Our Parish celebrates the holy season of Lent through the ancient disciplines of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.
We invite you to join us in a new prayer experience, in a common fasting experience, or to help our brothers and sisters in need through our community plans for almsgiving.
Lenten Regulations for Ash Wednesday to the Paschal Triduum - Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent. Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
Prayer Vigil for Detained Immigrants
Every Friday from 7:15-7:45 a.m. at 1930 Beach Street in Hillside at ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
Small Faith Sharing Groups
Back by popular demand! This practice of small faith sharing is a wonderful way to engage in prayer as well as meet or deepen your relationship with other members of our Ascension Community. Go HERE for more information and to register.
Friday Fish Fry
All parishioners and friends of Ascension invited! February 16 & March 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Pine Rm
Meals $10 for full fish meal
Join Ascension Women’s Cooperative for a
AWC will host Cathy Crino on Saturday February 24 at 9 a.m. in the Ascension Pine Room. Join Ms. Crino as she leads attendees in identifying and reflecting on different forms of prayer. More details HERE.
Each week, our parish offers many opportunities to gather with our faith community. Join us!
Weekend Masses Saturday at 5:00 p.m., and Sunday at 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Weekday Masses Monday through Friday at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday Evening at 6:00 p.m.
Rosary: Monday through Friday at 7:45 a.m.
Evening Prayer: Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.
Adoration: Wednesdays from 8:45-10 a.m. & Thursdays from 3-4:30 p.m.
Stations of the Cross: Friday Evenings at 6 p.m. on February 16 & 23, and March 9, 16 & 23
Taizé Prayer: Friday March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Individual Confessions: Saturdays from 4-4:45 p.m., and after 5 p.m. Mass; Sunday mornings after 9 a.m. and before 11 a.m. Mass; Monday mornings after the 8:15 Mass; and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Communal Penance Service with individual confessions at St. Edmund Parish on March 19 at 7 p.m.
Contemplative Prayer: Saturday Mornings Feb. 17-March 24 at 8:30 a.m.
Devotional Books available for daily personal reflection at the entrances of the Church.
Online Lenten Reflections by Bishop Robert Barron. Sign up at lentreflections.com.
Daily Scripture at usccb.org >> Bible >> Today’s readings
We invite you to join us each week and fast in a particular way. As companions on this journey of Lent, fasting together will bind us more closely in Christ.
By William Arthur Ward
Week 1 Fast from judging others. Feast on Christ dwelling in them.
Week 2 Fast from personal anxiety. Feast on eternal truth.
Week 3 Fast from words that pollute. Feast on phrases that purify.
Week 4 Fast from apparent darkness. Feast on the reality of light.
Week 5 Fast from shadows of sorrow. Feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Week 6 Fast from emphasis on differences. Feast on the unity of Life.
Once again Gina Orlando with the H.O.M.E. team has created a Lenten Carbon Fast Calendar with daily suggestions large and small to reduce energy usage and choose lifestyle changes that support our common home. Check it out HERE.
Over the past 25 years, many Ascension families have volunteered to help provide emergency shelter through Housing Forward’s PADS program. Many have wondered how we can help people move from the shelters and into permanent housing. This year’s Children’s Lenten Project (CLP) is going to do just that!
Our Lenten alms will help move five families out of the shelter and into homes through Housing Forward’s Supportive Housing Program. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to furnish five apartments with items that will transform them into homes. Let us Welcome Home our brothers and sisters in Christ this Lent.
Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl
Encounter Lent through the CRS Rice Bowl plan for prayer, fasting, and giving. 75% of your alms will support CRS programs around the world; 25% will stay in the Archdiocese of Chicago to help ease hunger and poverty locally. Pick up a bowl at the Church exits or go to crsricebowl.org for more information and to donate.