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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 6th 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

LITANY OF ST. JOSEPH

Many years ago, I came across a Litany of St. Joseph.  It was approved for the universal church by Pope Pius X in 1909.  A litany is a "recited" prayer, usually directed to Jesus Christ, but sometimes to Mary (i.e. the Litany of Loreto) or another saint.  The Litany of St. Joseph is especially fruitful for men, husbands and fathers.  I have been asked for copies of the  Litany of St. Joseph many times, and I thought it might be a good idea to share it with you:

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy.  Christ, hear us.  Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us (after each invocation).  St. Joseph (pray...)  Renowned offspring of David (pray...).  Light of Patriarchs (pray...).  Spouse of the Mother of God (pray...).  Chaste guardian of the Virgin (pray...).  Foster father of the Son of God (pray...).   Diligent protector of Christ (pray...).  Head of the Holy Family (pray...).  Joseph most just (pray...).  Joseph most chaste (pray...).   Joseph most prudent (pray...).  Joseph most strong (pray...).  Joseph most obedient (pray...).  Joseph most faithful (pray...).  Mirror of patience (pray...).  Lover of poverty (pray...).  Model of artisans (pray...).  Glory of home life (pray...).  Guardian of virgins (pray...).  Pillar of families (pray...).  Solace of the wretched (pray...).  Hope of the sick (pray...).  Patron of the dying (pray...).  Terror of demons (pray...).  Protector of Holy Church (pray...). 

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

He made him the Lord of his household, and prince over all his possessions.

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St. Joseph is the patron and protector of the Church.  As we pray for our Church, both universal and local (Spirit of Christ and the Archdiocese), let us entrust those prayers to the care of St. Joseph.  

Spirit of Christ Parish Pilgrimage: Fr. Chris will be leading a pilgrimage to the Emerald Isle of Ireland in May of 2018.  Ireland is a charming, extremely friendly country with a rich Catholic heritage.  We will visit Glendalough, the monastery founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Hollycross Abbey (where St. Patrick plucked the shamrock), Galway and its magnificent cathedral, Kylemore Abbey (the oldest in Ireland), the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, the Holy Well of St. Brigid and the burial place of St. Patrick at Down Cathedral.  Visits will also be made to secular sites such as the Titanic Museum in Belfast, Trinity College (the Book of Kells), and a pub or two!  

Daily Mass will be celebrated as well.  Spirit of Christ has a rich tradition of parish pilgrimages, and we hope that Ireland 2018 joins the worthy list.  If you are interested, a brochure with all information can be obtained at the Parish Office or download here. 

APPARITIONS OF MARY

Saturday, May 13, the Church celebrated the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.  The Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in an olive grove near the small town of Fatima, in central Portugal.  This event has stirred the minds and hearts of the faithful for the last century.  But, just how much do we know about Fatima in particular, and about apparitions of the Blessed Virgin in general?  Many questions have arisen recently because of the impending anniversary.  Archbishop Aquila has joined with many bishops and archbishops across the country in requesting parishes to make efforts this year to "mark" the Year of Fatima. 

The possibilities of celebration are endless, but the intent is for the Catholic faithful to learn more about the revelation of God to his people.  God continually communicates with his people, and the message is always one of drawing us closer to Him and His Son.  With private revelations, Mary is very often the instrument and vessel of this communication. 

All this being said, Spirit of Christ will have a unique opportunity in the coming months to reflect upon the apparitions of Mary in the life of the Church, and the lives of the faithful.  Beginning on Monday, May 15, Fr. Chris will offer a series of six monthly classes focusing on the Apparitions of Mary.  As the Fatima apparitions occurred over a six-month period from May to October, 1917, Spirit of Christ will hold monthly classes from May to October as near to the 13th of the month as possible, as follows:

Monday, May 15
Thursday, June 22
Thursday, July 13
Thursday, August 17
Thursday, September 14
Thursday, October 19

All classes will begin at 7:00 PM in the Spirit Center.  And, just a reminder:  When I teach a class, I try to make each session "stand alone".  Therefore, if you cannot attend all the sessions, you are still more than welcome to attend individual sessions which work with your schedule.  I hope to see you there, as we contemplate the invitation of God to grow closer to Him and His Son.