Study Groups


  • GriefShare, Sept 25-Oct 30, 10-noon, St. Clare Room, register here. Suggested donation for materials $25.
  • Financial Peace University*, Sept 11-Nov 6, 7-8:30pm, Parish Hall, register here by Sept 1. Participants need to purchase materials in advance at this link.


  • Divine Mercy*, Sept 12-Nov 14, 9-11am, Serra Room, register here.
  • Advent Study*, Nov 28-Dec 19, 9-11am, Serra Room, register here.


  • Pivotal Players*, Sept 13-Dec 13, 9:45-11:45am (no session Nov 22), Serra Room, register here. Suggested donation for materials $25.


  • Catholic Basics*, Sept 7-Dec 14, 7-8:30pm (no session Nov 23), 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 a commitment to attend all sessions is required for this series.


  • Pivotal Players, Sept 9-Dec 16, 7:30-9:30am (no session Nov 11 or Nov 25), Room 5, register here. Suggested donation for materials $25.

*Limited childcare available. Registration required 1 week prior to start of study.


Special Sessions

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays
Tuesday, Nov 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, Serra Room, register here by Nov 1, free will offering.

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.