Lent 2018

Our Parish celebrates the holy season of Lent through the ancient disciplines of PrayerFasting, and Almsgiving.  

We invite you to join us in a new prayer experience, in a common fasting experience, or to help our  brothers and sisters in need through our community plans for almsgiving.


Lenten Regulations for Ash Wednesday to the Paschal Triduum - Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent. Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. 


 Prayer Vigil for Detained Immigrants

Every Friday from 7:15-7:45 a.m. at 1930 Beach Street in Hillside at ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) 

Small Faith Sharing Groups

Back by popular demand! This practice of small faith sharing is a wonderful way to engage in prayer as well as meet or deepen your relationship with other members of our Ascension Community. Go HERE for more information and to register.


Friday Fish Fry

All parishioners and friends of Ascension invited! February 16 & March 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Pine Rm

Meals $10 for full fish meal 
$7 for mac and cheese meal
soda, beer and wine available for purchase.
Details HERE


Join Ascension Women’s Cooperative for a
Morning of Reflection on PRAYER

 AWC will host Cathy Crino on Saturday February 24 at 9 a.m. in the Ascension Pine Room. Join Ms. Crino as she leads attendees in identifying and reflecting on different forms of prayer. More details HERE. 



Each week, our parish offers many  opportunities to gather with our faith community.  Join us!

Mass Times

Weekend Masses    Saturday at 5:00 p.m., and Sunday at 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.

Weekday Masses    Monday through Friday at 8:15 a.m.  Wednesday Evening at 6:00 p.m.


Rosary: Monday through Friday at 7:45 a.m.

Evening Prayer: Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.

Adoration: Wednesdays from 8:45-10 a.m. & Thursdays from 3-4:30 p.m.

Stations of the Cross: Friday Evenings at 6 p.m. on  February 16 & 23, and March 9, 16 & 23

Taizé Prayer: Friday March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Reconciliation During Lent

Individual Confessions:  Saturdays from 4-4:45 p.m., and after 5 p.m. Mass; Sunday mornings after 9 a.m. and before 11 a.m. Mass; Monday mornings after the 8:15 Mass; and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Communal Penance Service with individual confessions at St. Edmund Parish on March 19 at 7 p.m.

Other Spiritual Enrichment

Contemplative Prayer: Saturday Mornings Feb. 17-March 24 at 8:30 a.m.  

Private Prayer

Devotional Books available for daily personal reflection at the entrances of the Church.

Online Lenten Reflections by Bishop Robert Barron.  Sign up at lentreflections.com.

Daily Scripture at usccb.org  >> Bible >> Today’s readings


Go to our Around Town page for information on Lenten Programs and Retreat Opportunities in the Oak Park and Chicago area.


We invite you to join us each week and fast in a particular way.  As companions on this journey of Lent, fasting together will bind us more closely in Christ.


By William Arthur Ward

Week 1  Fast from judging others.  Feast on Christ dwelling in them.

Week 2  Fast from personal anxiety.  Feast on eternal truth.

Week 3  Fast from words that pollute.  Feast on phrases that purify.

Week 4  Fast from apparent darkness. Feast on the reality of light.

Week 5  Fast from shadows of sorrow.  Feast on the sunlight of serenity.

Week 6  Fast from emphasis on differences.  Feast on the unity of Life.


Once again Gina Orlando with the H.O.M.E. team has created a Lenten Carbon Fast Calendar with daily suggestions large and small to reduce energy usage and choose lifestyle changes that support our common home.  Check it out HERE




Welcome Home

Over the past 25 years, many Ascension families have volunteered to help provide emergency shelter through Housing Forward’s PADS program.  Many have wondered how we can help people move from the shelters and into permanent housing. This year’s Children’s Lenten Project (CLP) is going to do just that!

Our Lenten alms will help move five families out of the shelter and into homes through Housing Forward’s Supportive Housing Program. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to furnish five apartments with items that will transform them into homes. Let us Welcome Home our brothers and sisters in Christ this Lent.



Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl

Encounter Lent through the CRS Rice Bowl plan for prayer, fasting, and giving.  75% of your alms will support CRS programs around the world; 25% will stay in the Archdiocese of Chicago to help ease hunger and poverty locally. Pick up a bowl at the Church exits or go to crsricebowl.org for more information and to donate.