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




Summer Lunches for the Needy: “TO SERVE THE LEAST AMONG US”….Pope Francis

We will again be hosting our Summer Lunch Program for the Needy, to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters, on the following Saturdays -

June 9
June 16
June 23
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21
August 4
August 11
August 18





We are in need of donations and volunteer help!


TO DONATE MONEY, SPONSOR A LUNCH, OR OFFER ANY OTHER ASSISTANCE, please contact: Bob Kutella at: (630) 863-1046 or

TO DONATE SUPPLIES FOR OUR GUESTS TO TAKE WITH THEM, place your donations in the church vestibule in the box marked summer lunches.

ALWAYS NEEDED ITEMS: New men’s and women’s socks and underwear, gently used gym shoes, t-shirts, jeans.

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS: Small or travel size toothpaste and toothbrushes, mouthwash, shampoo, soap, deodorant, sunblock, foot powder, disposable razors, breath mints. 

Through your generosity (this is 100% volunteer supported) last year we provided all these things to over 400 very appreciative guests.  Thank you very much in advance for your gifts.

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.


LEADERSHIP TRAINING. Saturday, June 16th, 2018. 9AM-3PM | McDonough Hall at Saint Giles Parish | 1101 Columbian Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302

Coffee & Registration will begin at 8:30AM.  Please arrive on time. 

Interested in tapping into your leadership potential?  Want to learn how to effectively build meaningful relationships so you and others can organize to improve your community?  Want to explore how Jesus and other biblical figures understood and approached leadership and justice?  If so, CSPL is offering a day-long community organizing and leadership training that is grounded in the Catholic theological and spiritual traditions.  If you are interested in participating, please contact John Barrett at 708.848.4179 and by June 14th, 2018

Better Angels Workshop

There’s a lot of stress these days among politically divided family members and friends. Polarized public conversations aren’t helping. Please join Better Angels,, for a workshop to sharpen skills for engaging in respectful conversations, those that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of relationships. When: On Saturday, June 16th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pmWhere: At Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street. Oak Park. This skills workshop is free of charge, but advance registration to the facilitator,, is required