Nov 21

National Vigil to End Gun Violence

Come together to remember the more than 120,000 Americans killed by gun violence
since the Sandy Hook massacre.
Help us shine a light on this tragic toll.


Join with the Newtown Action Alliance and other Gun Violence Prevention groups

and attend a Candlelight Prayer Vigil

Wednesday, December 14, 2106 at 7:30 PM 
following Advent evening prayer at 7 PM

News and Events

What's Happening around Ascension

Submit a Space Request

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Space requests must be submitted in advance of any event or meeting taking place on the Ascension campus.  Requests are subject to availability.

Nov 20

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"Be Peace" by Fr. Bob

Follow this link to read Fr. Bob Hutmacher's recent publication in the November 2017 St. Peter's Legionnaire.


Nov 16

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Register for Advent Wreath Making Party by November 19

Complete this form and submit by November 19.  You may submit in one of three ways: 1) print it and bring to the Advent sale on November 19, 2) bring to your child's religious education or school classroom on or before the 19th, or 3) you may comp

Nov 15

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Adult Faith Formation Book Discussion on "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande

November 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pine Room. Books available for checkout at Maze Library, 845 Gunderson. 

Join us as we discuss "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande. Dr. Gawande brings his medical expertise as a surgeon and professor of public health to the topics surrounding end of life decisions. This book was discussed widely through the library's One Book-One Oak Park series. We hope to add some spiritual reflection to this issue. 


Nov 15

St. Cecilia Sing

Each year, Catholic Choirs throughout the United States are encouraged by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians to offer a musical event in honor of Saint Cecilia, the patroness of music. Ascension's Saint Cecilia Sing was presented on Sunday, November 12 at 7:00 PM.
The Ascension Choir and Schola, led by Director of Music David Anderson shared an hour of songs of praise and thanksgiving, joined by a string quartet and including Scripture and prayers.
A free-will offering was collected and shared with Housing Forward and the Oak Park Food Pantry. 

Peace & Justice Programs at Ascension or in your neighborhood

Upcoming Peace & Justice Events

Look here for upcoming P&J programs at Ascension and in your neighborhood

At Ascension Parish, you will find a passionate and caring community committed to extending a helping hand and building awareness of the deep injustices we find in our community and beyond.

Check back regularly for upcoming programs at Ascension and in our community as we strive for




Nov 14

Monthly Food Collection for St. Martin Catholic Church this Sunday

Don't forget your bag of nonperishable food items! On the 3rd Sunday of the month at all Masses we collect nonperishable food items for St. Martin food pantry, which is sponsored by their Men's Group. If you are unable to bring in a bag of groceries but would like to contribute, we invite you to write a check made out to "St. Martin Catholic Church," write "pantry" on the memo line and place it in the collection basket any time during the month. The Men's Group always has to buy more than we donate so all donations are greatly appreciated!

Nov 14

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Purchase your Christmas Wreath by November 19 and Support the Boys Scouts

To order, go to or click here for a printable form.