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STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau, Stewardship Director.  Welcome to the Family! On Holy Saturday, at the most joyful and highest Mass of the church year, the Great Easter Vigil, we added three brothers and four sisters to our Ascension parish family. Joining the thousands of new Catholics throughout the world, we can celebrate and rejoice as: ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH!

We recite these words during the Nicene Creed. Do we ever really think about them, what they mean; how important these words are to our faith? Known as the four marks (or characteristics) of the Church, each one bears an impact on our roles as disciples in the Church that Jesus Christ established.

ONE:  “There is one body and one Spirit just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all.” [Eph. 4:5-6] This verse, among many others in St. Paul’s letters in the Bible, affirms the oneness of the body, the church, through what Christians have in common. 

HOLY: The word holy means set apart for a special purpose by and for God. It does not imply that the members of the Church are free from sin, not that the institution of the Church cannot sin. Christ’s Church is holy because it is Christ’s Church: “… upon this rock I will build my Church.” [Matthew 16:18] Jesus founded His Church to continue His redemptive and sanctifying work in the world. The Church is Holy because God is Holy and the Church shares in God’s very own life and holiness. [Eph. 5:30-33]

CATHOLIC: The word “catholic” is derived from the Greek adjective katholikos meaning universal. It is associated with the Greek adverb katholou meaning “according to the whole”, “entirely”, or “in general.”  Applied to the Church, the adjective “catholic” means that in the Church the wholeness of the Christian faith, full and complete, all-embracing, and with nothing lacking, is proclaimed to all people without excluding any part of the faith or any class or group of people. 

APOSTOLIC: This describes the Church’s origins and beliefs as rooted and continuing in the living Tradition of the Apostles of Jesus. The Church is built on “the foundation of the Apostles,” those witnesses chosen by Christ and hands on the teaching of the Apostles (the deposit of faith). The Church is guided by the successors of the apostles, the bishops in union with the Pope.

Whether you are a “cradle Catholic” or a brand new member of the Church, we are called to conversion each and every day. We are called to understand the words that we profess. We are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, who established the Church to make us one voice to carry on His Message.

Happy Easter Season! Let’s go out and LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS, and MAKE DISCIPLES!


Click here for an archive of articles from Cindy Nau, Stewardship Director, including the recent STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP series.  (last update 2-23-17)

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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!


The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Mother for, as the Mother of God, she has a unique position among the saints; indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us. The Church honors her as the Mother of God, looks to her as a model of perfect discipleship, and asks for her prayers to God on our behalf. As we celebrate Mother’s Day this month, may we take time to thank our Heavenly Mother. May we also take the time to recognize the sacrifices our mothers have made for us and recognize they answered “yes” to the vocation of motherhood. May we remember their special love, understanding and important role they play in our upbringing and in bringing us into the Church and helping us to grow closer to God. Please pray to the Mother of God, and for your mothers, grandmothers and godmothers. A Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day to all!

PRAYER: Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers. 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. Amen.


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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