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!

Nov 15

Each year, Catholic Choirs throughout the United States are encouraged by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians to offer a musical event in honor of Saint Cecilia, the patroness of music. Ascension's Saint Cecilia Sing was presented on Sunday, November 12 at 7:00 PM.
The Ascension Choir and Schola, led by Director of Music David Anderson shared an hour of songs of praise and thanksgiving, joined by a string quartet and including Scripture and prayers.
A free-will offering was collected and shared with Housing Forward and the Oak Park Food Pantry. 

Sep 13

God our Father, in the wake of disaster, visit our places of desolation with your consolation.
Bring strength to the weary and courage to those who feel overwhelmed.
We believe that you hold our concerns in your Fatherly care, and that you entrust us to one another as sisters and brothers.
Mobilize your people near and far to feed the hungry, shelter the displaced, and protect those in deepest poverty.
As we rebuild what is ruined, may we recover together as a stronger community. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Jan 18


-Please click on the following link to read this FIRST ENCYCLICAL by Pope John XXIII released at the Vatican on June 29, 1959-


Nov 21

Come together to remember the more than 120,000 Americans killed by gun violence
since the Sandy Hook massacre.
Help us shine a light on this tragic toll.


Join with the Newtown Action Alliance and other Gun Violence Prevention groups

and attend a Candlelight Prayer Vigil

Wednesday, December 14, 2106 at 7:30 PM 
following Advent evening prayer at 7 PM

Nov 15

Find Gratitude and Give Thanks

Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 7 pm
Oak Park Temple
1235 N. Harlem Avenue in Oak Park
Keynote Speaker: Xavier McElrath-Bey
Senior Advisor and National Advocate
with The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

Free Event.  All are welcome.
Optional good will offering will be collected in support of the Holiday Food and Gift Basket and Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth.

Aug 29

Pope Francis has declared September 1st as an Annual Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, in union with the churches of the East, who have done so for some time now. Mass on Thursday morning is at 8:15 AM, and we will celebrate a Service of the Word at 7 PM.  The evening Liturgy of the Word includes, scripture, song, silence, intercessory prayer, blessing with holy water, and a preached reflection by Gina Orlando on our call to connect more deeply to the earth and its peoples. This will be our second year to offer this service. Invite your friends!

Aug 16

Contemplative Prayer / Made Simple with Sr. Kathryn Hermes, DSP

Sr. Kathryn Hermes, DSP has written several books on prayer and spirituality and will share

her insights and experiences with us.


For beginners and those already on the path.

Morning of Reflection September 10, 2016 -- 8:30–11:45 AM


Have you ever wanted to pray and not known where to begin?

What are the best ways to settle down so you can focus on prayer?

Jul 3

Fr. James F. Hurlbert, our new pastor.