Jun 14

A "Protecting God's Children for Adults" training session will be conducted in the Ursuline Center of Ascension School on Wednesday, July 10th, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  The training educates participants on the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and how to prevent it.  This training is a compliance requirement for all employees and volunteers who work with children and young people in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Register at https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/index.cfm. If you are unable to attend on July 10, we will host another training at Ascension school on September 4th.

Jun 13

Congratulations to David Anderson, Ascension’s Director of Music who is the first awardee of “Pastoral Musician of the Year” from the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Well deserved! 

Jun 10

"At World Youth Day, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world were speaking many different languages as we worshipped together.  It made me think of the first Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit empowered the Apostles to proclaim the message of God in numerous languages."


Jun 10
STEM Gardens Galore - thanks to our staff, HOME team volunteers, students and donors
Ascension has some new student  gardens!  These gardens and their upkeep support more STEM learning in our students. Thanks to HOME team members, teachers, staff, our amazing students and also to some donors.  We are grateful.
Jun 10

Registration is now open for ACES (Ascension Children Embrace Service), a new youth group forming for any child of the Ascension parish community in first through fifth grade.

The youth group will run every other month throughout the school year (September- May), and will meet on Sunday afternoons. At each of the four meetings, the group will complete a service project. (For example, putting together toiletry kits for PADS, etc.)

Jun 10

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.


Jun 3

Looking to strengthen your marriage? Christian Family Movement (CFM) has been working with couples since the 1950’s to strengthen marriages and to foster discipleship in Christ. Using an “Observe, Judge, Act” format, couples are encouraged to examine a variety of issues in families, the Church, and the society at large in a meeting which begins with prayer, is informed by Scripture, and encourages personal reflection and faith sharing.

May 28

Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity Immigration Ministry

In Fall 2018, the Administration issued a Presidential Determination (PD) setting the annual U.S. refugee admission level at 30,000 refugees, the all-time-lowest number in the history of resettlement. This record low comes when there are over 25 million refugees worldwide with 1.4 million needing resettlement. The average refugee admission goal over the nearly 40 years of the program has been 95,000.

May 28

Calling all 1st through 5th graders!

As Catholics, we are called to share our Christian story. Every Catholic, at every age, can spread God's word through service to others. The youth group will focus on service projects, for any child of the Ascension parish community in grades 1-5, providing them an opportunity to give back in an age-appropriate manner.

Registration is now open for ACES (Ascension Children Embrace Service), a new youth group forming, for any child of the Ascension parish community in first through fifth grade.

May 28

Parish Organization and Ministry leaders may submit their requests for calendar dates, for meetings and events, for the period of July 15, 2019 – June 30, 2020.  Current leaders were already sent an email with complete information and asked to forward that email to the new group leader, if there will be someone new for the coming year. These request should be sent directly to Jim Wojcik, at the parish office, at j.wojcik@ascensionoakpark.com by Monday, July 1, 2019.  It is most helpful for your group to submit dates for the entire period as indicated above.