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Advent Season 2018

Please take some time in prayer and reflection with us during this season of preparation and expectation.


Weekend Mass Schedule—Saturday at 5:00 pm

Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 5:00 pm

Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation)—Saturdays  from 4:00 pm—4:45 pm

Reconciliation Service—St. Giles, Monday, December 17 at 7:00 pm

Rosary—Monday through Friday at 7:45 am

Weekday Morning Mass—Monday through Friday at 8:15 am

Advent Evening Prayer—Wednesdays, December 5, 12 and 19 at 7:00 pm

Taizé Prayer—Friday, December 7 at 7:30 pm

Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation) —Saturday, December 8 Mass at 9:00 am

Contemplative Prayer—Saturdays, December 15 and 22 at 8:30 am


Advent Series - Encountering Some Rich Treasures of our Catholic Faith

Surprise! Advent is just around the corner once again!  For many of us, it means the bustle of the Christmas preparations in our homes, with decorating and cookie baking, with family and social gatherings, and gift purchasing, wrapping, and exchanging.  We are surrounded with consumer messages even while we try to set aside time for the true message of this liturgical season: preparing for Christ to come again into our hearts, into our families, into our world!  Somehow this disconnect leaves us wanting for something more.

You are invited to give yourself a gift this Advent and spend some time (re)discovering some of our rich Catholic treasures.  This year on three Tuesday evenings in December, we will host a short (but spectacular) series on some of our rich Catholic traditions.  If you are interested in Catholicism or married to a Catholic or just feel it’s been a while since you had any formal Catholic teaching, this series is for you! Come for 1, 2 or all 3 evenings.

Please join us on December 4, 11, and/or 18 at 7 PM as we explore Prayer, Sacraments, Mary, Saints, and Church. Depending on the topic(s) and evening conversation, we will conclude around 8:30 PM. To learn more or to register, please email Mary Catherine at or call 708-434-1533.  (It’s helpful to know numbers for handouts, but feel free to come last minute.)


Christmas Season 2018

The Nativity of the Lord


Christmas Eve – Monday, December 24

Mass at 4:00 pm – with Schola

Mass at 6:00 pm – Children’s Focus with Choristers

Carols at 10:30 pm with Choir – Mass at 11:00 pm

Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 25

Mass at 9:00 and 11:00 am


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Saturday, December 29 – Mass at 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 30 – Mass at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 5:00 pm


Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation) –Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Mass at 9:00 am

Taizé Prayer for the World Day of Prayer for Peace at 7:30 pm


The Epiphany of the Lord

Saturday, January 5 – Mass at 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 6 – Mass at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 5:00 pm


The Baptism of the Lord

Saturday, January 12 – Mass at 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 13 – Mass at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 5:00 pm





Regular Mass

Please also check the Calendar for special events and occasions. This schedule reflects our regular weekly schedule only.



4:00 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation

5:00 pm Sunday Vigil



7:30 am Mass

9:00 am Mass • The Ascension Schola provides the music on the second and fourth Sunday of each month; the Ascension Choristers (Youth) sing on the first and third Sundays of each month.

11:00 am Mass • The Ascension Adult Choir provides the music every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month, September through May.

5:00 pm Mass • Please Note: There is no 5:00 pm Mass during the summer from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.


Children's Liturgy of the Word • Sunday at the 9 am Mass

All children ages 4-8 are invited to participate, where they will experience the Word in an age appropriate language while adults may reflect on the Mass in the main sanctuary.

Please note there is no Children's Liturgy of the Word on Christmas, New Years Day, Palm Sunday, Easter, Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Child care • Available Sundays during the 9 and 11 am Masses 

Child care takes place in the Ascension School kindergarten classroom. Right before Mass begins, please go to Door 9, which can be found just west of the playground and adjacent to the parking lot. The door will be locked. Please knock. 


Weekdays - Monday through Friday

7:45 am Rosary

8:15 am Daily Mass


Prayer Services

Christian Contemplative Meditation Group

8:30 am on Saturdays • Meet in the upper sanctuary of the church


Monthly Taizé Ecumenical Prayer

7:30 pm  January 1 • World Peace Day

7:30 pm  1st Friday of each month • February thru December

3:00 pm  Good Friday Taizé Prayer Around the Cross