Pastoral Care

Ministers of Care

Ministers of Care are commissioned by the Archdiocese of Chicago to visit, bring Eucharist and share faith with the sick and homebound in senior residences, nursing homes, hospitals, and in parisioners' homes. Forty to fifty individuals are ministered to on a weekly basis. As part of a parish team, the ministers coordinate a weekend in October when the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is celebrated at all Masses, and an All Souls' Prayer Service in November where we remember all who have died in the past year. They also assist in educating Religious Education students on the significance of ministering to the homebound and our sick parishioners.

Angel Cooks

Have a newborn? Surgery? Bereavement? Hardship? If you know someone who could use a hand with meals, our Angel Cooks want to help. We'll drop off a ready-made dinner with just a little notice. It's the little things that bring a parish together. Remember us for your family or for someone you know. To make arrangements, send an email to

Hospital Visits

Anointing of the sick is available to those suffering from physical, mental, and spiritual sickness. If you would like a priest to make a hospital visit, please call the Parish Office at 708-848-2703.

Bereavement Support Group

A six-week program to help those experiencing the loss of a loved one is facilitated at Ascension several times a year in a small group setting.