Peace & Justice Events and Volunteer Opportunities

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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.

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All are Invited to a Celebration of Advent with the Peace & Justice Committee

The Peace and Justice Ministry of Ascension Parish invites you to join us as we celebrate Advent and reflect on Justice and Justice With and For Women. We will gather on Monday December 10th from 7:30p - 9p in the Pine Room (entrance on Van Buren Street). We will share food and drink, and discuss ideas about Justice and Justice For and With Women and prayer! Please RSVP by this Friday, Dec. 7th, to Kelly Hendrickson ( or 630.730.5898) We look forward to journeying through Advent together!


Annual Candlelight Vigil to End Gun Violence

Oak Park Temple B’Nai Abraham Zion will host a Candlelight Vigil to End Gun Violence at 7:00 pm on December 13 in commemoration of the 6th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy as well as in memory of the 600,000 Americans killed or wounded by gun violence since December 2012.  The vigil is in partnership with the Newtown Action Alliance and one of hundreds of vigils nationwide.  Locally the vigil is sponsored by the Oak Park Temple B’Nai Abraham Zion, MOMS Demand Action Oak Park-Austin, Waging Peace of First United Church of Oak Park, Congregations Committed to Peace, Gun Responsibility Advocates, and Ascension Peace and Justice Committee.  All are invited to attend this Vigil at the Oak Park Temple B’Nai Abraham Zion, 1235 N. Harlem Avenue, Oak Park.

Gun violence has permeated every sector and locality of our society, from our homes and streets to our faith centers, schools, theaters, concerts, and hospitals. We gather in prayer and solidarity, committed to addressing the root causes of gun violence including the stark rise in hate crimes.  This year we will honor the work of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the organization specifically named by the shooter in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. Please bring a small holiday gift or gift card, non-perishable food item, or a financial donation (check made out to HIAS -Chicago). 

For more information, contact Celine Woznica at or 708-383-8619.                                                                                                          


Thirteenth Annual Posada sponsored by Immigration Ministry

Friday, December 14, 2018 from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. 101 West Congress Parkway. Route: From Correctional Center (71 West Van Buren Street), DePaul (1 East Jackson Boulevard), Federal Plaza, and St. Peter’s (110 West Madison Street) 

Ascension Christmas Angel Project: Not too late to participate!

We thank everyone who picked up an angel tag.  If you did not get a tag you can still help by purchasing a grocery or retail store gift card. We are always in need of these additional gift cards or any monetary donations. This year the Ascension Christmas Angel Project will be assisting: Ascension parishioners in financial need, St. Martin de PorresFranciscan Outreach and Catholic Charities Family Strengthening Center in Berwyn. We will be providing gifts, gift cards, and food gift cards.  

If you have gifts to drop off, go to the Ascension school gym (enter off Clarence Ave) on Friday, Dec. 7 between 4:00pm-8:00 pm.  We will sort gifts for delivery on Saturday, December 8. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Kathie Walsh at (708) 366-0884 or Lynne Nacke at (312) 933-2230.

ST. EDMUND CHURCH (Oak Park) Monthly Prayer Vigil to End Gun Violence 

“The last Saturday of each month, please join us on the rectory lawn from 6:30 to 7pm for our monthly Prayer Vigil to End Gun Violence. It is our way of standing against the culture of violence in our country. We also urge legislators to understand the urgency of this issue.”

Interfaith Prayer Vigil

Join us every First Friday of the month for the Interfaith Prayer Vigil at Broadview (1930 Beach Street). We gather in solidarity with people who are detained or being deported.” (1 Block WEST of 25th Ave., 1-1/2 blocks SOUTH of I290, between Lexington and Harvard)



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