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 2018


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.


Join a prayer group and say a decade of the Rosary to support our ASP participants! 

ASP teen and adult participants are leaving for Appalachia on July 21 and returning on July 28. If you are interested in being part of a prayer group that will say a decade of the rosary each day of the service trip, please contact Matt to be included in this group. Matt will contact you if you participated in previous years to see if you are still interested in praying for the ASP participants.


Welcome back our ASP teens and adult chaperones on July 28 and assist with unloading and cleaning out the vans

We are looking for volunteers to welcome the ASP participants back and help them with unloading and cleaning out the vans. We especially invite Confirmation Candidates, incoming freshmen and their families. This is considered a service hour opportunity for Confirmation Candidates. Email Matt Goto for information and to RSVP.


Summer Lunches are Back!  “TO SERVE THE LEAST AMONG US”….Pope Francis

We will again be hosting our Summer Lunch Program for the Needy, to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters, on Saturdays June 9, 16, 23 and 30, July 7, 14 and 21, and August 4, 11 and 18.

If you are able to work a lunch, donate food, money, sponsor a lunch, make bag lunches or offer any other kind of assistance, please sign-up HERE or contact: Bob Kutella at: (630) 863-1046 or rjk671@yahoo.com.

ALWAYS NEEDED ITEMS: New men’s and women’s socks and underwear, gently used gym shoes, t-shirts, jeans.

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS: Small or travel size toothpaste and toothbrushes, mouthwash, shampoo, soap, deodorant, sunblock, foot powder, disposable razors, breath mints. Please place your donations in the church vestibule in the box marked summer lunches.

Through your generosity (this is 100% volunteer supported) last year we provided all these things to over 400 very appreciative guests.  Thank you very much in advance for your gifts.


Justice Days: "Make a Difference Weekend" is coming August 3-5, 2018

Life is so busy. We’re pulled in many different directions, yet we want our actions to matter. Join us for any of 5 events taking place throughout the Chicago area designed to make a difference in the lives of children. Or gather and drop off supplies for one of our collections: school supplies for children in Chicago’s near west side neighborhood or books for underserved children in the larger Chicago area. By giving a couple hours of your time you CAN make a difference in the life of a child. Click the link about for more details or contact us at chicagojusticedays@gmail.com, or @chicagojusticedays on Facebook or Instagram

 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.