Peace & Justice Events and Volunteer Opportunities

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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.

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Ascension Parish Annual Coat Drive

Our annual coat drive and lunch is on Saturday, October 27. We’re collecting gently used or new coats, hats, gloves, boots, sweaters, blue jeans, socks, underwear and other toiletries. We need everything in all sizes and in men’s, women’s and children’s. Please bring all donated items to church and place them in the collection box in the East Avenue vestibule.

If you would like to make an online donation go to the Ascension website at click on the GIVING tab.  We also need many, many helping hands for Friday, October 26 for set up in the gym from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, to serve our guests on Saturday, and to clean up. Follow THIS LINK to sign up to volunteer or donate food. 

Please take a few moments and consider how you, your family, your group, your team or ministry can help our less fortunate brothers and sisters. If you have any questions, or if you are able to offer any additional assistance, please contact:

Bob Kutella at (630) 863-1046 or or Mary Fitch at


Companions journeying together are starting their Christmas card collection

Companions journeying together are starting their Christmas card collection all during the month of October. We have to get the cards to them by November 5 so they can address them and get them out in time.  They were blessed with a lot of cards, so what they really want are cards that are signed with a message of expressing compassion, or another uplifting message.  Nothing preachy.   Their greatest need is for postage stamps.  Here are the rules: no cards with glitter; do not seal the envelopes; put stamps in a separate envelope; no cards that talk about Masses or Novenas. If a class writes and sends cards please rubber band them.  The box will be under the table in the south vestibule near the sacristy.  Thank you. 


ST. EDMUND CHURCH (Oak Park) Monthly Prayer Vigil to End Gun Violence 

“The last Saturday of each month, please join us on the rectory lawn from 6:30 to 7pm Description: Description: our monthly Prayer Vigil to End Gun Violence. It is our way of standing against the culture of violence in our country. We also urge legislators to understand the urgency of this issue.”


Interfaith Prayer Vigil – Friday Oct. 5th,  7:15AM – 8:00AM

Join us every First Friday of the month for the Interfaith Prayer Vigil at Broadview (1930 Beach Street). We gather in solidarity with people who are detained or being deported.” (1 Block WEST of 25th Ave., 1-1/2 blocks SOUTH of I290, between Lexington and Harvard)



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