St. Vincent de Paul Parish Scripture Study

Wildwood, Florida, USA


At St. Vincent de Paul Parish we come together weekly  to study Sacred Scripture. Ours is an ongoing program, and everyone is invited to attend.


​People who would like to deepen their faith and live it more completely through a better understanding of Sacred Scripture.

No experience necessary. Details are provided below and more information can be found on the other pages of this website.

​Come join us as we journey together through God's inspired Word.

New Documents

I finally found some time and prepared the long, lost Study Guide for Genesis 4-11. It covers the period of primeval history that begins after the Fall in Eden and leads up to the call of Abraham. I trust you will find it helpful. Here's the link:

Study Guide 30: Genesis II

I hope to prepare study guides for both Numbers and Deuteronomy, as I find the time to work on them. Holding your breath will not help. 

The Basics

What you need to know about our Scripture study:
  • This is an ongoing Bible Study. You may join at any time.
  • We study the Bible as an integrated whole: as the Word of God in which the Old Testament is fulfilled in the New.
  • Sessions are facilitated by Deacon Dana or occasionally by one or more of our regular participants.  
  • Everyone is invited. No need to sign-up; just show up. No homework. No pressure. If you don't have a Bible, come anyway. 
  • We meet every Wednesday. You can choose either of two sessions (both meet in the Prayer/Adoration Room, located in the church, behind the sanctuary):

        Wednesday Morning - from 8:45 to 9:45
        (after 8:00 a.m. Mass)
        Wednesday Evening - from 5:30 to 6:30
Come, join us.

What We're Studying Now

We are now on our Summer hiatus and will begin our sessions again on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. We will then continue with our study of the Book of Exodus.

Note: Our two sessions (morning & evening) do not progress at the same speed and rarely study the same chapters at any given time.

You can download Deacon Dana's study guides and many other documents by visiting the  Documents page of this site.

Summer Course
​A Study in Biblical Typology

We completed our four-session mini-course in Biblical Typology on August 8.

The attendance at each session far surpassed my expectations. I thought we might have perhaps 30 people attend, but instead over 80 signed up and at least 70 attended each session. I only hope the course met their expectations, and left them all with a better understanding of the important role typology plays in the study of Sacred Scripture.

I have made the four PowerPoint presentations available on this site, along with several other documents (handout material) used in the course. For those who do not have access to PowerPoint, the presentations are also available in PDF format.

To access all presentations and documents, go to this site's Documents Page .

Thanks to all who attended, and special thanks to Frank Webber, our Director of Faith Formation, for his invaluable help and to the parish office staff who were always willing and ready to assist me in my course preparatons. 
Prayer Before Reading Your Bible

Come, Holy Spirit, fill us with Your gifts of knowledge and wisdom, strengthen us with Your heavenly grace, so that we may grasp with our minds, treasure in our hearts, and carry out in our lives all the teachings of Your holy Book and Your holy Church that lead to salvation. Amen.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” - Heb 4:12
Choosing a Bible

You can choose from a relatively large number of Catholic Bibles in English language translations. Among the most popular are:
  • Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition [RSV-CE];
  • New Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition [NRSV-CE];
  • New American Bible [NAB];
  • Jerusalem Bible;
  • New Jerusalem Bible;
There are a number of older translations as well, but most people today find their language difficult to follow, and some translations are not as accurate as more recent versions.
In our Bible Study, we generally use both the Revised Standard Version - Catholic Edition [RSV-CE] and the New American Bible [NAB]. Although I personally prefer the former, the latter is the same translation used at Mass in the United States, so most people are familiar with it.
For more information on selecting a Bible, visit the links page of this site.