Adult Faith Formation

Mathetes, the Greek word for disciple, is a "disciplined learner who has discovered the need for disciplined study balanced with disciplined prayer and a social concord with others who are following the truth and discovering the light of the world." - Scott Hahn



Heartbreaking is the story out of Maui where residents fleeing the recent wildfires drove right past a woman lying on the ground in need of help. Perhaps equally heartbreaking — at least to Jesus — are those we pass right by, those who we know are trapped in the emptiness that is life apart from Him.

This is why God sent us his Son. Jesus rescued us from certain death at the hands of the enemy, restored our access to the Kingdom of Heaven, and has commissioned us as disciples to rescue others. RESCUED PEOPLE RESCUE PEOPLE! We invite you to come get equipped for the rescue mission.

The Rescue Project is a global movement that launched in 2022. It flows from the conviction that the most urgent task in the Church is a compelling and attractive proclamation of the gospel. Its aim is threefold: that people might be 1) overwhelmed by the good news of what God has done for us, 2) moved to surrender their lives to Jesus in faith, and 3) mobilized for mission.

We are presenting The Rescue Project as an eight-week book + video experience of the gospel. Our aim is to equip an initial group of parishioners for mission, and from within that group raise up leaders willing to continue running Rescue in small group format within their homes.

DATES: SEP 21 - NOV 9, 2023 (Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:00 PM)

LOCATION: St. Mary of the Assumption, Parish Center


Rescued (the book) $14.95

TRP Story Guide $12.00 (or free PDF)

TRP Running Rescue $15.00 (for small group leaders, or free PDF)


Ponder is a Bible study that explores the Sunday readings in the Roman Catholic Lectionary cycle. It is a contemplative study, which means the goal of Ponder is to unite the heart and mind. 

Ponder is designed to help individuals and groups pray with the readings first, to absorb and ground the Sunday readings in the heart or personal experience. Participants learn the process of lectio divina and Ignatian contemplation as tools for praying with Scripture. Brief commentary is provided by the study author to help participants fully understand each passage. Each Sunday includes two reflection points for ongoing contemplation (or pondering).

DATES: SEP 15 2023 - NOV 24 2023 (Friday mornings, 9:00 AM)

LOCATION: Since COVID, this study uses an online format. A video meeting link will be provided to registered attendees.


RESOURCES: Participants will purchase their own book directly from Little Rock Scripture Study for $24.95 using the link below. The YEAR A text is used now, and YEAR B will be used later when the liturgical cycle changes at the beginning of Advent (DEC 3).



"The Lamb of God," "The Bread of Life," "The Body and the Blood of Christ"... these are phrases we know from the Mass. But do we understand what they mean in the greater and deeper context of Scripture and Church teaching? We'll discover firsthand how Christ's Body and Blood are an integral and wondrous part of God's plan for our salvation.

In a 10-session video series, acclaimed author and teacher Dr. Brant Pitre digs down to the biblical roots of the Eucharist, through its foreshadowing in the miraculous events of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and Apostolic teaching. Beginning April 18, join us on Tuesday mornings from 9-11 AM at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish. We will view a video together and discuss.

DATES: APR 18 - JUN 20, 2023 (Tuesday mornings, 9:00 AM)

LOCATION: This study will meet in-person in the Parish Center (church undercroft).

RESOURCES: *Optional* Participants may purchase a Study Guide directly from Augustine Institute for $24.95 OR email study leader Mary Graham for a discounted copy ([email protected]).







"I don't get anything out of Mass." This is what many people say who have drifted away from the Church. But Jesus told us He came that we might have "life to the fullest" . . . and that life is found in communion with Him in the Mass.

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr invites you to join him in exploring the wonder of the Mass through a special video series featuring Bishop Robert Barron. Each Sunday, from January 8 through February 12, Archbishop Schnurr will email you his own brief insights along with a 25-minute episode from Word on Fire's The Mass. You can sign up to receive these emails at:
In conjunction with the video series, St. Mary of the Assumption will be hosting a discussion group on Thursday evenings. Alongside the video content and messaging from Archbishop Schnurr, this group discussion will help to deepen your understanding and appreciation of the Mass as well as position you to better share the beauty of the Mass with others.

DATES: JAN 12 - FEB 16, 2023 (Thursday evenings) 
       6:30-7:00 PM Weekly Video Replay
       7:00-8:00 PM Discussion & Fellowship

LOCATION: This study will meet in-person in the Parish Center.

RESOURCES: Participants may optionally download a free Study Guide for The Mass.

Many today view Christianity as a belief system. But Christianity is better understood as a story - the story of a relationship.

But what about "Catholicism?" What do saints, sacraments, and a hierarchy have to do with a personal relationship with God in Christ? After all, many Christians seem to get along fine without these Catholic distinctions. 

What We Believe aims to get at the very heart of what the term "catholic" actually means. We'll outline who we are as Catholics, what we believe, and how we live.

DATES: SEP 22 - NOV 17, 2022 (Thursday evenings, 7:00 PM*)
*Note: Two of the evenings will be "double sessions" that begin at 6:00 PM with potluck (TBA).

LOCATION: This study will meet in-person in the Parish Center and/or the classrooms.
RESOURCES: Participants will purchase their own copy of the study set from Ascension Press for $29.95 (see link below):



Losing a loved one is perhaps the most painful and overwhelming of life's experiences. It challenges you physically and emotionally and raises tough questions about the future — about where God is in the midst of your pain. Your key to understanding all these issues — and healing — is your Catholic Faith.

DATES:  APR 30 - May 28, 2022 (Saturday afternoons, 2:00 - 3:30 PM)

LOCATION: The Grief Ministry Support Group will meet in the Parish Center or one of the classrooms. Participants agree to abide by our COVID-19 guidelines.

RESOURCES:  We will be using the booklet Grieving with the Help of Your Catholic Faith. A free copy of the booklet will be provided to all participants.



There is an urgent need for heaven to intercede in the life of our families, the Church, and our world, and for us to place ourselves under the care and direction of the Blessed Mother by consecrating our lives to her. Mary’s Mantle Consecration is a special program that has resulted in miracles in the lives and hearts of its participants and their loved ones. You will be invited to meditate on 46 beautiful virtues, pray the Rosary, fast for a day, and watch a weekly inspirational video talk to accompany the consecration. Pope St. John Paul II said that his consecration to Mary was a “decisive turning point in my life”.

DATES: MAR 29 - MAY 10, 2022 (Tuesday mornings, 9:00 AM), Consecration Day MAY 13 (Our Lady of Fatima)

LOCATION: This study will meet in-person in the Parish Center and/or the classrooms. Participants agree to abide by our COVID-19 guidelines.

RESOURCES: To prepare ourselves for consecration to Mary we will be using the book Mary’s Mantle Consecration: A Spiritual Retreat for Heaven’s Help by Christine Watkins. Participants will purchase their own book AND journal linked from the following page:



From Something to Someone

In calling his disciples, the first thing Jesus says is, “Repent, the Kingdom of God is at hand.” The word translated repent is metanoia in the Greek, which means conversion, to change, to turn around and head in a new direction. It’s an ongoing process, not a singular event.

Metanoia: A Journey with Christ into Conversion is a video series that examines the life of being a disciple. Filmed in the Holy Land, participants are led by Fr. Dave Pivonka, founder of the Ministry of the Wild Goose, to sites such as the Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan, and many more where the beauty of the images help us reflect more clearly on Jesus’ message.

Are you being called deeper this Lent, into the mystery of God and the Holy Spirit, through conversion? The answer is yes for all disciples!

DATES: MAR 3 - APR 7, 2022 (Thursday evenings, 7:00 PM)

LOCATION: This study will meet in-person in the Parish Center and/or the classrooms. Participants agree to abide by our COVID-19 guidelines.

RESOURCES: Participants will be provided a printed copy of the downloadable study guide. An optional writing journal may be purchased separately for $14.95 (link below):


Rescued People Rescue People

Disturbed by the chaos going on in our country, the world, and even in the Church? These are not dark days but great days to be alive! God is not nervous or anxious. He has a plan to get his world back and he’s chosen us for this moment.

Jesus rescued us from the hands of the enemy and unending death, restored our access to the Kingdom of heaven, and has commissioned us as disciples to rescue others. We invite you to our 5-week fall/Advent study to become better equipped to answer his call.

If the Holy Spirit prompted you to share the life-changing message of the gospel with a family member, friend or stranger, would you be confident to do so? It’s easier than you might think. We’ll be using the book Rescued by Fr. John Riccardo to learn how to present the gospel message as the answer to four simple questions:

  • Why is there something rather than nothing?
  • Why is everything so obviously messed up?
  • What, if anything, has God done about it?
  • If God has done something, how should I respond?

As Christians, we are called to make our entire lives a response to the heroism and sacrificial love Jesus displayed. Rescued people rescue people!

DATES:  NOV 4 - DEC 9, 2021 (Thursday evenings, 7:00 PM) except Thanksgiving Day

LOCATION: This study will meet in-person in the Parish Center and/or the classrooms. Participants agree to abide by our COVID-19 guidelines.

RESOURCES: Participants will purchase their own copy of the book Rescued from The Word Among Us (or from Amazon). The book should be purchased before the study commences.

NOTE: You may preview the Foreward, Introduction and Chapter 1 of the book on Amazon (i.e., "Look inside" the Kindle version).


To learn more, please contact Chris Stier at 937-557-1711, ext. 102 or [email protected].