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Formation Opportunities

The journey of a Missionary Disciple begins with encounter and encounter begins with Jesus Christ!

What is a Missionary Disciple?

Three Encounter Opportunities coming up: 

1.  Encountering Christ through Prayer

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Join us on Saturday mornings in January (beginning Jan. 9) from 9am-10am each week we explore different prayer styles. You can attend in-person in the Sanctuary or join us via live stream on our Facebook page:

    • Encountering God through Adoration on January 9: Christ is sacramentally present to us through the Eucharist.  Adoration is an opportunity and a gift that we have to encounter Christ in a very special way.  Come learn about the history of Adoration, the meaning behind it, and ways to enhance your Adoration practices.  Presenter:  Eileen Mayette, Lay Ecclesial Minister/Religious Educator. 

    • Encountering God through Centering Prayer on January 16: In the busyness of life, taking time to quiet our minds in prayer can draw us closer to our Lord and allow us to find ways to continually center our lives in  Christ.  Take time to learn how Centering Prayer can enrich your prayer practice with this century old form of Catholic contemplation.  Presenter:  Nancy Hess, Centering Prayer Leader and Instructor

    • Encountering God through Scripture on January 23:  To truly know someone, you must spend time with them.  This is no different for our relationship with Jesus.  Discover ways to encounter Jesus through the Good News of Scripture and grow in your relationship with Him.  Presenter:  Janet Jones, Lay Ecclesial Minister/Director of Religious Education

No need to register! Sessions will be recorded and posted to Ascension’s website!

2.  Encounter God through Adoration

Encountering Jesus is an essential part of sharing his love. We cannot share what we do not have. As Catholics, one of the most beautiful ways we experience God’s love is through the Eucharist. From January 8 - February 26, we will be offering adoration hours from 4pm-7pm on Fridays. Our prayer is that you encounter the love of God during this time and are able to take that love to those in your daily life. All worshippers are welcome.

During your time of prayer please consider these questions: 

  1. Who, Lord, can I intentionally share your love with? How might I do this?
  2. Who can I pray for right now, Jesus? What in particular for them?
  3. How can I better witness to your love, Jesus, in my family/community?

Please email Beth Cunningham if you have any questions.

3.  Encounter God in Our Neighbor - Faith & Racial Healing: Embracing Truth, Justice, and Restoration

Continue the conversation about racism and how we can be advocates for racial healing within your family, church, and community. Presented through the lens of the Christian faith, JustFaith Ministries’ Faith & Racial Healing: Embracing Truth, Justice, and Restoration is an eight-session program that guides participants in telling the truth about the history of racism in the United States, that we might work toward true reconciliation with God and restoration with one another.

New session begins January 28 via Zoom. For more information or to register please contact Nancy Hess via email or 757-404-5314.

4.  Encounter God in the Imprisoned

Join us for a forum on The Death Penalty on Tuesday, January 26, at 7pm. Featuring speaker Dale Brumfield, Field Director for Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Topics will explore issues surrounding the death penalty: the risk of executing the innocent, excessive costs, fundamental fairness, and the importance of being consistently pro-life, and alternatives to the death penalty.

Join us in person or participate via livestream on Ascension's Facebook page.


Stay tuned for more activities!