Feb 12

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.


Feb 12

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca, Pastor of St. Bernardine Church in Forest Park invites Ascension Parishioners to join him on a pilgrimage to Italy. Click on the title above to learn more and download information.

Jan 31

Lent begins March 6! We are eager to invite you to be part of a faith sharing group this Lent.

Our Faith Sharing Groups have become a popular way to deepen prayer and understanding of Sunday readings, while at the same time gathering in small groups to build community. Don't miss this opportunity! 

If you are new to the parish, this is a great way to get to know other members and neighbors!

Jan 9
Join us at Circle Lanes in Forest Park for some Family Fun! 

Saturday, January 26 | 4-6 pm 
Pizza, cookies and juice boxes will be provided by Ascension Parish.
**Cash Only** and Pay once you check in at Circle Lanes. Click on the link below to reserve your spot!

Family Bowling Night

Jan 7

Remember to leave your Three Kings “action figures” out on your counter for a couple of weeks after you put your manger scene and Christmas decorations away. They can remind you to consider the following in connection with the gifts they offered the Christ-Child:

Jan 2


Dear Friends,

Christmas marks the event 2018 (or so) years ago when God took on our human flesh and our human nature. It sounds crazy to imagine that God became one of us, but this is the radical step we believe He took. He did this in order to begin the process of repairing the relationship between Himself and humanity that was damaged in the Fall. We look at the Christ-child and see what a powerful act of trust and solidarity it was for God to become utterly vulnerable (is there anything more vulnerable than a baby?) We know that this vulnerability resulted in his eventual death, but He was vindicated when He rose from the dead.

Jan 2

On January 1, hundreds from throughout the Chicago-land area gathered to sing and pray for peace at the annual New Year's Day Taizé Prayer Service for the World Day of Prayer for Peace. Thank you to David Anderson and all those who make this moving prayer event possible. If you have not yet checked out Taizé at Ascension, mark your calendar! This monthly event draws people from all over the area. We gather the first Friday of the month in February-December at 7:30 pm in the Church. Go to our facebook page for a video from last night's service (viewed nearly 1,000 times already!)

Dec 27

Join us on January 1 to honor the Feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. We will gather for Mass at 9:00 am