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Sep 17

With recent reports of cover-ups by some Bishops in our country regarding the sexual abuse of minors, many of us have felt deeply saddened and raw with grief and angry that our shepherds let our children down so badly.  The fact that we have made many attempts to improve our care and protection of children does not take away the fact that we have failed in many ways.  I say “we” collectively because we are all the Body of Christ and if one part hurts, we all hurt.  This i

Sep 17

Former and future pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Way of St. James) are invited to a gathering on September 19 at Ascension Parish in Oak Park, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Come to hear from French hôtes who welcome pilgrims from all over the world to their homes on the Via Turonensis (Paris-St. Jean Pied-de Port). Come for table discussion on our own camino: life lessons learned, friends made, graces received. Also present will be our newest Auxiliary Bishops, Mark Bartosic and Bob Casey, who themselves have walked the Camino. Refreshments will be served.

Sep 17

On Saturday October 6, Fr. Tom Donaldson CSSR, a Redemptorist priest, will present a morning of reflection in the Pine Room. His topic will be “Listening-The grace is in the conversation!” It will begin at 8:30 AM with a catered breakfast. Fr. Tom will speak to us, lead us in reflection, discussion and prayer. All men are welcome. Invite your friends. Please respond to Gene Wesolowski at by October 1st so that we can make sure we have enough food for everyone.


Sep 16

Fr. Robert Hutmacher, ofm and his classmates, Br. Bill Schulte, ofm and Br. Leo Geurtz, ofm celebrated their 50th Anniversary as Franciscan Friars on the Feast of St. Clare, August 11, 2018. Ascension congratulates them and gives thanks to God for their religious vocation. A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated on Saturday, September 15 at 5:00, followed by a joyous reception in the Pine Room with Fr. Bob's family, fellow friars and friends. May God continue to bless you!

Sep 14

This series offers lectures on Wednesdays at 7 pm from September 5-December 5, 2018. Program flyer HERE.