Gift of a Family Bible at Baptism

Family Bibles

The Bible is central to our faith as Catholics.  God is the author of Sacred Scripture and the four Gospels occupy a central place in our faith because Jesus is their centre.

A new initiative has been launched to give Family Bibles at Baptism.  Parishes are giving families presenting children for the Sacrament of Baptism in the Archdiocese of Liverpool the gift of a Family Bible to encourage all families to 'take and read' the Word of God in their own homes and to their own children.  The Bible should occupy a place of honour in all Catholic homes and be treasured.

On the importance of a Family Bible from Pope Benedict's response to a 2008 Synod on the Word of God called Verbum Domini:  The Word of God:

'The great mystery of marriage is the source of the essential responsibility of parents towards their children.  Part of authentic parenthood is to pass on and bear witness to the meaning of life in Christ; through their fidelity and the unity of family life, spouses are the first to proclaim God's word to their children.  The ecclesial comunity must support and assist them in fostering family prayer, attentive hearing of the word of God, and knowledge of the Bible.  To this end the Synod urged that every household have its Bible, to be kept in a worthy place and used for reading and prayer.  Whatever help is needed in this regards can be provided by priests, deacons and a well-prepared laity.'

How to order Bibles:

1) Christian Community Bible from Pauline Books and Media, Bold Street, Liverpool 0151 709 1328 for pick up £10.99/£8.99
2) Catholic NRSV from The Bible Society - 50 copies or more £7 with Promotion Code.  Shipping £3.95. Please phone the Pastoral Formation Department at LACE for the Promotion Code. 0151 522 1040 or email 

Jesus spoke to them... 'and know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.' (Matthew 28:20)

Parents '...will be the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith.  May they also be the best of teachers bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do...' (Rite of Baptism)

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