Spiritual Life

Adult Formation Committee

The Adult Formation Committee plans a variety of formational and educational opportunities for adults at Ascension, such as Backyard Theology, the book or movie of the month series, and various lectures throughout the year.

Christian Contemplative Meditation Group 

Each Saturday morning, a group of ordinary men and women come together for a time of contemplative prayer. Together we share the practice of Christian meditation. We meet from 8:30 AM-9:15 AM.
The gathering includes a period of twenty minutes for meditative prayer followed by a brief time for conversation and sharing about personal experiences with contemplative prayer practice. 
Christian contemplation is attuning to God’s presence by simply being fully conscious in the present moment. Various tools include centering prayer, the Jesus prayer, the breath prayer, lectio divina, and labyrinth walking.
A weekly email reminder is sent to everyone on our list. All are invited to drop in occasionally or make this an ongoing practice. Give yourself the gift of time in God’s presence.
For more information or to be added to the email list, please contact David Anderson.

See photos from our Christian Contemplative Meditation Group HERE.


Men's Spiritual Formation Group

The Men's Spiritual Formation Group meets monthly on the third Saturday morning for Scripture reading, discussion, prayer, and fellowship in a relaxed and spiritually renewing environment. Men of all ages are welcome to come to the Pine Room. We begin about 7:30 AM and conclude by 9:00 AM.

Women's Spirituality Group

The Women's Spirituality Group gathers women in all stages of life, to strengthen our connection to our God by connecting with each other through reading, prayer, and reflection. We meet on the second Thursday of the month, October - May. Each year we use a new book as a foundation for discussion of our personal thoughts and experiences. All women of the parish are invited to join us.

Extending the Word

A small faith community gathers every Sunday at 10:15 AM in the Parish Center dining room for about an hour for shared prayer, discussion of the day's scripture and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to join this faith group.

Living the Word

Living the Word is a weekly scripture/reflection resource. This book can be purchased from the parish office for $10. Living the Word contains all of the Sunday and Holy Day readings for the year and is available in a new edition each November beginning with the season of Advent.

Parishioners and members of Ascension's staff share reflections based on the readings in Living the Word in a weekly electronic newsletter. Sign up for our weekly reflection!

Bible Study (Little Rock Series)

This group of 15-20 people, discuss Scripture with Catholic commentary to discover how God and the Bible relate to our every day lives. Each meeting includes prayer with and for each other. Audiotapes supplement the discussion. Two-hour morning sessions begin in the fall and again in the spring for a predetermined number of weeks. Little Rock Scripture Study is open to all adults. The group meets on Thursday mornings at 9:00 AM in the Parish Center.

Retreat Opportunities


Let us take a Journey

“By crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.”

Pope Francis, Misericordia Vultus, April 11, 2015

As part of the Jubilee of Mercy, Archbishop Cupich has designated 34 parishes and shrines in the Chicagoland area as Holy Doors, as Jubilee Pilgrimage Sites.

Let us take a journey, let us practice being pilgrims, let us walk through these Holy Doors.  Let us journey to churches new to us, let us experience each one’s unique beauty and, as we walk through these Holy Doors, let us contemplate God’s complete Mercy.

Let us begin now, let us plan our journeys, as an individual or as a group, before The Jubilee Year of Mercy comes to an end on The Feast of Christ the King, Sunday, November 20, 2016.

Listed below are some of the possible stops on your Journey.

St. Ferdinand Parish
5900 West Barry Avenue

Chicago, IL

The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

2520 West Lakeview Avenue

Chicago, IL

St. Hyacinth Basilica
3636 West Wolfram Street

Chicago, IL


St. Rita of Cascia Parish
6243 South Fairfield Avenue

Chicago, IL

St. Michael Parish – Old Town
1633 North Cleveland Avenue

Chicago, IL


St. Columbanus Parish
331 East 71st Street

Chicago, IL

Our Lady of Mercy Parish
4432 North Troy Street

Chicago, IL

Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica
3121 West Jackson Boulevard

Chicago, IL

St. Peter’s in the Loop
110 West Madison Street

Chicago, IL

St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish
1351 West Evergreen Avenue

Chicago, IL

St. Mary of Czestochowa
3010 South 48th Court

Cicero, IL

Holy Name Cathedral
State and Superior Streets

Chicago, IL

For the complete list of Jubilee Pilgrimage Site, please visit http://www.jubileemercy.org


Taizé Prayer