Dec 5

Join us at 7 pm on Wednesdays, December 5, 12 & 19 in the Church for a service of light, incense, silence, and intercession with psalms & carols of the season.

Dec 3

Please join us on December 4, 11, and/or 18 at 7 PM in the Parish Center for our Advent Series: Encountering Rich Treasures of our Catholic Faith.

For many of us, Advent means the bustle of decorating and cookie baking, family and social gatherings, gift purchasing, wrapping, and exchanging. We are surrounded with consumer messages even while we try to set aside time for the true message of this liturgical season: preparing for Christ to come again into our hearts, into our families, into our world! Somehow this disconnect leaves us wanting for something more.

You are invited to give yourself a gift this Advent and spend some time (re)discovering some of our rich Catholic treasures. This year on three Tuesday evenings in December, we will host a short (but spectacular!) series on some of our rich Catholic traditions. If you are interested in Catholicism or married to a Catholic or just feel it’s been a while since you had any formal Catholic teaching, this series is for you! Come for 1, 2 or all 3 evenings. Learn More:

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 30

Please join us on Saturday Nov. 3rd from 6-11 pm in Ascension School Gym for the Annual Men’s Bags tournament.  This is a great evening of fun, fellowship & food. 

Oct 28

All are invited to St. Vincent Ferrer Parish on Sunday, November 11 from noon-3 pm. Learn more HERE.

Oct 22

Ascension School is introducing a new program for school and parish families. Join us on Thursday, October 25th at 7 pm in the Ursuline Center, Ascension's new Library Resource Center, for "Positive Parenting!" This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to ask a neuropsychologist those tough questions about screen time, sibling dynamics, behavioral issues or negotiating friendships. 

Oct 8

The Vicariate IV Ministry Commission invites parishioners to a workshop to develop and share best practices on how to recruit volunteers for parish ministry and leadership. This workshop will take place at Our Lady of the Mount Parish - 2400 S. 61st Ave, Cicero, IL  60804 on Thursday, October 18 from 5:30-8 pm. Be a part of this effort! You may find this particularly helpful if you are a ministry or program leader or member. More details in the links below. Contact Jim Wojcik at j.wojcik@ascensionoakpark.com or (708) 848-2703 to RSVP. Please RSVP by October 10.

Letter from Jim Wojcik

Ministry Commission Workshop Flyer

Sep 19

Did you know that members of Ascension parish have helped a community initiative on Chicago's southwest side that has resulted in over 100 rehabbed affordable homes, reduced crime by 55% and improved schools? This is a neighborhood that, not too long ago, was plagued with over 700 vacancies...today there are less than 200. Be part of this effort!

Sep 17

With recent reports of cover-ups by some Bishops in our country regarding the sexual abuse of minors, many of us have felt deeply saddened and raw with grief and angry that our shepherds let our children down so badly.  The fact that we have made many attempts to improve our care and protection of children does not take away the fact that we have failed in many ways.  I say “we” collectively because we are all the Body of Christ and if one part hurts, we all hurt.  This i

Sep 16

Fr. Robert Hutmacher, ofm and his classmates, Br. Bill Schulte, ofm and Br. Leo Geurtz, ofm celebrated their 50th Anniversary as Franciscan Friars on the Feast of St. Clare, August 11, 2018. Ascension congratulates them and gives thanks to God for their religious vocation. A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated on Saturday, September 15 at 5:00, followed by a joyous reception in the Pine Room with Fr. Bob's family, fellow friars and friends. May God continue to bless you!