Adult Faith Formation

Parish Mission-To the Heights

We have selected our NEW DATES: SEPTEMBER 19, 20, and 21. 

Join us each night to gain a better understanding of God's Word and LOVE.  

Our Mission speaker, Katie Patrizio, will awaken your heart and inspire you to live out your faith in the light of God's saving Love.

Our mission will include a special session for our high school youth on Saturday evening after the 4:30pm Mass

Sunday Sept. 19th-5:30pm Dinner and Speaker

Monday Sept. 20th-6:30pm Speaker and Reflection

Tuesday Sept. 21st-5:30pm Mass, Fellowship Speaker & Adoration



The Chosen will be offered-dates and time to be announced.

There will be more class offerings to come this fall. Stay tuned.


Prayer more NOVENAS



Join us at 6:00 on Thursday nights for Adoration and Benediction as we actively pray for Eucharistic Renewal at St. John's.  

EUCHARISTIC REFLECTION: Eucharist and Pentecost (part 2)

EUCHARISTIC REFLECTION: Eucharist and Pentecost as the Origin of the Church



Learn your Faith

Bible Study

IF you feel called to begin your own Bible study or small faith community, Ascension has the resources you want to use.

Daily Mass

Daily Mass readings and meditation is available from THE WORD AMONG US

At Home with the FAITH

Monthly Senior Potluck

Potlucks have returned!!! We are so happy to gather again. We meet the first Thursday of the month. Join us.





Small Faith Communities


Contact the Director of Faith Formation if you would like more information on our Small Faith Communities or would like to lead your own group. [email protected] or 993-4590




Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a formation education process that takes place within the parish community for those joining the Catholic Church.  This culminates at the Easter sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation. If you would like to join the Catholic Church or be a part of the RCIA Team contact the parish office.



catechetical-sunday-2015-clip-art-03Teams Of Our Lady  (TOOL)
TOOL is a lay movement officially recognized by the Holy See under the Pontifical Council for the Laity.  A team is a group of five to seven couples and a spiritual advisor who meet once a month to share, pray and discuss challenges of living a Christian marriage and life. Couples use a time-tested format to meet their needs and desires of growing closer in love and faith through Teams of Our Lady and in the process they discover support for one another and for their marriage. Currently St. John’s has two teams.  If you have any questions please contact Erin Merschman (515) 480-3842.



The St. Joseph Education Center supports St. John’s parish and all the parishes in the Des Moines area with their Adult Faith Formation needs.  Their website and blog are updated weekly to help aid even the busiest of adults in nurturing their ongoing faith formation. St. Joseph Education Center



3-Minute Retreats from Loyola Press invites you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move one. Just click the button below to start your 3-Minute Retreat and return everyday for the perfect way to start your day in prayer!

3-Minute Retreat from Loyola Press