Ascension Women's Cooperative

The AWC fosters a relationship with all women of the parish to bring various ministries together, to bridge relationships across generations, to gather school and religious education families together, and to address the needs of the parish, our community and the world at large.

The AWC organizes a number of events throughout the year to provide social and spiritual opportunities and to raise funds to support Ascension’s ministries and other worthy causes. We also sponsor the Angel Cooks Ministry to provide meals for parishioners in times of need. We sincerely hope to increase participation from all women of the parish. If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, please email

Knights of Columbus

Have you been looking for an opportunity to give back to your parish?  Perhaps raise money or volunteer for the Special Olympics or Habitat for Humanity?  Are you a Catholic male over the age of 18? If you are interested in learning more, please email Ryan Patrick at

Living Your Strengths Team

Ascension’s Living Your Strengths journey helps parishioners identify one's God-given talents, determine how to develop them into strengths, explore how these talents and strengths can be applied into all aspects of one's life, and develop a greater sense of community with other Ascension parish members. More than 350 Ascension community members have participated in this program, including parish staff, lay leadership and school faculty. Living Your Strengths is offered as a gift -- free of charge -- to parish members. The process begins with completion of the Clifton StrengthsFinder online assessment prior to a four-hour retreat held in the Parish Center. Workshop dates and registration are available at For more information, contact Kelly Conroe at

Maintenance Committee

The role of the Maintenance committee is to advise the Pastor and Staff on proper maintenance of our physical Properties. Our Committee is best served by parishioners who have a background in the trades or engineering or architecture or Parishioners with some construction knowledge or cost analyzation experience. A practical committee, we do not spend time on personal reflections or changing the world. There will be no reading assignments except to compare proposals. In short, we identify a project, determine the best way to address it and make recommendations to the Pastor and Staff.  If you would like to serve on this committee, please contact Bob Kane through the Parish Office.

Men's Fellowship Group

Looking to build friendships with other men of the parish?  The Ascension Men's League provide social activities to grow fellowship at Ascension.Contact Tony Roche at  or sign up here.

New Horizons

New Horizons is a group of women and men 55 and older who meet every third Tuesday of the month in the Pine Room from 1:30-3:00pm.  We gather together to discuss and share many different topics of religion, society, the arts and our Church community throughout the year. Contact person: Carole Woods 708-848-9254.

P.O.L.O. (Parents of Little Ones)

Are you a parent of a baby or preschooler?  Parents of Little Ones is a ministry that forges spiritual, supportive, and social connections for families with children aged newborn through kindergarten within the Ascension Church community. We have a weekday playgroup and various monthly gatherings such as a Moms' Faith Sharing Circle, Ladies Night Out, and Guys Night Out. Seasonal events for the whole family include movie nights, holiday parties, and family picnics.  Life changes a lot with that first newborn. It changes again sending that last Kindergartener to school. For those days and everything between, friendships within the P.O.L.O community support the journey. For more information or to be added to our contact list, email  Go HERE for a list of our upcoming events (updated weekly).

Scouting Programs
Boy Scouts

Sponsored by the Men's Club, these programs, Tiger/Cub/Boy Scouts, offer boys 6-18 years old, an opportunity to learn responsibility, citizenship and how to work with others. Support our annual fundraiser and purchase a Christmas Wreath!

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts, a non-profit organization that offers a program for boys "designed to achieve objectives in character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness. With strong adult leadership, members are guided to develop the traits of character, self-reliance, consideration of and help to others, personal courage, and citizenship."


Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts provide a time for girls to get together to socialize and to participate in community work. Individual troops take part in different community service jobs, such as picking up litter around church, planting flowers in the Spring, buying presents at Christmas time for families at St. Martin DePorres, visiting nursing homes and making presents for the Ronald McDonald House.