Study Groups


  • GriefShare, Feb 12-Mar 19, 10-noon, St. Clare Room, register here. Suggested donation for materials $25.


  • The Wild Goose*, Jan 9-Apr 17, 9-11am, Serra Room, register here.


  • Ephesians*, Jan 10-Mar 7, 9:45-11:45am (no session Jan 31), Serra Room, register here. Suggested donation for materials $20.
  • Philippians, Mar 21-April 25, 9:45-11:45 am, Serra Room, register here.


  • Catholic Basics*, Jan 4-Mar 8, 7-8:30pm (no session Jan 25), Serra Room, register here. Space is limited and Becoming Catholic participants have first priority. Sessions include time for prayerful reflection of the coming week's Scripture readings, discussion, Q&A, and a very basic introduction to these topics: The Creed, Sacraments, Prayer, Saints, Liturgical Year, Catholic Social Teaching and a Catholic Approach to Scripture. Please note that advance registration is required and a commitment to attend all sessions is requested for this series.


  • Ephesians, Jan 13-Mar 3, 7:30-9:30am, Room 5, register here. Suggested donation for materials $20.

*Limited childcare available. Registration required one week prior to start of study.


Special Sessions

Lenten Prayer Journey
Thursday, Feb 22-Mar 22, 7-8:30 pm, Assisi Room, register here. Suggested donation for materials $30.
Set aside time to examine your heart and recommit yourself to a deeper relationship with Jesus this Lent. This five-week prayer series, adapted from the "Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life," includes committing to daily personal prayer, weekly faith sharing, and suggested scriptures and meditations for the next week's prayer. Limited to 10 participants. Limited childcare with registration at this link by Feb 15.

Lenten Prayer Journey is a prayer experience offered through the ministries of Emmaus House and hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

Natural Family Planning
Click here to search and register for class times.

Contact: Kerry & Renee McGuire, rjlmcguire@gmail.com or (515) 278-1623.



Online Studies

FORMED - The Catholic Faith on demand
Formed.org - Digital faith formation on demand for all ages. Catholic videos, audio books, e-books and study programs. To access, go to Formed.org, and create an account using our St. Francis of Assisi parish code: JGXN3K.

10 Gifts of the Catholic Faith - Video-based sessions available online. From the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Click here to view and print discussion materials. 

Elements of the Mass - Video episodes to help you know and love the liturgy more. From Liturgicalinstitute.org. Click here to view videos and subscribe. 


Faith Journey logo Faith Journey -- The Catechetical Institute 

The mission of Faith Journey -- The Catechetical Institute, sponsored by the Diocese of Des Moines, is to further students' spiritual formation and deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith. The heart of the curriculum is based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and provides a systematic presentation of the Catholic faith. Click here to view a video featuring people who have previously participated in this program.

Information and registration for Faith Journey -- The Catechetical Institute, a formal two-year program for adults, is available at this link. For more information, contact John Huynh at jhuynh@dmdiocese.org or (515) 237-5006.