There is no greater gift than giving of oneself

The Ascension Parish family is one that relies on the gifts of our community to provide a high level of service to its parishioners and surrounding communities.  

We invite you to get involved in one of our many organizations. Below you will find a few specific opportunities that are upcoming or ongoing, or we invite you to visit the following pages with additional information on parish ministries and organizations.

Parish Ministries on Liturgy, Music, Pastoral Care, and Youth.
Parish Organizations to enhance Spiritual Life, Community, and to address Social Concerns


For questions or additional information, please contact the Parish Center at (708) 848-2703 or email Jim Wojcik at j.wojcik@ascensionoakpark.com

We thank you for your commitment to our community!


Summer/Fall 2018

Support the Shawnash Institute Bake Sale on September 8

The mission of the Shawnash Institute is to support the purchase of fresh produce by nearby food insecure folks at the Oak Park Farmers Market. We support the Market’s matching value coupon program for LINK card holders and recently began partnering with local churches and social service organizations to expand access to healthy food to their clients. Visit our website for more details.

Our fellow parishioner, John Owens, serves as the Institute's Bake Sale Chairman. Support this year's bake sale! Saturday, September 8 at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market (Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake St).

Bakers can drop of their donations on the morning of the event, between 7 and 9 at our tent. Look for the Shawnash banner. Or goods can bood dropped off on Friday, September 7 at John's home (708 Clarence Avenue), or Warren and Mary Pat Bakker’s home at 126 South Scoville.  If you wish to volunteer for a two-hour volunteer slot, please call John at 708 846-1827. 

Here are some resources that John provides to assist volunteers. Thank you!

Be an Angel: Volunteer with the Dominican Literacy Center

The Dominican Literacy Center is in great need of women volunteers for its 2018-2019 session, which begins this September. This program offers tutoring in speaking, writing, and reading of English to immigrant women in the Melrose Park area. A time commitment of 90 minutes per week is all that is necessary. Check out this FLYER for details.


Hines VA Chaplain needs Volunteer Help

The VA Chaplain needs a few volunteer ministers to assist veterans at their 11 am Sunday Mass services in Extended Care Center/Hospice at Hines VA, Maywood.  

If you are interested in volunteering to help the VA Catholic Chaplain, call and leave a message or email John Nally, 708-802-4847 or john4159@yahoo.com, for more information.


 Ascension Angel Cooks

Are you recovering from surgery? Is there a newborn in your house making it impossible to even microwave a meal? Perhaps your neighbor has lost a loved one and could use a home-cooked meal. Ascension Angel Cooks want to help! We'll deliver a ready-to-eat meal to make dinner a little less of a burden during your time of need. Last year, we cooked over 200 meals for families in the Ascension community!

To make arrangements for meal delivery - either for yourself or to schedule meals for another member of our community, email ascensionangelcooks@gmail.com and we will work with you to schedule a meal. Meals will be provided as many days per week as needed. If you are interested in volunteering to cook for Ascension families in need, visit our Lotsa Helping Hands Sign Up.


Proclaiming the Word of God: Lector

We invite you to serve as a Lector! Check back for upcoming dates!

The training has two parts: An initial session in the choir room of the Church , followed by a 2nd session at a later scheduled date. 

To learn more, please contact Jim Wojcik (in person at 808 S. East Ave., email: j.wojcik@ascensionoakpark.com, or call 708-848-2703). Please plan to pick up a book to review prior to the first session.  

Sharing the Body and Blood of Christ: Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

We invite you to serve as a Minister of Communion! Our next training session will take place with David Anderson on -

Check back for future dates!

If you think being a Minister of Holy communion is a ministry you might be interested in, please contact Jim Wojcik at the parish office. 

We would also strongly encourage married couples, especially those with younger children, to consider being trained together and serve individually at Masses where you attend and participate at Mass as a family.