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.
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 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.
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: email@example.com
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. Contact Ruthie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS AN INDULGENCE?
In listening to Catholic Radio call-in shows, the number one most frequently asked question revolves around the subject of indulgences. I believe that the question arises from a deep-seated wonder and fear of the unknown, particularly the mystery of our lives after earthly death. The Catechism of the Catholic Church devotes a fair amount of space to the teaching regarding indulgences. I would like to share a bit of this with you.
Very clearly, the Catechism states the beginning point, "The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance." (C.C.C. #1471). The definition of an indulgence is also found in the same Canon: "An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints." As can be seen from this definition, an indulgence does not affect the reality of punishment for sins. Once we die, we are individually judged. From this judgement, we attain eternal glory in heaven, suffer the temporal punishment for sins in Purgatory, or face eternal damnation. Keep in mind that those in Purgatory are meant for heaven. They have been saved by Christ, and now meant for heaven. Purgatory is the process by which our attachment to sin in this life is "purified". Think of purgatory not so much as a place as a process. While still separated from heaven, a longing for heaven is very much resent. This is why we pray for the souls in Purgatory, to hasten their journey to heaven.
The communion of the faithful exists as a perennial link of charity. It exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home, those who are expiating their sins in Purgatory and those who are still pilgrims on earth. Between them, there is an abundant exchange of all good things. This is most clearly seen with prayer, but also shows itself in good works and devotion. This is where indulgences enter in. By entering into the "Church's treasury", which is the spiritual goods of the communion of saints, we do our part to assist all of mankind to be set free from sin and attain communion with the Father. The practices which lead to indulgences are works we do to assist others, living or dead. Our good works and the subsequent indulgences can be applied to the temporal punishment of sin, not the punishment itself. People in Purgatory have already been judged, but their destiny is heaven.
The Catechism expresses this in the following way, "This punishment must not be conceived of as a kind of vengeance inflicted by God from without, but as following from the very nature of sin. A conversion which proceeds from a fervent charity can attain the complete purification of the sinner in such a way that no punishment would remain." (C.C.C. #1472). Our efforts on behalf of the souls in Purgatory is a fruit of that fervent charity. Indulgences have specific requirements. Check them out, and perhaps you can be an assistance to that conversion of heart and soul.