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STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau.   On Sunday, June 18th we celebrated the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, also known as the Feast of Corpus Christi. St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “We all know, when we look at the cross, how much Jesus loved us. When we look at the Eucharist, we know how much He loves us now. In every Holy Communion, Jesus, the Word, becomes Flesh in our life, a special, delicate, beautiful gift of God;”

This feast is a celebration of the Real Presence of Jesus in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. When the priest or the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion presents the host and says, “Body of Christ,” we respond, “AMEN.” In our minds and hearts we should be proclaiming with joy, “AMEN – I BELIEVE!” What a blessing and a gift to be able to be with Jesus and have Him become a part of us, as we, at each Mass participate in His Last Supper.

However, with that blessing of the Body of Christ, we have the responsibility to become His Hands and Feet; to be the Body of Christ for Him. As His disciples, we are called to continue His ministry in the Church and mission in the world. We honor Jesus in the Holy Eucharist by sharing Him with others in all that we say and do. Do others see Jesus in us? We invite you to explore ministry in the parish; to serve at one of the weekend Masses. Stop by the Information Booth after Mass and fill out a green ministry interest card or go to our ministry website, ascensionchurch.tv and click on the green bar, Ministry Interest Form. Also, at the Information Booth in the Family Center, you can pick up a list of charities outside the parish who need your mission work.


On Sunday, June 11th we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The past few weeks have been filled with special celebrations in our Church. Last week was Pentecost Sunday; next week is Corpus Christi; and this week we focus on the great mystery of our One Glorious God in Three Unique Persons.

A Google search of “Holy Trinity” will result in a whopping 35 MILLION hits! So many websites, pages and bloggers trying to explain and understand this sacred mystery. The following is a reflection based on today’s scripture readings; an excerpt from Catholic Stewardship Consultants, (catholicsteward.com). 

“The idea of the Holy Trinity, the reality of it, has always been something that is difficult for us as humans to comprehend and understand. During the Eleventh Synod of Toledo in Spain (675 AD), the Holy Catholic Church declared the following: “We confess and we believe that the holy and indescribable Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one only God in His nature, a single substance, a single nature, a single majesty and power. We acknowledge Trinity in the distinction of persons; we profess Unity because of the nature or substance. The three are one, as a nature, that is, not as person. Nevertheless, these three persons are not to be considered separable, since we believe that no one of them existed or at any time affected anything before the other, after the other, or without the other.” 

It may be difficult for us to sort through that, but we receive so many confirmations of the Trinity in Holy Scripture, that it is impossible not to accept it. In fact, it is at the core of our Catholic beliefs. We ask ourselves, “What kind of a person is this Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?” Our First Reading from Exodus calls God a “merciful and gracious” God. 

In his Second Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul closes with the statement “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.” That may seem a simple and basic closing (we hear it at every Mass), but again there is so much in it for us, including the inclusion again of the Trinity as One. This is the one and only time in the entire New Testament where the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are mentioned together in this kind of a blessing. It is indicative that through the Holy Trinity we are completely blessed by all Three, everything that God truly is. As Catholics and Christians we seek and enjoy the grace, the love, and the communion of the Holy Trinity.

The opening of our Gospel Reading from St. John is perhaps the most quoted and used Bible verse of all, JOHN 3:16: “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.” How often have we seen someone at an athletic event or elsewhere hold up a sign that says simply “John 3:16?” God gave us an incredible gift, a grace beyond all others. And it is given to “everyone who believes in Him.” We should believe and follow and serve in order to receive the benefit of God’s love. 

Believing is much more than being aware of the Trinity or agreeing with it. It means that we trust God and we rely upon Him in His Trinitarian reality. Trusting in God is at the heart of our faith. Trusting in God is at the very core of living lives of stewardship, as a disciple. 

Everything that has been revealed to us and to which we have been responding through Lent, the Triduum, the Easter season, and now these Holy Days and celebrations that have followed, leads to the conclusion and the appreciation of the Holy Trinity. God is good — all the time!”


 

Click here for an archive of articles from Cindy Nau, Director of Communications, including the recent STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP series.


Our current message series is FOOLPROOF. The book of Proverbs gives practical wisdom for living. Through the course of this series we will examine some key proverbs. Proverbs was written by Solomon so that men may know wisdom, instruction and have insight into life.

Through the course of this series we will look at some proverbs for practical living and help members apply it to their lives. We will also encourage members to reflect on practical wisdom they have gained and to record it either by writing it down, video taping it or in some other manner.

In this message we will introduce the purpose of the book of Proverbs. In the first chapter Solomon describes the purpose of the book so that people will grow in wisdom, instruction and insight. He directs the book specifically to his son that he will find success in life by seeking wisdom from the Lord. On this Father’s Day we will encourage fathers to encourage their own sons and daughters to seek God. After hearing this messages we should know God desires to give us practical wisdom for living so that we will succeed. This should inspire you to write down or record your own proverbs or life lessons that you have learned and would pass on to others. We hope you are most interested in reading through the book of Proverbs.

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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!


Sunday, June 18 – Father’s Day

Father’s Day Novena cards are available at the doors of the church. Remember your Dad, either living or deceased, in a very special way. Include him in an enrollment of nine consecutive Masses.  Additionally, we will keep the Mass intentions on the altar for the remaining days in June.

A blessing for fathers from the book of blessings …

God, our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the
example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord.


Monday, June 19 – 12:00 pm

Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito invites the faith family of the Diocese of Palm Beach to a Month’s Mind Memorial Mass for Bishop Thomas V. Daily, Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn, and who served as the first Bishop of Palm Beach. The Mass will be held on Monday, June 19 at 12:00 noon at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens with Bishop Barbarito as the Main Celebrant. In 1984, Bishop Daily was named the founding bishop of the newly created Diocese of Palm Beach. He helped to build our Diocese, and was a leader in establishing the practice of pro-life prayer vigils near local abortion clinics. Bishop Daily served here until early 1990 when he was transferred to Bishop of Brooklyn, NY. He remained there until his retirement in 2003. You can read more about Bishop Daily on the websites of the Diocese of Palm Beach (www.diocesepb.org), the Diocese of Brooklyn (www.dioceseofbrooklyn.org), and the Florida Catholic (www.thefloridacatholic.org)


Wednesday, July 19 – 10:00 am

NEW LOCATION! We are making our next casino trip to The Mardi Gras Casino. The cost is $25. You get $15 in free play. Call now. These seats won’t last. We leave Ascension’s parking lot at 10:00 a.m. sharp and return at approximately 4:30 p.m. Call Henry Yzaguirre at 391-8496 to reserve your seats now.


 

left_to_tell_smallIf 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 immaculee_evening1our 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!


weekly_offertoryFrom 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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