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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.


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



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: 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


Over these summer months, I would like to share with you some of the history of our Archdiocese.  The Archdiocese of Denver's history begins in the year 1850.  It was in that year that a young French priest, named Joseph Projectus Machebeuf came as a missionary to the Territory of New Mexico.  Only two years prior, the United States had come into possession of this very large territory.  Joseph Machebeuf's boyhood friend, John Baptist Lamy had been named the Vicar Apostolic, or Church Superior over mountains, plains, and desert from El Paso to the California border.  For nine years, these two young priests, born in the same small French village toiled together, ministering to the needs of a pioneering people.  Both men were "captured" in Willa Cather's novel, "Death Comes for the Archbishop".  Machebeuf is Father Valliant in the novel.

Some of their journeys took them north into present Colorado territory.  It was in the San Luis Valley, in the small town of Conejos that the first permanent Catholic church was established in what is now Colorado.  Founded in 1858, it was named after Our Lady of Guadalupe., and it still stands today.  Meanwhile, the town of Denver was growing up near the site of the discovery of gold in Cherry Creek.  On June 3, 1860, the first baptism was performed in Denver.  The baptism was performed by Bishop John Miege of Leavenworth, Kansas.  At this time, the Colorado Territory was the westward extension of the Kansas Territory.  Bishop Miege, in visiting this far-flung area realized the growth that would occur due to the "gold fever". Shortly after, the new Colorado Territory was removed from the care of Leavenworth and Bishop Lamy sent his good friend, Joseph Machebeuf north to care for this newgiven to the care of Santa Fe and Bishop Lamy.

Bishop Lamy sent his good friend, Joseph Machebeuf north to care for this new responsibility.  For the next 8 years, Machebeuf worked tirelessly traveling throughout Colorado ministering, celebrating Mass and the sacraments, and spurring his small flock to look to the future.  This was all accomplished from the back of a horse-drawn wagon, which became Machebeuf's trademark.  In 1868, the Vatican elevated Machebeuf to the position of Vicar Apostolic of Colorado, which by the way, included Utah and Wyoming as well!  Utah would be separated from Colorado in 1871.  Machebeuf travelled to Europe and brought back three priests, a deacon, and enough money to keep the fledgling church afloat.  Under his guidance, Colorado's first Catholic schools, hospitals, and orphanages came into being as well as a number of free-standing parish churches.  

Joseph Machebeuf was named Bishop of Colorado in 1887, exactly 19 years after his elevation to Vicar Apostolic.  His new diocese encompassed the entire state of Colorado as Wyoming was separated into its own diocese.