Catechist Corner

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In a Year

First, let me wish all of my readers a Happy and Blessed New Year!  I hope you have much joy throughout 2012.

As I look forward to the new year, I have been trying to set some goals for myself.  One thing I’ve been considering doing for some time now is to read the Bible completely.  It can easily be a daunting task when you look at the thickness of the book itself, but there is no doubt as to the value one can obtain from reading all of salvation history in Holy Scripture.

As I’ve considered how to best tackle the undertaking, I’ve come across a number of suggestions on how to read through the Bible.  The approach I’ve settled on is to read the Bible in one year.  Many of the one year plans I’ve seen are based on the Protestant Bible, but I did come across a document from an organization called The Coming Home Network International.  They have a plan to not only read the Bible in a year, but the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well.

I’ve taken their plan schedule and also built it into a spreadsheet format that allows me to keep track of my progress right on my iPad as I use my Bible app and a CCC link right off of that device.  I can read my daily reading from anywhere, and if I miss a day along the way, it’s very easy to catch right back up.  For those interested in the plan, below are links to the original PDF as well as my spreadsheet versions. I would suggest that one always looks at the PDF first, even if they want to use the spreadsheets because the PDF contains some additional guidance where the spreadsheets are exclusively the listing of the daily readings.

Read the Bible and the Catechism in a Year
Original PDF Format
Excel Spreadsheet Format
Open Document Spreadsheet Format


I’m looking forward to my own personal growth as I read through the Bible fully, along with the Catechism and I know it will absolutely help in my catechetical ministries.  I hope it can be helpful to all of you as well.

Until next time, keep sharing the faith.

  • Maria Johnson

    Blessings to you and yours this year!

    I read through a similar program a few years ago. I’m afraid I wasn’t successful, and then tried the bible adventures, but only did the readings and not the workbook (I admit I’m a slacker…or busy…or, a slacker).

    The best advise I ever got, though, was to start with Acts. :)

    Good luck to you!

    • Carlos

      Thanks Maria!  I’ve always been intimidated in committing to reading Scripture every day (which I should be doing anyway), but I figure that my iPad may be a great way to do this.

  • Christian LeBlanc

    OK. I’ll be interested in you posting every month or so on how it’s suiting you, what you learned, any applications to catchizing, etc. I’ve been reading the Bible regularly since 1998 and have yet to read it all. So I’ll want to see how this works for you. 

  • Christian LeBlanc

    I’m especially curious about reading it straight through in order.

  • Christian


    Just sayin’.

    • Christian LeBlanc

       Hello again.

      • Carlos

        It’s coming.  I promise.  :)