LEWISTON – After a successful first term in the fall, plans are under way to begin a second term of the Little Rock Scripture Study program in the Lewiston-Auburn Catholic communities.

The second term will begin with three of the foundational courses in three parishes: Holy Cross Parish will offer St. Paul’s Letters from Prison from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sundays; St Joseph’s Parish will host the Book of Exodus from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays; and Sacred Heart Parish will host the Gospel of Mark from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

All courses will be held in the parish hall of their respective churches. Fees are generally $10 to $14, which covers the cost of the materials. Registration forms will be available at the doors and literature racks of local parishes beginning this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7 and 8.

Registration will be accepted up to the day of the first class. Parishioners are encouraged to mail in registration before the deadline in order not to incur a late fee. They may also participate in the parish sign-up weekends that will be held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14 and 15, at Holy Cross, Holy Family, St. Joseph and the Auburn Community parishes.

Group leaders will be available at all Masses to answer questions and facilitate registration. All checks for registration fees should be made out to Holy Cross Church.

Classes will last about 90 minutes and include prayer time, small group discussions led by trained facilitators and an instructional video provided by theologians from Little Rock.

For a registration form or for more information, contact Denise Mailhot at 786-3380.

Little Rock Scripture Study began in Arkansas almost 30 years ago as a response to the need of Catholics in what is commonly known as the “Bible Belt” for adult formation and spiritual growth. The organization offers several programs in foundation studies, Gospels, Old Testament and early church writings, thematic studies, and a number of video-based courses.

Last fall, Holy Cross parish made the commitment to provide and promote quality Scripture study for adults in the Lewiston-Auburn community with the foundational course on the Bible book, “Acts of the Apostles.” More than 100 participated in the 10-week program, held at the Holy Cross Parish Hall.

Because of the response, a decision was made to offer a second four-week course during the Advent season on the infancy narratives, which focused on the stories of Jesus’ birth in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in the Bible. This was also well attended.

Four foundational courses are offered that form the basis for quality Catholic scripture study. The courses include the Acts of the Apostles, one of the synoptic Gospels – which are the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Paul’s Letters from Prison and the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament.

After receiving the basics from these four courses, some may wish to participate in other groups of programs offered by trained small group leaders in the area. It is hoped that smaller study groups will eventually meet on a regular basis in homes as well as in parish facilities.

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