Faith Formation Commission

During the pandemic, many faith formation groups are meeting virtually on Zoom. Contact [email protected] for more info and to get involved.

Boy Scouts

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choicesover their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Troop 597 places particular emphasis on advancement, leadership development, and its outdoor and religious programs. The troop is open to boys ages 11-18 and monthly conducts one outdoor activity. Meets weekly on Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 PM in the Parish Hall basement. Contact: [email protected]

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Troops at Ascension are organized by grade-level and typically meet after school on a monthly basis. We welcome any girl in Kindergarten through 8th grade who wishes to join us to create new friendships, learn new skills, go on adventures, help the community, and so much more. Contact: [email protected]

Venture Crew

This is the most senior Boy Scouts of America program dedicated to the development of Catholic leadership of COED youth. It is directed at scouts/students from 9th grade through 12th grade matching both the Venturing Scouts of America’s advancement challenges with Archdiocesan Catholic scouting leadership programs. They put into practice lessons learned and apply those principles to plan a variety of activities that are interesting to our scouts. These activities provide excellent achievement credentials for college-bound resumes. Contact: [email protected]

Women of the Word

This group offers friendship, strength, and support as they gather together to glorify God’s name, learn more about Catholic doctrine, and share personal experiences. Whether you are beginning your journey, on your journey, or struggling with your journey, all are welcome! Respectful dialogue and questions are encouraged. Meets Thursday morning from 9:30 -11:30 AM in the Parish Hall. Contact: [email protected]

Wednesday Morning Faith Group

This Bible Study is a sensitive, perceptive, empathetic community of Christian believers where Jesus Christ is the real leader. Jesus is followed with open arms, open minds and open hearts. It is a safe place where joys, burdens, sorrows and day-to-day life are confidentially shared through prayers, Bible Study and thanksgiving. Contact: [email protected]

Wednesday Evening Faith Group

This is open to all adults and focuses on both Catholic education and formation. Programs are presented using Catholic media available from sources such as Augustine Institute, Ascension Press, Word on Fire, and other popular cutting-edge Catholic programs . The program continues throughout the year. Meeting are every Wednesday 7:00– 8:15 PM in the Parish Hall. See the bulletin for the current study. Contact: [email protected]

Thursday Morning Men’s 55 Faith Group

This group of men of all ages comes together to communicate the love of Jesus Christ, to articulate the teachings of the Catholic Church, and to affirm them in the parish through prayer and Scripture. The day begins with the 6:30 AM Mass in the Little Church and then meets in the Parish Hall from 7:00– 7:55 AM for coffee, prayer, and reflection. Contact: [email protected]

Men’s Awakening

This group of men of all ages meets every Saturday morning from 6:30–7:50 AM in the Parish Hall. Afterwards, many attend 8:00 AM Mass. The goal is to provide an awakening of men’s sense of themselves. This is accomplished through recorded sessions on DVD’s made by the latest authors and teachers of our Catholic faith. A light breakfast is served. Contact: [email protected]

Women in God’s Service (WINGS)

WINGS provides opportunities for spiritual growth for all women of the parish by hosting Advent by Candlelight, Spring Soiree, periodic meetings featuring guest speakers, and service opportunities. They also collaborate with other parish organizations and ministries to help build parish unity. Events appear in the bulletin.

Men’s White House Retreats

Ascension parish organizes two men's 3-day retreats in the spring and fall at the White House Jesuit Retreat in South St. Louis based on The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. Join for fellowship, prayer and the opportunity to become more Christlike. Contact: [email protected]

Women's Fall Retreat

This retreat is held on the first Saturday of October. It strives to deepen love for Jesus through the models of St. Therese, whose Feast Day is October 1. October is also the month of the Rosary. All women of Ascension are invited for a morning of fellowship, prayer, worship, and fun! The format is set up for women to come and go as their busy Saturday schedules permit. The morning begins with the Rosary, followed by breakfast, a guest speaker with reflections, and ends with Holy Mass.

“Welcome" Retreat

WELCOME is a parish retreat focused on renewing faith and creating a stronger and more vibrant Ascension Parish community. The retreat was designed by Dynamic Catholic and has helped thousands of Catholics “become the best-version-of-themselves”. Fellow parishioners share inspirational stories about their faith. The weekend includes prayer, sacraments, Adoration, and more! Separate retreats for men and women are offered in the spring. Women's Retreat Contact: [email protected]