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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

Fr. Chris will present 6 classes on apparitions of Mary.  See bottom of this page for more info.

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.

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

THIRD ORDERS

Last week, the Denver Catholic ran a piece entitled "The forgotten vocation of the Secular orders".  How many of you know what a secular (or third order) is?  Let me explain.  This all began with St. Francis of Assisi whom we celebrated within the church last week.  St. Francis' embrace of the radical lifestyle and "following of Jesus" which we have come to know of as the Franciscan way shook the world at the time.  Francis literally wanted to live as Christ lived in the Gospels, travelng, begging, having nowhere to lay his head.  This was exemplified in the acceptance and vows of the evangelical counsels:  poverty, chastity and obedience.  These counsels were also perfectly embodied by Christ in his witness.

As the Franciscan movement grew, Francis was faced with a dilemma of organization.  Many wished to follow in his footsteps in this new way of living and following Christ.  Francis was forced to "roganize", something he did not really want to do.  However, he saw the hand of God and the movement of the Holy Spirit in what he was preaching with his own life.  Francis envisioned the Franciscan "way" as embodying three "orders".  An "order" is a word used in Canon Law to describe a group within the church.  For example, the Order of the Clergy or the Order of the Laity.  Within Franciscanism, Francis set up the First Order as religious priests and brothers.  The Second Order was religious women.  The Third Order came to be lived by the laity.  If a layperson wishes to live as a Franciscan, but does not wish to become ordained or take vows as a religious sister, they may enter the Third Order. 

Preparation for the Third Order is set up much in the same way as religious life.  The first period is one of "novitiate".  After a period of study and preparation, the person may take the vows of the Order (this could take 2-3 years).  Once they layperson has taken the vows, they are considered a part of the Order.  However, their ministry and discipleship is lived not within the "cloister" of the Church, but out in the world.  Third Order members are often bound to some of the same obligations as priests and nuns.  This could include:  recitation of the Daily Office, a yearly retreat, continuing education, etc. 

Today, here in Denver, we have several active Third Orders.  The Franciscans, the Carmelites and the Dominicans all have local Third Order groups.  The Sisters of St. Walburga at Fort Collins have an active Benedictine Third Order known as "oblates".  Many people feel called to some sort of vocation to serve God in a special way.  However, they do not necessarily wish to enter religious life.  Exploring a Third Order (or secular order) is one way of perhaps following that special vocational call.

THE FORGIVENESS PRAYER

I have been asked by many to share the "Forgiveness Prayer" which I included in my homily on September 16-17.  It was discovered ont he body of a dead child int he Ravensbruch Concentration Camp in Germany at the end of World War II.  It reads as follows.

"O Lord, remember not only those of goodwill, but also those of ill will.  Do not remember allt he suffering they have inflicted upon us; Instead remember all the fruits we have borne because of this suffering--our fellowship, our loyalty to one another, our humility, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown from this trouble.  When our persecutors come to be judged by you, let all these fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness."