Advent at Ascension Parish

Join us for one of our many community gatherings!
2018 Schedule of Programs

updated Monday, December 10, 2018

Advent Week 3  Community Prayer Services   

Advent Evening Prayer. Wednesdays, December 5, 12, and 19 at 7 pm in the Church

Contemplative Prayer. Saturdays, December 15 and 22 at 8:30 am, in Church

Communal Reconciliation Service. Monday, December 17 at 7:00 pm at St. Giles Church

Please join us at our daily and weekend Masses, daily Rosary and weekly Sacrament of Reconciliation. View our schedule here.

Ascension School & Religious Education Prayer Services

Ascension School Grade 1-3 Christmas Concert. December 13 at 7 pm in Church

Sunday Religious Education Advent Pageant. December 16 at 10:10 am in Pine Room

Ascension School Early Childhood Christmas Sing. December 17 at 5 pm in Church

Tuesday Religious Education Advent Pageant. December 18 at 7 pm in the Pine Room

Ascension School Advent Prayer Service. December 21 at 9:30 am in the Church


Advent Week 3  A Special Advent Series: 
Encountering the Richness of our Faith                      

For many of us, Advent means the bustle of decorating and cookie baking, family and social gatherings, gift purchasing, wrapping, and exchanging. We are surrounded with consumer messages even while we try to set aside time for the true message of this liturgical season: preparing for Christ to come again into our hearts, into our families, into our world! Somehow this disconnect leaves us wanting for something more.

You are invited to give yourself a gift this Advent and spend some time (re)discovering some of our rich Catholic treasures. This year on three Tuesday evenings in December, we will host a short (but spectacular!) series on some of our rich Catholic traditions. If you are interested in Catholicism or married to a Catholic or just feel it’s been a while since you had any formal Catholic teaching, this series is for you! Come for 1, 2 or all 3 evenings.

Please join us on December 4, 11, and/or 18 at 7 PM in the Parish Center as we explore Prayer, Sacraments, Mary, Saints, and Church. Depending on the topic(s) and evening conversation, we will conclude around 8:30 PM. To learn more or to register, please email Mary Catherine at or call 708-434-1533. (It’s helpful to know numbers for handouts, but feel free to come last minute.)


Advent Week 3 Community Programs
Order Luminarias & Help us Light the Way

We invite you to take part in the traditional Luminaria custom of lighting the way for the Christ Child. The last day to place your order for Luminaria is Thursday, December 13. Pickup will take place after the Masses on December 15 & 16. Please pay at pick-up. Thank you for supporting this long standing Religious Education fundraiser! Luminaria Order Form




Christmas at the Movies

Saturday, December 22. Christmas at the Movies! All are invited to join us for a FAMILY CHRISTMAS MOVIE at 6 pm in the Pine Room. There will be children's crafts, pizza and cash bar. Please RSVP. Brought to you by the Ascension Knights of Columbus.




Honoring Refugee Families on the Feast of the Holy Family 

All are invited to the Pine Room (lower level of the school) after all morning Masses on Sunday, December 30 to honor the story of the Holy Family and their flight to a foreign land out of fear for the life of their newborn Son. Nativity scenes from around the world will be on display for the event, celebrating the story of the Word Made Flesh in different cultural settings. There will be over 40 crèches from Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Africa – all telling the same Nativity Story. Families are welcome and refreshments will be served. Representatives from Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement services will be in attendance and will be selling homemade items from Loom, a women’s artisan collaborative sponsored by Catholic Charities that provides additional income for refugee families as well as community support and friendship. Monetary donations to the work of Catholic Charities will also be welcome. This event is sponsored by Ascension Peace & Justice.

If you have a Nativity scene you would like to bring and display, you are most welcome! For more information, contact Celine Woznica at or 708-383-8619. 


2018 Christmas Season


Christmas Eve Masses

December 24 at 4:00 pm with Schola, and 6:00 pm with Choristers

Carols at 10:30 pm with Mass at 11:00 pm


Christmas Day Masses

December 25 at 9:00 and 11:00 am with organ and instruments


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Saturday, December 29Mass at 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 30 - Mass at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 5:00 pm


Mary, The Holy Mother of God - Tuesday, January 1

Mass at 9:00 am

Taizé​ Prayer for the World Day of Prayer for Peace at 7:30 pm


The Epiphany of the Lord

Saturday, January 5 - Mass at 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 6 - Mass at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 5:00 pm


The Baptism of the Lord

Saturday, January 12 - Mass at 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 13 - Mass at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am & 5:00 pm