Jan 17

All men of the parish are invited to join us this Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 am in the Parish Center. We socialize, pray and read and reflect on the upcoming Sunday Scripture.

Jan 17

Join us for formation training on January 19 from 11 am-12:30 pm in the Church. Email David Anderson at d.anderson@ascensionoakpark.com if you plan to attend. Learn more.

Jan 16

​The HOME Team Invites you to a free movie for all ages! Come see a free showing of "Wasted: The Story of Food Waste" on Tuesday, January 22 at 6:30 at the Oak Park Library. This movie is shown courtesy of the Interfaith Green Network of which Ascension is a member. Please register here and view our flyer for more details.

Jan 15

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.


Jan 9
Join us at Circle Lanes in Forest Park for some Family Fun! 

Saturday, January 26 | 4-6 pm 
Pizza, cookies and juice boxes will be provided by Ascension Parish.
**Cash Only** and Pay once you check in at Circle Lanes. Click on the link below to reserve your spot!

Family Bowling Night

Jan 7

Remember to leave your Three Kings “action figures” out on your counter for a couple of weeks after you put your manger scene and Christmas decorations away. They can remind you to consider the following in connection with the gifts they offered the Christ-Child:

Jan 2


Dear Friends,

Christmas marks the event 2018 (or so) years ago when God took on our human flesh and our human nature. It sounds crazy to imagine that God became one of us, but this is the radical step we believe He took. He did this in order to begin the process of repairing the relationship between Himself and humanity that was damaged in the Fall. We look at the Christ-child and see what a powerful act of trust and solidarity it was for God to become utterly vulnerable (is there anything more vulnerable than a baby?) We know that this vulnerability resulted in his eventual death, but He was vindicated when He rose from the dead.

Jan 2

On January 1, hundreds from throughout the Chicago-land area gathered to sing and pray for peace at the annual New Year's Day Taizé Prayer Service for the World Day of Prayer for Peace. Thank you to David Anderson and all those who make this moving prayer event possible. If you have not yet checked out Taizé at Ascension, mark your calendar! This monthly event draws people from all over the area. We gather the first Friday of the month in February-December at 7:30 pm in the Church. Go to our facebook page for a video from last night's service (viewed nearly 1,000 times already!)

Jan 2

On the Feast of the Holy Family we heard the Gospel story of when Joseph and Mary, worried sick, finally found the 12-year-old Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem. This was a family not without its stress and challenges. Recall that soon after Jesus was born they became refugees, fleeing to Egypt to avoid Herod's murderous bloodbath (not everyone was so fortunate: the feast of the Holy Innocents, the children that were murdered with the hope that Jesus would be among them, is celebrated each December 28th). In recent years we have become more aware of various refugee situations throughout the world, including those knocking on the door of our own country as they seek to escape the poverty and violence of their homelands.

Thank you to Celine Woznika, Mary Catherine Meek, the Peace & Justice committee, and the many volunteers who made this happen. The display of crèches from around the world was a powerful reminder of the connection between refugees today and the Holy Family. Thank you to Aracely's Bakery for donating delicious pan dulce and other delicious baked goods; and to the representatives from Loom and Catholic Charities Resettlement Services who were on hand to answer questions and share information. And thank you to the Art Institute of Chicago for donating tickets. 

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