7400 W. 80th Ave., Arvada, CO 80003 - 303-422-9173
The Parish Office and Center will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.
There will be 9 a.m Mass on Friday, but no Adoration.
On Saturday, the center will open at 3 p.m for Confessions and 5:00 p.m. Mass
Parish Self-Study and Evaluation Process Very Successful!
Dear Parish Family Member:
This year the Archdiocese of Denver embarked upon a process of pastoral planning, and each parish in the Archdiocese was involved in the process. The purpose of this endeavor was to determine the best way to provide continued and long-term sacramental ministry and pastoral care to the people of the Archdiocese. As part of this planning process, each parish conducted a self-study and evaluation and submitted data that is now being analyzed by the various groups that advise Archbishop Aquila. At Spirit of Christ, this included a Parish Survey and a Parish Questionnaire, which helped us on the parish level determine and affirm what we do well, assess and discern what we can do better, and envision and plan for our future.
The Parish Survey was conducted in February and March, and nearly 1,500 people filled it out. The results of that Survey are included in a slide format. In reviewing the slides, you will see a number, an equal sign and a percentage (753=54.1%). The number represents the number of people who chose that answer; the percent figure is what that number represents by percentage in relation to the other responses. For example on the slide with the statement “Masses at Spirit of Christ feed my mind, heart and soul,” 753 people or 54.1% of those who responded said they “strongly agree,” 592 people or 42.5% said they “agree,” 41 people or 2.9% said they “disagree” and 7 people or 0.5% said they “strongly disagree.” Also on the far right on some graphs, you will see the combined agreement/disagreement. So using that same example, a total of 1,345 people or 96% percent answered “strongly agree” or “agree” while a total of 48 people or 3.4% answered “strongly disagree” or “disagree.” (For complete letter, click here.)
For survey results, click here.
VBS GREAT SUCCESS AGAIN!
THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS
During the week of June 15,we had 194 children participate in our annual Vacation Bible School here at the parish. They enjoyed mornings learning bible stories, singing, doing crafts, playing games and eating snacks. We were able to provide this great program because of the 93 adults and youth volunteers who helped. Some of our volunteers have been working with VBS for over 20 years. Each year, they do a fantastic job. As we thank each of them, we also echo the words of Jesus: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
THANK YOU, GROWING HOME VOLUNTEERS
The Growing Home ministry assists and supports families who are striving to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency! Three times a year, we provide food and shelter for such families right here in our parish facility, and it takes nearly 100 volunteers to make it all happen. During the week of June 7-13, four families, or a total of five adults and nine children, stayed with us. In addition to the 12-member volunteer core team, we had 14 volunteers spend the night (2-3 people per night); 35 people prepare and serve dinner and eat with our guests; 14 people set up before our guests arrive and clean up after they leave; 6 people (usually Knights of Columbus members) transport bed and other supplies to the next host site; 14 people clean laundry, and lots of people donate bedding, diapers, grocery store gift cards, toiletries, children’s games and books, etc. Our volunteers are the best as our guests graciously communicated to us. For example on Sunday, one of our Growing Home families left us a "thank you" note and drawing on the whiteboard in their bedroom, and another guest said, “Thank you for everything you provided for us. Your church IS the SPIRIT of Christ." Thank you , Growing Home Volunteers!!!
From the Archdiocese: Restored Order for
the Sacraments of Initiation
As you may have heard, Archbishop Aquila is restoring the sacraments of initiation to their original order in the Archdiocese of Denver. In he coming years, the sacrament of Confirmation will ordinarily be received in third grade during the same liturgy as First Holy Communion. While we know – indeed, we hope – that these changes will raise questions for many, we have great confidence that the answers to those questions will help to deepen and enrich your own experience of the sacraments.
The archbisiop wants every Catholic in the archdiocese to understand the pastoral reasons for this decision. Everyone is invided to visit the webpage archden.org/saints.
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE DISASTER IN NEPAL
Please send your contributions to CRS (Catholic Relief Services). By phone: 1-877-435-7277, or email: crs.org/donate, or by mail: P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.
Upcoming Parish Activities
July 9 – Recommendations to Archdiocese from Deanery...(more info)
July 19 - 24 – Totus Tuus...(more info)
August 29 – Christ Dee Connell Memeorial Golf Tournament...(more info)
October 28 – Italy Pilgrimage...(more info)
Spirit of Christ is a Stewardship Community
- Learn more about what it means to be a Stewardship Community.
Parish Mission Statement
"We, the diverse members of this vibrant Catholic Community, commit ourselves to loving and serving one another in the unifying and healing Spirit of Jesus. We value and celebrate the breaking of the bread as the source and summit of our Christian lives. We strive to reach out in our brokenness to all of our brothers and sisters as we together struggle for a more just and equitable society."
Online Donation Option
The Finance Committe is pleased to offer parishioners a new way to support the ministry of Spirit of Christ through an online donation option!
Learn more about the Online Donation Option
If you are donating online, then you can discontinue your contribution envelopes. Be sure to provide your name and address.