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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 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

ARCHDIOCESE OF DENVER-HISTORY (Part 5)

On January 2,1931, Bishop Henry Tihen retired after14 years leading the faithful of the Church of Denver.  His replacement was a priest from Cincinnati named Urban J. Vehr.  In 1931, Bishop Vehr inherited a church which included 229 priests, 111 parish churches, 4 parochial schools, a seminary, two Catholic colleges, and 136,000 Catholic faithful.  But, he was also inheriting a soul-crushing national depression, with its soup lines, and many hopeless men and women.  At 40 years of age, he was the youngest Bishop in the United States.

With one third of the labor force out of work and building at a standstill, financial support of the church was sharply curtailed.  At this time, there was discussion about closing Regis College.  During that depression era of 1931-1941, Bishop Vehr led the Church of Denver as a true leader of our local community.  With many hungry people, the Church stepped in to feed them.  Out of this simple effort came what we know of today as Catholic Charities.  Catholic Charities not only helped feed the poor, but also established 4 clinics in the city which gave medical and dental care to over 50,000 people during the worst years of the depression.  During this time as well, Catholic credit unions were established to help the needy receive short-term loans at reasonable interest. 

Amazingly at this time of financial difficulty, the Catholic educational institutions in the Archdiocese were "built up".  Regis College was stabilized, Loreto Heights was expanded, Holy Cross College was established in Canon City, and St. Thomas Seminary was elevated to t e highest rank as both a school of philosophy and theology.  On Nov. 15, 1942, The Holy See decreed that Colorado (which had always been one diocese) would be split in tow.  The southern half of the state would be the new Diocese of Pueblo, with the northern half being elevated to an Archdiocese, the Archdiocese of Denver, with Bishop Vehr being elevated to Archbishop.  

Colorado experienced tremendous growth after World War II.  Now Archbishop Vehr commenced a Archdiocesan-wide Building Campaign in 1953.  Parishes were supported through this campaign in their building endeavors, and St. Thomas Seminary was expanded to serve the growing number of seminarians.  Out of this $3,000,000 campaign came the purchase of 50 sites for future parishes, and the building of Bishop Machebeuf High School in Park Hill.  In 1965, Archbishop Vehr would establish a yearly campaign to raise funds for the ongoing needs of the church.  This is what we know of today as the Archbishop's Catholic Appeal.  Also, Denver celebrated in 1961 the naming of the first Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese, David Maloney, who later became the Bishop of Wichita, Kansas.