how God uses them to save us
-What a faithful Christian does in the face of disappointment and anger
Let Hebrews and James both encourage you in the battle that our Lord fights with us. Scott Hahn, Mark Shea, Fr. Scott Courtney, and Fr. Mitch Pacwa will help you to see how we can fight with hope, even in our darkest days.
Men are rediscovering the importance of the spiritual life and Father Larry Richards is helping them do it!
Fr. Larry's inspiring book Be a Man! has already sold nearly 100,000 copies. Now with an accompanying 10 lesson study guide, those who have been so blessed by the book will bless others by forming study groups, bringing together their friends and relatives to dig deeper into God's word.
Starting at: $16.95
Commentary by Scott Hahn and Mark Shea - presented by Fr. Patrick Winslow
The Book of Romans is dense and potentially imposing, but with years of experience under his belt, St. Paul wrote it for two simple reasons: encouragement and guidance.
This epistle is so packed with theological wisdom that it influenced Christian theology more than anything else Paul ever wrote. In a fascinating 400+ verse exegesis, Scott Hahn, Mark Shea, and Fr. Patrick Winslow spare no expense in breaking down the rich ideas for you.
In 28 detailed lessons, you will learn:
-The difference between “hearers of the law” and “doers of the law”
-What it means to be “under the power of sin,” and how to move past it
-How Christ fulfilled the law and the prophets by his blood
Don’t let its length fool you—this is one of the most powerful explorations of grace and the Christian life ever written, and anyone can share in its riches with a good guide. Let Scott Hahn, Mark Shea, and Fr. Winslow be that guide for you as you peer into the depths of Paul’s heart, which beat so much for Christ that he inspired a whole Church!
Commentary by Carl E. Olsen
Confusion over the Book of Revelation is widespread. To truly understand God’s word, however, we must follow the Magisterium of his holy Church, and refuse to be misled by popular alarmist notions that conflict with the revealed meaning of John’s inspired words.
Carl Olson is a former Fundamentalist and grew up with many misconceptions about the "end times." This study is a thorough critique of the popular Fundamentalist notion of the "Rapture"--the belief that Christians will be removed from earth prior to a time of Tribulation and the Second Coming. It examines the theological, historical, and Biblical basis for "premillennial dispensationalism," the belief system based on the Rapture, and popularized in the best-selling Left Behind books and taught by "Bible prophecy" writers like Tim LaHaye, Hal Lindsey, and Jack Van Impe.
Combine this study with our study on Revelation for a complete guide on understanding this challenging, fruitful book!
Starting at: $12.95
Commentary by Scott Hahn and Mark Shea - presented by Fr. Matthew Kauth
The Gospels themselves include hardly any details about who Matthew was, but we have him and the Holy Spirit to thank for the beautiful, earth-shattering Gospel he composed. Matthew’s main point is simple and profound: Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Covenant.
Matthew’s Gospel also is the only one to explicitly mention the Church: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church” (Matthew 16:18). Matthew shows very clearly how this Church is Jesus’ Kingdom of Heaven on earth, and he preserves the teaching of Christ in a timeless, well-structured way.
Scott Hahn, Mark Shea, and Fr. Matthew Kauth pull you into the world of this New Covenant with years of experience and insight.
In 28 fascinating lessons with a 1,000+ verse exegesis, you will learn:
-Why the long genealogy from Matthew 1 is so important
-The strategy Jesus gave us to fight Satan in the deserts of our own lives
-How the Beatitudes are Heaven’s response to our earthly desires
We hear the Gospels so much at Mass that it can be hard to look at them with fresh eyes. In this study, however, you will read Matthew as you have never read it before—and in the process, come one step closer to knowing what a priceless gift we have in the Holy Spirit and the works he inspired.
Commentary by Steve Ray - presented by Fr. Patrick Winslow
1st and 2nd Corinthians are two of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching epistles Paul ever wrote. They reveal that Paul’s life, and the life of every Christian, is never easy. As you will discover, however, he never stopped fighting for unity and charity to his last breath.
In the first letter, his concerns are very practical, as he helps the Corinthians confront and overcome their constant spiritual struggles.
By the time the second letter is finished, much has changed, and Paul is a victim of slander. Steve Ray and Fr. Patrick Winslow return to guide you through this intimate, heartbreaking letter.
In 28 lessons and 650+ verses combined in these two letters, you will learn:
-What it really means to be a temple of the Holy Spirit
-How knowledge affects us vs. how love affects us
-What to do when you feel tempted beyond your strength
Both of these letters were penned in hardship, but St. Paul’s immense kindness and virtues flow through each one. Let Steve Ray and Fr. Winslow help you explore the contents of his loving heart, and feel your own heart surge with the same charity he died for.
Starting at: $22.95
- St. Jerome likened the book of Isaiah as the gospel of the Old Testament because Isaiah prophesied more about the Messiah than any other book in the Old Testament. He also described in great detail the blessings of the future kingdom of the Messiah. His coming would be as a lion bringing the day of God's wrath, but first He would come as a Savior who would die for the sins of the people. Isaiah focuses on the salvation that will come through the Messiah. Some examples include Isaiah, chapter 9, where we’re told that the Messiah will one day rule in justice and righteousness; the eleventh chapter states that during the reign of the Messiah there will be peace and safety for Israel and according to Isaiah 42:6 and 55:4, through the Messiah, Israel will be a beacon of light to all the nations. The Messiah’s kingdom on earth (Isaiah chapter 65-66) is the goal towards which all of the Book of Isaiah points.
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 Mexico, 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.
Queen of Heaven Study Guide is now available in Spanish as a Downloadable PDF.
DVD with Spanish Subtitle available after August 15th .
Provide this trusted guide to each Study Leader and Small Group Discussion Leader through the eight-part Queen of Heaven
• Video recap notes helpful for discussion
• Discussion Question Answers
• Leader Resources to save you time
• Effective ways to build attendance and much more
It's so helpful for running QOH, that we're giving you a Leader Guide FREE with every 10 Study Guides! It makes the Small Group Discussion Leader’s role so clear, that recruiting is easy. With this helpful Leader Guide, leading your Queen of Heaven program will be seamless, enriching and enjoyable! 80 pages.
To be used by: Study Leader, Small Group Discussion Leader, Core Team
Provides each Leader and Participant through the eight-part program Queen of Heaven, and provides you with additional content to complete the study. Contains:
• Over 50 full-color sacred art images
• Discussion questions
• Glossary of Key People and Words to Know
• A section to help you apply each lesson to your daily life
• Further Suggested Reading
• Profound reflections on Mary from the Bible, the Popes, the Catechism and the Saints
• NEW! Quality, Lay-flat binding
Designed to be used in tandem with the program’s video content, this Study Guide leads you to take what you’ve learned during the session and apply it to your own life during each week and for years to come. 176 pages.
To be used by: All Participants, Study Leader, Small Group Discussion Leader, Core Team
Designed to be used in tandem with the Queen of Heaven Study Guide, which contains important additional content, prompts lively discussion and helps participants apply what they’ve learned to their everyday lives. Each of the 8 sessions feature:
• A Teaching Video (25 min) hosted by Leonardo Defilippis with over a dozen top Catholic teachers and experts
• A Spiritual Life video (5-7 min) hosted by beloved Fr. Patrick Winslow.
• 2 DVD Set with 2 sided discs (16 Video Segments with over 4 hours of content).
Streaming Video Group License:
As part of the Leader Pack purchase, the Leader can register their group and all registered participants can access the video as part of the group study. The Streaming Video License:
• Enables Leaders to view the video lessons online to prepare the lesson ahead,
• Helps participants who missed a session to catch up, and
• Allows those unable to attend sessions to join your group ‘virtually’.
Includes Registration Form, Bulletin Announcement, Scheduling Options, and other time saving resources.
Starting at: $249.50
Commentary by Steve Ray - presented by Fr. Scott Courtney
Many books and movies that pass for “love stories” today seem like tales of lust, not love. However, the Book of Ruth is more powerful than any of them—and it’s only four chapters long. The Book of Ruth is truly a sacred love story.
This book relates how a simple Gentile woman rose from the sudden death of her husband to a courageous trust in God.
As Steve Ray and Fr. Scott Courtney will show you, Ruth is very special for another reason: she is one of the four women mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy, as well as King David’s great-grandmother.
In this prudent, four-part explication of its four beautiful chapters, you will learn:
-How Boaz and Ruth found each other through kindness and selflessness
-Why prudence and patience always bring us closer to God
-That trusting in God through confusion and pain is a guarantor of happiness
The Book of Ruth is yet another example of how God is always faithful to his promises, without exception. Ruth trusted in God even when her world fell to pieces—and he turned every inch of that pain into the purest light for his faithful daughter. Let him do the same for you.
Starting at: $12.95
Discover Joshua, a faithful leader carrying out God's commands followed by the deteriorating faith and failure of the Judges but concluding with the heart-warming story of grace and redemption in Ruth!
This 28 lesson study examines 3 important books of the Old Testament...