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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 5th grade, catechesis for parents, prayer services, and community building. Download an information brochure 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

LBC or Lectionary Based Catechesis offers religious formation for children from 3 years old through 4th 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.

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 Juliette Frueh: totus@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

THE EVANGELICAL COUNSELS

Catholics are knowledgeable of the fact that priests and religious take certain "vows" as an aspect of their ordinations or professions.  We know too that these vows govern their lives, both spiritual and otherwise.  In point of fact, these vows are referred to as the "evangelical counsels".  They are defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the following way, "Christ proposes the evangelical counsels, in their great variety, to every disciple.  The perfection of charity, to which all the faithful are called, entails for those who freely follow the call to consecrated life the obligation of practicing chastity in celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom, poverty and obedience.  It is the profession of these counsels, within a permanent state of life recognized by the Church, that characterizes the life consecrated to God. " (C.C.C. #915).

As you can see from the definition, the evangelical counsels are identified as Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.  Those who profess them publicly are identified in the Church as living the consecrated life.  Yet, it is clear that all "disciples" are also called to live them.  That is all of us.  Members of religious orders (men and women) take these three vows as part of their profession.  Diocesan priests, such as myself, take the first two vows of Chastity and Obedience.  We also promise to live the spirit of Poverty.

Each of the counsels helps conform the life of the "professor" into the image of Christ's life.  Christ lived all the evangelical counsels to perfection in his time on earth.  It is also said that each of the counsels helps us to overcome the ravages of sin.  Chastity is the living of one's proper "sexual call".  For example, living faithfully if married, living chastely if not married, and living celibately if called to the consecrated life.  It helps us overcome the Sin of Lust.  Poverty is living as Jesus did, not attached to material possessions, but clinging instead to the Word of God as our most prized possession.  This helps us overcome the Sin of Greed or Avarice.  Obedience is fidelity to one's superior.  For a Diocesan Priest, it is fidelity to the Bishop.  For a religious, fidelity to their superior.  Obedience helps us overcome the Sin of Pride.

In addition to overcoming the effects of sin, the evangelical counsels also help us grow in virtue.  Chastity leads us to Fortitude and Temperance, Poverty to Generosity, and Obedience to Humility.  These counsels are a constant reflection for those in religious life, but I was encouraged that the Catechism calls all God's people to reflect upon them in their own life an don their own faith journey.  The fruits are evident, and meant to help us build God's Kingdom.  The Second Vatican Council sums it up well in Lumen Gentium (the Document on the Church), "For the People of God has here no lasting city,...and this state reveals more clearly to all believers the heavenly goods which are already present in this age, witnessing to the new and eternal life which we have acquired through the redemptive work of Christ and preluding our future resurrection and the glory of the heavenly kingdom."  (Lumen Gentium 44).