STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau (9-1-18). Welcome to September! Many parishioners and volunteer ministers have picked up a copy of Rebuilt and are reading the story of a Catholic parish in Timonium, Maryland. The Church of the Nativity has become a model for growth in ministry, mission and message, not just at Ascension, but world-wide. We still have lots of books available at the Information Booth; just $3 each or FREE if you are actively involved in ministry or mission work in the parish.
On September 15 we will begin a new message series called Next S.T.E.P.S. that will be heard not only as the message in our small groups, but also during the homily. This series is an acronym to describe our faith development. Our faith is a journey that we will not complete in this life; a journey that requires us to keep taking our next step. In this series, we will look at the five major STEPS we believe are necessary to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ:
God can draw a person closer to Him at any step, at any time. Therefore, it is important to note that even though S.T.E.P.S. is an acronym, the steps are fluid and can occur in any order, often cycling around in various ways, in different times throughout one’s life. The series presentation follows this format as a way to remind us of the STEPS we take as we journey with Jesus.
As mentioned above, the REBUILT book is available to purchase for just $3.00. If you are actively involved in a ministry or mission it is FREE! Stop by the Information Booth or call the parish office at 561-997-5486 to get your copy today.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. Many of our parish ministry leaders have attended REBUILT conferences or visited Nativity in Maryland. Through our week-end ministries and our missions partners, we are striving to be a parish of vision. We want each and every parishioner to be a part of this vision; to understand and be involved in making Ascension a parish of outreach and hospitality.
Upcoming Events …
Wednesday, September 12
Our 2019 Mass Book will be available to schedule your intentions for next year beginning in September. IMPORTANT CHANGE: Beginning in June of 2019, our weekend Mass times will change. The time of the Saturday Vigil Mass will remain the same at 4:30 pm; however, Sunday Masses will be 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm. We will also allow TWO Mass intentions for the 9:00 am daily Mass as well as TWO Mass intentions per Mass at the weekend Masses in order to accommodate the increased need for intentions. Please come to the office with your intention requests, if you are able. We are open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday through Friday. The offering remains at $10 for each Mass. In order to be fair to all of our parishioners and give everyone a chance to offer intentions, WE ARE LIMITING THE NUMBER OF WEEKEND MASSES TO FIVE PER PERSON, with a total number of Masses of 10 per person. As always, we will honor those who come to the office first, then, when possible, we will fulfill requests by telephone and mail if it is impossible for you to come to the office. You may also schedule intentions at the Information Booth after the weekend Masses beginning September 15/16.
Weekend of Sep. 22-23
Our next photo session will take place on Saturday, September 22 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and on Sunday, September 23 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Photos are taken in Classroom 5 located in the back of the Family Center. This is a parish project with no outside vendors involved and the photo session is FREE! It only takes a few minutes and we can’t wait to share your smile! For additional information, please call the parish office at 561-997-5486.
Wednesday, September 26
We are making our next casino trip at the end of this month to the Isle 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 10:30 a.m. sharp and return at approximately 4:30 p.m. Call Henry Yzaguirre at 391-8496 to reserve your seats now.
Saturday, October 20th
If you are interested in decorating a space, please RSVP to Jessi at 561-685-3101 or via Email. Limited spots are available, so reserve yours today!
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a special reception that will be held after every Mass!
For those of us that have lost loved ones, please join us after the 9:00 a.m. daily Mass on Wednesdays: September 12 & 26, October 10 and 24 and November 14 in the Family Center for Coffee and Conversation. Building companionship and friendship—please invite someone you know that has lost a loved one (a neighbor, relative or a friend). Let’s move forward together! For questions, please contact Gloria at 703-581-7844 or Carol at 561-251-7914.
Please call the parish office at 561-997-5486 to confirm our next class. We usually meet on Thursdays from 9:45–10:45 am. The suggested donation is $55 for the 8 week session 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.
Our Annual Christmas Bazaar will be here before you know it! If you are a vendor or a crafter, we invite you to participate. Please call Gloria Klein at 561-414-1020 for information. Don’t wait, call today. Tables are limited.
Protection of Children and Young People
The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach is committed to the safety and protection of all children and vulnerable adults in its care. Victims of abuse by Church personnel are encouraged to contact the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator to begin necessary emotional, psychological and spiritual healing. The Diocese of Palm Beach Victim Assistance Coordinator, Lorraine Sabatella, can be reached at 561-801-0999. The diocesan Office of Safe Environments provides safety resources, guidance, education and training to its employees, all Church personnel and volunteers. Parents and other caregivers are also encouraged to attend these trainings that emphasize prevention.
For more information on Diocesan policies and procedures for reporting abuse, safety education programs and resources, as well as to view the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, please go to www.diocesepb.org/safe-environments.
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!
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