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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

EPIPHANY

Epiphany, the Great Feast of Christ's Announcing has a prominence of place in our Church calendar alongside Christmas and Easter.  It In the western world, it marks the visit of the Magi, bearing gifts to the newborn King.  This is the source of the custom of gift-giving on this day throughout much of the Christian world.  It is the conclusion of the twelve days of Christmas ("a partridge in a pear tree...").  But, throughout the Christian world, this Feast is celebrated in a variety of ways.  Here are several.

In Russia, at St. Petersburg, on Epiphany, the feast of the Jordan is celebrated with great solemnity on the Neva River, in front of the Czar's palace.  A richly decorated chapel, open on all sides, is built, with a hole in the center of the flooring and down through the ice.  At ten in the morning, the metropolitan of St. Petersburg celebrates in this temporary chapel a solemn Mass, at which all the great dignitaries of the church and the troops of the Imperial Guard are present.  After the divine service, the emperor arrives with his entire court.  Then the metropolitan blesses the Neva by lowering a cross in the open hole, while cannon are fired and the troops, kneeling and bareheaded, present arms.  Everyone then tries to touch his lips with the water that has just been blessed and to get some of it for himself by making holes in the ice.  In some provinces, the peasants make a hole in the ice in order to plunge into the water themselves.  The source of our Polar Bear Plunges?

In Coptic Egypt, there is a different celebration.  This feast is celebrated on the eleventh day of the month of Tuba.  The origin of the feast is that John the Baptist baptized Christ in the lake of Jordan.  This is why the Christians immerse their children and themselves in water on that date.  And when Christ emerged from the water, the Holy Spirit came down upon him.  This ceremony always takes place at the coldest time of the year.  In olden times, this Feast was celebrated with great solemnity.  No one slept throughout the entire evening.  Torches were lit on both sides of the Nile. The night was celebrated with food, drink, gold an d silver, music and good cheer.  And, amazingly, it was a feast celebrated by Muslims and Christian together.  Many of the common folk immersed themselves in the blessed water, claiming it as a safeguard against bodily ailments and a guard against future sickness.

As you can see, in more ancient times, this Feast was connected with the Baptism of Christ, marked by the blessing of water.  Over time, the Western world came to connect it more with the Magi's visit.  However it is marked, it continues and concludes the Birth of Christ which we have just joyously celebrated at Christmas.  Christ has entered into our lives with his glorious Incarnation, and we continually celebrate this gift of God's love and mercy to his people.

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.