Dear All, 
You will find here a suggestion to help spend this exceptional time beneficially… 
We would encourage you to share it with your study groups and anyone else who might appreciate it. Please encourage members of your group to share it with their family and friends. 
When we get back together (maybe in September), we will take up where we left off. We have a date secured for a celebration together in Knock in 2021. 

In the meantime, be constant in prayer, serve the Lord and be aglow with the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom 12:11-12). 

For Adults 
Since the Catechism is drawn from Sacred Scripture and the Church’s teaching tradition, you can deepen your appreciation for the truths of the faith by choosing one of the following pathways:

1. Focus on Sacred Scripture.
2. Focus on the documents of Vatican II, for example Dei Verbum 
3. Read Part IV of the Catechism – Prayer 

This would make for rich and nourishing spiritual reading to support your prayer time. 
For example, if you choose a document of Vatican II such as Dei Verbum 

  1. i. Read Dei Verbum gradually and intentionally 
  2. ii. As you read, consult the Catechism index of citations under Ecumenical Councils for Dei Verbum 
  3. iii. Observe the cross referencing between Dei Verbum and the Catechism
  4. iv. Re-read Dei Verbum and the relevant paragraphs in the Catechism 

You can apply the same procedure to references from Sacred Scripture in the Catechism by identifying one of the books from the Old or New Testament. This is great way of anchoring your understanding of the faith in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church. 

While it is true that this type of spiritual reading is not prayer per se, it powerfully prepares one’s mind and soul to enter into the intimacy of prayer with God. 

Just as school students have to be disciplined and structure their time, this plan may take a little patience and perseverance at the outset but it is well worth the effort. 

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Alongside Children/Teens/Young Adults and everyone else… 

  • • Starting on this Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord you could introduce the Rosary to others. Adhering to appropriate physical distancing, make a plan to identify someone with whom you could share the Rosary, in person or online. o The Rosary is a beautiful journey through scripture with Mary 
  • o Maybe you could look up the scripture references to the mysteries in the Bible – see, for example, the Gospel of Luke. 
  • • List the feasts of Mary, when we celebrate them and what they mean: Mary, Mother of God/ Annunciation/Visitation/Assumption/Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary/ The Immaculate Conception. Are there others? 
  • The Angelus is another wonderful prayer rooted in God’s plan of salvation. Make it a regular prayer in your home. Research and learn all about it – start with Luke 1:26-38. 

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Here is a beautiful book to accompany prayer and reading of the Bible available from the Catholic Truth Society www.ctsbook.org and Veritas https://www.veritasbooksonline.com  

A Year with the Bible: 365 Daily Reflections by Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB 
Cost: €19.95 (£16.95 Stg.) 
Packed with 365 daily commentaries in Scripture, A Year with the Bible will take you on a journey from Genesis to Revelation that will deepen your comprehension of the Word of God.