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. Our parish groups are always eager to welcome new participants.

Parish Ministries on Liturgy, Music, Pastoral Care, and Youth.
Parish Organizations to enhance Spiritual Life, Community, and to address Social Concerns
For volunteer opportunities in the Oak Park area, visit our Around Town Page.


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!


Formation Session for new Extraordinary Ministers of Communion and Lectors

The Vicariate IV Ministry Commission is sponsoring a Ministry Formation Session for those interested in being an Extraordinary Minister of Communion at Mass or a Lector.  This Vicariate wide formation session will be held at St. John of the Cross Parish, 5005 Wolf Road, in Western Springs on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 am until 1:30 pm (with a 30 minute break for lunch).  Once you have completed this session, there will be a practical training session for you at Ascension.  If you have considered being a part of these ministries here at Ascension, we ask that you attend this formation session.  Please contact Jim Wojcik at j.wojcik@ascensionoakpark.com with your name, email and phone number, by Monday, May 13, so that we can register you for this session.


Ascension Parish Ushers Needed

Women and men, high school age and older, are invited to serve as ushers at all of the Masses.  Ushers help greet parishioners before Mass, assist people in finding a seat, take up the collection, help when needed to direct traffic during Communion and hand out bulletins at the end of Mass.  You do not have to commit to serving at any particular Mass and you are welcome to sit with your family during the service.  We hope you will consider this opportunity to serve Ascension in this much needed role.  Please contact Phil Hausken at phil.hausken@gmail.com if you are interested or want to learn more.  Many thanks!

Join the Hospitality Team!

All parishioners of Ascension are invited to join our Hospitality Team! This group of women and men is charged with helping our parish be a place where all people who enter our doors feel welcomed at Ascension. The commitment is 6-8 times per year. Responsibilities include standing at the church entrances 15 mins before and 15 mins after Mass; and supporting our monthly coffee and donuts gatherings (2nd Sunday Hosptitality) by either directing people from the church to the location, or by serving as Hosts at the gathering to be sure that all who attend are welcomed and introduced to other parishioners and visitors. For more details, please email Juliette Doles at j.dols@ascensionoakpark.com. Thank you!

 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.


Updated April 29, 2019