STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau (06-22-19). Paul Wilkes, Catholic author and speaker, was a mission speaker at Ascension several years ago. He spoke about a mission he founded in India, Home of Hope, providing homes for abused, orphaned and neglected girls. He has dedicated most of his adult career to helping the poor through the works of the Catholic Church. He has also written many books on parish engagement and how we, as the Catholic laity, can make a difference in the world. His premise is that the great work of the Church begins with each one of us and the work we do in our home parish. Here are two premises from his book, The Seven Secrets of Successful Catholics:
Successful Catholics are Proud Enough of the Parish to Represent It Well
- “Successful parishioners are ambassadors for their parish. While admitting the parish still has much more to do to meet the needs of its people, the community and the world, they speak in positive terms about what their parish is doing. Without being boastful, they are proud of their parish’s accomplishments, presence in the community, and the plans for the future.”
- “They are not shy about proclaiming they are Catholic and living out their Catholicism in a specific place. They mention their parish in conversation at work or among friends. They might even mention it at the hardware store or at the supermarket, when appropriate-with appropriate pride. They are proud of their parish and they want others to know about it, not so much that they will get a pat on the back, but that others will know that there is a place where people in the community are attempting, with God’s ever-present help, to live better lives and make this world a better place.”
Successful Catholics are Not Members, But Disciples
- “Membership has a static sound to parishioners. Quite frankly, just sitting in the pew is not good enough for them. Attending or ‘doing their obligation’ is not sufficient for this most important part of their life.”
- “They probably would be the last ones to call themselves disciples, but that’s what they are. They are trying to live a life that mirrors the life of Christ, for they see Christ as ‘the way, the truth and the life.’ They are trying to let others in on the wonderful, dynamic lifestyle that can be theirs. They are not simply members of some sort of comfortable club that makes no demands on them. Just going through the motions is too shallow for them.”
- “Discipleship, not membership, characterizes how they choose to live a Catholic life within their parish and in their everyday life. As Christ saw needs in the world and tried to meet them, so do the successful parishioners who are not afraid to proclaim Christ’s message-no, not with words, but with their actions. They are not content to be preservers of an institution, but rather, practitioners of a way of life.”
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 …
Our Altar is not in keeping with the requirements of what an altar should be (i.e., it is made of plywood and can be picked up by one person and easily removed from the church). As a result, one person donated money for a new Altar for our parish in memory of her belated husband. From there, her sons committed to donate money for a new matching Baptismal Font, since our font, which is on wheels and rusting, is also not suitable for the First of all Sacraments, that is also necessary for salvation. During the planning meeting, one of the family members suggested that I have all 4 appointments for the Sanctuary done at one time so they all match. To that end, I am asking for donations (individually or collectively) to be made for the following 2 items:
We would like to train about 25 new volunteers to prepare for Holy Week and Easter. Please pray about how you can serve. CLICK HERE to complete a Ministry Interest Form and we will be glad to contact you and provide additional information.
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.
Need help with processing the loss of a loved one? We are here to help. The Ascension Bereavement Group meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 in the parish office chapel. The group discusses many aspects of grief and provides tools and support to help an individual deal with the process of grief through the Harvesting Of Tears program. The program is facilitated by your parish nurse, Barbara Bzura RN MSN. We are beginning a new group on February 12th. Please consider giving the group a try; many parishioners have been through the program and were happy that they did. There is no pressure to speak or share, and it is completely confidential. Please register with the office or call Barb Bzura at 561-699-3553. Don’t go it alone. We are here for you.
Our 2019 Mass Book is now available to schedule your intentions for next year. 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 7:00 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.
Contact the parish office at 561-997-5486 for additional information on this exciting travel opportunity.
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
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- Cardinal Gibbons High School – Ft. Lauderdale
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- St. Joan of Arc – Boca Raton
- St. Jude – Boca Raton