Jan 31

Join Fr. Anthony Gittins, an international speaker, author and professor, as he discusses the topic of "Growing in Discipleship." Fr. Gittins has traveled the globe as an anthropologist and theologian. He continues to consult and offer workshops in more than 35 countries. He is the author of fifteen books on theological and anthropological topics, on mission, and on spirituality. We are thrilled to welcome him to Ascension Church for a morning retreat.

Jan 21

You're invited to celebrate the World Day of Marriage at the 5 pm Mass on Saturday, February 9th. We'll have a Renewal of Vows and a Marriage Blessing followed with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the Pine Room. Mark your calendars, gather your friends, and then enjoy an early Valentine’s Day dinner afterwards. This year’s event is sponsored by our Marriage Mentors and the Knights of Columbus. We hope you will join us!

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 2

On the Feast of the Holy Family we heard the Gospel story of when Joseph and Mary, worried sick, finally found the 12-year-old Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem. This was a family not without its stress and challenges. Recall that soon after Jesus was born they became refugees, fleeing to Egypt to avoid Herod's murderous bloodbath (not everyone was so fortunate: the feast of the Holy Innocents, the children that were murdered with the hope that Jesus would be among them, is celebrated each December 28th). In recent years we have become more aware of various refugee situations throughout the world, including those knocking on the door of our own country as they seek to escape the poverty and violence of their homelands.

Thank you to Celine Woznika, Mary Catherine Meek, the Peace & Justice committee, and the many volunteers who made this happen. The display of crèches from around the world was a powerful reminder of the connection between refugees today and the Holy Family. Thank you to Aracely's Bakery for donating delicious pan dulce and other delicious baked goods; and to the representatives from Loom and Catholic Charities Resettlement Services who were on hand to answer questions and share information. And thank you to the Art Institute of Chicago for donating tickets. 

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Learn how Climate Change forces all too many from their native homes.
Dec 27

Join us January 1, 2019 for Taizé Prayer for the World Day of Prayer for Peace at 7:30 pm in the Church.



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 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!