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Breaking Open the Word Breaking Open the Word 2024 A Simple Yet Powerful Two-Page Per Week Process

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Coming September 2023
Breaking Open the Word
Breaking Open the Word 2024
A Simple Yet Powerful Two-Page Per Week Process
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A bargain at only $1 per week for unlimited copies!

Beginning with Advent 2023 and continuing through Christ the King 2024.

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

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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: CW124
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 adjunct faculty member 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. Ann is the author of The Catholic Way, annual Advent & Lent bookets, and a variety of other pastoral resources published by The Pastoral Center, which she co-directs with her husband Paul Canavese. She is also a Master Gardener and girls' softball coach. She lives in Alameda, CA, with her husband and two daughters.

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Jean Denton is a cartoonist, illustrator and journalist. Her “Flock” cartoons were featured in the North Texas Catholic newspaper for more than 25 years. They’ve also run in a few other Catholic papers, magazines, and resources. Besides drawing The Flock, Jean has been a Catholic newspaper reporter, columnist, and illustrator. A veteran parish catechist, former youth minister, wife, and mother of three adult children, she holds a certificate in Christian spirituality from Loyola University of New Orleans.

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    Breaking Open the Word

    Posted by Kathleen OBryan on Nov 1st 2023

    We use it as a group to prepare for the Sunday readings. It is perfect for us.

  • 5
    Breaking Open the Word

    Posted by Malou Salumbides on Sep 3rd 2023

    Great work on the reflections!