Jubilee Year of Mercy

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Jubilee Year of Mercy
A Stewardship Parish, Sharing Our God -Given Gifts in Service
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 24, 2016
Take time this week to reflect on today’s readings:
First Reading — Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10;
Psalm — Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15;
Second Reading — 1 Corinthians 12:12-30;
Gospel — Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21
Mass Schedule
Monday - Friday: 8:15 AM.
Vigil Mass for Sunday:
Saturday - 5:00 PM.
Sunday:
7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM
and 5:00 PM.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday: 4:00 - 4:30 PM.
Rosary
Monday - Friday: 7:45 AM.
Jubilee Year of Mercy
When he announced this Jubilee Y ear of Mercy, Pope Francis
highlighted today’s Gospel episode, in which Jesus proclaims in his
hometown synagogue his Spirit-anointed mission to fulfill the
promises of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus’ mission then, says Pope
Francis, is our mission now as Jesus’ disciples this Jubilee Y ear of
Mercy: to bring glad tidings to the poor, liberty to captives,
recovery of sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed, and to
proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord, a year of God’s mercy.
Pope Francis challenges us to translate Jesus’ mission to
contemporary needs: to console by word and deed those materially
or spiritually poor, to liberate those bound by modern society’s
new forms of slavery, to open the eyes of those blinded by their
own self-interest, and to restore human dignity to all those from
whom it has been stolen. To act with mercy in a spirit of joy!
—Peter Scagnelli, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.
To prepare for 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time:
First Reading — Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19;
Psalm — Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17 ;
Second Reading — 1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13;
Gospel — Luke 4:21-30
From the Pastor
ASCENSION CHURCH
Parish Center: 808 S. East Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60304
Phone: 708-848-2703
Fax: 708-848-2773
Dear Friends,
OFFICE HOURS:
Monday - Thursday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 4 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 AM -1:30 PM
Bulletin Articles
[email protected]
E-Mail
Personnel can be reached by first
initial.last [email protected]
Web-sites
www.ascensionoakpark.com
www.archdiocese-chgo.org
Pastor
Rev. James F. Hurlbert
848-2703
Director of Music
David Anderson
434-1535
Associate Organist
Elizabeth Coffman
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School Principal
Mary Jo Burns
386-7282
Director of Religious Education
Diane Lawrence-Moriarty 848-3099
Religious Education Assistant
Kathy Marifjeren
434-1554
Business Administrator
Tom Denten
434-1546
Financial Secretary
Mary Fitch
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Director of Institutional Development
Katie Moran Vanaria
434-1558
Development Associate
Marybeth Granholm
434-1541
Head of Maintenance
Rey Dominguez
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Office Assistant
Jim Wojcik
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Office Assistant Sacramental Records
Deedee Ralston
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Pastor Emeritus
Rev. Robert A. Cross
Weekend Assistant
Rev. Bob Hutmacher, OFM
Deacon Couples
Lendell & Tina Richardson
Joe & Kathie Walsh
It is always difficult for a parish when their school closes. You may
have seen in the news a week or so ago that our neighboring parish, St.
Edmund, will close their school in June. This was certainly a heartrending decision, and comes after vigorous attempts to boost
enrollment and achieve fiscal stability, taking into account responsible
stewardship principles for the parish. This will create turmoil in the
lives of the school families and the staff, and sadness in the lives of
alumni and parishioners. We have some room in our school, and will
seek to welcome any children from St. Edmund who wish to transfer
here. This is nothing new for us, as we welcomed students from St.
Bernardine when the school there closed, and from St. Mary of Celle
when theirs closed. In almost all cases of school closings, low
enrollment is attributed to tuition rates that are beyond what people are
willing and/or able to pay. Almost all Catholic schools are supported
by robust fundraising programs and with significant financial support
from their sponsoring parish. Mass-goers, whose Sunday donations
subsidize the school and help keep tuition affordable, sometimes
struggle to justify support for the school if the school children and their
families are not seen in the pews on Sundays. It is a head-scratcher that
is part of the dialogue between many Catholic schools and their
sponsoring parishes.
Of the 313 families that send their children to our school, 295 are
Catholic. Of those, 212 are registered at Ascension; others are
connected with other Catholic parishes. Our school families do support
our parish financially, and many of our most active and dedicated
parishioners have strong connections to the school. In some instances
we have three generations of school alumni/students here in the parish.
The profile for the parish given to me and other prospective pastors last
year made it clear that maintaining a strong Catholic school is a high
priority here at Ascension. That word, “maintain,” says a lot: it is
incredible to be part of a school that is as large, vibrant and well-run as
ours. The fact that so many of our parish families choose Ascension
school, despite having access to excellent public schools in Oak Park,
speaks volumes about the value they find in Catholic education.
Let us keep the people of St. Edmund in our prayers even as we
double our efforts to secure the future of our own education mission.
May your week reflect the encounter with Christ
we experienced at Mass today!
Mental Health Counselor
Bill Harrison - Claret Center
773-643-6259 Extension 24
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READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday:
Acts 22:3-16 or 9:1-22; Ps 117:1bc, 2;
Mk 16:15-18
Tuesday:
2 Tm 1:1-18 or 9:1-22; Ps 24:7-10;
Mk 3:31-35
Wednesday: 2 Sm 7:4-17; Ps 89:4-5, 27-30; Mk 4:1-20
Thursday: 2 Sm 7:18-19, 24-29; Ps 132:1-5, 11-14;
Mk 4:21-25
Friday:
2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17;
Ps 51:3-7, 10-11; Mk 4:26-34
Saturday: 2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17; Ps 51:12-17;
Mk 4:35-41
Are Your Palm Branches
Looking Old?
Now is the time for us to start gathering last
year’s palms that we received on Palm Sunday in
anticipation for burning on the Tuesday before Ash
Wednesday, February 9th. Beginning this weekend
there will be a basket near the St. Joseph Shrine to
collect them. We’ll even take those branches from
two years ago!
Ash Wednesday
Schedule of Services
February 10, 2016
Distribution of Ashes will take place within the
context of the Mass or Prayer Service as indicated
below:
8:15 am - Mass
10:00 am - Prayer Service with School Children
12:00 noon - Prayer Service
4:00 pm - Prayer Service
with Religious Education Children
7:00 pm - Mass
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Each year at this time all parishes in the
Archdiocese take part in the Annual Catholic
Appeal. Because we ar e in the final year of
receiving payments for pledges to the To Teach
Who Christ Is campaign, we have per mission to
skip the In-Pew pledge program, where we listen
to a recorded message from the Archbishop and
then all fill out pledge cards in the pews. (We’ll
have to do it again starting in 2017). Those who
pledged last year should have received
information for renewing their pledge in the mail
from the Archdiocesan ACA office. Information
brochures and pledge forms will be inserted in
the bulletin next weekend, and then available in
church for a few weeks. In addition, letters will
go out at some point to all parishioners from
whom the Archdiocese has not received a pledge.
(This is all being handled by the Archdiocese,
although the letter will bear my signature.)
The Annual Catholic Appeal is a good cause,
and anything that comes in above our parish goal
(about $60.000) comes back to the parish for our
use here.
Fr. Hurlbert
Minister of Care Visits
The winter weather can make it difficult for
getting to church on Sunday. If you can not get to
church and would like a Minister of Care to bring
Eucharist to you in your home, please call the
parish office to make arrangements. Also, if a
loved one is hospitalized, please contact the
Pastoral Care Office in the hospital and tell them
there is a patient who wishes to receive
Eucharist. In case of serious illness, we will be
happy to pray for your loved one at all the
weekend Masses at Ascension; just call the Parish
Center, 848-2703 and ask that their name be added
to the weekend petition.
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Meeting for Lectors this Wednesday, January 27th
We invite and encourage all current Lectors to attend a meeting, facilitated by David Anderson, this
Wednesday evening, January 27th from 7:00 – 8:15 pm in church. We will pray together and have some
discussion in preparation for Lent, the Easter Triduum and the Easter Season. If you are unable to attend this
meeting you will have another opportunity on Saturday, February 13th from 9:30 – 10:45 am. Thank you
for serving in this important Liturgical Ministry at Ascension.
AWC invites you to play
BUNCO!
This Wednesday, January 27th
at 7:30 pm in the Pine Room.
We provide the snacks, drinks and FUN!
No previous experience required.
All are WELCOME!
Any questions please contact Annie Cheronis
[email protected]
Overnight Shelter Help
With five Fridays this month of January, we are
in need of recruiting some extra volunteers to help
with our Ascension-sponsored overnight shelter for
the homeless. The dates in need are the evening of
this Friday, January 29th and the early morning
of Saturday, January 30th. Our shelter site is St.
John's Lutheran School on Circle in Forest Park.
Shifts begin with dinner at 6 pm. and continue
through breakfast, ending around 8:30 am.
If you may be able to help cover this
commitment, please contact Kathie Walsh at: 708366-0884.
House to Home Kits Are Back!
In 2014 Ascension helped PADS – now Housing Forward – in their efforts to end homelessness, by
providing household goods for clients moving into permanent supportive housing. Since then 63 people have
moved out of homelessness thanks to their Open Door Housing program, and Housing Forward has added
another supportive housing program, WIN (Wellness Initiative). These apartments will also have furniture,
but will still need all the essentials, from pots and pans and trashcans to laundry soap and light bulbs. Each
House to Home kit contains over 60 items that make living in an apartment possible, items that most of us
take for granted in our daily lives.
So stop at the back of church after Mass today and take a token for the items you would like to purchase.
Saucepan? Toaster? Towels? Take as many tokens as you like. Purchase the item listed on the token from the
store of your choice and drop it off the next few weekends. Drop off dates and other details can be found on
the tokens. Rather donate money? Purchase a Target or Jewel gift card and drop it off. Please note that, to
assure that everything in the apartment is in good working order, all items for House-to-Home kits (except
TV’s and vacuum cleaners) should be new.
Additionally, Housing Forward will receive a matching gift equal to the value of every kit donated by
Ascension.
If you have questions about the kits or the program, stop by the back of church, or email Amy Morton
at [email protected]
Thanks!!
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Religious Education Casino Night - Next Saturday, January 30
The bustle of advent is passed, and we look forward to beginning the New Year with a great social event for
the parents and friends of Ascension's Religious Education Program.
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Skrine Chops, 7230 Madison Street, Forest Park
Contribution: $40
will provide hors d'oeuvres, two complimentary cocktails and $10 in chips.
Come join us for blackjack, craps, poker, roulette, a split-the-pot raffle, fabulous prizes and a night of
community, conversation and fun! Unfortunately, tickets are limited, so order quickly. Purchase tickets
through this link: https://ascensionschool.ejoinme.org/casino2016, or by visiting the Religious Ed office.
Mardi Gras/Carnival!! Gold! Green! Purple!
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 9 and join us for our annual children’s Mardi Gras
celebration at 6:45 pm in the Pine Room. If you ar e inter ested in volunteer ing for this event, please
give us a call. We can use many people to help decorate, facilitate the games, bake “King” cakes and help
with clean-up. Please call the Religious Education Office at 708-848-3099 to volunteer. Thank you.
Confirmation 2016
The first meeting for the 2016 confirmation candidates will take place on either January 26, 2016 at
6:45 pm in the Pine Room or February 7, 2016 at 10:00 am. Candidates may choose which session to
attend. Father Hurlbert will lead a discussion on “The Mass, why go?”. This session is primarily for the
candidates but parents or sponsors who are interested in hearing this message may also attend.
No Religious Education Classes Next Sunday, January 31
Religious Education classes will not be in session next Sunday, January 31, due to Ascension School’s
Open House. Classes will resume on February 7.
Save the Dates
Fish Fry – Friday, February 19 at 5:30 pm in the Pine Room
Fish Fry – Friday, March 4 at 5:30 pm in the Pine Room
Proceeds from all of these events will benefit the Children’s Lenten Project – School the W orld.
More information to follow.
First Eucharist and Reconciliation Parent Meeting
Tuesday, February 2 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Reconciliation “A Fresh Look” - All parents preparing their children for First Eucharist and
Reconciliation (4th grade) are invited to a parent meeting where we will explore the Sacrament of
Reconciliation, an encounter with God’s unwavering love for us. This is a night to delve into a deeper
understanding of God’s forgiveness and our need for reconciliation. Please plan on attending at 7 pm in the
Pine Room.
Zero Waste program in the school lunchroom
We are getting ready to launch our Zero Waste program in the school lunchroom to reduce our
waste. This is a 4-step sorting process for recycling & composting. Besides improved recycling, we will
be collecting all food scraps for composting to reduce organic waste. We are getting support from Seven
Generations Ahead and have staff support. The Village of Oak Park has a commercial composter, and these
food scraps become a rich soil amendment in four months, which is perfect for organic gardening and soil
enrichment. It's a beautiful science and religion lesson, too. Laudato Si!
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MISSION DAY is February 12, 2016
Ascension School holds a carnival fundraiser every year that is attended by Ascension students in all
grades, from Pre-k to 8th grade. During the event, students play games for chances to win prizes, cakes and
enter for chances to win raffle prizes. Proceeds of this event benefit missions and local charities chosen by
the Mission Day committee and parish staff.
In order to make this event a success, we rely on the generosity of our parish. We are in need of bakers
for the ever popular Cake Walk. Once again this year we will be awarding the Best Cake Award. We are
also in need of volunteers to help run the games. Please watch for an email with a Volunteer spot link to sign
up.
We are also in need of gift card and monetary donations to help make our raffle a success. To make a
donation, please contact Ann O’Brien at [email protected] Any questions about Mission Day, please
feel free to email us at [email protected]
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P.O.L.O. Happenings
A.M. Playgroup -- Tuesday, 1/26 from 10am - 11:30am Preschool Playtime at the Oak Park Gymnastics Center (21 Lake Street).
$6 admission for ages 1-6. Socks only.
RSVP to Katie at [email protected]
Ladies Night Out -- Thursday, 1/28 Chicago Restaurant Week. Location will be a nicer downtown address with a prix fixe menu.
Contact Carole at [email protected] for more details.
Weekend Playgroup -- Sunday, 1/31 from 2pm - 4pm Have some family fun at Wonder Works (6445 W. North Ave.)
$6 per person and be sure to bring socks.
Contact Jen Risley at [email protected] to RSVP.
P.O.L.O. Family Fellowship Hour -- Sunday, 2/14 from 10am - 11am Join us in the Pine Room after 9am mass
for the inaugural P.O.L.O. family fellowship hour.
Get to know other P.O.L.O. families while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Refreshments will be available and a craft for the kids!
To find out more about P.O.L.O. or other upcoming events, please contact Jen Risley at [email protected]
2016 Travels with
Fr. Bob Hutmacher, ofm
Living Your Strengths
- Find your five To learn more about what a talent is and how
you can use your personal talents for success and
happiness contact us at:
http://ascensionstrengths.eventbrite.com
You can also sign up for the next Living Your
Strengths session on Sunday, March 6th from
12:30pm to 4:30pm. Deadline for signing up for
the upcoming “Find It” session is February 14th.
FIND IT. BUILD IT. LIVE IT!
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October 24-30, 2016
A Journey of Faith, Art, Music and Enchantment
to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM
Includes visits to Chimayo, Taos Pueblo, Georgia
O’Keefe Museum, Franciscan history, lectures by
local experts, a concert by Fr. Bob and friends plus
much more. Brochures available in church &
parish center or contact Greg Gregori at
708.557.5715 or [email protected] for
complete details and price.
LATE SEPTEMBER 2016
We are presently finishing the details on our
HOLY YEAR PiLGRIMAGE that will include 4 days
in Assisi and 3 full days in Rome to visit all four
major basilicas for the Holy Year: St. Peter’s, St.
Paul Outside the Walls, St. Mary Major and St.
John Lateran. Watch for coming details and
brochure!
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Please join us for
COMMUNITY OF CONGREGATIONS
Annual Dinner and Meeting
Pilgrim Congregational Church
January 25, 2016
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at
460 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL
Dr. Marshall Hatch,
New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Cy Fields,
New Landmark Missionary Baptist Church
Guest Speakers from the Leaders Network
Dr. Ira Acree, Greater St. John Bible Church
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
All Ascensionites are invited to a
Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the St.
Martin de Porres Men’s group. Sunday,
January 31
from 7:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
It will be held at Christ the King Jesuit
College Preparatory School, 5088 W.
Jackson Blvd. Chicago.
Tickets are $10.00 each.
There will be pancakes, sausage, bacon,
juice and coffee.
So please come
and bring your friends.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
CELEBRATION
Sunday, February 7th
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January 24
Religious Education Good Shepherd & Regular Classes
CP/LL/School 8:45 am & 10:00 am
SPRED
LI
10:00 am
Extending the Word
DR
10:15 am
Athletic Director Scheduling Meeting
LI
2:00 pm
2016 ASP Meeting
PR
6:00 pm
Monday
January 25
Liturgy Committee
Stewardship Meeting
Tuesday
215
DR
7:30 pm
7:30 pm
January 26
School-Drama Club
PR
3:00 pm
Religious Education Good Shepherd & Regular Classes
CP/LL/PR/School
6:45 pm
2016 Confirmation Meeting PR
6:45 pm
Arch Teen Rally Meeting PR
7:00 pm
Adult Faith Formation
215
7:30 pm
Closed AA Meeting
LI
7:30 pm
Wedding Music Workshop CH
7:30 pm
Wednesday
January 27
Religious Education Good Shepherd
DR/CP/LL/School
Cub Scout Den Meeting PR
AWC Bunco
PR
Lector Meeting
CH
Bible Study
DR
Thursday
Friday
PR
3:00 pm
January 29
School-Good Shepherd-1st Grade CP
Saturday
3:45 pm
5:00 pm
7:00 pm
7:00 pm
7:30 pm
January 28
School-Drama Club
8:00 am
January 30
Work Ministry
DR
7:30 am
Contemplative Prayer
CH
8:30 am
Cub Scout Pine Wood Derby PR
9:00 am
School-Family Sock Hop Gym
6:00 pm
Religious Education Fundraiser - Casino Night
Skrine Chops
Offsite
Sunday
Deacon Lendell Richardson will preach at
the 11:00 am Mass followed by a reception in
the Pine Room and a presentation by Ms. Lynn
Allen, Multi-Cultural Coordinator for Oak Park
District 97.
Please plan on joining us in
prayer as we celebrate our
diversity as a parish family.
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Meetings and Events
Today
January 31
Catholic Schools Week begins through February 6
School-Open House
School
After Morning Masses
Extending the Word
DR
10:15 am
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Stewardship of
Treasure
Collection for
January 17, 2016
Collection at Mass
JANUARY 2016
Month to Date
2015 - 2016
Fiscal Year to Date
$11,616.42
$42,059.62
$489,602.80
$1,506.00
$11,814.00
$38,825.00
Total
$13,122.42
$53,873.62
$528,427.80
Goal
$20,000.00
$60,000.00
$580,000.00
Over (Under) Goal
($6,877.58)
($6,126.38)
($51,572.20)
Credit Card /
Bank Drafts
Please consider setting up automatic donations, via your credit or debit card. For information or to
arrange this, visit our website, and click on “Giving” on the right hand top corner of the page. Those
who prefer to arrange automatic bank drafts instead can find these forms in the pamphlet racks in the
church vestibules or you can pick one up at the parish office. Those who set up automatic giving may,
of course, still put envelopes (even if empty) or small cash donations in the basket, as a way of
participating in the offertory, or to teach their children about stewardship. If your neighbor in the pew
does not put anything in the basket, please assume a charitable posture: rather than presume stinginess,
consider that s/he gives automatically or monthly.
Christmas
Collection to Date
Collection
Goal
$101,276.81
January 17, 2016
Over (Under) Goal
$130,000.00
($28,723.19)
Mass and the Flu Season
It’s flu season again, time to remind ourselves to take a few simple measures to keep the flu and other
illnesses from spreading. Good hygiene and good common sense should help keep our prayer together
healthy as well as holy!
The common-sense precautions we teach our children apply to all of us. When someone sneezes or
coughs, that person should cover his or her mouth and nose, preferably with a tissue or the crook of the
elbow.
Frequent cleansing of the hands with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) or with an anti-bacterial
solution is a key element in lowering the spread of any infection. Those who receive communion on the
tongue should consider receiving in the hand. This is far more sanitary for you, for the minister, and for
others receiving communion after you. We would also ask that no one dip their host into the consecrated
wine.
Anyone who is ill should stay home from church. The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday is suspended
in case of illness. Those who come to church but have cold or flu symptoms should refrain from taking Holy
Communion from the cup. They should also share the sign of peace with a simple nod of the head and the
verbal exchange of Christ’s peace instead of shaking hands. Ministers of Communion who do not feel well
should refrain from serving and find a substitute.
With good care for ourselves and for each other, we can help keep the Body of Christ healthy this flu
season.
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- REMEMBER IN PRAYER THOSE WHO
ARE SICK IN MIND, BODY OR SPIRIT Eduardo Acevedo, Peter Adamopoulos, Silvia
Balderes, Brad Barth, David Bihler, Sarah Bowman,
Linda Brown, Ann Callaghan, Josephina Carmona, Joe
Cassidy, James Cincinelli, Mary Coppin, Geri Cundari,
Ann Dant, Bob Doyle, Danny Doyle, Bill Dwyer,
Jennifer Fischer, Don Hager, Meri Hale, Veronica
Hanessian, Patricia Hanley, Bill Hansen, Sharon Hart,
Miguel Juarez, Helen Kelly, Jimmy Konrad, Margaret
Kostopulos, Thomas P. Kragie, Gerry & Mary Logan,
Benoit Magrin, Rosita Malmis, Josh Marchetti, Bobby
Marino, Joe Massura, Mary Ruth McGrath, Ted
Medina, Nora Meewes, Kaden & Kameron Moore,
Brendan O’Connor, Carol Ojala, James Orlando,
Emilia Ortiz, Estelle Pargulski, Nina Petrosinos,
Theresa Powers, Peg Prendergast, Colette Rehor,
Philip Rice, Lisa Roche, Anne Sandow, Elsie Smith,
Steven Sobie, Mildred Stefanski, Elizabeth Stohl, Mary
Strenski, Matthew Strudeman, Mary Thomas, Jesse &
Sonia Vasquez, Bonnie Von Ebers, Baby Brennan
Walsh, Lisa Weiland, Barbara Wyman.
SUNDAY - January 24
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
5:00
(Sat)
Catherine Cullen
7:30
9:00
All the People of Ascension Parish
Marty Woywod Mary & Bud Bennett
Tom Strudeman & Family
Marie Belmonte
Lucylle Duffy
11:00
5:00
Deceased of the Hayes & Kragie Families
MONDAY - January 25
8:15
The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle
Armand Chausse
TUESDAY - January 26
8:15
Saints Timothy & Titus, Bishops
Florentine Brzozowski
WEDNESDAY - January 27
St. Angela Merici, Virgin
“...COME TO ME
AND
8:15
I WILL GIVE YOU REST…”
Please pray for all of our deceased
brothers and sisters.
Peggi Pooler
THURSDAY - January 28
8:15
St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest
and Doctor of the Church
Jack Cavanaugh
FRIDAY - January 29
Ordinary Time Weekday
8:15
James & Jane Foy
Living Intention: Living members of the
Robert J. Hayes Family
SATURDAY - January 30
5:00
This Week
Next Week
Vigil: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
George Woywod
SUNDAY - January 31
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
5:00 pm
Fr. Hutmacher
Fr. Hurlbert
7:30
For All Deceased Parishioners
7:30 am
Fr. Hurlbert
Fr. Hutmacher
9:00
Elizabeth “Betsy” Rohs
9:00 am
Fr. Hutmacher
Fr. Hurlbert
11:00 am
Fr. Woerter
Fr. Woods
5:00 pm
Fr. Hurlbert
Fr. Hutmacher
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Deceased of the Flaherty & Costello Families
Deceased of the Zak & Moran Families
Mary Kraft
All the People of Ascension Parish
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OTHER PARISH INFORMATION — Infant Baptism: Our parish
celebration of infant Baptism takes place at 1 p.m., on the 2nd, 3rd and
4th Sundays of the month. A preparatory session for parents is held on
the second Saturday of the month in the Parish Center at 9:30 a.m.
First-time parents are required to attend. To register for a preparatory
session, or to schedule a baptism, please call the parish office. Adult
Initiation: Adults interested in information about the Catholic
faith or wanting to become Catholic should contact the Parish
Office. Weddings: Please call the Parish Office, at least one year
prior to selection of a date or reception hall, to request wedding
information. Sick Calls: If there is anyone at home who cannot
attend Mass or receive the sacraments because of illness or old age,
please contact the Parish Office or one of the Ministers of Care
Coordinators: Susie Cahill, 925-1512, Linda Dunne, 848-5574, or
Cece Masella, 383-3785.
Registration: All newcomers are welcome to the Ascension family
and are asked to pick up a census/registration envelope at the entrance
of the church or by completing the online form on the parish website.
Parishioners who marry, have a baby, or move to a new address should
also notify the Parish Office.
Audio Devices: Are available for the hearing impaired. Please see an
usher or greeter before Mass. Toddler Care: Available during 9 & 11
a.m. Mass in the school kindergarten room (first floor doors just to the
right of the gym entrance).
Lost & Found Box: Is under the table in the chur ch vestibule.
Experiencing Domestic Violence: Call 911 or the NDV 24-hour
Hot-line at 800-799-7233. You can also call the Parish Center at
708-848-2703 and ask to speak with: Fr. James F. Hurlbert,
Ms. Katie Vanaria or Ms. Mary Jo Burns.
Relevant Radio Chicago-Talk Radio for Catholic Life: Listen and
be Inspired! WNTD-AM 950.
Bulletin deadline: Monday 5 p.m. Please deliver articles to Parish Office or email to [email protected]

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