May 20

Today! On Monday, May 20th, enjoy dine in, carry out or delivery at Lou Malnati's (1038 Lake Street in Oak Park) and 20% of total sales will be donated to the Ascension Appalachia Service Project. 11 AM-11 PM. Be sure to mention the fundraiser when you order or provide them with this flyer.

May 16

The following is from Cardinal Cupich.

As part of the commitment of the Catholic Church to protect minors and vulnerable people, the Holy Father has established a universal Church law by a motu proprio, “Vos estis lux mundi,” which creates new requirements for the reporting, handling and investigating sexual abuse and the mishandling of such misconduct, including cover-up, to and by Church authorities. This universal law goes into effect June 1, 2019 and includes measures already in use in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Please read the full statement.

May 16

The Ascension Men’s Club will be sponsoring the 4th Annual Brewery Tour event.  This year’s event will visit three breweries in Chicago – Motor Row Brewing, Moody Tongue Brewing and the Lo Rez Brewing.  The event is limited to 32 participants and will include a charter bus and refreshments on the charter bus.  Beer at the breweries

May 13

At Ascension we collect food on the third weekend of the month for the Pantry sponsored by the Men's group at our sharing parish, St. Martin de Porres in Chicago. 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.


May 13

Congratulations to the following children who received their First Holy Communion this past Saturday. Let us continue to pray for our children and their families on this special day. 


Dianiris Arona-Sanchez

Gabriella Binfa

Elizabeth Bradley

William Byrne

Margaret Mary Callaghan

Jenevieve Castaneda

Julia DeGroot

Alondra Gonzalez

Gabriel Lynch

Jacob Madrigal

Alexandria McGarry


Apr 29

On Sunday, April 28 and on Tuesday, April 30 Religious Education families will gather to celebrate and honor the 8th grade students.  They will be invited to continue their faith development through service to the parish, high school retreats and ASP.  Religious Education is a lifelong endeavor.  We support and encourage these young men and women in their personal growth in knowledge, love and service. 

Apr 29

In the community of Ascension we have 74 men and women who serve as catechists, catechist aides or help volunteer in the office for the Religious Education and SPRED Programs.  For the past year, they have been engaged in a labor of love – God’s love.  In the name of all the people of Ascension, we express our profound gratitude for the gift these catechists have given to our Parish.  I invite every parishioner to add their own prayers for these volunteers.  They do G

Apr 17

With the holiest of weeks among us, let's please remember the students in Rwanda who are sponsored by His Chase Foundation. 

Eighth grade Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Katrina Vainisi, visited these students a few weeks ago and dropped off school supplies and eyeglasses to them. The smiles were priceless on the students who received the generous donations of Ascension Parish. One aspect, though, that became very clear to her as she interacted with these kids was the fact that while they are attending wonderful schools in Rwanda, not all of them have the required school uniform. The kids expressed that they really wanted to be just like the other kids at school. It is our goal to get as many of these students in the required uniform. Please remember them as you drop off your alms boxes either before Holy Thursday or after Easter. Or you can donate online HERE. Thank you so much to all who have donated. Your gift is truly life-changing.

Apr 2

News from Mrs. Vainisi! " We visited Good Harvest School in Kigali yesterday and distributed school supplies. It was great seeing so many kids excited about them. An added bonus—they were studying prepositions! They could tell me what prepositions were and how they were used! That definitely warmed this English teacher’s heart. ❤️"

A big THANKS to all who contributed supplies for the students of Rwanda!

It's not too late to make a monetary donation! Go here to learn more.

Mar 18

Our parish is transitioning to a new online giving platform - GiveCentral. GiveCentral allows parishioners and families the ability to securely contribute online with ease and flexibility.  Why should I enroll with GiveCentral?

SET IT AND FORGET IT. You can sign up for automatic withdrawals using your checking account, debit card or credit card. Unlike our current online portal, GiveCentral allows you to donate electronically to ALL parish collections, including Sunday Offertory, 2nd Sunday Collections, Easter Collection, etc.

CUSTOMIZABLE ACCOUNT. You can update your donations, payment methods, and contact information at any time.

EASY RECORD KEEPING. After a donation processes in GiveCentral, an automatic receipt will be sent to your email address on file. You can view your account history at any time, and print off a tax letter at tax-time.

GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Give Central is PAPERLESS, eliminating your need to use paper envelopes or checks (you can still use your checking account but it would be an electronic debit from your checking account).

Go HERE to donate and create an account