STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau. Evangelization and discipleship are two scary words to most cradle Catholics. To many in the pews, these are words that are associated with Protestants, “born-again” Christians, and TV preachers. However, these two concepts are totally Catholic and as old as the Church that Jesus Christ established.
Before Dr. Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church, wrote the mega-million selling book, “Purpose Driven Life,” he carried his dog-eared copy of “Evangelii Nuntiandi” along with his bible. Pope Paul VI wrote “Evangelii Nuntiandi” – Evangelization in the Modern World – in 1975, and according to Pastor Warren, it is “the greatest pastoral document that has ever been written to this day.”
Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” built upon the themes from Pope Paul VI, challenging us to “get out of the pews” and serve Jesus with our own hands and feet. Here at Ascension, we offer several first steps to serving and growing in discipleship. Our weekend ministers are vital to the Masses on Saturday and Sunday. CLICK HERE to find out more about all of the weekend ministries. There will also be a placement form at the link to help you find the ministry that is just right for you. You can also stop by the Information Booth in the Family Center after Mass to find out more about serving.
Our “INVEST & INVITE” campaign is your invitation to participate in evangelization: a first step in sharing the Good News of your Catholic faith. Your invitation to a friend or family member just might be the catalyst to bring that person back to Jesus and His Church. You might ask them if they would like to receive our daily prayer or check out our parish app. These simple “asks” are first steps in evangelization, but might make a huge impact to the faith journey of that friend or family member. DISCIPLESHIP? EVANGELIZATION? Both totally CATHOLIC and part of our baptismal call from Jesus!
What do all of these campaigns have to do with our parish mission statement, LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS, MAKE DISCIPLES and what does it have to do with me, you might ask. Jesus established the Church for His followers to worship and grow in faith, to offer support to each other in community. Each one of us is called to honor the final command of Jesus before He ascended into Heaven. Go and make disciples! Our faith is stronger and the Church grows stronger when each and every one of us is engaged and committed to the mission. You are an important member of Ascension! Click on the JOIN US link to learn about becoming more involved in our parish.
Click here for an archive of articles from Cindy Nau, Director of Communications, including the recent STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP series.
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Wednesday, Aug. 23 – 7 to 9:00 pm
The Diocese of Palm Beach School of Christian Formation will be offering a class on the Old Testament here at Ascension Church. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm starting on August 23 through September 27. Our instructors are Larry and Janine Dickson. For additional information and registration, please call Beatriz Urrea at 561-775-9544.
Wednesday, September 27
We are making our next bus trip to The Hard Rock Casino. The cost is $25. 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.
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!
Calling All Crafters!
The Ascension Council of Catholic Women invites crafters of all kind to join us for our Annual Christmas Bazaar, November 4 and 5 in our Family Center. We have been doing this Bazaar for over 20 years, and we are always looking for new vendors with unique crafts. Please email Gloria Klein at email@example.com if you are interested.
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
- Cardinal Newman High School – West Palm Beach
- Cardinal Gibbons High School – Ft. Lauderdale
- St. Vincent Ferrer – Delray Beach
- St. Joan of Arc – Boca Raton
- St. Jude – Boca Raton