Church of the Ascension Adult Faith Registration

Church of the Ascension Adult Faith Registration

Please use the buttons below to complete a registration page for a course or group you would like to participate in. You may pay online or write a check for fees. Checks may be payable to Church of the Ascension and returned to the parish office.

Fall 2022 Adult Faith Course Catalog

Please Register by August 31st!

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

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 29, 2022 5:30-6:30pm in St. Mark Room

Regular day and time: Mondays 5:30pm-7:30pm
First regular session: September 12
Location: St. Mark Room
No Cost

RCIA Information

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Topic Talks with our Priests

Fr. Gary

Join our priests as they speak on Catholic Topics and Culture in our world today. These talks will be offered about once a month. Check the bulletin and email blast for future sessions.

First Topic Talk-Tuesday, October 4, 6:30-8:00pm
Location: St. Mark Room
Speaker: Fr. Gary Pennings

Topic: Marriage and Family Life in America Today
The challenge for Christians rebuilding marriage in America Today.

No Cost
Please register to help us plan.

Topic Talks with our Priests

Parish(Required)

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

Fathers Of St. Joseph

Fathers Of St. Joseph

Come join us as we learn God’s plan for men, fatherhood, Scriptural solutions to living life today based on how God intended. Our goal is to make the theological practical: finding happiness now and for eternity for fathers and all those we love.

Sundays: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Date: Ongoing
Location: in homes
Facilitator: Phil Hernandez
No Cost

BeDADitudes: 8 ways to be an AWESOME Dad

Join us for this 8 week BeDADitude small group study, covering the BeDADitudes book by Greg Popcek. Learn how to use the Beatitudes as a practical guide to understand the love of God and how to apply that love to be a better father.

BeDADitudes

8 Weeks
Tuesdays: 7:00-8:30pm
Starts September 13
Location: St. Luke Room
Facilitator: Mike Menghini
Cost of Materials: $15

Sacred Threads Retreat

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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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Mother’s Circle

Mother's Circle

We are mothers of teenagers & young adults, growing, supporting, learning, and praying together. Join us on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8:00pm in the St. John room.

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What We Believe:
The Beauty of the Catholic Faith New in 2022

What is the Catholic Church all about? What does it mean to be Catholic? What do Catholics actually believe?

Maybe you’ve been Catholic your entire life. Maybe you’re just beginning to explore the Catholic Faith. Wherever you may be in your faith journey, you will be profoundly moved by the beauty and the richness of the Catholic Church.

10 Weeks
Thursdays: 1:00-2:30pm
Starts: Thursday, September 29
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Marguerite Enlow
Cost: $30

Holy Conversation Book Club

The Context of Holiness

The first selection will be The Context of Holiness: Psychological and Spiritual Reflections on the Life of St. Therese of Lisieux by Marc Foley O.C.D. It will be distributed at the first class and reading will begin after that. Approximately 2 to 3 chapters will be covered at each meeting so as to allow plenty of time for sharing.

Meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Starts: September 20
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Tamara James
Cost of Materials: $15

The Great Book Series-New 2022

The Great Books Series is a combination study group/book club. There is no ongoing commitment. Just join us for whatever book seems to be calling out to you.

Divine Comedy

The next one on our list of “books I always wanted to read, but could never tackle on my own” is The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. This is arguably one of the greatest texts of Western Civilization and is an epic in 3 parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. It is about the experience of life after death and explores its possibilities in 3 metaphysical settings (hell, purgatory, and heaven). It presents universal truth about character and choice, the nature of God and man, and the path to freedom and happiness.

This 10 week class will be presented in a combination of text, video, and class discussion. You may use whatever translation of The Divine Comedy you prefer. (The videos will be referring to the translation by Anthony Esolen.*)

10 Weeks
Thursdays: 5:30-7:00pm
Starts: September 8
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Joyce Grashoff
Cost: $0 (Purchase The Divine Comedy is on your own-see above, but please still register so that we have adequate space*)

The Great Book Series: The Divine Comedy

Parish(Required)
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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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Champions of the Rosary

Champions of the Rosary

Champions of the Rosary, by bestselling author Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, tells the powerful story of the history of the Rosary and the champions of this devotion. The Rosary is a spiritual sword with the power to conquer sin, defeat evil, and bring about peace. Read this book to deepen your understanding and love of the prayer of the Rosary. Endorsed by 30 Bishops around the world!

6 weeks
Thursdays: 7:00-8:30pm
Starts September 8
Location: St. Luke Room
Facilitator: Dick Kane
Cost of Materials: $15

OR

Fridays: 9:30-11:00am
Starts: September 9
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Dick Kane
Cost of Materials: $15

The Flame of Love

The Flame of Love

A five week class on the Spiritual Diary of Elizabeth Kindelmann’s The Flame of Love. Elizabeth Kindelmann had numerous communications from Jesus and Mary. One of the communications was that the renewal of the earth will take place through the power and imploring force from heaven with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The primary goal of “The Flame of Love” is to help save souls including our own soul. Its secondary goal is to help release souls from purgatory.

5 Weeks
Thursday 7:00-8:30pm
Starts: October 20
Location: St. Luke Room
Facilitator: Dick Kane
Cost of Materials: $15

OR

Fridays: 9:30am-11:00am
Starts: October 21
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Dick Kane
Cost of Materials: $15

An Evening on Forgiveness

We all have been hurt by someone, maybe even a family member, and we are in need of reflection, prayer and an open forum. Spend an evening on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00pm, in the St. Mark room. An introduction to the Forgiveness journey, followed by a prayer service of scripture, slides, and music will be followed by a sharing and discussion of the Journey of Forgiveness. Closing will be a reflection on Divine Mercy. Bring a friend. Open to all.

This optional evening of prayer and discussion on Forgiveness will precede the class offering below.

Forgiven

1 Night Talk
Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm
September 20
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Chuck Jansen
No Cost

Forgiveness Night

Parish(Required)

Forgiveness Class

FORGIVENESS is such a natural, spiritual, necessary and complicated process. Come explore the dynamics of the process of Forgiving. Personal stories and scripture will be used in studying this beautiful process. Is someone in your family holding a grudge against someone? Have you been upset with someone for a long time? Is there possibly a failing or sin in your past that you’ve ignored and has put a wedge between you and the One who loves you most?

3 Weeks
Tuesdays: 10:00-11:30am
Starts: October 11
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Chuck Jansen
No Cost

OR

Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm
Starts: October 11
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Chuck Jansen
No Cost

Forgiveness Class

Parish(Required)
Class time(Required)

Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation

Bible Timeline

You attend Mass every Sunday, and you listen to short segments read from the Old Testament, the Psalms, the New Testament, and the Gospels, but not in the context that comes before or after those readings. Maybe you have never read the Bible, or tried but just couldn’t “stick with it.” Maybe you have read it, but think it’s time to “brush up” on your understanding, or dive deeper. So where can you go to get the whole story of salvation History-His story-our story?

The Bible Timeline 24 week study will teach you how to read and understand the entire Bible and introduce you to the wonderful narrative of Scripture in a way that will transform your life. Through the use of weekly videos, workbook, small group, and general class discussions, the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture will be presented. Let’s do this together! Come Join us!

24 Weeks
Wednesdays: 9:30-11:30am
Starts: September 14-December 7
Resume:January 11-March 29
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Kim Sutton
Cost of Materials: $35*

OR

Wednesdays: 5:30-7:30pm
Starts: September 14-December 7
Resume: January 11-March 29
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Kim Sutton
Cost of Meterials: $35*

OR

Sundays: 9:30-11:30am
Starts: September 11-December 18
Resume: January 8-March 26
Location: St. Mark Room
Facilitator: Joyce Grashoff
Materials: $35*

*If you already have a version of The Bible Timeline Workbook, you may use that and there is no fee. Please still register for the class so that we have adequate space.

Book of Genesis

Book of Genesis

Each Fall for the next 5 years, we will make our way through the Torah, the foundation of Jewish scripture and our Christian salvation history. We will spend 10 Weeks diving into one book at a time.

Join us this Fall as we begin our study on the first book of the Bible, Genesis.

10 Weeks
Wednesdays: 7:00-8:00pm
Starts: September 14
Location: St. Luke Room
Facilitator: Bill Thomas
No Cost

OR

Friday: 10:00-11:00am
Starts: September 16
Location: St. John Room
Facilitator: Bill Thomas
No Cost

Please bring your Bible (any Catholic translation).

Book of Genesis

Parish(Required)
Class Time(Required)

Becoming One

Becoming One

Becoming one is a marriage enrichment ministry created by and for newly (and newly-ish!) married couples. Join us! We are on a journey, moving toward knowing and loving our spouses, our faith, and our community more fully and more passionately. We are actively creating a group — a family of sorts — that is vibrant, authentic, and open to new people and ideas. If you are married or engaged and interested in joining or learning more, then we would love to have you!

Dates: 4th Thursday of each month
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Location: Varies
Topics and Speakers: Vary
Cost of Event: Free

For more information about upcoming events, or to sign-up for our email distribution list, visit us at kcascension.org/becoming-one

Single and Raising Saints: forming Single Parents as They Lead Their Children to God

Single and Raising Saints

Join us for an 8 week study and discussion on being Single and Raising Saints. Don’t feel that as a single parent, you need to live in the shadows of the Catholic Church because you don’t fit the idealistic two-parent household. We want to invite you into a beautiful journey of discovering your strength and purpose, as well as equip you with the community, tools and resources to help you navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of life. Join other single parents, who are making the journey and discovering the merciful and loving embrace of the Catholic Church.

8 weeks
Tuesdays: 7:00-8:30pm
Starts: September 13th
Location: St. John Room
Facilitator: Pam Novosel and Julie Cruz
Cost of Materials: $10

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 ewhitehead@kcascension.org or Liz Willman lwillman@kcascension.org with questions regarding these offerings.

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

For technical issues contact Ray Martin rmartin@kcascension.org.