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.
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
Fr. Chris will be leading a pilgrimage to the Emerald Isle of Ireland in May of 2018. more...
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.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE GIFT OF TIME
Over the last several weeks, we have celebrated the great gift of Christ's Incarnation. Christ's birth "in time" gave meaning to our very relationship with God. It gave it flesh and texture. We now understand how much God loves His creation through the gift of his very Son to we flawed humans. The notion of time (and timelessness) also causes us to pause, reflect, and contemplate our very lives.
Time seems to be an enemy to many. We either have more time than we know what to do with or we don't have enough time, in which we live in a state of anxiety wondering if we are going to get allt he things done we desire. We realize that time is a gift given us by God. Time did not exist before creation and it will not exist after the end of the world. Time gives us some semblance of order. It is the framework which allows us to place our memories and our lives within a series of events that we can understand and categorize. It is within time that we live, plan, dream, hope and grieve. It is through time that grace transforms us moment by moment into spiritual beings imbued with life and potential.
In recent decades with the decline of faith and belief in immortality, time has become one of the major causes of psychotic and neurotic disorders. If there is no life other than this, if our daily burdens o flife lead to nothing more than a grave, if existence has no meaning, then time is the root of most anxieties.
We have only to use time to accept or reject God's offer of life eternal. Time is the underlying current that allows us to reflect upon the progress of our journey to God. Time is not an enemy--it is the blessed gift. That is why St. Paul said that for the sake of Christ he "gloried in his infirmities" and in his anxieties an din his sorrows. Jesus instructs us to "be not anxious". When we pray the Lord's Prayer, think of the gift of time, and our humble acceptance of said gift. "Give us this day our daily bread". and "Thy Will be done". God wishes us to be transformed into the instruments of grace we are intended to be. Thank goodness, we have blessed time for this journey.
SOMETHING I CAME ACROSS THIS WEEK
Guess a person's age and month of birth. Have a person multiply his/her birth month by two, add five to that and multiply by 50. Then have the person add his /her present age to the total and subtract 365 from the result. Now ask for that number--add 115 to it. The left is the person's month of birth-the right is the person's age! Try it!