Sep 24

Domestic violence thrives when we are silent.  Please join the Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry ('DVOM') for the following events as we raise awareness and work to end all forms of domestic violence, both physical and non-physical, within our parish and our community. Read More:

Sep 19

Did you know that members of Ascension parish have helped a community initiative on Chicago's southwest side that has resulted in over 100 rehabbed affordable homes, reduced crime by 55% and improved schools? This is a neighborhood that, not too long ago, was plagued with over 700 there are less than 200. Be part of this effort!

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

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.


Sep 13

The Stewardship Committee extends its thanks to everyone who participated and made it a successful and vibrant Ministry Fair. Want to learn more about a particular ministry? Toggle over Parish above, then go to Ministries or Programs. Or we invite you to email Jim Wojcik, parish office administrator, at, and he'll connect you with the appropriate ministry or organization contact.

Sep 10

Join us as we honor and celebrate the

Golden Jubilee of Fr. Bob Hutmacher, ofm, and his Brothers Bill Schulte, ofm and Leo Geurtz, ofm

This event is to give thanks for their 50 years as Franciscan Friars




with a picnic fare dinner of sandwiches, salad and chips, along with beer, wine, water, coffee & Cake!


To help us celebrate we invite you to...

Volunteer! Help set up, clean up or assist during the event. Donate! We are looking for appetizer donations. To volunteer or donate appetizers, follow THIS LINK to sign up.

Participate in a parish-wide gift! We invite you to donate cash or check. Please drop off your donation in the offertory at Mass, at the Parish Center during office hours, or place in the Parish Center mailbox if after office hours. Be sure to mark the donation for Fr. Bob Golden Jubilee gift.

Don't miss this special opportunity to celebrate Fr. Bob, his family and his fellow Brothers, and to show our appreciation to Fr. Bob for his immense contribution to Ascension Parish. See you on the 15th!

Reception will take place in the Pine Room - 601 Van Buren Street - Enter Door 1 and follow stairs down.

Sep 10

At Ascension we collect food on the third weekend of the month for the Pantry sponsored by the Men's group at St. Martin Parish. Bring your bag(s) of nonperishable grocery items to Mass this weekend and place on the alter during the collection of gifts, or at one of the Church entrances.

Some of you cannot carry heavy bags of groceries. You have the option of giving a check to further this work. Make out the check to "St. Martin Catholic Church," put "pantry" on the "for" line and drop it in the collection basket any time during the month. The men always have to buy more than we donate and this helps them. We are always grateful for whatever you do to help these wonderful men.


Sep 4

Join Ascension Women's Spirituality Group in the Parish Center dining room.  Visiting begins at 7:00 PM and the meeting starts at 7:30 PM.  Participants are to buy their own books. This year's text is "The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation", Richard Rohr, with Mike Morrell.  The Divine Dance is available thru the Book Table or on line.

For the September meeting, please read The Dedication, The Foreword, and through page 32 in the Divine Dance. Anne Murphy and Charlotte Sugg will lead the first session and map out readings for sessions through May.  Participants will be asked to volunteer as co-leaders for remaining sessions on the second Thursday of the month running through May 2019.

All are welcome.  If you have not been able to do the readings, just come and join us.