National Bible Week

catechist-ipadI received the following information from Stephen J. Binz (www.Bridge-B.com) that may help you as you prepare for National Bible week, which will take place November 15-21.

In the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Dei Verbum (the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation of Vatican II) on November 18, the Catholic Church in the United States is participating in this event for the first time this year.

National Bible Week is being promoted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Association of Catholic Publishers. Here is a three-step suggestion for Catholic faith communities for Sunday, November 15.

1) Encourage everyone in your Catholic faith community to bring their own Bibles to Mass on Sunday, November 15.

2) After the homily, the celebrant offers a Blessing of Bibles.

3) Invite everyone to bring their Bibles back from Mass to be enthroned in their home.PastoralPlanning.com provides a resource which gives a history of Bible enthronement, an explanation, and a ritual for Catholic homes. This link may be emailed to every family in the Catholic faith community, included in the Chapel bulletin, and posted on the Chapel website and social media.

Both the Blessing of Bibles and the Enthronement of the Bible are absolutely free.
There are also resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in English and Spanish.

In addition, Michael Howard will be presenting a free webinar sponsored by Sadlier Religion on November 5 at 4:00 ET. Mr. Howard is an AMS sponsored Facilitator of VLCFF courses online. You can also engage Michael Howard on the AMS Catechists Talk Facebook group after the webinar.

Reflection Question:

What is the significance of the Sacred Scriptures in your personal life and in the life of your family?

Date: 11/4/2015