In His infinite goodness and utter self-giving love for us, God has revealed Himself to us. Throughout Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, He shows Himself to us in ways our human minds can comprehend, and He invites us to come to Him, draw closer to Him, and get to know Him better. But we have to respond to the invitation. We have to open the Scriptures, partake of the Sacraments, and enter into the life of the Church as best we can.
To do just that, a group of St. Mary’s women established a weekly Bible study many years ago. They meet once a week, dig into the Scriptures together, and spend time building community with one another.
Amy Lovello joined the Bible study years ago, and she says that it has been incredibly fruitful for her.
“This group has been a blessing,” Amy says. “It is a nice group of women, and we try to keep it light and casual. We want to learn something about our faith and have time to fellowship with one another. We offer each other fellowship, support, and encouragement.”
Over the years, the group has grown and shifted in terms of what they study and how they format their meetings. Today, the women meet on the first Tuesday of most months, when they spend time focusing on a study of Mary. The study — which they run through the FORMED website — offers them a short video addressing Mary’s place in Scripture and her role in the Church. After watching a 30-minute video, the women spend time discussing the material. Then they enjoy fellowship together.
“It is nice because everyone offers a different perspective and different insights, so I always learn something new,” Amy says.
Having spent 20 years traveling around the world as part of a military family, Amy says she has learned how important friendship and support from like-minded women is as she strives to raise her family in the faith. Bible studies like this one have served her tremendously through her family’s moves. Having moved to Augusta post-retirement, Amy says the love, support, and community she has found here is bar none. She encourages all St. Mary’s women to consider participating in this Bible study.
“We really do have a special community here at St. Mary’s,” Amy says. “All are welcome. Come enjoy the fellowship and learn about your faith.”
The next meeting will be held on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center. There is no need to RSVP or bring anything — simply show up! The group would love to have you!
For more information about this Bible study, contact Amy Lovello at 360-969-9447.