Adult Formation

TWO Upcoming Formation Opportunities In January 2018

#1. Do you want to learn about ENCOUNTERING GOD through PRAYER? 


An inspiring eight-week study featuring Fr. Mark Toups. Teaches you the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life. Over the course of eight weeks you will discover how to place yourself in the presence of God.  Following the wisdom of the saints and the Tradition of the Church, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to make prayer and integral part of your daily life.

  • Eight video presentations by Fr. Mark Toups
  • Lively small group discussions
  • Inspiring readings and reflections for each day

 Multiple ways to participate:

  • Groups meeting at Ascension:
    • Monday’s at 7pm starting January 8
    • Wednesday’s at 10am starting January 10
  • Watch from home: Join our study; purchase a registration through Ascension Press; and receive access to online streaming. (Streaming will only be available while our study is in process)

 Cost: $15 for workbook. Cost includes access to online streaming

 Register with Kathy Ahearn: 757-495-1886 x411 or

#2: Do you want to learn about ENCOUNTERING GOD through the BASICS OF OUR CATHOLIC TRADITION?

following CHRIST

A seven week study exploring the basic practices of our faith that strengthen and deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ. Series includes: DVD teaching, small group discussions, and a Saturday retreat.


  • Prayer
  • Scripture
  • Sacraments
  • Forgiveness
  • The Spirit-Empowered Life
  • We are at War Retreat: The World, The Flesh, The Devil
  • Advancing the Mission of the Church

Begins Monday, January 8 at 7pm. Retreat is Saturday, February 17

Register with Janet Jones: 757-495-1886 x423 or

Christ Life: Discovering, Following and Sharing Christ

Church of the Ascension offers the ChristLife trilogy: Discovering Christ, Following Christ and Sharing Christ.  Each series of teachings takes us deeper into our faith and how we as community celebrate and live out our faith.

Landings- Returning Catholics

Are you a Catholic who has been estranged from the church and is thinking of returning but have unanswered issues? Click here for more information.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA is the process by which adults interested in full initiation into the Catholic Church have the opportunity to inquire into its teachings and to reflect on their readiness for entry into the Catholic faith community. This program is for people who have not been baptized, people who have been baptized in other faith traditions and for baptized Catholics who never completed the other sacraments of initiation- Eucharist and/or Confirmation. Click here for more info. 

Adult Confirmation

Click here for more info.

Study of the American Catechism: is taking the summer off. Will resume in Sept.

Small group discussion focusing on the topics in the Catechism. Meets every other Tuesday at 7pm in the Religious Formation Library. No registration necessary. Please come join us. Upcoming meetings are:

Small Faith Groups 

Father Daniel is encouraging parishioners to consider joining or forming Small Faith Groups to help us grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Small Faith Groups are one of the many ways that Church of the Ascension parishioners come together to learn, discuss and support each other in their Catholic Christian journey.  Click here for more info.