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.
- 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.
Starting at: $46.95
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...
Starting at: $46.95
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
Commentary by Scott Hahn and Mark Shea - presented by Fr. Scott Courtney
Have you ever faced a trial that seemed pointless? Have you ever felt tempted beyond your strength? James knew the feeling. He saw it in the hearts of the early Christians in his charge, and understood their anguish as a brother.
James was devoted to the ultimate example of redemptive suffering, and encouraged his listeners to practice what they preached. Scott Hahn, Mark Shea, and Fr. Scott Courtney will help you to see how we can follow his advice, even in our darkest days.
In 12 insightful lessons, you will learn:
-The difference between trials and temptations, and how God uses them to save us
-What you should do when disordered, persistent desires impale your heart
-What a faithful Christian does in the face of disappointment and anger
This letter is a practical, no-nonsense guide to living out the Christian life on a daily basis. Let the Epistle of St. James encourage you in the battle that our Lord fights with us.
Starting at: $22.95
NEW! Catholic Scripture Study for Fall 2016
Call 800-437-5876 for more details and scheduling options.
Join us for Luke: The Gospel of Mercy the exciting, all-new Bible Study from Catholic Scripture Study! ”
This Fall, join prolific author and speaker, Dr. Paul Thigpen and Doors of Mercy host Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, in exploring Luke as never before. See Luke brought to life with world-class video shot on location in Rome and Assisi, with all-new full-color study materials.
Intimately discover God’s heart for you with profound insights into the Prodigal Son and other parables. Go deeper with God than ever before with the new “Living It Out” segment that helps you hear what God is asking and draw closer to Him.
Each lesson includes a powerful Teaching Video with comprehensive written commentary, and a Life Application video for each of its 18 sessions. The Teaching Videos are approximately 10 minutes each, and the Life Application videos are approximately 5-6 minutes each.
We invite you to immerse yourself in the parables of Mercy found in Luke, to uncover God’s Mercy in His own words, and to see how His Mercy is still active in the world today. We invite you to discover Luke: The Gospel of Mercy.
Starting at: $174.95
Commentary by Scott Hahn and Mark Shea - presented by Fr. Matthew Kauth
We are the Body of Christ, but how often do we consider exactly what that means? What sets us apart from the rest of the world as members of Christ’s own body?
These are the questions confronted head-on by St. Paul in his powerful, fascinating Letter to the Ephesians. In this detailed 6-chapter exegesis, rather than shying away from the great “mystery of Christ” that defines the letter, Scott Hahn and Mark Shea expertly lead you to contemplate what it means for you to share in Christ’s Body. Fr. Matthew Kauth also urges you to accept this challenge as you learn in 10 lessons:
-What “new thing under the sun” God has done for us
-How the relationship between husband and wife points to Christ and His Church
-Why “justification by faith” is only the beginning of a truly Christian life
St. Paul’s unquenchable passion for the faith is obvious in this beautiful epistle, as well as his passion for the mystery of Jesus Christ. His goal was to open people’s minds to the fundamental question of who Jesus is, and why we should care. Let St. Paul’s words fill you with renewed zeal as he sets you on the road of the saints.
Starting at: $21.95
The study examines the Scriptural basis of Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, and looks at how this powerful portrayal of the suffering and death of Jesus relates to the Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Designed to be used alone or in conjunction with the movie, Jesus' Passion is suitable for individual or group study.
Starting at: $14.95
Commentary by Mike Aquilina - presented by Fr. Mitch Pacwa
Every Sunday, Roman Catholics (like many other Christians) stand to profess their faith in the God who created "all things visible and invisible." We also confess our sins in the presence of "all the angels and saints." But how often do we really think about these unseen creatures who are always ready to help us?
In 10 well-researched lessons, Mike Aquilina and Fr. Mitch Pacwa draw on the saints, the Catechism, and Scripture to remind you of the precious gift God has given us in the good angels. You will also find that learning about them helps you discover more about the God who created them!
Discover that angels are spiritual, personal, and immortal creatures, with intelligence and freewill, who glorify God without ceasing and serve him as special messengers of his saving plan!
Starting at: $21.95