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Current Offerings

The Mass by Bishop Robert Barron

The Mass

During this parish year of Eucharistic Revival, join us during Lent as we walk through “The Mass” by Bishop Barron.

Be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. See how the Mass brings us out of the fallen world and into the heavenly realm, how it resonates with a call from God and a response by his people, the Church, and, most importantly, how we are intimately joined with the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

“The Mass” will help you understand how to fully, consciously, and actively participate in the source and summit of the Christian life. Sign up today!

6 Weeks Lenten Study
*Childcare Available (unavailable for the Saturday Session)!
Cost: $5Includes the cost of the book.


Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

Inspiring and informative, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist is a groundbreaking work that is sure to illuminate one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith: the mystery of Jesus’ presence in the breaking of the bread.

Thursdays: 10:00-11:30 AM
Dates: February 15-March21 (6 weeks)
Location: Matthew/Mark Room
Facilitator: Ann Smith
Cost $5 (Includes the cost of the book)


Vatican II: On Sacred Liturgy

As part of the Parish Year of Eucharistic Revival, join Fr. Stull in exploring and studying the Second Vatican Council’s teaching on the Mass, the Sacraments, and the Divine Office using the document on the Sacred Liturgy, ‘Sacrosanctum Concilium.’ To prepare for the sixtieth anniversary of its implementation, we will explore the richness contained in this document which tells us the liturgy is to be the ‘source and summit’ of the Christian life. This course was offered during the Summer of 2023, but back per demand! Join us for 3 consecutive Tuesdays, beginning January 9, in the Matthew/Mark room and learn more about the sacred liturgy!

Tuesdays: 7:00-8:00 PM
Dates: February 13 – February27, 2024
Location: Matthew/Mark Room
Facilitator: Fr. Stull
Cost: $0


Walking with Jesus through Jerusalem by Fr. Mark Toups

Lenten Companion Journal

Fr. Mark Toups Lenten Companion Journal, Walking with Jesus through Jerusalem is back at Ascension as an INDIVIDUAL STUDY ONLY. Please feel free to form your own small group in your home. Pick up your $5 copy of the journal in the gathering area the weekend of February 10-11, 2024.

Food For The Soul

Join us for Sunday Scripture study each week, after the 8:15am Mass.

Each week during Lent, take a truly edifying deep dive into the Sunday Scriptures with two of the most respected teachers of the Word today: Bishop Robert Baron and Peter Kreeft.

We will watch and reflect on the Bishop’s Sunday Sermons and then read and discuss Kreeft’s thoughts captured from his book Food for the Soul for this liturgical cycle. Do drop in when you can!

Saturdays: After the 8:30 AM Mass at 9:15 AM
Dates: January 13, 2024-Purgatory
January 27, 2024-Angels Location: Matthew/Mark Room
Facilitator: Kim Sutton
Cost: No cost, but please still register so that we have adequate materials and space. Childcare is free and available.


Many Wonders of Divine Mercy

7 Secrets of Divine Mercy

In this study, we will use Vinny Flynn’s book, 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy as a valuable guide to help us understand the wonderful gift of the Divine Mercy message given to St. Faustina for the entire world. He shows how this message fills our hearts with hope and the spark to help change the world to a civilization of love.

The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is Divine Mercy. It is the fundamental law that dwells within the heart of every person and the bridge that connects God to humanity. This book will help change your prayer life, transform your relationship with the Holy Trinity and also show us how to radiate God’s merciful love to save souls.

Sundays, 9:30-11:00AM
Dates: February 18 – March 24
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Joyce Grashoff
Cost: $0




From the Augustine Institute, comes this 6 week Lectio Bible Study. Dr. Tim Gray unpacks Paul’s entire letter encouraging the faith of Christians at Philippi in the face of persecution. A precious gem of Paul’s writing, he gives us the principles of how to live well in the midst of a pagan culture, which mirrors what all Christians are facing today.

Sundays: 9:30-11:00 am
Dates: January 7-February 11, 2024
Location: Matthew/Mark Room
Facilitator: Joyce Grashoff
Cost $0 (Purchase of The Letters of St. Paul to the Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon” from The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible is on your own.)


The Great Book Series: Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton


Orthodoxy is another in the Great Books Series of those “books I always wanted to read but afraid to do on my own.” It is an intellectual and spiritual autobiography of Chesterton, the leading 20th century essayist, novelist, playwright, poet, lecturer, apologist, and editor. This is the story of his earthshaking discovery that orthodoxy is the only answer to the perplexing riddles of the universe. A pagan at age 12, and an agnostic by age 16, get ready to be amazed by his original, entertaining, and engaging prose style and brilliance of philosophic thought.

Thursdays: 5:30-7:00 pm
Dates: January 11-March 14
Location: Matthew/Mark Room
Facilitator: Joyce Grashoff
Cost: $0 (Purchase of Orthodoxy is on your own)


Bible Study: The Gospel of Matthew

Gospel of Matthew

Matthew is the Gospel that will be read at Mass during Ordinary Time (the time after Easter Season until Advent) this liturgical year. We invite you to join us as we meet each Sunday for this Bible study of Matthew. Come to learn the “back story”- how the New Testament fulfills the Old Testament prophesies in Jesus Christ- and understand the whole story of our salvation history as we “tie it all together” in Him.

Days: Sundays
Time: 9:30-11:00 AM
Dates: May 7-Advent
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Joyce Grashoff
Register: by Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Materials: $13.00 for Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The Gospel of Matthew (included with registration)


Ongoing Classes

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)


Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for classes to see if this is right for you! We will meet on Monday nights to present basic topics of the faith and grow in our relationship with God. Adults are welcomed into the Church at Easter in the spring. We also would love to have parishioners volunteer to serve as a sponsor for someone going through RCIA.

Information Night
Monday August 28, 2023 5:30-6:30pm in St. Mark Room

Regular day and time: Mondays 5:30pm-7:30pm
First regular session: September 11
Location: St. Mark Room
No Cost

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The Bible and Catechism NOT in a Year!

Fr. Mike Schmitz

Join us on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month at 1:00pm as we work slowly through The Bible in a Year and The Catechism in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz. We will begin on Friday, February 2, 2024.

The schedule will typically include 4 sessions per week. Lessons are done at home on YouTube. The total time per week will be about 160 minutes which averages to 11-12 minutes per day with time off for Holy Week.

Christ Renews His Parish Retreat

Christ Renews His Parish

Parish sponsored retreat program offering a Sat./Sun. retreat at the parish in the Fall and in the Spring. There are separate weekends for Men and Women. It is a program designed to bring parish members together in Christ, and emphasizes your continued growth in Catholic Christian life. It initiates this through small group participation. If interested, complete the registration form on page 30, or check out the parish website or Adult Faith Bulletin Board in the Gathering Space for a registration form.

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Disciples Dwelling: A Young Adult Bible Study

Are you currently transitioning from college into adulthood? Are you looking for an opportunity where you can dig deeper into your Catholic faith while bonding with other young adults on fire for Christ? Then consider joining Disciples Dwelling (DD) – Ascension’s young adult weekly small group study. We discuss upcoming Sunday Mass readings followed by a fellowship activity – with occasional DD functions on weekends.

Disciples Dwelling

Ongoing Bible Study for a passionate group of Catholic Young Adults, ages 21-35
Thursdays: 7:00PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Youth Center
Facilitator: Rachel Sevart an Brooke Kramer
No Cost

If you feel called to learn more about joining Disciples Dwelling, look us up on Facebook or contact Rachel Sevart for more information.

Men Of Ascension

Men of Ascension

Are you looking for a way to get more meaning out of Mass? If so, join with other men of the parish to meet each week and discuss the upcoming Sunday Mass readings. This group discusses the Sunday readings followed by discussion on their applicability to the lives of men. New members are invited to join at any time.

Fridays: 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Date: Ongoing
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Ken Jennison
No Cost

Mothers of Young Children

Mothers of Young Children

Through authentic friendships, prayer, family activities, and community service, we hope to encourage and equip fellow mothers in the beauty and traditions of the Catholic Faith. If you are a mother of a young child (pregnancy through second grade), then you are invited to join us the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm in the St. John Room. Check our webpage and bulletin for additional events throughout the year as well.

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In addition to our wonderful, in-person studies, parishioners are able to access thousands of movies, talks and classes for FREE! Ascension has purchased a subscription.

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Late registrations are welcome, but there is no guarantee that materials will be available through Ascension. You may have to obtain your own materials.

Contact Elizabeth Whitehead or Liz Willman with questions regarding these offerings.

Scholarships are available for those under financial constraints-contact Liz Willman.

For technical issues contact Ray Martin