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 based program to inspire lifelong faithfulness by anchoring families in Christ's love and the Church. It includes religious education and sacramental prep for children pre-K through 5th grade, catechesis for parents, prayer services, and community building. Download an information brochure here.
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 during weekend Mass 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: firstname.lastname@example.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. Contact Ruthie at: email@example.com
THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EUCHARIST
As the Second Vatican Council stated, "the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life." (Lumen Gentium #11). Its effects are seen in the following, "it is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being." (Eucharisticum mysterium #6). It is clear that the Eucharist is the supreme celebration of the community in its significant unity and its glorification of the Holy Trinity. It is truly the center of our faith life. It also brings forth several questions as to its proper practice.
What is the Church teaching on intercommunion?
Since the time of the Protestant Reformation, Catholics have been asking this question! I am amazed how often it comes up. Many have had a priest or nun in their past who have told them it is possible. The Catechism is (and has always been) clear in this area. "Ecclesial communities derived from the Reformation and separated from the Catholic Church, have not preserved the proper reality of the Eucharistic mystery in its fullness." It is for this reason that Eucharistic intercommunion with these communities is not possible for the Catholic Church." (C.C.C. #1400). Exceptions are allowed in individual cases (based on the faith of the individual), but not in a sweeping way. This remains a sadness in this separation of faith and belief.
Is the Eucharistic Fast still in place?
Many remember not eating or even drinking water from midnight Saturday until the reception of Communion on Sunday morning. This is why the early Mass was so popular prior to Vatican II! After the Second Vatican Council, the strict Eucharistic Fast was relaxed a bit. It now calls for a fast from food (water and medicine are never a part of a fast), for one hour prior to the reception of Communion. It is important in the reception of all the sacraments that true spiritual preparation takes place. The celebration and structure of the Mass itself assist us in this endeavor.
What is the proper posture for receiving Communion?
The Vatican has wisely left this up to individual Bishop's conferences around the world. Culture and tradition vary throughout the church. These are attended to even in the reception of Communion. The American Bishops (after the Second Vatican Council) have instructed that the proper way is to receive Communion standing. We approach the altar of God, and reverently either receive Communion in the hand or on the tongue. Either form is appropriate. Several years ago, the Bishops instructed American Catholics to "make a slight bow" prior to receiving Communion. Genuflection or kneeling are not part of the Bishop's instruction. However we receive, we should do so with reverence and attention to the great miracle we are participating in.