Parish Programming

A mission of Seeking Truth is to build parish life through the communal study of God’s Word. To encourage parishes to begin a bible study, Seeking Truth offers its curriculum free of charge for parishes hosting a class, using the rich-media presentations of the lectures given by Sharon Doran. Sharon is an experienced Bible teacher with master’s degrees in both Education and Pastoral Theology with an emphasis in Sacred Scripture. Sharon is a cradle Catholic and has a deep love for the Church and Magisterium. Her Archbishop George J. Lucas fully endorses the Seeking Truth program.

 

Seeking Truth will give you free access to all the class lectures, as well as a PDF file that contains a lecture synopsis and series of questions for each class session. Alternatively, you may choose to purchase the "Come and See" Catholic Bible Study Series, which also corresponds directly with lectures.

If you are interested in starting a Seeking Truth class in your parish, you will need the permission of your pastor or Director of Religious Education. You will also need internet access, a computer and projector to display the lectures (if your location does not have reliable internet access, please contact us for other options).

Please fill out the registration form to receive your free Seeking Truth lecture series, lesson summary and discussion questions. 

Class format:

Class members are instructed to read an assigned bible passage, brief synopsis and answer a few home study questions. The group session can begin with a prayer or song followed by discussion of questions in small groups. The lecture is viewed together and briefly discussed afterwards. Each lecture is approximately 45 minutes in length. Using approximately 300 images per lecture, Sharon’s pedagogy is uniquely fast paced, enhancing the learning experience and drawing the viewer into a deeper understanding of God’s Word.

Curriculum:

Your free class materials include a brief lecture synopsis and series of questions for each session. Alternatively, you may choose to purchase the "Come and See" Catholic Bible Study Series (available from Emmaus Road Publishing, Amazon or your local Catholic book store), which offers a more in-depth commentary for each lecture and additional questions.

Currently, parish programs can choose from the following studies:

Short Studies:
     Hebrews     (6 weeks)
     Ezekiel        (8 weeks)
     Revelation  (11 weeks)
     Exodus       (11 weeks)

Longer Studies:
     Ezekiel, Hebrews and Revelation  
         (23 weeks)

     Moses and Torah                            
         (23 weeks)

     Acts and Pauline Letters                
         (23 weeks)

     Synoptic Gospels                            
         (23 weeks)

     Gospel of John                                
         (22 weeks)
     Isaiah                                               
         (23 weeks)
     Gospel of Luke
         (23 weeks)
     Genesis
         (23 weeks)
     Romans and Ephesians (available Sept 2021)
         (23 weeks)

"Romans and Ephesians (23 lectures, available Sept 2021):  The apostle to the Gentiles, St. Paul of Damascus, was from the Tribe of Benjamin and schooled by the famed Rabbi Gamaliel.His letter to the Romans lays out his theological understanding of the good news of Jesus Christ. Romans is the longest epistle of St. Paul and explains how Jesus Christ offers the free gift of salvation to Jew and Gentiles alike through grace by faith in Jesus Christ. It is a Pauline masterpiece. Ephesians was a letter St. Paul wrote to the people of Ephesus while he was in prison in Rome. Luke tells us in Acts 20 that Paul lived in Ephesus for 3 years and so he had a good understanding of the people he was writing to. He calls for church unity and the church as the body of Christ. He give a wonderful teaching about what a Christian household looks like and the relationship between Christ as bridegroom and Church as bride and their nuptial relationship. He rounds out the letter with great advice for spiritual warfare. 

"Gospel of Luke" (23 Lectures) is a beautiful Holy Spirit, Gospel of Mercy as well as the only author who gives us an account of Mary's Story including the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation and Finding in the Temple of our Lord.  All the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosaries are contained in LUKE'S gospel.  Even though we will be studying LUKE, we will be all over the Bible seeing the typological fulfillments in Christ!  

"Ezekiel, Hebrews, and Revelation" (23 Lectures) is an amazing study. God gave Moses instructions to build a desert tabernacle. Ezekiel will have many powerful visual images of the heavenly tabernacle. Hebrews speaks of the Earthly Tabernacle of the New Catholic Church. And in the book of Revelation, St. John the Evangelist gives us a glorious glimpse of the Heavenly Tabernacle and the perpetual sacrifice of the Heavenly Mass that exists outside of time and space.

"Moses and the Torah"(23 Lectures) is an extremely important foundational study, covering the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. A good understanding of Moses and the giving of the law helps us understand the new Moses, named Jesus, who is the fulfillment of the law.  We will see ourselves mirrored in the grumbling Israelite population. As they make an exodus or escape from bondage enroute to the Promised Land, we too are making an escape from the bondage of sin in our personal journeys to our own ultimate Promised Land, our heavenly home.

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"The Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke." (23 Lectures) These three gospel writers are called synoptic because they "see together." In Biblical studies a grasp of the synoptic Gospels is crucial to contrast with the deeply theological gospel of John the Evangelist. The four Gospels together, occupy a central place because Christ Jesus is their center (CCC 139). The Gospels are the heart of all the Scriptures "because they are our principal source for the life and teaching of the Incarnate Word, our Savior" (CCC 125).  If begun in the fall, this study parallels the church seasons of Advent and Lent.  These lectures on the life of Christ each stand independently and can be grouped together as fits your desired time-frame.

"Acts and Letters" (23 Lectures) begins with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. The study of the Acts of the Apostles helps us understand the four marks of the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. St. Paul of Tarsus was one the most influential letter-writers of all time. Learn how his missionary travels in Acts are linked to ten of his apostolic letters. This study demonstrates the recapitulation of Jesus Christ in the life of the Apostles and ultimately in the life of the Church.

"Gospel of John" (22 Lectures).  St. John the Evangelist ended his gospel by stating: “But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.  The Apostle John, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, included specifically chosen accounts so that we who read them may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that in believing, we might have fullness of life in His name (John 20:31).  It is a very powerful gospel indeed and oh so different than the Synoptic accounts. See how the author of Revelation recorded his own gospel account.  Please journey with us through the book of John. Lives will be touched and changed in this multi-faceted treasure of scripture.  This course is very foundational in seeing a deeper, mystical understanding of the 7 Catholic Sacraments and Priesthood.

"Isaiah" (23 lectures). Come study the abundance of prophetic fulfillments that scholars have termed the 5th Gospel because of their accurate foretelling of Jesus Christ. Isaiah is often read in liturgical settings but when you understand the historical context, the mass readings take on even deeper meanings.

"Genesis" (23 lectures):  In the beginning…..Those three little words have enormous impact in biblical study. If we don’t know how it all began, it’s difficult to see where we’ve come from and where we are headed toward. This study is a foundational must! And it’s fun too. The delightful characters and narratives teach us so much about out own humanity. You will never regret studying Genesis and imagining how it all started….in the beginning.

Registration

Advanced registration of your group is necessary. If you are interested in bringing Seeking Truth to your parish, please fill out our registration form.

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On-Line Lecture Access:

If your class members desire on-line access to any of the available lecture series on their home computer or personal devices, they may also register as an On-Line individual learner.  This allows members to stay current in the event they miss class.