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Lifelong faith formation is for all ages.  SOC has various bible studies, adult classes and group communities. Contact information and programs available are found by clicking below:

The Anchor is a family-oriented program to inspire lifelong faithfulness by anchoring families in Christ's love and the Church. It includes traditional religious education to supplement LBC for children pre-K through 6th grade, catechesis for parents, prayer services, and community building. Download an information sheet here.

Participants meet on Wednesday evenings through the school year.

FAMILY

Anticipated Mass: Saturday 5:00 PM Sunday Mass: 7 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM,                           12:15 PM and 5:00 PM

Fr. Chris' Catholic Cultural Corner

ADULTS

YOUTH

Fr. Chris will present 6 classes on apparitions of Mary beginning on May 15th.  See bottom of this page for more info.

LBC or Lectionary Based Catechesis offers religious formation for children from 3 years old through 6th grade. Children are dismissed from the worship space before the Mass begins and return to join their families at the offertory. For more information, please click here.

Class Schedule here

CHILDREN

Totus Tuus for those going into 1st through 6th grades, is a summertime, week long, youth oriented Catholic catechetical program.  It promotes Catholic faith including virtues, sacraments and the rosary. It is held in July with registration in June.  Contact Anthony Gallegos: agallegos@spiritofchrist.org

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a week of fun filled interactive mornings where children learn bible stories and truths.  Each daily theme focuses on a bible story that is taught through songs, games, video, crafts, play and a snack.  VBS is held in June with registration in April.  Contact Eyda Hergenreder: vacationbibleschool@spiritofchrist.org

A SAINT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Most of us are familiar with our "American" saints: Mother Cabrini, Mother Seton, Damien of Molokai.  But, there are a few other American saints with whom we are not as familiar.  Being a "saint-o-phile", I would like to share one with you.

Mother Theodore Guerin is a recently canonized saint, officially canonized on Oct. 15, 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI.  She was born Anne-Therese Guerin in 1798 in Brittany, France.  Her father was an officer in the French navy under Napoleon.  At the age of 15, her father was killed by bandits.  Her mother fell into a deep and debilitating depression, causing Anne-Therese to care for her mother and younger sister.  After caring for her mother for a number of years, Anne-Therese entered religious life at the age of 25, joining the Sisters of Providence, and given the religious name Sr. Theodore.  Her early religious years were spent as a teacher.

In 1839, the Bishop of Vincennes, Indiana (at that time almost the entire western USA), travelled to France looking for a Religious Congregation to come to his diocese to teach, provide religious instruction and assit the sick.  The Sisters of Providence answered the call, and Sr. Theodore was one of the sisters chosen to come to the U.S.  She was 41 years old. 

The sisters immediately opened a school, which is now known as St. Mary of the Woods College in Indiana.  Mother Guerin (now elected as the superior of the American branch), oversaw the founding of Catholic schools for children throughout Indiana and Illinois.  They also opened orphanages and hospitals.  Mother Guerin was known as skilled businesswoman and leader, as well as a beloved general superior.  The original 6 sisters who came from France had blossomed to 67 sisters and 16 novices by 1855.  After a short illness, Mother Guerin died in 1856 at the age of 57.

Her cause for sainthood was opened by the Bishop of Indianapolis in 1907.  She was beatified in 1998, and then canonized in 2006.  The two miracles attributed to her were the healing of a Sister of Providence from cancer in 1908, and the healing of the eyesight of an Indiana layman in 2001.  Today, her shrine and coffin are on the grounds of Saint Mary of the Woods College.  The shrine is located below the Blessed Sacrament Chapel near the Church of the Immaculate Conception.  Mother Theodore Guerin is the Patron Saint of the Knights of Columbus of the state of Indiana, and definitely a "saint you should know".

APPARITIONS OF MARY

Saturday, May 13, the Church celebrated the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.  The Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in an olive grove near the small town of Fatima, in central Portugal.  This event has stirred the minds and hearts of the faithful for the last century.  But, just how much do we know about Fatima in particular, and about apparitions of the Blessed Virgin in general?  Many questions have arisen recently because of the impending anniversary.  Archbishop Aquila has joined with many bishops and archbishops across the country in requesting parishes to make efforts this year to "mark" the Year of Fatima. 

The possibilities of celebration are endless, but the intent is for the Catholic faithful to learn more about the revelation of God to his people.  God continually communicates with his people, and the message is always one of drawing us closer to Him and His Son.  With private revelations, Mary is very often the instrument and vessel of this communication. 

All this being said, Spirit of Christ will have a unique opportunity in the coming months to reflect upon the apparitions of Mary in the life of the Church, and the lives of the faithful.  Beginning on Monday, May 15, Fr. Chris will offer a series of six monthly classes focusing on the Apparitions of Mary.  As the Fatima apparitions occurred over a six-month period from May to October, 1917, Spirit of Christ will hold monthly classes from May to October as near to the 13th of the month as possible, as follows:

Monday, May 15
Thursday, June 22
Thursday, July 13
Thursday, August 17
Thursday, September 14
Thursday, October 19

All classes will begin at 7:00pm and be held in the Spirit Center.  And, just a reminder:  When I teach a class, I try to make each session "stand alone".  Therefore, if you cannot attend all the sessions, you are still more than welcome to attend individual sessions which work with your schedule.  I hope to see you there, as we contemplate the invitation of God to grow closer to Him and His Son.