Bible Study

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish extends an open invitation to join the members of our faith community in exploring and studying the Holy Scriptures. All that is needed is your Bible and a smile.

Bible Study classes are developed around portions of Sacred Scripture as well as thematic topics utilizing extensive biblical support.  A Bible Study series consists of six, 90 minute sessions.

A supplemental text book is selected for each series, and its purchase is optional. Additionally, there is the Spotlight Series which explores ancillary topics as biblical translations, history and geography.  These are shorter courses of one or two sessions designed to expand and strengthen knowledge of the Scriptures.

How Do I Get Started?

Enrolling in OLPH Bible Study requires no paperwork or registration fees. Just check the course listings and your calendar.  Bring your Bible and a smile.  Are you uncertain of the biblical translation you own? Perhaps you do not have a usable Bible, meaning a decorative one so large and heavy that the coffee table is where it permanently rests. No worries. There is a large collection of Bibles available for borrowing and a competent instructor to offer background on the Bible translation you do own.   The idea is to join the OLPH faith community in reading and studying the Old Testament prophets and the words of Jesus in the New Testament. Let us worship God, the Father, Jesus, His Son, and the Holy Spirit as revealed in Sacred Scripture.

All the Details

All classes, morning and evening, are held in the adult education classroom in the Notre Dame Center, 7533 North 57th Avenue, at the corner of 57th Avenue and Vista.

Each Bible Study session is offered at 9:30am Thursday morning and repeated at 6:45pm Thursday evening.   

2016-2017 Bible Study Course Schedule

April 20 - May 25
Psalms 11: Praying with Jesus

Bible Study and the Catholic Catechism
The Profession of Faith- Article 3

Reflection: 1st Thessalonians 2:13

Excerpts from Section 1- The Unique Word of Sacred Scripture [104]

“In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, ‘but as what it really is, the word of God.’ In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children and talks with them.”

Excerpts from Section II- Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture [105, 107]

“God is the author of Sacred Scripture. ‘The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.’”

"The inspired books teach the truth. ‘Since therefore all that the inspired authors or sacred writers affirm should be regarded as affirmed by the Holy Spirit, we must acknowledge that the books of Scripture firmly, faithfully, and without error teach that truth which God, for the sake of our salvation, wished to see confided to the Sacred Scripture.’”

Section III- The Senses of Scripture [116,117 and 118]

“The literal sense is the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture and discovered by exegesis, following the rules of sound interpretation: ‘All other senses of Sacred Scripture are based on the literal.’”
[St. Thomas Aquinas, STh I, I, 10, ad 1.]

The spiritual sense. Thanks to the unity of God’s plan, not only the text of Scripture but also the realities and events about which its speaks can be signs.

  1. The allegorical sense. We can acquire a more profound understanding of events by recognizing their significance in Christ; thus the crossing of the Red Sea is a sign or type of Christ’s victory and also Christian Baptism. [1st Corinthians 10:2]
  2. The moral sense. The events reported in Scripture ought to lead us to act justly.[1st Corinthians 10:11]
  3. The anagogical sense. We can view realities and events in terms of their eternal significance, leading us toward our true homeland: thus the Church on earth is a sign of the heavenly Jerusalem. [Rev 21:1-22]”