Saint Brigid Parish offerings:
Adult Faith Formation:
Short courses are offered through the year at various times, usually evenings and Sunday afternoons, and include DVD presentations and group discussion. These sessions are led by Lay Ministers and are held in the Faith Formation library situated in the parish school building. For more information contact Anne Marie 989-835 8831 ext. 53
Adult Bible Study:
Weekly bible study is held every Tuesday afternoon from 1:15pm – 2:45pm in the Faith Formation library in the parish school. Those who attend deepen their understanding of the Bible and also find their faith strengthened and affirmed. We rely on the Holy Spirit to help us arrive at ways to apply God’s word to our daily lives. For more information contact Karla 989-835-2735
Sunday Lectionary Based Studies:
Between formal studies, this group uses the Little Rock format of conversational prayer and discussion questions prepared by a facilitator for the three readings (pericopes) in the Lectionary for the next Sunday’s Mass. Minimum preparation involves being familiar with the designated readings. The weekly Sunday bulletin lists the Lectionary readings to be proclaimed the following Sunday. Attendance can be on a drop-in basis, although there is a core group of weekly attendees. Bring your Bible. Beneficial for everyone, especially useful for lectors.
During each year at least two structured studies are scheduled. The format includes reading, discussion, a DVD presentation and prayer. Formal studies are planned according to the Liturgical Season, so that they the cycle of readings. Notices for sign-up of formal studies appear in the Sunday bulletin. There have been two studies a year: one in the fall and one in the winter on Tuesdays at 1:15pm. Small groups discuss the questions provided, which often leads to testimony about living life following the Risen Christ.
Internet Web Sites:
There are many Web Sites on the Internet providing weekly Lectionary Bible studies. The list below is only partial, but are Catholic-based and are used by some scripture students at Saint Brigid. Permission for use is usually copyrighted but viewers may copy most material found for their personal use or for use in any non-profit ministry. Materials may not be sold or used for personal financial gain. Many of these sites have links to other sites.
http://www.nationalcatholicreporter.org/sanchez/ Sanchez Archives, Kansas City MO http://www.emmausjourney.org/ Emmaus Journey, Colorado Springs CO http://www.stdismas.org/ St. Dismas Guild, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Deacon Ken and Marie Finn, Escondido CA
http://www.st-raymond-dublin.org/scripture.php St. Raymond’s Catholic Church, Dublin CA
http://www.scborromeo.org/biblestudies.htm St. Chas Borromeo Church, Picayune MS http://liturgy.slu.edu/ The Center for Liturgy, St. Louis (Jesuit) University, St. Louis MO http://www.word-Sunday.com/ Word Sunday, Larry Broding, Religious Education, St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Carlsbad CA
http://www.boomertrek.com/index.htm Bill Dunn’s Faith and Funnies Web Site (Catholic free lance writer), Torrington CT – articles reflect on the gospels http://www.agreeley.com/homilies.html Fr. Andrew Greeley’s Web Site (priest, author and sociologist), Chicago IL – short stories reflect on the gospels
http://www.rc.net/ Ann Arbor MI – Meditations on scripture by Don Schwager; daily scripture readings, Catholic Encyclopedia, lots more
http://www.catholiclinks.com/classic/links.php Lots of different Catholic Web Sites (including Bible studies); links to other sites
This group meets from September to June in the Youth Center situated on the lower level of the parish office building (entrance on Ashman Street). It offers an opportunity for study, prayer and fellowship for women from all MACC (Midland Area Catholic Community) parishes on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm. For details please contact Stephanie 989-284-4141.