Aug 13

At Ascension we collect food on the third weekend of the month for the Pantry sponsored by the Men's group at St. Martin Parish. Bring your bag(s) of nonperishable grocery items to Mass this weekend and place on the alter during the collection of gifts, or at one of the Church entrances.

Some of you cannot carry heavy bags of groceries. You have the option of giving a check to further this work. Make out the check to "St. Martin Catholic Church," put "pantry" on the "for" line and drop it in the collection basket any time during the month. The men always have to buy more than we donate and this helps them. We are always grateful for whatever you do to help these wonderful men.


Aug 12

If you are a Catholic male over the age of 18 and are interested in joining the Knights of Columbus, we will be having our first-degree initiation ceremony as a group in preparation for the Ascension Council’s formation. Because we have a large group of men, we will be holding two ceremonies to accommodate as many as possible. Feel free to join us in the Pine Room at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 16. You must complete a form-100 prior to beginning the ceremony.

Aug 12

Women’s Spirituality Series Continues

Please join us for week 5 - Closing the Door - on Monday, August 13.

Shelby Boblick of St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Parish will continue her facilitation with discussion of Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self by Joyce Rupp (2008).

Duplicate sessions are offered each Monday of the series at 1 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.  (No need to come at the same time each Monday; whatever works with your schedule.)  Sessions last no longer than 90 minutes. 

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Aug 7

Parish Families! All families are invited to learn more about a program offered through Religious Education entitled FAMILY FAITH FORMATION

Please join us tonight at 7:30 pm in the Parish Center (808 S. East Avenue) to learn more. 

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Aug 7

As you may have read or heard, the Archdiocese of Chicago is moving forward on its Renew My Church plan of bringing parishes together in groupings and, in some cases, merging parishes to create new structures for bringing faith to life. One tool which the Archdiocese has been encouraging is the reading of a book Divine Renovation: Bringing your parish from maintenance to mission written by Fr. James Mallon. We would like to offer all parishioners an opportunity to engage in conversation about this important book. Join us on the following Saturdays from 1-2:30 pm - August 18 and 25, September 8, 15, 22, 29. 

Please register by this Friday, August 10 by sending our Pastoral Associate, Mary Catherine Meek,  an e-mail at We look forward to a great discussion!

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Jul 26

Thank you to everyone who joined us this year for the BYOB Theology Series. We hope to see you again next year!

Jul 25

All young adults ages 21-39 are invited to come out and join young adult groups from across the Chicago area in the 2nd Annual 6-on-6 Catholic Young Adult Volleyball Tournament! The tournament will be on Sunday, August 5th from 10 am-1 pm at North Avenue Beach in Lincoln Park. With over 100 participants in the first edition, we're expecting another huge turnout for an awesome day of fun, friends, and volleyball! Register at by Wednesday, August 1st and don't miss out!

Jul 21

Today after the 5:00 mass, Mrs. Kathy Walsh, family and friends gathered near the statue of Mary. Last fall, a young flowering crab tree was planted in hopes it would thrive in this location. Fr. Hurlbert spoke of Deacon Joe Walsh, in whose memory the tree was planted. Today the tree and a plaque were blessed with Holy Water and the Our Father was recited. Ascension was blessed to have Deacon Walsh serve here for nine years. He had attended Ascension School, and was a parishioner for 66 years. Look for Deacon Walsh's tree behind Mary on the East Avenue side.

Jul 20

Thank you to all who joined us at last night's BYOB Theology Series with the Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima, S.T.D.! Our final program for this year's 3-part series will be next Thursday evening, July 26 at 7:30 pm in the Ascension School Pine Room. Join us! More details on our Adult Faith Formation Committee webpage.