STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau (12-10-17). “Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.” [Hebrews 13:2] As we light the second Advent candle and learn more about “Angles” in our message series, we are preparing for the Holy event, the coming of our Savior. The scripture from Hebrews is timely and important to remember not only in the church, but in every aspect of our lives.
- Be polite and patient in the busy stores and restaurants.
- Put your family first before the shopping, decorating and parties.
- Take time to call someone who is shut in or ill, to let them know you care.
- Give a few extra hours to ministry in the parish – more visitors, more hands.
- Donate money or give time to mission work.
- Keep Christ the focus of your Advent and CHRISTmas
As we welcome more visitors during the Advent and Christmas seasons, keep an eye out at Mass for new faces. Your friendly greeting and hospitality could be the reason that person or family returns EVERY Sunday!
“If you are exhausted when Christmas arrives, then you haven’t been doing Advent right.” This is a quote from a clever 2-minute video about Advent created by Busted Halo – http://bustedhalo.com/video/watch-advent-two-minutes Advent is a spiritual time of prayerful, joyful and hopeful preparation for Jesus.
- Receive our daily prayer through our parish app (myParish on Google Play Store or Apple App Store). Our daily prayer is also posted on our website Home Page and on our Facebook page for your convenience.
- Set up and Advent wreath and light the candle each day with a special prayer.
- SLOW DOWN and remember Advent is not about preparing the house and the presents, it’s about preparing for the Savior!
We recently have been discussing the book, Rebuilt. These are the basic ideas in the Rebuilt model:
- It is orthodox in the Catholic faith,
- Dynamic and creative in the commitment to the New Evangelization,
- Changing the consumer culture,
- Reaching the lost – the unchurched, the de-churched, those away or hurt by the church,
- Making disciples, and
- Message and mission that matter.
With our parish mission statement: Love God, Love Others, Make Disciples we have been developing programs and processes based on the Rebuilt model. We have a vision and a plan for Ascension that will be presented over the next few weeks in the message series at all the Masses. This Vision message series will not only share the plans for the future of our parish, but will also provide inspiration for all of our parishioners to get out of the pews and serve.
If you are interested in learning more about Rebuilt or would like to read the book it is available in the parish Gift Shop for $10.
Click here for an archive of articles from Cindy Nau, Director of Communications, including the recent STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP series.
ASCEND @ ASCENSION
Saturday, Dec. 16 – 10:30 am
Surviving the Holidays Seminar – When you are grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be especially difficult. Our Surviving the Holidays Seminar helps participants discover
- how to deal with emotions,
- what to do about family traditions,
- learn helpful tips for coping with social events, and
- how to find hope for the future.
The seminar will be led by our Parish Nurse, Barb Bzura. You can RSVP at 561-997-5487. Will we meet in the Family Center. If you are grieving for a loved one, we warmly invite you to join us for this encouraging seminar.
Sunday, Dec. 17 – 5:15 to 6:30 pm
Attention High School students! Tired from a long week and looking for some chill time? Come join us on Sunday nights for food, fun and fellowship! We will also be meeting on December 17th – plan to join us.
Our new message series has begun! Find out more at the Family Center info booth after the weekend Masses, or Click Here.
Resuming on Thursdays …
Our eight-class series begins Thursday, September 7 from 9:45–10:45 am. The suggested donation is $55 or drop-in at $8/class. All are welcome. All classes offer a creative blend of postural alignment, deep breathing techniques and conscious movement with the WORD of GOD. Like a delicious meal, we take one bite at a time, chewing and breaking it down so our bodies will reap the nutrients it has to offer. So it is with God’s Word! We inhale, exhale, open our heart and mind, meditate on scripture and allow Christ to take control of our hearts, filling us with His peace! Looking forward to see you all this fall. Love and peace, Sally Grillo.
You can also visit https://www.ourladyofflorida.org/womens-retreats/ to register and obtain additional information.
Youth Ministry Fundraiser!
Want to support our Ascension Youth Ministry AND have plenty of fun? The Ascension Youth Ministry Youth Group will be selling Discounted Advanced South Florida Fair Tickets as a fundraiser! Tickets will be available after every Mass in the Family Center. Ticket Prices are shown below. Please call Jessi Smith with any questions at 561-685-3101.
Mega Saver – $85
Ride Bracelet – $20
Adult Admission – $10
Child Admission – $5
Senior Admission – $7
Watch the Diocese’s TV Mass
The Diocese of Palm Beach’s weekly Sunday morning Mass for the homebound no longer airs at 9:00-9:30 a.m. It airs on CW34 WTVX and at its new time— 10:30-11:30 a.m. The time change is due to a programming change by CW34.
The CW34 channel can be found on the following cable systems:
- On Comcast, you will find CW34 on Channels 4 & 435 HD
- On AT&T/U-Verse, you will find CW34 on Channels 4 & 1004 HD
- On Direct TV & DISH Network, you will find CW34 on Channel 4
- On Hometown Cable Plus, you find CW34 on Channels 4 & 304
- On Digital Antennas, you find CW34 on the Over-Air-Channel 34.1
Please visit www.diocesepb.org/videos to hear the weekly homilies.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have questions about the change, please contact the diocese’s Office of Communications at 561-775-9529 or visit www.diocesepb.org/tv-mass.
There is a new faith-based radio station in Palm Beach County. Turn your dial to 98.3 FM, the Catholic Voice of the Palm Beaches. The station can also be listened to via the internet through the station’s website and mobile app. Programming is from EWTN but the stations will be adding local programming very soon. Listen live at 98.3 FM or www.WPBVRadio.com. You will be blessed!
If you missed your opportunity to see best selling author Immaculée Ilibagiza, just Click Here to listen to the audio of her inspiring talk that took place here at Ascension on November 18, 2016.
From Cindy Nau, our Stewardship Director … Our evening with Immaculee Ilibagiza, listening to her message of mercy and forgiveness, was an inspiration. She challenged us to reach into our hearts, with the help of Jesus and the Blessed Mother, to find the forgiveness and hope that will bring peace to our troubled world and to our own lives. She also spent over an hour signing her books and greeting each and every person as if they were the only one in the room. She is truly a woman of grace! Many thanks to Markus and members of the band, Redemption, for the wonderful Praise and Worship music that began the evening. The evening would not have been possible without the many volunteers who stepped up to help in the Holy Grounds Café, with book sales and to greet our guests: each and every one of you make Ascension a very special place!
From your Parish Finance Council … Several years ago, after a series of robberies in 3 of our parishes, the Diocese advised all parishes, upon recommendation from the police, that parishes should consider no longer publishing weekly offertory collection amounts in the bulletins, as it was seen as a way for targeting parishes for theft crimes. As a result, we will no longer publish the collection every week. HOWEVER, if you are a registered parishioner, we will gladly give you the information at your request by phone or in person any time you wish. Please know that, to comply with canon law and Diocesan policy, the Finance Council will continue to publish the ANNUAL REPORT of parish finances (as you would receive from your own investments) as a matter of transparency, accountability, and a more complete picture of the overall parish financial position.
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OUR NEIGHBORING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
- Saint John Paul II High School – Boca Raton
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- St. Vincent Ferrer – Delray Beach
- St. Joan of Arc – Boca Raton
- St. Jude – Boca Raton