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 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 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. 


Jul 18

Thanks to all the POLO Dads and Men of Ascension that volunteered to cook at Ronald McDonald House this past Saturday - they served almost 60 guests! What a great event and hopefully a tradition we can continue every summer.


Jul 18

Our abundant Community and Native Gardens were showcased on Sugar Beet’s Edible Garden Tour this past Saturday.   Thank you and congratulations to our committed volunteers!

We invite you to visit our gardens in the backyard of the Parish Center anytime and even volunteer on Tuesdays at 6:30 to pick produce (contact John Owens at or just pop by). Or you can help to make our native gardens grow (contact Carolyn Cullen More information about our gardens is on our web page.


Jul 16

Congratulations to Jackie O'Brien, Ascension parishioner and recent graduate of Ascension's Religious Education program, and teammate Paige Braun, for their outstanding performance at the 2018 Special Olympics in Seattle! Jackie and Paige took home bronze medals for their impressive performance in Unified Bocce. Check out the following video of Jackie and Paige after they clenched the gold medal at State earlier this year.

The Ascension community is so proud of you!