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The Bible in a Year Podcast

Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast, hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins, guides Catholics through the Bible in 365 daily episodes starting January 1st, 2021.
Each 20-25 minute episode includes:

  • two to three scripture readings 
  • a reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz
  • and guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word.

Download the Podcast in your app store or click here.

The Catechism in a Year Podcast!

With Fr. Mike Schmitz

If you have ever wanted to understand what it means to be Catholic and allow those truths to shape your life—this podcast is for you! Starting January 1, 2023 (though you can begin whenever you want).

Abiding Together Podcast

Abiding Together is a weekly podcast hosted by Michelle Benzinger, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, and Heather Khym, providing a place of connection, rest and encouragement for people who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ.

Download the podcast on your app store or visit their website.

Pray As You Go

Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly while travelling to and from work, study, etc.
A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. It is not a ‘Thought for the Day’, a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer.
Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.
The aim is to help you to:

  • become more aware of God’s presence in your life
  • listen to and reflect on God’s word
  • grow in your relationship with God

The style of prayer is based on Ignatian Spirituality. It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of Jesuits, both in Britain and further afield, and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. Although the content is different every day, it keeps to the same basic format.
We also have a number of prayer tools, retreats and resources to help supplement your prayer life.​

Download the app on your app store or visit their website.

Catholic Distance University

Take advantage of Catholic Distance University’s Independent Study and/or Seminar courses offered throughout the year.  Everything is on-line where you can learn from the comfort of your home.  Take classes such as The Gospel of St. Matthew, What Catholics Should Know about Islam, and The True Story of the Crusades.  The University has a relationship with the Diocese of Arlington which brings the cost of one course to only $30!  Please look into this opportunity as growing in your faith is a life long journey.

Find out more information at their website.

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