Bible Studies and Small Group Resources

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Small Group Resources and Bible Studies

Listed below are some of the Small Group Resources and Bible Studies successfully being used in parishes throughout the Diocese. Many of them are available for free rental from the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization.  For information, contact our office.

Faith Study Resources

Prayer

OREMUS (Latin for Let Us Pray) by Father Mark Toups
8 sessions, each including 30 minute DVD presentation and discussion.
This is a Catholic prayer study program in which Fr. Toups teaches the essentials of a fruitful prayer life including compelling personal stories. Available for free rental from Office of C & E.  Participant booklet is necessary.  Cost is $15 each.

Discernment

Living the Discerning Life:  The Spiritual Teachings of  St. Ignatius of Loyola by
Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V.  20 session DVD set with discussion questions available from the Office for Catechesis and Evangelization.  Each person faces discouragement in the spiritual life which is the greatest obstacle to deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ.  St. Ignatius provides us with guidelines how to recognize what is from God and to recognize what is from the enemy and how to reject it.  30 hours of credit  – DVD’s available from http://www.frtimothygallagher.org/on-disc

Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told by Fr. Michael Gaitley                               10 sessions, including 25 minute DVD presentations.  The Program interweaves the dramatic history of Poland, the transformative message of St. Faustina, the miraculous appearance of Mary at Fatima, the witness of St. Maximillian Kolbe, and the world-changing papacy of St. John Paul II into a tapestry of wonder and beauty centered around God’s mercy.

Foundational

Symbolon:  The Catholic Faith Explained with Dr. Edward Sri along with other compelling Catholic teachers.  This new DVD series systematically presents the BIG picture of the Catholic Faith.  Programs 1-10 focus on the foundational teachings of the Creed and Programs 11-20 focus on the Sacraments and Life in Christ.  Filmed on location in Rome, the Holy Land, Calcutta, the beauty and brilliance of Catholicism is explained in a way that helps us know it, live it, and  articulate it to others.

Evangelization

Catholicism:  The New Evangelization by Father Robert Barron
The documentary and study program focuses on the cultural obstacles the Church faces today and sends us on mission with a message of joy.
6 – 90 minutes sessions including 15-30 minute  DVD segments
Reduced cost of DVDs, Leader’s Manual and prayers cards is $88. Available from the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization.

Retreat

33 Days to Morning Glory – A Do-it Yourself Retreat in Preparation for formal entrustment to Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Pope John Paul II, and Blessed Mother Teresa.  Individuals may make the 10 minutes-a-day retreat on their own using the book 33 Days to Morning Glory.  Book is available from the Office of C and E for $3.  6 sessions, 90 minutes each with 35 minutes of teaching on DVD by Fr. Michael Gaitley.  Up to 11 hours of credit. Facilitators Guide/DVDs available from the Office of C & E for free rental. In addition to the book, cost of Participants Packet is $20, available from Mary Litschauer, 715-539-3800, mllitschauer@gmail.com.

Conversion

Conversion, Following the Call of Christ (Biblical Stories of People Who Changed) by Father Robert Barron                                                                                                                                          6 – 90 minute sessions with questions for Understanding and Reflection.  Free rental

(new) The Mystery of God:  Who God is and Why He Matters by Father Robert Barron
6 – part DVD series with workbook:  Atheism is on the rise. Skeptical thinkers vigorously attack belief in God as irrational or, even worse, dangerous.  The so-called New Atheism has attracted millions of young people.  How should Christians respond? How can we turn the tide of secularism and draw people back to God?

(new) Priest, Prophet, King by Father Robert Barron
6 – part DVD series with workbook:  Through this presentation, participants will better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture, and realize their own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission.

Bible Study Resources for Teens and Young Adults

T3 – The Teen Timeline (excellent!) by Mark Hart
8-Part Bible Study for Teens and Young Adults (DVD) Worksheets, discussion questions and resources provided by the Office for Catechesis and Evangelization

T3 – Thy Kingdom Come:  Matthew by Mark Hart
8-Part Study on the Gospel of Matthew for Teens and Young Adults (DVD). Worksheets, discussion questions and resources provided by the Office for Catechesis and Evangelization

T3:  Acts – The Keys and the Sword by Mark Hart
4-Part Bible Study for Teens and Young Adults (DVD). Discussion questions and resources provided by the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization

T3: Revelation – The lion and the Lamb by Mark Hart
4-Part Bible Study for Teens and Young Adults (DVD) with Leader and Participant Booklet

Bible Study Resources for Adults

New
Follow Me:  Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John by Edward Sri
An 8-part DVD series with workbook is your guide to a personal encounter with Christ.  Jesus calls us to be His disciples, to trust Him, to open ourselves to His merciful love, and to love others as He has loved us.  Follow Me invites us to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ. DVDs available for free rental

A Biblical Walk through the Mass Study Program by Edward Sri
A 5-part study (DVDs) that explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in Mass and explains their profound significance. Booklet and book sold as set for $16 from Office for Cat. and Evan.  DVDs available for free rental or purchase of entire packet for $100.

Mary, A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother by Edward Sri
8 –part series that provide a uniquely personal encounter with the Blessed Mother, placing you in the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life, taking you through her joys…and her sorrows. The better we know Mary, the better we will know her Son. Free leader resources available for download at BibleStudyForCatholics.com.  Free rental.  Workbook for participant

The Footprints of God Series by Stephen Ray. Discussion questions  (Free rental)

  • The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine preview of the Program (11 minutes)
  • Moses:  Signs, Sacraments, Salvation with discussion questions – 2 hours
  • David & Solomon:  Expanding the Kingdom with discussion questions – 2 hours of credit Jesus: the Word became Flesh with discussion questions -2 hours of credit
  • Mary:  the Mother of God with discussion questions – 2 hours of credit
  • Peter:  Keeper of the Keys with discussion questions – 2 hours of credit
  • Paul:  Contending for the Faith with discussion questions – 2 hours of credit
  • Apostolic Fathers with discussion questions  – 2 hours of credit

A Quick Journey through the Bible by Jeff Cavins
8-Part Study (DVD) with workbook

The Bible Timeline:  The Story of Salvation by Jeff Cavins
24-part Bible study with study questions (DVD)

Introduction to Psalms, the School of Prayer:
by Jeff Cavins, Sarah Christmyer, and Dr. Tim Gray
10 Sessions on the DVD series with discussion questions:  The Psalms reveal Israel’s response to God’s covenant and serve as a model for our response to Him.  One could say that the Psalms tell the “inside” story, which comes from the deeply personal perspective of one who is seeking God.  Available for free rental.

Matthew:  The King and His Kingdom by Jeff Cavins
24-part study on the Gospel of Matthew with discussion questions (DVD)

Acts:  The Spread of the Kingdom by Jeff Cavins
20-part study on the Acts of the Apostles with discussion questions (DVD)

Adventures in 1 Corinthians, the Church and the Christian Community by Dr. Tim Gray
10 Sessions on the DVD series with discussion questions:   With divisions, immorality, persecution, and other trials of the faithful, the message of St. Paul to the Corinthians is a much-needed message for our times.  St. Paul taught the Corinthians about the nature of grace, the Church as the Body of Christ and the most powerful gift of all, the Eucharist, which along with Christian virtue leads to a life of joy.  Available for free rental.

Revelation:  The Kingdom Yet to Come by Jeff Cavins
10-part study on the Book of Revelation with discussion questions (DVD)

Exodus:  Called to Freedom by Jeff Cavins
10-part study on the Book of Exodus with discussion questions (DVD)

Our Father’s Plan by Scott Hahn & Jeff Cavins
(VHS) 13-programs with study guide

The Year of Faith, A Bible Study for Catholics, book by Father Mitch Pacwa.
A 6-part study: Belief in Jesus Christ; Ascent to the Creed; Conversion; Witness of Charity; Celebrating Faith; Faith and the New Evangelization   $8 from the Office of Catechesis/Evan.

Scripture and Faith Study

New: Eucharist, A Catholic Spiritual Study presented by Father Robert Barron
3 – 90 minute sessions including 30 minute DVD presentations.
Study guide and workbook include Questions for Understanding and Questions for Reflection Available for free rental from Office of C & E

New: Conversion, Following the Call of Christ (Biblical Stories of People Who Changed) by Father Robert Barron
6 – 90 minute sessions with questions for Understanding and Reflection Available for free rental from the Office of C & E.

CATHOLICISM Study Program by Father Robert Barron (DVD)
20-90 minute sessions with updated discussion questions corresponding to the $3 book (see below) and resources provided by the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization (Each parish was given the Program by Bishop Callahan)  Catholicism (book) by Fr. Barron sold for $3 each.

I Have Loved You by Christopher Ruff    **Spanish version now available
6 Sessions  Book is available through Office of Ministries and Social Concerns – Price $8

“Who Is My Neighbor?” by Christopher Ruff
6 Sessions Book is available through Office of Ministries and Social Concerns – Price $8

The Greatest of These is Love – by Christopher Ruff
6 Sessions Book is available through Office of Ministries and Social Concerns – $8

Catholicism 101: Essentials for the Journey by Jeff Cavins (DVD)
10 part DVD Series with workbook

Feast of Faith – The Eucharist by Marcelino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D.
4 part DVD Series with workbook

In – Parish Retreats

Step One

33 Days to Morning Glory – A Do-it Yourself Retreat in Preparation for formal entrustment to Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Pope John Paul II, and Blessed Mother Teresa.  Individuals may make the 10 minutes-a-day retreat on their own using the book 33 Days to Morning Glory.  Book is available from the Office of C and E for $3.  6 sessions, 90 minutes each with 35 minutes of teaching on DVD by Fr. Michael Gaitley.   Up to 11 hours of credit. Facilitators Guide/DVDs available from the Office of C & E for free rental. In addition to the book, cost of Participants Packet is $20, available from Mary Litschauer, 715-539-3800, mllitschauer@gmail.com.

 

Step Two

New:  Consoling the Heart of Jesus – A Do-It-Yourself Retreat  Individuals may make the 10 minutes-a-day retreat on their own using the book Consoling the Heart of Jesus.  Books are available for $10.  The purpose of this retreat is to draw closer to the Merciful and Sacred Heart of Jesus by accepting His love and trusting in Him.  The Retreat combines the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius with the teachings of Saints Thérèse of Lisieux, Faustina Kowalska, and Louis de Montfort. The author of these materials is Father Michael Gaitley, MIC.  10 sessions, 90 minutes each with 35 minutes of teaching on DVD by Fr. Michael Gaitley. Up to 15 hours of credit.  Facilitators Guide/DVDs available for free rental.  In addition to the book, cost of Participants Packet is $20, available from Mary Litschauer, 715- 539-3800, mllitschauer@gmail.com.

Faith Study Resources

Formation in the Virtues
Walking Toward Eternity:  Daring to Walk the Walk
7-2 hour sessions including DVD’s, Leader’s Guide and Participant Journal by Jeff & Emily Cavins. This Program is designed to help you live your faith more freely by developing and nurturing the virtues love, forgiveness, humility, prayerfulness, faithfulness, sacrifice, and thankfulness – that are essential to the Christian life.

14 hours of credit                    Resources available from the Office of C & E; Journals are $16

The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Unlocking the Beauty of the Catechism:  Part One
8 sessions of a small group study of the Creed by Christopher Ruff. This includes personal reading of 15 pages of the Catechism before group study.  The book includes vocabulary aids, summaries of sections, discussion questions and “growth in discipleship” application.
Available for $8, Facilitator’s Guide available for $4

Unlocking the Beauty of the Catechism:  Part Two
8 sessions of a small group study of the Creed by Christopher Ruff. This includes personal reading of 15 pages of the Catechism before group study.  The book includes vocabulary aids, summaries of sections, discussion questions and “growth in discipleship” application.  Available for $8,

Human Sexuality

Embrace Parenthood: Step One of the Teaching the Way of Love Series
Complete the workbook. (Read segments, watch DVD clips and answer discussion questions)

Growing in the Way of Love: Step Two of the Teaching the Way of Love Series
Complete the workbook. (Read segments, watch DVD clips and answer discussion questions)

Bodies and Boundaries: Step Three of the Teaching the Way of Love Series
Complete the workbook. (Read segments, watch DVD clips and answer discussion questions)

Live Presentation of any step of the Teaching the Way of Love series
Contact Alice Heinzen at aheinzen@diolc.org

Recognizing God-given Gifts for use in the parish

Discerning Charisms – The Catherine of Siena Institute
The Called and Gifted Workshop – 4 part series (DVD available for $30 or free rental) with Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory (book for $8 per person) and Discerning Charisms, a workbook for navigating the discernment process – 3 small group sessions (workbook available for $10)

Church History

EPIC:  A Journey through Church History (DVD)
20-part series takes you through the major people, places and events that make up the history of the Catholic Church.  Workbook is part of program.

Theology of the Body

An Introduction to the Theology of the Body:  Discovering the Master Plan for Your Life
by Christopher West (DVD) – 8 sessions with study guide

God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage by Christopher West
(Theology of the Body) DVD  – 6 part Series with Study Guide – free rental

The Mass

Mystical Body, Mystical Voice, Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass
5 – 90 minute sessions including DVD’s, Leader Guide and Participant Booklet by Chris Carstens and Father Douglas Martins Includes the book Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass