7400 W. 80th Ave.

Arvada, CO 80003 MAP

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 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

NEW SOUND SYSTEM

             As most of you are aware, construction is going on in our church.  The thrust of this construction focuses on the installation of a new sound system.  It is amazing how quickly the technology in this area changes.  What was a "state-of-the-art" system in 2002 when the church was built is now temperamental and difficult at best.  Many of you can attest to this.  When I arrived at Spirit of Christ in June of 2016, there was discussion going on among the Finance Council as to what to do with the sound system.  The previous pastor had initiated this effort.  After much exploration, investigation, consultation, and numerous estimates, it was decided by the Parish leadership (and the Finance Council) to replace the entire system.  The replacement will be the new technology which is digitally (computer) based.  The old "sound-board" system will be no longer.  New speakers (and in fact, 4 of the present speakers were non-functioning), will be installed throughout the church.  Old speakers will be re-purposed and used in others areas, for example the John XXIII Hall and the Spirit Center. The priests and deacons will also have new wireless microphones.

At the same time, we also decided to upgrade the music area of the church.  The new brick wall will enhance the music area, while providing a framework for the wiring and electronics.  It will also fit in with the architecture of the church.  The projection screens on the sides will also be upgraded (again that new technology).  The new floor in the music area will also allow the musicians to be on one level, as well as provide for a more choral (i.e. semi-circular) layout.  The floor will also be carpeted which will enhance the sound, while deadening the commotion of setup and takedown.

Lastly, we come to the tabernacle area.  When Archbishop Aquila made his pastoral visit in February, he pointed out to us that the tabernacle was not correct liturgically.  According to liturgical norms, tabernacles may not be made of glass or penetrable material.  They should also be affixed (nailed-down).  He gave me six months to come up with a plan to address this issue.  We will have a new metal tabernacle, which will be affixed to the stand on which it sits.  The tabernacle will be elevated one more step, and have some indirect lighting added to the area to bring greater emphasis to the tabernacle and its space. 

I felt it was important to share the plans with you so that you can appreciate all the work which has gone into this project, and the steps which have been followed.  Churches are "fluid", reflecting changing norms and the ethos of the community.  Liturgical norms also must be taken into consideration and counsel.  If you seek information in this area, please seek it out in the proper context.  Rumors abound in churches, and I have learned over the years that they are at best, half-truths.  Rumors and gossip are usually deadening as well, sparking distrust and skepticism which rarely support.  If you wish information, please ask me,

Our new layout will be an enhancement to our liturgical and church life.  We can all benefit from its fruits.  I wish to thank all the people who worked so hard on this, staff, laborers, engineers and the Parish Finance Council.