SUMMER RCIA TRAINING

Now that the Easter Season is over, it is time to start thinking about training your RCIA Team Members.  The slower pace of summer is a perfect time to take advantage of training in a retreat-like atmosphere.  RCIA in the Parish is an intensive two day experience to learn about and experience the rites and periods of RCIA.  Go to http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/RCIA2011Brochure.pdf for the information and registration brochure for this valuable experience for leaders, catechists, team members, musicians, deacons and priests.

HELP PARISHIONERS AND FAMILIES DIP INTO THE BIBLE DURING LENT

The Center for Ministry Development has simple articles for Bible exploration during Lent.  Free downloads of one paragraph articles on the readings from Ash Wednesday through the Easter Vigil  are an easy way for parishioners and families to reflect on the scriptures.  Click on “Listen Up!  Lent 2011” at www.fashioningfaith.org.

NEW BIBLE RESOURCES

St. Mary’s Press has two new resources for Catechists,  Teachers, RCIA Catechists and Youth Ministers.  Both could be used by teens as well as adults.                                                                                                                                             

Biblical Literacy Made Easy by Brian Singer-Towns contains basic information about the Bible and some games and activities. 

Essential Guide to Biblical Life and Times by Martin C. Albl is a reference resources of alphbetical entries to help understand the culture of biblical life and times.

NEW LECTIO DIVINA RESOURCES

Stephen J. Binz, author of the Threshold Bible Study, has now written six books called Ancient-Future Bible Study for publisher Brazos Press.  This new series follows the Lectio Divina process while focusing on one person or group from the Bible.  The resources can be used individually or in a small group.  It has several reading plans with instruction for contemporary contemplative study of the Bible.

NEED AN INTRODUCTORY BIBLE STUDY FOR ADULTS?

  Are you looking for a DVD series to give parishioners the basics of Bible Study before they launch into study of  specific books of the Bible? 

   In “The Biblicist,” DVD 391, Fr. Bill Burton, OFM, uses maps, diagrams, & pictures to lead learners through the geography, culture and language of Bible times, in order to expalin the formation of the scriptures.  Fr. Bill’s energetic delivery of modern historical Biblical criticism helps the learner understand scripture by understanding its roots!  The six one-hour sessions would work well for parish adult faith formation. 

   Take a sneak peak by borrowing it from the Northern Media Center.  Contact us at 937-498-1192 or sidneymediacenter@catholiccincinnati.org.  See www.biblicist.net  for more information.

SEARCH THE BIBLE ON-LINE

New Online Catholic Bible Search Engine in English and Spanish

A new online Catholic Bible search engine, which enables people to find specific Scripture passages using keywords, was launched last week. The press release noted that this is the first complete Catholic Bible made available for keyword search. It added that an English and Spanish Bible, both translations approved by the Vatican, are being offered for searching through the program.

The search engine allows users to share Bible passages with their blogs, with Facebook and Twitter, and with other social media Web sites. It also allows people to add a search widget to their own personal Web page.

 Search at http://www.bible.catholic.net/