STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau (03-10-19). Don’t give up SOMETHING for Lent: DO SOMETHING! “G. K. Chesterton wrote, ‘Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.’ This is particularly true of Catholicism. Of all the many people I know who have rejected Catholicism, or who are critical of it, I do not know a single person who has truly explored and embraced the Catholic lifestyle. If you HUMBLY open your heart, mind and soul to the genius of Catholicism, you will not find it wanting.” – Matthew Kelly.
During Lent, our message series is Attitude Adjustment, which is about humility in our faith life and our relationship with God. The above quote should resonate with all of us.
- Do we openly embrace our Catholic faith and the truth of her teachings?
- Do we allow our Catholic faith to lead us into a personal relationship with Jesus: living as a true disciple in our thoughts and actions?
There is no better time than Lent to examine our faith life and our discipleship. Here are some things you can DO for lent:
Volunteer in the parish! Become a greeter or train to run the screens at Mass or work in the Holy Grounds Cafe. There are several first serve opportunities that you could begin next weekend! For additional information, just call the parish office at 561-997-5486. You can also complete and submit our Ministry Interest Form and we will be glad to contact you.
Participate in a parish mission project. Stop by the Information Booth to find out about food-packing, gleaning and Family Promise or click here and we would be glad to contact you. Pick up a food container at the church doors or at the Info Booth to help us feed 40,000.
Invest and Invite! Pick up a promotional card for our message series Attitude Adjustment in the pews or at the church doors and share with a friend or family member. Please invite someone to Mass to hear the message!
Add an extra Mass to your week. Pray the rosary. Spend time with the Lord in prayer.
Follow our Ascension Daily Prayer on our parish app, on Facebook , via Email, or here on our website. You can click here if you would like to sign up to have the prayer emailed to your inbox each day.
Join a Small Group, just for Lent. Joining a Small Group is a step on the path to discipleship, as Jesus initially formed His Small Group of twelve. You can join a group by filling out an interest card at the Info Booth or by clicking here. You can also contact JoAnne Cianfichi, our Small Group Coordinator at 443-474-9588. We’re looking forward to hearing from you as we all DO SOMETHING for Lent!
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 …
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.
Beginning Wednesday, March 6
Our six-week class on Church History begins on Ash Wednesday. We meet in the Family Center from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Please call the Parish Office at 561-997-5486 for additional information.
Join us on March 8, 15, 22, April 5 and 12!
The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring Fish Fry Fridays. Come to Family Center for your choice of baked or fried fish served with potato and slaw. New this year, we have added Fettuccini Alfredo with Shrimp to our menu. Additional appetizers, soups, sides and beverages are also available for purchase. All of our dinners are available for the low price of $10.
Saturday, Mar. 30 – 8 am to 3 pm
Registration is now underway for the 10th Annual Catholic Women of Faith, Women of Action Conference! Women of all ages and faiths, including students and Religious Sisters, are invited to attend this one-day women’s conference in the Diocese of Palm Beach. It will be held at Our Lady Queen of the Apostles located on 100 Crestwood Blvd S. in Royal Palm Beach.
Our featured guest speaker will be Valerie Panciera-Rieth, BSEd, CDE, a wonderful motivational speaker known both nationally and locally. Join us as Valerie takes us on a humorous journey of self-discovery. You will walk away from Valerie’s presentation feeling rejuvenated and invigorated. The day will include Mass with Bishop Gerald Barbarito; Sacrament of Reconciliation; Rosary; Adoration; spirit-filled music; and ministry tables and vendors. The low-price admission includes Continental Breakfast and lunch. Registration Cost: $35 (received before 3/18/19; $40 thereafter); Student & Religious Sisters Registration Cost: $20. (Cost includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch). CLICK HERE for 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.
The Palm Beach Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Award. One thousand dollars is awarded to each of three Catholic female students graduating from eighth grade in the Diocese of Palm Beach who will attend a Catholic High School in the Diocese of Palm Beach in the fall. The deadline is April 1, 2019. You may obtain the application in the parish office or from the PBDCCW website at www.pbdccw.org. Please contact Natividad Perez at 561-449-9135 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions.
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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