St. Jerome Parish

Spring 2021

Email Steve Picard at sjpicard526@att.net with the subject line “SJ Bible study RSVP” to be included on the Zoom meeting invitation.

St. Paul's Letters From Prison

St. Jerome Bible Study will launch a 10-week study titled “St. Paul’s Letters From Prison” on Tuesday evening, April 13, from 7:30 to 9pm online via Zoom.  The study will run for 10 consecutive Tuesday evenings.  Next to Jesus, St. Paul was the most influential person on the thought and teachings of the early Christian Church.  St. Paul is famous, among other things, for his numerous incarcerations “for the defense of the gospel” (Phil 1:16) and for the letters he wrote from prison to several first-century Christian communities and his friends.  Join us on Tuesday evenings as we explore some of Paul’s writings and encounter his tremendous love for Jesus and Jesus’ followers.  For more information and to register for the course, email Steve Picard at sjpicard526@att.net.  All are welcome.  No experience necessary.


This study is not a lecture series.  We run more like a book club, and will use the following resources:


Bible:  New American Bible (Revised Edition)

This is one of many good translations.  It is a Catholic translation (73 book canon w/imprimatur) and is used at Mass in the dioceses of the United States.  The New Revised Standard is another Catholic translation used at Mass in other English-speaking countries.  Also, see the website of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops:  usccb.org.    



Vincent M. Smiles and Terence J. Keegan, OP.  Letters From Prison-Part 1 and Letters From Prison—Part 2 (Liturgical Press, 2019)


Cost = $16.95/each plus tax and shipping, available from Little Rock Scripture Study:  Letters from Prison, Part One : : Vincent M. Smiles, and Terence J. Keegan, OP, with Little Rock Scripture Study Staff: 9780814664551: littlerockscripture.org : Paperback


Letters from Prison, Part Two: : Vincent M. Smiles, and Terence J. Keegan, OP, with Little Rock Scripture Study Staff: 9780814664544: littlerockscripture.org : Paperback

(also available on Amazon)

Calendar: Tuesday Evenings. 7:30pm-9pm**, via Zoom

April 13      Introduction

April 20      Philippians 1:1-26 | Commentary: Part One, Lesson 1

April 27      Philippians 1:27-3:1 | Commentary:  Part One, Lesson 2

May 4         Philippians 3:2-4:23 | Commentary:  Part One, Lesson 3

May 11       Philemon | Commentary:  Part One, Lesson 4

May 18       Colossians 1:1-2:5  |  Commentary:  Part Two, Lesson 1

May 25       Colossians 2:6-4:18  | Commentary:  Part Two, Lesson 2

June 1         Ephesians 1:1-23  | Commentary:  Part Two, Lesson 3

June 8         Ephesians 2:1-4:16  | Commentary:  Part Two, Lesson 4

June 15       Ephesians 4:17-6:24  | Commentary:  Part Two, Lesson 5