Mar 21

Join Fr. Hurlbert for a Lenten Mission

"Renew My Search" 

St. Bernardine Church, 7246 Harrison St. in Forest Park

March 25-27 at 7:00 PM

Monday: “Open Our Eyes Wide Shut”

Tuesday: “Walking with God (¡Buen Camino!), followed by individual confession

Wednesday: “Renew My Search.”

Learn more


Mar 21

Join us in the Pine Room at 7:30 pm Thursday, April 4 when Fr. Robin Ryan helps us explore some of the resources in our faith tradition "that can help us to endure and to grow in our faith in times of suffering.”

A professor of systematic theology and director of the Master’s in Pastoral Studies program at Catholic Theological Union, Fr. Ryan will discuss this eternal dilemma that “can challenge (our) faith in the goodness of God.”

Enter Ascension School Door 1 at 601 Van Buren Street, Oak Park. Follow the stairs leading down. A lift is available. Light refreshments will begin at 7:15 PM with the program beginning at 7:30 PM. 

All are welcome. To ensure sufficient refreshments, we encourage you to register by contacting Mary Catherine Meek, our Pastoral Associate, at 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

Mar 14

Thank you to all who joined us for our 1st Lenten Fish Fry! Thank you to Jen Risley, Tory Patrick, The Knights of Columbus, Boys Scouts and all volunteers who made it a great success. And thank you to the very talented Irish Dancers for your excellent performance! Join us again on April 5 and April 12 from 5:30-7:30 in the school gym!

Mar 12

Thank you to our gardening friends- Adeline, Leo, Henry, and Brian - and Nora, Ryan, Kyle and Courtney -  who joined Community Gardeners Pete Sluka and John Owens this past Saturday to create window sill gardens for Seedling Saturday. Spring is near! Learn more about Ascension Community Gardeners

Mar 12

Join us in prayer for Zander Stripe, a parishioner and Candidate for initiation into the Catholic Church. Here is Zander with his parents and Godmother at the Rite of Election at the Cathedral this past weekend.

Mar 11

Fr. Bob Hutmacher, ofm Leads the 2019 Parish Mission at St. Philip the Apostle, Addison, IL

Today, Sunday,  March 10 - Lead Us Not into Temptation: What Keeps Us from God?

Monday, March 11 - Forgiveness: a Lost Art

Tuesday, March 12 - Carry the Cross with Joy? It Is Possible.

All sessions begin at 7:00 pm in the church.


Mar 11

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.


Mar 8

There are many opportunities to deepen your prayer life this Lent. Be sure to check out this webpage listing the many opportunities for prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Contemplative Prayer will meet at its usual weekly time this Saturday at 8:30 AM in the Church. Guided by David Anderson, this 45 minute gathering includes a period of twenty minutes for meditative prayer followed by a brief time for conversation and sharing about personal experiences with contemplative prayer practice.  Christian contemplation is attuning to God’s presence by simply being fully conscious in the present moment. Various tools include centering prayer, the Jesus prayer, the breath prayer, lectio divina, and labyrinth walking. Learn more.

Feb 19

We'll begin meeting on Tuesday, February 26 from 1:30-3:00 pm in the Parish Center. We'll gather twice a month and you're welcome to participate from home. We have large quantities of yarn available and patterns will be provided. Questions? Call Kathie Walsh at 708-366-0884.