Group of adults studying the Bible together

Study Groups


Entertaining Angels

Every Sunday, Roman Catholics stand to profess their faith in the God who created “all things visible and invisible.” We also confess our sins in the presence of “all the angels and saints.” But how often do we really think about these unseen creatures who are always ready to help us?

In 10 well-researched lessons, Mike Aquilina and Fr. Mitch Pacwa draw on the saints, the Catechism, and Scripture to remind you of the precious gift God has given us in the good angels. You will also find that learning about them helps you discover more about the God who created them!

  • Tuesdays, Feb 2-April 13, 9-11am, Serra Room
  • Suggested donation $25 for materials.
  • Please follow current Diocese mask requirements.

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The Bible Timeline

The Bible Timeline study program takes you on a guided journey through salvation history. Presenter Jeff Cavins will show you how fourteen of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and give you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven throughout Scripture. 

Through its 24 sessions, The Bible Timeline will teach you how to read and understand the Bible and introduce you to the wonderful narrative of the Bible in a way that will transform your life.

  • Wednesdays, Sept 16-Apr, 14 9:45-11:45am, Serra Room 
  • Participants will need to register & order a study set at 
  • Face coverings (masks or shields) required in common areas (bathroom, hallways, etc.) and in meeting rooms when social distancing is not able to be maintained.

Small Group & Individual Studies

Adult Faith Formation has a variety of study materials available to checkout for individual and small group use.

  • How – Come to the Faith Formation Office to check out available DVDs and leader’s materials.
  • Where – You arrange for a location that works for you or your group – home, coffee shop, library, etc.
  • Cost – No cost for use of DVDs or leader’s materials. However, you must order and purchase participant materials from the publisher.

Contact Heather Rohe in the Faith Formation Office at 515-440-1030 or stop in to check availability.

View or print the list of studies (PDF)

Special Studies

Natural Family Planning

Coordinators: Kerry & Renee McGuire. For more information, contact the Parish Office at 515-223-4577.

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Online Studies


FORMED offers digital faith formation on demand for all ages including Catholic videos, audio books, e-books and study programs. To access, go to, and create an account as a member of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Groups of two or more can start a Bible study or faith formation program anywhere, anytime.

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10 Gifts of the Catholic Faith

Video-based sessions available online. From the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

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Elements of the Mass

Video episodes to help you know and love the liturgy more. From

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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.

For more information, contact John Huynh at or 515-237-5006.

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Certificate in Theology and Ministry

Are you interested in deepening your knowledge of the Catholic faith? Do you want to enhance your pastoral skills? The Certificate in Theology and Ministry may be right for you! This program of academic and pastoral development consists of a series of courses delivered digitally over the course of one year. This means you can participate on your schedule. Co-sponsored by the St. Joseph Educational Center and Creighton University.

For more information, call Tom Quinlan at 515-222-1084 or or visit