Being Catholic

'Go and make disciples of all nations'. ... Jesus is calling you to be a disciple with a mission!
-Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis, Waterfront of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, XXVIII World Youth Day, Sunday, 28 July 2013

Archdiocese of Boston


66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184-3839
Telephone: 617-254-0100
Snow Phone Line – (617) 746-5991

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Bethany Chapel
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
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It is the goal of the Pastoral Center to remain open during inclement weather unless travel conditions make it hazardous to get to work. In the event the offices are closed or there is a delay in opening, an announcement will be sent out via the IRIS system. In addition, notice will be recorded on the Snow Phone Line –  (617) 746‐5991 – no later than 5:45 a.m.


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Sacred Scripture

Catholics and the Bible  

“In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, ‘but as what it really is, the word of God.’ ‘In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them.’" Catechism of the Catholic Church, 104

The Church encourages Catholics to read and meditate on the Sacred Scriptures as a foundational element of prayer.  All Sacred Scripture is inspired by God and contains what God wants us to hear. Studying Scripture does more than enhance an individual's understanding of the Bible; it allows people to share their interpretations and viewpoints.

People also are able to relate their insights and have the opportunity to learn about how the Spirit is alive in today's world. Being involved with a Catholic scripture study helps bring God's word to life.

There is also a vital connection between Scripture and the Eucharist.  The Scriptures are an important aspect of our lives of worship and faith as Catholics.
It is important to note that there are many different translations of the Bible.  The two most popular Catholic Bibles are the New American Bible and the New Jerusalem Bible. After the Protestant Reformation, the Protestants removed seven books from the bible that never left Catholic translations. These books are Judith, Tobit, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, and Baruch.  The Catholic version of the Bible also includes longer versions of the books of Daniel and Esther.