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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

WRAP UP ON HISTORY-Part 1

We know that history is ever-changing and evolving.  This is true for Our Archdiocese as well.  We write history every day.  Presently, the Archdiocese is entering into a bold, visionary initiative called the Archdiocesan Discipleship Initiative.  It began with an archdiocesan-wide celebration and gathering to mark the 25th anniversary of World Youth Day here in Denver.  This event was held on Saturday, August 11, and attended by a number of our parishioners.  As the Initiative continues to unfold, it will involve every parish of the Archdiocese.  We will share all the aspects of the plan as it unfolds.

I left off our history with Archbishop Stafford, who came to Denver in 1986 from Memphis, Tennessee.  One of his first big events in Denver was presiding over the 100th anniversary of the Archdiocese in 1987.  Archbishop Stafford oversaw some difficult decisions regarding closures in the archdiocese.  Loretto Heights College merged with Regis University in 1988.  Marycrest High School was also closed in 1988.  And, in 1995, the Vincentian Priests , who had run St. Thomas Seminary since 1908, closed the seminary due to declining enrollment.  The Archdiocese purchased the property and buildings from the Vincentians, and i1997 moved the Chancery Offices to the new John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization.  A year later, in 1998, the Archdiocese opened the St. John Vianney Seminary as a diocesan-run seminary.  St. John Vianney continues to this day as place of learning and preparation for seminarians from a number of regional dioceses. 

Archbishop Stafford reflected his own training in establishing a great number of outreach and charitable activities.  This included the AIDS Task Force, the Catholic Charities Counseling Services, Adoption and Foster Care Services, Special Education Religious Education, Justice and Peace and Foreign Mission Outreach.  Also, under Archbishop Stafford, the amount of Archdiocesan housing for senior citizens was greatly expanded.  

But,  Archbishop Stafford's legacy surely includes the visit of Pope John Paul II and World Youth Day 1993.  Over 500,000 pilgrims flocked to Denver for the first World Youth Day held in North America.  In answer to Pope John Paul II's challenge to go forth and spread the gospel, thousands of initiatives at the local and diocesan level sprang up in subsequent months and years.  From Denver in 1993, Pope John Paul II had launched what he termed "The New Evangelization."

On August 20, 1996, Pope John Paul II appointed Archbishop Stafford as president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome.  In 1998, Archbishop Stafford was created a Cardinal of the Church.  His retirement came in 2007.  Today, at a sprightly 86 years of age, Cardinal Stafford continues to grace our Archdiocese as he now lives permanently here in retirement.  Archbishop Stafford's replacement as our Ordinary was a 52 year old half Native American from Rapid City, South Dakota, Charles J. Chaput.