Apr 22

At Ascension we collect food on the third weekend of the month for the Pantry sponsored by the Men's group at our sharing parish, St. Martin de Porres in Chicago. 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.


Apr 17

With the holiest of weeks among us, let's please remember the students in Rwanda who are sponsored by His Chase Foundation. 

Eighth grade Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Katrina Vainisi, visited these students a few weeks ago and dropped off school supplies and eyeglasses to them. The smiles were priceless on the students who received the generous donations of Ascension Parish. One aspect, though, that became very clear to her as she interacted with these kids was the fact that while they are attending wonderful schools in Rwanda, not all of them have the required school uniform. The kids expressed that they really wanted to be just like the other kids at school. It is our goal to get as many of these students in the required uniform. Please remember them as you drop off your alms boxes either before Holy Thursday or after Easter. Or you can donate online HERE. Thank you so much to all who have donated. Your gift is truly life-changing.

Apr 2

News from Mrs. Vainisi! " We visited Good Harvest School in Kigali yesterday and distributed school supplies. It was great seeing so many kids excited about them. An added bonus—they were studying prepositions! They could tell me what prepositions were and how they were used! That definitely warmed this English teacher’s heart. ❤️"

A big THANKS to all who contributed supplies for the students of Rwanda!

It's not too late to make a monetary donation! Go here to learn more.

Mar 18

Our parish is transitioning to a new online giving platform - GiveCentral. GiveCentral allows parishioners and families the ability to securely contribute online with ease and flexibility.  Why should I enroll with GiveCentral?

SET IT AND FORGET IT. You can sign up for automatic withdrawals using your checking account, debit card or credit card. Unlike our current online portal, GiveCentral allows you to donate electronically to ALL parish collections, including Sunday Offertory, 2nd Sunday Collections, Easter Collection, etc.

CUSTOMIZABLE ACCOUNT. You can update your donations, payment methods, and contact information at any time.

EASY RECORD KEEPING. After a donation processes in GiveCentral, an automatic receipt will be sent to your email address on file. You can view your account history at any time, and print off a tax letter at tax-time.

GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Give Central is PAPERLESS, eliminating your need to use paper envelopes or checks (you can still use your checking account but it would be an electronic debit from your checking account).

Go HERE to donate and create an account

Mar 12

Thank you to our gardening friends- Adeline, Leo, Henry, and Brian - and Nora, Ryan, Kyle and Courtney -  who joined Community Gardeners Pete Sluka and John Owens this past Saturday to create window sill gardens for Seedling Saturday. Spring is near! Learn more about Ascension Community Gardeners

Mar 12

Join us in prayer for Zander Stripe, a parishioner and Candidate for initiation into the Catholic Church. Here is Zander with his parents and Godmother at the Rite of Election at the Cathedral this past weekend.

Mar 11

Fr. Bob Hutmacher, ofm Leads the 2019 Parish Mission at St. Philip the Apostle, Addison, IL

Today, Sunday,  March 10 - Lead Us Not into Temptation: What Keeps Us from God?

Monday, March 11 - Forgiveness: a Lost Art

Tuesday, March 12 - Carry the Cross with Joy? It Is Possible.

All sessions begin at 7:00 pm in the church.


Mar 8

There are many opportunities to deepen your prayer life this Lent. Be sure to check out this webpage listing the many opportunities for prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Contemplative Prayer will meet at its usual weekly time this Saturday at 8:30 AM in the Church. Guided by David Anderson, this 45 minute 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. Learn more.