Jun 22

Thank you to all the men who came out to learn more about a Knights of Columbus council at Ascension. We are excited by the positive response! More details to come.

Jun 18

If you would like to donate your garden surplus to a good cause, volunteers from the Ascension Community Gardener group will be in the Parish Center Parking Lot and Community Garden Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm until dusk this summer accepting donations for St. Martin’s Food Pantry.   Harvest  and donations for May 29 amounted to 44.15 lbs.

For more information, please call John Owens at 708 846-1827 or Ceal Bacom at 708-386-0577.



Jun 2

We will again be hosting our Summer Lunch Program for the Needy, to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters, on the following Saturdays -

June 9

June 16

June 23

June 30

July 7

July 14

July 21

August 4

August 11

August 18


We are in need of donations and volunteer help!


TO DONATE MONEY, SPONSOR A LUNCH, OR OFFER ANY OTHER ASSISTANCE, please contact: Bob Kutella at: (630) 863-1046 or rjk671@yahoo.com.

TO DONATE SUPPLIES FOR OUR GUESTS TO TAKE WITH THEM, place your donations in the church vestibule in the box marked summer lunches.

List of Items to donate:

May 30

West Cook Wild Ones is selling easy native garden kits. For each kit sold, $8 will be donated to Ascension School's newly formed Green Team. Win Win! 

Kits of 10 plants are available for sun or shade cost $35-40. Pickup is June 2. 

Go to http://tinyurl.com/wcwo2018 for plant information and photos and how to order. 

View this flyer for full information.

May 21

Your legendary generosity really shined forth in our first ever local Children's Lenten Project.  This year we partnered with Housing Forward to create CLP'18 Welcome Home.  We hoped our CLP alms would help five families move out of the emergency shelter and into homes, through Housing Forward's Supportive Housing Program.  Or goal was to raise $10,000 to furnish five apartments.  We did not meet our goal...we surpassed it!  We raised $14,157.24 which means we will  be furnishing six apartments!  Thank you for your Lenten prayers, fasts and alms which have

May 9

Gina Orlando, head of Ascension's HOME Team (Honoring Our Mother Earth), along with Carolyn Cullen and her daughter Mary, show off the new Monarch Waystation certification sign in the parish center native garden. Its milkweed plants provide food for Monarch caterpillars and its other native plants have welcomed Hummingbirds and Goldfinches.

May 7

To the members of our Catholic community: 

Friend and dedicated public servant, Oak Park Chief of Police Anthony (Tony) Ambrose is in urgent need of a live liver donor.  He is receiving care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as he is in liver failure due to Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH). This condition is a very serious and silent disease with few symptoms, and has progressed so quickly in Tony there is irreversible damage. His only hope is receive a liver transplant from a live donor.  While his family searches for a donor match, we wanted to bring this situation to the attention of the community in the hope that someone will step forward and offer Tony the gift of life. If a donor is a match, they would donate part of their liver to Tony. The liver heals quickly and regrows to replace the donated piece.

More details:

Apr 30

Ascension lunchroom 3rd annual waste audit results

Apr 30
This past Sunday, Community Garden volunteers handed out beautiful Forsythia branches in exchange for a donation to the Ascension Community Garden.

Ascension Community Gardeners gather to plan in January, repair raised beds in March, plant seeds in April and May and harvest on Tuesdays all summer and early autumn. Produce is given to the St Martin de Porres Food Pantry. New gardeners are always welcome and no experience is necessary. This is a fun activity for families. Contact John Owens at owens708@comcast.net or 708 846-1827 for more information.

Apr 30

On Saturday, April 21 the Austin community of St. Angela School welcomed an amazing crew of Ascension adults and teens to help build a beautiful green space where once stood only abandoned buildings.  Thanks to the ASP leadership efforts of George Lyons and Paul Kraft, and a deeply embedded call to service that is the hallmark of Ascension Parish, this team helped us make great strides toward the transformation of our campus.