St. Francis of Assisi Adult Faith offers gathered events, online learning, and other opportunities to grow in faith, including prayer, faith sharing, retreats and discernment sessions, learning and study groups, small group community building, and opportunities to inquire about the Catholic faith or Become Catholic.

Study Groups

Monday or Tuesday

The Rescue Project Small Group

What is the Rescue Project? The Rescue Project seeks to proclaim the gospel in a compelling and attractive way over eight weeks in a small group format. The goal of The Rescue Project is to create an opportunity for people to be overwhelmed and be brought to a decision to surrender their lives to Jesus and be mobilized for mission.

We are offering two sessions with a joint retreat. Choose the time that works best for you:

  • Monday evenings, Jan 9 – Feb 27, 7 – 9 p.m., Serra Room
  • Tuesday mornings, Jan 10 – Feb 28, 9 – 11 a.m., Serra Room
  • Retreat date for both sessions: Saturday Feb 15, 8 a.m – 1:30 p.m.
  • Suggest donation $0-15 (based on preferred material format)

Register here


Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother is an extraordinary pilgrimage that reveals Mary’s unique role in God’s kingdom and in our lives. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life, taking you through her joys … and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever. Mary will become a part of your daily life, and in your daily life, you will become more like Christ.

  • Wednesdays, Nov 16, 30, Dec 7, 14, 21, Jan 11, 18, 25
  • 9:45 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Serra Room

Please contact Heather in the Faith Formation Office, or 515-440-1030 to register.


Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan for your Life

God made us to love people and use things, yet we have grown up in a culture that models use people and love things. He stamped the truth in our bodies which often contradicts our cultural understanding of premarital sex, pornography, same-sex attraction, gender confusion, abortion, euthanasia, addiction, contraception and infertility solutions. Through the Theology of the Body (ToB), Saint Pope John Paul II untwists these lies, and with a merciful lens, shows us how to become fully alive. The ToB seeks to answer these guiding questions:
What does it mean to be made human, male and female, in the image and likeness of God?
How can I live my life in a way that brings true happiness and fulfillment?

View a trailer of the study here.

Join this nine-week adult study beginning Jan 12 in the Serra Room from 7-8:30 PM. Suggested donation of $30 for materials & facilitator expenses (can be paid at the first session). Please register by Jan 3 to allow time for materials order.

Register here

Small Group & Individual Studies

Join an existing group!

There is a men’s study group that meets Sunday evenings and is open to new members. They will be starting the study of Matthew in August 2022. To be connected with a group member for more information, please contact Heather in the Faith Formation Office, or 515-440-1030.

If you lead a small group that is open to new members, please let the Faith Formation office know and so we can connect you with interested parishioners.

Create your own small group or study on your own!

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)

Visit Past Events to view videos, and resources from past events.