Oct 15

Men of the parish invited this Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 am in the Parish Center to share our experiences of living a Christian life. We socialize, pray, and read and reflect on the upcoming Sunday Scripture.

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

Oct 5

Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00 pm in the Pine Room

In our 24/7 media-dominated culture and where lying has become “normal,” where disregard for ethical norms and behavior has infected our families, workplaces, churches, politics, how do we form and nurture our conscience?  Adult Faith Formation Committee in partnership with Religious Education invites adults and teens to a presentation with questions and answers by Dr. Gina Wolfe, Professor of Theological Ethics at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.  Refreshments will be served at 7:00pm and the talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm. Learn More:

Oct 5

Please join us for a special presentation by Beth Isaacs from Illinois Birth Justice on Monday, October 29th in the Pine Room from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.  Beth Issacs founded IBJ in 2015 with the intention to bring assistance and support to incarcerated pregnant women and new mothers before, during, and after birth to build positive futures for themselves and their families. Come hear about her journey of how Illinois Birth Justice came to be and all the services and resources IBJ now provides to these young women.

You also find more information by visiting their website: www.illinoisbirthjustice.org.


Sep 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. 

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!

Sep 10

Join us as we honor and celebrate the

Golden Jubilee of Fr. Bob Hutmacher, ofm, and his Brothers Bill Schulte, ofm and Leo Geurtz, ofm

This event is to give thanks for their 50 years as Franciscan Friars




with a picnic fare dinner of sandwiches, salad and chips, along with beer, wine, water, coffee & Cake!


To help us celebrate we invite you to...

Volunteer! Help set up, clean up or assist during the event. Donate! We are looking for appetizer donations. To volunteer or donate appetizers, follow THIS LINK to sign up.

Participate in a parish-wide gift! We invite you to donate cash or check. Please drop off your donation in the offertory at Mass, at the Parish Center during office hours, or place in the Parish Center mailbox if after office hours. Be sure to mark the donation for Fr. Bob Golden Jubilee gift.

Don't miss this special opportunity to celebrate Fr. Bob, his family and his fellow Brothers, and to show our appreciation to Fr. Bob for his immense contribution to Ascension Parish. See you on the 15th!

Reception will take place in the Pine Room - 601 Van Buren Street - Enter Door 1 and follow stairs down.

Sep 4

Join Ascension Women's Spirituality Group in the Parish Center dining room.  Visiting begins at 7:00 PM and the meeting starts at 7:30 PM.  Participants are to buy their own books. This year's text is "The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation", Richard Rohr, with Mike Morrell.  The Divine Dance is available thru the Book Table or on line.

For the September meeting, please read The Dedication, The Foreword, and through page 32 in the Divine Dance. Anne Murphy and Charlotte Sugg will lead the first session and map out readings for sessions through May.  Participants will be asked to volunteer as co-leaders for remaining sessions on the second Thursday of the month running through May 2019.

All are welcome.  If you have not been able to do the readings, just come and join us.