We are having the annual car wash fundraisers for ASP on Saturday June 2, 9, and 16 from 9 am-3 pm. If you would like more information about the ASP trip or the car wash, please contact Paul Kraft at firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Goto.
Do you like roller coasters? Ascension Youth Ministry is going on Friday, June 8 for a full day of fun. All youth, those entering 8th grade and up, are welcome. Please see the Ascension Youth Ministry Google Calendar https://goo.gl/aX3fRN for permission slip and details. RSVP by June 1. Spaces are limited - first come, first served. We are still looking for additional chaperones. If you are a Virtus trained adult and would like to go, please contact Matt asap.
There are a number of opportunities for faith growth over the summer for youth (high school and younger) in the form of retreats and camps. There are some very good personal witnesses of the power of the ECHO camp during the second half of this week's Lifelong Journey Radio show.
Go here for a more complete calendar of events
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Brief Description: The Discovery Retreat is for teens, put on by teens! It’s a 24 hour overnight experience of exploring faith and friendship with God and other Catholic teens. It’s a chance to Discover who God created you to be and how to begin living out that dream.
Age: Must have completed Freshmen Year in High School. This is generally intended for Outgoing Freshmen and Sophomores but is also appropriate for incoming Juniors and Seniors who have never gone on a retreat.
Dates: June 15-16 (F-Sa)
Location: St. Cecilia Parish Mount Prospect, IL
More information: Contact Matt Goto
Additional Notes: Limited to only a few applicants. Must be willing to commit to helping to bring (and lead) this retreat back to/at Ascension. This is not appropriate for someone who has already gone on a high school retreat, such as Kairos.
Brief Description: Listen to talks, have great discussions, engage in games relating to the themes of prayer, our identity, and our mission to love.
Age: Incoming High School Juniors, Seniors, and Outgoing High School Seniors
Cost: Early Bird $349 (ends on Monday, April 30, 2018), Regular: $399
Dates: June 25-28 (M-Th)
Location: Saint Xavier University 3700 West 103rd Street Chicago, IL 60655
Additional Notes: There is a young adult (post-freshman in college) training from June 22-25 (F-M). See the above link for more information about this.
One Bread, One Cup
Brief Description: At the conferences, youth and adults discover the Church's treasures of Word, Sacrament and Mission and enjoy opportunities for fellowship and fun through team building, outdoor recreation, a variety show and a dance. Participants come to appreciate the Benedictine balance of prayer, work and recreation.
Age: High School
Cost: ~$550 plus transportation
Dates: 4 conferences - June 11-15 (M-F), June 21-25 (Th-M), July 6-10 (F-Tu), July 16-20 (M-F)
Location: Conference 1-3: St. Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana (Southern Indiana), Conference 4: Conception Abbey, MO
More information: http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/youth/summer-conferences/ or contact Matt Goto.
Brief Description: A local summer Bible Study camp for grade schoolers (1st-6th grade) during the day and an exciting youth group experience for 7th-12th graders in the evening. This is a faith booster for Confirmation Candidates.
Age: 1st-12th grade
Cost: $60 per child / $40 for each additional child from the same immediate family
Dates: July 22-27 (Su-F)
For children entering Grades 1-6 this fall: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm Monday-Friday
For junior high/high school students: 7:00 to 9:00 pm Sunday-Thursday
Location: St. Luke Catholic Church River Forest, IL
Additional Notes: The grade school portion fills up fast. So if you are interested, please sign up promptly.
Ascension Youth Ministry consists of teens and adult volunteers and provides opportunities for service, faith formation and social activities. Its signature events – among many – are the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) and Youth Group meetings where we learn to bring our faith into our lives.
Ascension Youth Ministry’s (AYM) mission statement is: “a voyage of hope (from Confirmation forward) to anchor teens into a life-giving Eucharistic faith.” Why?
How is all this done? Through events offered monthly (or more!); Leadership opportunities (Peer ministry and ASP teen leaders); Retreats and lock-in’s; Social events; Service events & Mission trips; & prayer opportunities.
For more information, please contact our Youth Ministry Coordinator, Matt Goto.
On Saturday, April 21 the Austin community of St. Angela School welcomed an amazing crew of Ascension adults and teens to help build a beautiful green space where once stood only abandoned buildings. Thanks to the ASP leadership efforts of George Lyons and Paul Kraft, and a deeply embedded call to service that is the hallmark of Ascension Parish, this team helped us make great strides toward the transformation of our campus.
We prepared three large garden areas for planting; we built a retaining wall to prevent erosion; we moved four cubic yards of compost and twelve tons of cobblestone and probably another two of pebbles and sand; we constructed six Gabion benches and one thirty feet long Gabion wall. We moved slabs of marble, slabs of flagstone and kept nine wheelbarrows in constant motion.
It was wonderful for me personally to work with old friends—and the children they have raised to help others. I am proud to be part of a parish that rolls up its sleeves, and now to know that my connection to that parish was the impetus for their presence in a community that needs them so much.
On behalf of all of us at St. Angela – faculty, staff, boys and girls – thank you. We are profoundly grateful for your friendship.