Adult Faith Formation


The Chosen Season 1 This Bible study is designed to be used in conjunction with The Chosen, the groundbreaking streaming television series about the life of Jesus. Each session will work in tandem with an episode from the show, bringing the Old and New Testaments to life in a fresh way. This study will be offered on Tuesdays @ 9:30 am starting Oct. 12th. Consider joining us. There is an option to purchase the Bible study book for $15. 

There is a 2nd option for watching The Chosen followed by discussion on Sundays @ 4:00 pm starting Oct. 10th. This option is for those just wanting to learn more about Jesus.

Bible Basics for Catholics will be offered on Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings. Wednesday class will meet at 5:30 pm in the parish hall, starting 10/13. Friday morning classes will meet at 9:15 am in the lower level, starting 10/15.

Catholicism 101/RCIA for Catholics will be offered on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 pm in the conference room starting 10/13.  Click here to view schedule

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 also known as the Silver Spoons (50+)

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