Bible studies

On this page you will find the dates for 2017-2018 series of Bible talks and some of the recordings of previous eries of talks


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The Call of God. Discipleship in the Old Testament with Sr Anne Walsh OP and Sr Karen Marguerite OP
Date: 28th Sep, 12th Oct, 2nd Nov, 16th Nov, 30th 2017
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation: £5.00
The reality of being a disciple is probably best seen in the Old Testament with a call ‘to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord, but also to imitate or reflect God’s character. Israel, as a whole people, was called to that kind of discipleship, by living as the people of God in the midst of the nations, being faithful to its covenant with him, worshipping him alone, and living by the standards of the Torah
God’s desire for Israel was that they would go and teach others about Him. Israel was to be a nation of priests, prophets, and missionaries to the world. They were to be “a light to the nations” God’s intent was for Israel to be a distinct people, a nation who pointed others towards the One true God . “” and His promise of a Redeemer, Messiah, and Saviour. God’s ultimate purpose for Israel—that of bringing the Messiah into the world—was fulfilled perfectly in the Person of Jesus Christ .
Over the centuries people from this nation were called to carry out this purpose. We will reflect on a small selection of these people in this course.
1. Abraham and Sarah. Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you” (Gen. 1 2 :1) Faith and Trust. A new kind of God
2. Moses and the people of Israel “So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:10). Living in God’s way Worship and life.
3. David . God’s kind of government. The LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.”1Samuel 16:12 . How to rule a nation in God’s way. Power is like drinking gin on an empty stomach(pope Francis)
4. Jonah Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.” (Jonah1 ) Who wants to repent?
5. Esther “Invoke the Lord ,speak to the king for us and save us from death’’ 4:8. The power of Prayer. Courage.

A series of 3 talks on Shaped by God’s Mercy – Biblical Characters who Experienced God’s Mercy by Brian Purfield

A series of short Scriptural reflections on different aspects of the mercy of God as experienced by people in the Old and New Testament. The three examples chosen for reflection are: Hagar, Jonah and Paul. Participants are encouraged to bring their Bible to each session.

Dates: 4th Oct, 8th Nov, 5th Dec, 2017
Time: 7:00-8:00pm
Venue: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
Suggested donation: £4.00
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 Journey through Lent with Marks’ Gospel with Sr Anne Walsh OP and Sr Karen Marguerite OP

Date: 25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 15th Feb, 8th Mar, 2018
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation:£5.00
2018 is the Year of Mark in our Liturgy. Mark’s gospel has been described as
” A passion narrative with an extended introduction”.( Martin Kähler) On Passion Sunday we read Mark’s Passion and at the Easter Vigil his resurrection narrative (with the most important verse missing)!
In this course we will explore this gospel which will deepen our understanding of Mark’s portrait of Jesus and his message.
January 25 Temptation. 1:12
Gethsemane. He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want 14:36.
February 8 .Transfiguration . 9:2-8
Glimpses of the resurrection “ Healing miracles. “They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’ “ 2:12
February 22.Challenge to the Authorities . Cleansing of the Temple 11:15-19
Conflict stories “ The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him. 3:6
March 8. Faith and lack of faith.
Jesus said to them, “Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? 8:18-19.
March 22. Living the death and resurrection of Jesus 8: 34-35
‘ He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel will save it. “
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Faith Formation for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Speakers: Sr Karen Marguerite OP and Sr Anne Walsh OPe Walsh OP
Date: Sat 27th Jan 2018
Time: 10.00am-4.00pm (including Mass)
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE
Suggested donation: £14.00
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A series of 4 talks on A Biblical Journey through the Mass by Brian Purfield

The Mass is the centre of our faith. We celebrate it every day. We know all the responses and all the gestures. But do we know what it all means? In this short course we will take a tour of the liturgy and explore the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in the liturgy and reflect on their profound significance. It is hoped that this will help to renew our faith and deepen our love for and devotion to the Eucharist.

Date: 20th Feb, 1st Mar, 24th Apr, 21st May 2018
Time: 7:00-8:00pm
Venue:Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
Suggested donation: £4.00. 

Faith Formation for Readers with Sr. Karen Marguerite OP Marguerite and Sr Anne Walsh OP

Date: Sat 24th Feb 2018
Time: 10:00am -3.00pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation: £14.00



Scripture from Scratch series of talks: Biblical Models of Discipleship (Central London)


Tue 20th Oct 2015, Overview of the Programme by Brian Purfield

 Mon 9th Nov 2015, Biblical Theology of Vocation by Fr John Hemer

 Wed 2nd Dec 2015, Mary as Model Disciple by Brian Purfield

 Mon 18th  Jan 2016, Isaiah and his teachings as a model of how to respond in faith to changing circumstances by Fr John Hemer

 Thu 25th Feb 2016, Peter: Model of Reconciled Disciple by Brian Purfield

 Mon 14, Mar 2016, “How does Jesus teaching in the parables help us live our vocation? by  Fr John Hemer

 Tue 12th Apr 2016, Mary Magdalen: The Witnessing Disciple by Brian Purfield

 Mon 9th May 2016, Paul: The Missionary Disciple, How Paul helps people live out their Christian vocation in differing circumstances? by  Fr John Hemer

 Sat 11th June 2016, 10.00am – 2.00pm Retreat Day by  Brian Purfield


Recordings of the Scripture from Scratch Programe of 2014-2015


PowerPoint presentation



10 points for fruitful Scripture reading 

Introduction (1st Part)

Introduction (2nd Part)

Introduction (Q&A)

Session for Parish Readers

PowerPoint presentation of the Session for Parish Readers




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(Please note this recording is in two sections)




THE PSALMS (Fr John Hemer)

What is next?

Bible studies attract people from all walks of life and they all bring different expectations. There are many different ways to study the Bible. One of the ways is to listen to good talks on the Bible. The quality of the speaker is most important in this case. Some parishes go with “one-off” talk and some run a series of talks on the Bible.

The second, and perhaps most common approach is to have a Bible study group when one of the parishioners or individual group leader leads the group. Many different materials can be used. Some of them provide a good explanation of the text to be reflected on and prayed about. Any good Catholic bookshop will have a number of Bible study guides on offer. It is up to the group to decide how and what they would like to do.   

If the parish is interested in getting some help, please contact the Agency for Evangelisation.