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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 5th 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 3rd 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

THE "O" ANTIPHONS

First off, what is an antiphon?  Simply put, an antiphon is a short piece of sung music, usually taken from the Scriptures.  In our liturgical tradition, the Opening Antiphon is used at the beginning of Mass, at the procession.  It is sung ONLY if there is no Processional hymn used.  Generally, we always have a processional hymn at Sunday Mass, so the antiphon is not used.  However, it can be used at Daily Mass as well, under the same conditions.  An example of an antiphon is, "Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior."  This is actually the antiphon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent which we celebrate today.  It is taken from the Book of Isaiah.

Antiphons are also used in the Liturgy of the Hours, the universal prayer of the Church which is prayed daily by priests and religious.  Antiphons introduce the various psalms and canticles which are used I the prayer of Vespers and Matins.  The Advent Season gives us the great "O" Antiphons, used in the Liturgy of the Hours, along with Mary's Magnificat.  They are used in the church from Dec. 17-Dec. 23.  The "O" Antiphons, numbering seven in all, are prophetic foretellings of the coming of the Messiah from the Old Testament.  They each mark an aspect of the Messiah.

They are in order: 

Dec. 17-O Wisdom, proceeding from the mouth of the most high, announced by the prophets, come to teach the way of salvation.

Dec. 18-O Lord, O Leader of ancient Israel, shepherd of the house of Israel who guides your holy people, O come redeem us all by the power of your arm.

Dec. 19-O Son of David, O Root of Jesse, the standard of people and kings whom the whole world implores come to deliver us.

Dec. 20-O Key of David, and sign of the house of Israel, who rules the world, come to deliver us; Lord do not delay.

Dec. 21-O Rising Sun, O Radiant Dawn, splendor of light eternal and son of justice, come to enlighten those who sit in the shadow of death.

Dec. 22-O King of the Nations, cornerstone of the Church, uniting two peoples, come to deliver us whom you have created.

Dec. 23-O Emanuel, Our King, hope of the nations and savior of all peoples come to deliver us, Lord, do not delay.

As Christmas draws near, with its promise of the foretold coming of the Son of God, use the "O" Antiphons as a point of prayer and meditation to receive our Emmanuel , God with us.  

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 at: vacationbibleschool@spiritofchrist.org

4th and 5th grade: LBC no longer includes 4th and 5th grade students and Anchor classes are full. We have a very good resource called Children's Liturgy of the Word 2018-19. lt covers up to August 25, 2019. lt has everything needed: readings, preparation, material needs and discussion questions. You work with your children during the week and the Mass will be a much richer and vibrant experience for all the family.

From Liturgy Training Publications, the book costs $30.00. To order one, please email bsmith@spiritofchrist.org and include your name, phone number and email.