Dec 10

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.


Dec 1

Despite the rain cookie and craft lovers turned out in droves on December 1st! Thanks to the many, many home bakers in our Parish and School there were plenty of cookies. The crafters welcomed browsers and purchasers until closing  time. Ascension Wome'ns Cooperative is grateful for all bakers, volunteers and crafters.

Oct 22

We are seeking new members to join us in developing and enhancing adult faith education at Ascension. This is a rewarding ministry where your talents will be most appreciated! Learn more by visiting our Adult Faith Formation webpage, and contact Cathy Hoffman at or 708-386-6134 for more information.

Oct 11

Perhaps you have made the rosary a regular part of your prayer life and can attest that the Rosary “is like an ancient treasure map. It has led countless men and women from all walks of life to the treasures of peace, joy, clarity, and contentment…you’ll find the Rosary is a rich prayer that can transform your life.” (

Perhaps you have never learned how to pray the rosary or are daunted by the many beads and repetitions….

Oct 10

All parishioners are invited to participate to share their sentiments about the ministry of their pastors. Please participate to help Fr. Hurlbert recognize his talents and grow to become a better priest and pastoral minister. The following two links include:

A letter of invitation and explanation from Bishop Manz

Direct link to online survey to share your feedback

Oct 5

Domestic violence thrives when we are silent.  Please join the Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry ('DVOM') for the following events as we raise awareness and work to end all forms of domestic violence, both physical and non-physical, within our parish and our community. Read More:

Sep 30

Beginning the first weekend in October we will be offering several new resources for use with school aged children in our parish to help them engage more fully in the Sunday Eucharist.

Read further to learn more!


Sep 30

From Fr. Hurlbert: Some wonder what, if anything, they can do besides pray about the matter of accountability of our bishops for the handling of clerical sexual misconduct. Writing directly to Cardinal Cupich or Bishop Manz (our area bishop) might be a proactive way to air concerns and respectfully demand change. To provide you an example, follow the link below to a letter written by the pastor of a Chicago parish who has worked to heal his people after they suffered there under the tenure of a notorious priest abuser.

In addition, there is an event coming up at Dominican University on October 9. The Siena Center at Dominican University is hosting a special evening of sharing, grieving, and responding to the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report. View below for more details.

An Open Letter to the US Catholic Bishops from Fr Larry Dowling, pastor of Saint Agatha Parish, Chicago

The Siena Center at Dominican University special evening of sharing, grieving, and responding to the recent Pennsylvanie grand jury report. October 9.