Because the Word Himself is present
Exactly right! Protestants have “worship services” but I cannot find that concept in any bible. They are pastor/bible centered while Catholic/Orthodox are Christ-centered. As to bibles, we are exhorted to read and pray over those readings. Remember those terrible, horrible “indulgences”? We receive an indulgence, under the normal circumstances, for scripture reading.
As to the lack of bibles, we are free to carry our own, and I take one from my “accumulation” of bibles. But, we hear the bible (Luke 10:16) “He who hears you hears Me” in the Old Testament reading, the Psalm, the New Testament reading as well as the Gospel reading. And, if the bible is not enough, we have Jesus Christ, present in His:
As Saint Paul wrote: “When the Perfect comes, the imperfect passes away.” I grant that this does not apply precisely, but is a book - any book - better than Jesus Christ? If anyone believes so, that would risk idolatry.
p.s. Ask your parents why the New Testament is called the New Testament. Although everyone recognizes what the New Testament means as far as books are concerned, what is its origin? That name/phrase is not anywhere in modern bibles. Oh, but it certainly is present in older English language bibles. If they have a King James Version (as it is with the Douay-Rheims), have them check:
Mathew 26:28 “…for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
Mark 14:24 And he said unto them, “This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.”
Luke 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”
The “New Testament” is the Holy Eucharist! OP: with respect, ask your parents if they have either the Holy Eucharist or even the words “New Testament” in their bibles or servies.
Isn’t this the actual “red flag”?