The New American Bible
For more than a quarter of a century, members of the Catholic Association of America, sponsored by the Bishops Committee of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, have worked to create this version of the Bible, The New American Bible. This version is derived from the translation of Scriptures from the original languages or from the oldest extant [still existing or not destroyed] form in which the scriptures exist.
Despite all that we have accomplished, we still struggle with the age-old problems of how to order our lives for the glory of God, for the welfare of our neighbors and for the salvation of our soul. The Bible gives us the opportunity to read and meditate on the living word of God. In the passages of the Bible we recognize God's voice and are able to steer our way through life by using the scriptures as our guide.
Children & The Bible
Many times as parents we become overwhelmed by the vast varieties of bibles to choose from and we just don't know which bible to get for our child(ren). If you have a child who is in the 3rd grade or younger, we do not recommend any particular children’s bibles. So if you wish to get your child a children's bible to start introducing them to the Word, any one will do. Usually by the 4th or 5th grade, children in our faith formation classes start using the New American Bible.
Teens & The Bible
As mentioned above, usually by the 4th or 5th grade, our children are already introduced to the New American Bible in their Faith Formation classes. However, if your child would prefer a bible made specifically with their age group in mind, St. Mary’s Press has the New American Bible and other bibles for younger and older teens. They have corresponding study materials on their website. These bibles have illustrations and helpful side bars full of information to help the reader understand the scriptures a little better by providing background information of the scriptures they are reading.
Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics is a great version to use for young children (or even older teens and if you like pictures...even some adults).
Adults & The Bible
The New American Bible is the version that is most recommended to be used because it is the version used for liturgy. However, there are several versions of the New American Bible. Some of the bibles require an extensive background knowledge of Theology. Some do not require as much theological knowledge but one would still have to have a good understanding of the Bible. Thankfully, there is also a version available for "beginners". Therefore, if you are struggling with your bible, we suggest that you meet with your Adult Ministry Leader, Liturgy Director, or Pastor and let them help you find the Bible that is right for you.
Where Can I Get a Bible?
You can purchase The New American Bible (English & Spanish available) for $5 at our parish main office, or just click on Books of the Bible Online on the left column to view the Bible electronically.
"We must never forget that all authentic and living Christian spirituality is based on the Word of God proclaimed, accepted, celebrated and meditated upon in the Church."
Pope Benedict XVI