Peace & Justice Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Look here for upcoming P&J programs at Ascension and in your neighborhood


At Ascension Parish, you will find a passionate and caring community committed to extending a helping hand and building awareness of the deep injustices we find in our community and beyond.

Check back regularly for upcoming programs at Ascension and in our community as we strive for




Be an angel!!
We need your help!

The Dominican Literacy Center is in need of women volunteers for its 2018 winter/spring session.

This program offers tutoring in speaking and reading of English to women in the Melrose Park area.  It is unique in that it offers tutoring on a one-to-one basis (one student with one tutor).

A time commitment of 1 and1/2 hours per week is all that is necessary.  Classes are held at the Dominican Literacy Center, which is located at 1503 Rice St (in Sacred Heart Convent, 2nd. floor) in  Melrose Park.

Please contact Sr. Judith at the Center at 1-708-338-0659  for further information regarding the training sessions, by Feb. 28.


Prayer Vigil for Detained Immigrants. 

Join fellow parishioners every Friday from 7:15-7:45 a.m. at 1930 Beach Street in Hillside at ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). For details, call Pat McAnany 383-0415.

Companions Journeying together-Mother’s Day cards

Companions sends pretty writing materials to imprisoned women and juveniles so they have something to send their mothers or children at Mother's Day. Materials must be to them by March 10. 

Materials needed: postage stamps, stationary,  Mother’s Day, Thinking of You or blank cards, gallon zip lock bags, and donations to help cover delivery costs.  Make checks payable to “Companions Journeying Together”,

Material Drop off: place donations in an envelope and drop them in our box located in the small, south vestibule near the sacristy.  

Please do not give old stationary or cards and no cards with Masses or votive lights mentioned in them.  No stickers or anything attached to the cards.  The rules in our prisons are draconian.  We have less than a month to collect these items. Materials will be delivered to the inmates by March 10. Thank you!

United Power for Action and Justice invites all parishioners for an ACTION
March 11 from 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Maine East High School
2601 W. Dempster St
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Join us to take action on...

à Ending the incarceration of innocent people experiencing addiction and/or mental illness

à Building affordable and accessible housing for individuals, families and young adults

à Ensuring humane and legal treatment of immigrants and refugees throughout Illinois

à Demanding accountability from gun  manufacturers on development of “smart” guns and sales to “crime-gun” dealers

Flyer  HERE