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

Retreat to Wisconsin

It’s Spa time for your Soul

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”      Mother Teresa

 

Commit to a retreat this summer and embrace the beauty of Wisconsin, the strength that comes with solitude and the contagious energy of growth. 

When people ask the question, “What you did you do on your summer vacation,” what a reply you will have!

 

SIENA RETREAT CENTER
www.racinedominicans.org/retreats.cfm
Order: Dominican
Phone: 262-639-4100
Location: 5635 Erie Street, Racine, WI 53402 

 

REDEMPTORIST RETREAT CENTER
www.redemptoristretreat.org/Default.asp
Order: Redemptorist
Phone: 262-567-6900
Location: 1800 North Timber Trail Lane, Oconomowoc, WI 53066

 

HOLY HILL GUEST HOUSE
www.holyhill.com/index.php/guest-house
Order: Carmelite
Phone: 262-628-5286
Location: 1525 Carmel Road, Hubertus, WI 53033

 

SAINT VINCENT PALLOTTI RETREAT CENTER
http://www.pallottines.org/page10.html
Order: Pallottine

Phone: 262-723-2108
Location: N6409 Bowers Road, Elkhorn, WI 53121

DURWARD’S GLEN
durwardsglen.org/index.html
Order: Our Lady of the Rosary Group
Phone: 608-356-8113
Location: W11876 McLeisch Road, Baraboo, WI

 

NORBERTINE CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY
www.norbertines.org/norbertine-center-for-spirituality/retreats/
Order: Norbertine
Phone: 920-337-4300
Location: 1016 North Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115

 

THE BRIDGE-BETWEEN RETREAT CENTER
www.bridge-between.com/index.php
Order: Dominican
Phone: 920-864-7230
Location: 4471 Flaherty Lane, Denmark, WI 54208

 

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE
www.jesuitretreathouse.org/

Order: Jesuit
Phone: 920-231-9060
Location: 4800 Fahrnwald Road, Oshkosh, WI 54902

 

MARYWOOD FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER
www.marywoodsc.org/index.php
Order: Franciscan
Phone: 715-385-3750
Location: 3560 Highway 51 North, Arbor Vitae, WI 54568 

 

CARMELITE HERMITAGE
www.community.pressenter.net/~carmelit/hermit.htm

Order: Carmelite
Phone: 715-386-2156
Location: 430 Laurel Ave., Hudson, WI 54016

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A MOMENT TO RETREAT

Summer, hopefully, allows us a moment’s break from the schedules and tasks of our rigorous daily routines.  It is the season to rejuvenate ourselves.  What better way to do this than to take ourselves away, to retreat, in order to nourish not only our body but our soul. 

This summer, consider pausing for a few moments to enjoy the incredible peace one can experience by participating in a Spiritual Retreat.  Listed here are just a few of the many lovely places that will foster one’s inner peace and growth.

 

CENACLE RETREAT CENTER
http://www.cenaclesisters.org/chicago/retreats-programs
Order: Cenacle Sisters
Phone: 773-528-6300
Location: 513 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614 
 

MONASTERY OF THE HOLY CROSS
http://chicagomonk.org/
Order: Benedictine
Phone: 773-927-7424
Location:  3111 South Aberdeen Street, Chicago, IL 60608 

 

OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS HOUSE OF PRAYER
http://www.lemontfranciscans.org/ourladyoftheangelshouseofprayerretreatc...
Order: School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King
Phone: 630-257-8368
Location: 13820 Main St, Lemont, IL 60439
 

BELLARMINE JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE
http://jesuitretreat.org

Order: Jesuit
Phone: 847-381-1261
Location: 420 West County Line Road, Barrington, IL 60010 

MARYTOWN RETREAT HOUSE
http://marytown.com/retreats-conferences
Order: Franciscan
Phone: 847-367-7800, ext. 225
Location: 1600 W. Park Ave.,‎ Libertyville, IL 60048 

 

CARMELITE SPIRITUAL CENTER
https://carmelitespiritualcenter.org
Order: Carmelite
Phone: 630-969-4141
Location: 8433 Bailey Road, Darien, IL 60561 
 

MAYSLAKE MINISTRIES
http://www.mayslakeministries.org/index.php
Phone: 630-268-9000
Location: 450 East 22nd Street, Suite 170, Lombard, IL 60148 
 

LA SALLE MANOR RETREAT CENTER
http://www.lasallemanor.org
Order: Brothers of the Christian Schools
Phone: 630-552-3224 ext. 102
Location: 12480 Galena Road, Plano, IL 60545 

 

ONE HEART, ONE SOUL SPIRITUALITY CENTER
http://www.sscm-usa.org
Order: Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary (SSCM)
Phone: 815-937-2244
Location: 2041 West State Route 113, Kankakee, IL 6090l

And if the open road is calling, please know that there are many tranquil retreat centers not only in Illinois but Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.  We would be happy to help you locate one.  Please contact us at monicaroseriley@yahoo.com.

“Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us.”

St. Teresa of Avila

 
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