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The Catholic Way Breaking Open the Word - 2021 Year B A Simple Yet Powerful Two-Page Per Week Process

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Available September 2020
The Catholic Way
Breaking Open the Word - 2021 Year B
A Simple Yet Powerful Two-Page Per Week Process

A bargain at only $1 per week for unlimited copies!

Finally, here is a simple yet powerful process for leading small group reflection on the Sunday Lectionary readings.  Other processes can be overwhelming and simply too much content for a small group session, expecially for the limited time you have for an RCIA dismissal period.  These Breaking Open the Word sessions focus on a single reading each week, with insightful daily life commentary and related discussion questions.

Ann Naffziger brings her decades of experience in small group facilitation, spiritual direction, and leading RCIA into this resource centered on conversion and discipleship.

A two-page handout is provided for each week, which includes:

  • Opening and closing prayers
  • Clear leader instructions
  • Background information on one core lectionary reading
  • A brief reflection on the reading to connect it to everyday experiences and focus the discussion
  • Three discussion questions
  • A beautiful illustration from Jean Denton 

A handout is provided for each Sunday in Year B from Advent 2020 through Christ the King 2021.  In addition, handouts are provided for the Year A Scrutiny readings during Lent.

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This reproducible eResource is sold with a one year license for use within a parish, school, or diocesan office. You are allowed to make unlimited copies for use within your own community. You may also email these to members of your team or participants in your program. If you serve more than one parish or school, each should purchase its own license. You may post individual weeks to your web site, but not the resource as a whole. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for cooperating with our honor system regarding our product licenses.

Format: eResource
Product code: CW121
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 114 pages
The Pastoral Center
Written by Ann Naffziger
Illustrated by Jean Denton


Ann Naffziger has her MDiv from the Jesuit School of Theology and MA in Biblical Languages from the Graduate Theological Union, both in Berkeley.  Ann has worked in a variety of parish roles, as well as serving as a hospital chaplain, spiritual director, scripture instructor, and lecturer at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. She has written articles in the field of spirituality and scripture for AmericaBustedHalo.comCommonwealThe National Catholic ReporterSpiritual Life: A Journal of Contemplative Spirituality, and other publications. She is also a Master Gardener and girls' softball coach.

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Jean Denton is a cartoonist, illustrator and journalist. Her "Flock" cartoon feature has been running in the North Texas Catholic newspaper since 1997. It's also been in a few other Catholic papers and magazines, and in 2007, Twenty-Third Publications published a collection of The Flock cartoons entitled "Well-Drawn Faith."  Besides drawing The Flock, Jean has been a Catholic newspaper reporter, columnist, and illustrator for more than 25 years. A veteran parish catechist, former youth minister, wife, mother of three adult children, she holds a certificate in Christian spirituality from Loyola University of New Orleans.

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  • 5
    Breaking Open the Word 2021 Year B

    Posted by Sandy DesJardins on Dec 9th 2020

    These are fabulous! Very parishioner friendly. The format is perfect. We have inserted them in our bulletin since March. Our parishioners have thanked us for providing these each week for them.

  • 5
    Excellent Weekly Reflections Resource

    Posted by Deacon Joe Gourley on Nov 27th 2020

    Our parish subscribes to Breaking Open the Word each year as an e-resource for use by our Small Christian Communities (SCC) faith sharing groups. SCC participants enjoy the excellent reflections and sharing questions.

  • 5
    Breaking Open the Word

    Posted by Patricia John on Nov 17th 2020

    Excellent reference. Useful for sharing the Sunday Scripture with the catechumens.

  • 5
    The Catholic Way - Breaking Open the Word

    Posted by Tom East on Oct 13th 2020

    We use this resource with our faith-sharing group. We have been meeting since March using zoom. Our group finds the materials insightful. The reflections and questions are a great launch for conversation.