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St. Jerome Parish

Fall 2023

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

St. Jerome Parish Bible Study begins our Fall Bible study with orientation sessions on Tuesday evening, September 12, at 7:30pm, in person in the Religious Education room, or online via Zoom on Thursday evening, September 14, at 7:30pm.  The topic of both 10-session studies is the Old Testament books of Joshua and Judges.  The study groups will meet on consecutive Tuesday evenings in person through November 14 or online on Thursday evenings through November 16, from 7:30 to 9pm.


Joshua & Judges tell the story of the development of relationship between God and the Israelite people after their liberation in the Exodus and their entrance into and early existence in the Land of Promise.  These books are part of the Bible Jesus knew, and we study them with an eye to how God prepared God's people for the coming of Jesus.


Participation in either the Tuesday in-person version or the Thursday online version of the study begins with advance email registration.  To register and receive information about cost and materials or if you have any questions, contact Steve Picard at, with "Bible study" in the subject line.  Do not delay.  All are welcome.  No experience necessary.


To assist our understanding we will use the following commentary, which can be purchased from the publisher, Liturgical Press (

New Collegeville Bible Commentary: Joshua, Judges—Old Testament Volume 7 by Roland J. Faley, TOR.  (Liturgical Press, 2011)

Calendar: Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9pm, SJ Religious Ed Center

Thursday evenings, 7:30-9pm, online via Zoom

Sep 12 & 14             Orientation Sessions

Sep 19 & 21            Lesson One:  Joshua 1-2, Commentary pages 5-12

Sep 26 & 28             Lesson Two:  Joshua 3-5, Commentary pages 12-19

Oct 3 & 5                  Lesson Three:  Joshua 6-12, Commentary pages 19-37

Oct 10 & 12             Lesson Four:  Joshua 13-21, Commentary pages 37-54

Oct 17 & 19             Lesson Five:  Joshua 22-24, Commentary pages 55-63

Oct 24 & 26            Lesson Six:  Judges 1-5, Commentary pages 64-80

Oct 31, Nov 2          Lesson Seven:  Judges 6-9, Commentary pages 80-92

Nov 7 & 9                 Lesson Eight:  Judges 10-16, Commentary pages 92-106

Nov 14 & 16            Lesson Nine:  Judges 17-21, Commentary pages 106-119

Bible Study – Advent 2023

This year, the St. Jerome Parish Bible Study offers a short 4-week Bible study focused on the Sunday Mass readings for Advent.  The Season of Advent, the second shortest on the Church’s calendar, prepares us to celebrate the Solemnity of Christmas. On 4 Tuesday/Thursday evenings, beginning November 28 & 30, we will reflect on the readings the Church has selected for the following Sunday of Advent, to help us prepare for Sunday liturgy and the season of Christmas. 
We offer two opportunities for the Advent Bible study: 1) in-person in the St. Jerome Parish Hall on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9pm, beginning Tuesday, November 28; and, 2) on-line via Zoom on Thursday evenings
from 7:30 to 9pm, beginning Thursday, November 30.
No experience necessary.  All are welcome.  Invite a friend or family member. Registration for either version of this study is by email. Email Steve Picard at with the phrase “SJ Bible study” in the subject line to let him know you would like to attend, or if you have any questions.
We will use the following published resource as the text for this study: Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word 2024, US Edition. Maria Enid Barga, Stephen Lampe, Eric Wagner, Suzanne
Nawrocki. (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2023) The text is nominally a workbook for lectors . . . but it is not only for lectors! I like this book for two reasons: in addition to the readings for each Sunday of the Church calendar, it contains short and very readable commentaries about the readings to help you understand their context; and, the book will
be a ready reference to prepare you for weekly Sunday liturgy for the whole year.
The workbook is available from the publisher (Liturgy Training Publications) on their website at Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word® 2024 - Liturgy Training Publications ( at a cost of $15 plus tax and shipping.
You may also be able to pick up this book locally at Pauline Books and Media (3908 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City).
This Workbook for Lectors is strongly recommended, though not required. The readings for each Sunday are listed below as well as on the website for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops ( I will distribute by email the Study Guide--questions for conversation--we will use for each session.
It will be helpful to have your Bible at hand (or on your phone) should you want to do more in depth study of the Lectionary readings on your own. If you need to purchase a Bible or download an app, I suggest you consider
the following translation: New American Bible (Revised Edition) This is just one of many good translations. It is a Catholic translation (73 book canon) and is used at Mass in all Catholic dioceses of the United States. The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is another excellent Catholic translation used at Mass in Canada, England, and other English-
speaking countries. See the website of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops ( for more information on Catholic Bible translations.

Calendar: 4 Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9pm in person, or
4 Thursday evenings, 7:30-9pm online via Zoom

Tuesday, November 28 / Thursday, November 30
(readings for the First Sunday of Advent)
Isaiah 63:16b-17,19b,64:2-7
Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37

Tuesday, December 5 / Thursday, December 7
(readings for the 2 nd Sunday of Advent)
Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11
Psalm 85:9-14
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8

Tuesday, December 12 / Thursday, December 14
(readings for the 3 rd Sunday of Advent)
Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11
Luke 1:46-50,53-54
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8,19-28

Tuesday, December 19 / Thursday, December 21
(readings for the 4 th Sunday of Advent)
2 Samuel 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16
Psalm 89:2-5,27,29
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

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