STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau (01-05-20). Here are just a few tag lines you will see when googling Catholic Small Groups:
- Small Groups – where our “great big church” becomes a “great small church.”
- Small Groups – developing deep rooted relationships with God and each other.
- Small Groups – going beyond Sunday Mass.
- Small Groups – Belong, Grow, Serve.
With this growing movement in the Catholic Church, Small Groups are an important part of growing discipleship, especially in a large church where you may only know a few people who go to the same Mass that you do each Sunday. Our Small Groups are the way we LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS and MAKE DISCIPLES.
Small Groups follow the same message series that we hear in the homilies on Sunday. The Small Groups then see a video presentation followed by a guided discussion on what God’s Word says on that topic, approaching it through their own experiences. Group members are challenged to become authentic about what’s really going on in their lives in a safe and supportive place. Our members pray for one another, care for one another, and develop friendships with other growing disciples.
Small Groups are made up of 5-12 people who meet to discuss faith, going deeper in the weekly message, and supporting one another in their growing relationship with Christ. While prayer is an important part of our Small Group environments, they are not Prayer Groups, they are not Bible Studies and they are not Adult Education classes. Our Small Groups are the place to connect with other growing disciples in a relational and personal environment.
Stop by the Information Booth in the Family Center after Mass to find out about Small Groups or to join a group during the is series, Baggage message series.
News and Events …
We had a wonderful gathering to celebrate and thank all of our dedicated volunteers and welcome prospective members to the Ascension team! Please CLICK HERE if you were unable to attend and did not register for our Ministry Appreciation Night. Thanks again to all of those who make our weekend Mass celebrations special and to those newcomers who will be joining us!
We have joined with Cross Catholic Outreach to move vulnerable Haitian families out of their makeshift shacks and into safe concrete houses. Throughout the Advent and Christmas season, we hope to raise enough money to build AT LEAST one sturdy, four-room concrete house with a strong galvanized steel roof. The house includes a small solar panel that provides indoor electricity.
Beginning December 1, the first Sunday of Advent, donation envelopes will be in the Church and at the Information Booth. The “Homes for Christmas” campaign will continue throughout Advent and the Christmas season.
Classes Resume January 8th
The School of Christian Formation for the Diocese of Palm Beach is offering a series of classes and programs for adult Catholics who wish to learn more about the rich traditions of their faith. Classes provide introductions to the major topics and historical periods of the Catholic faith. The Pastoral Ministry series meets for a total of six classes (twelve hours) , starting January 8. The series will be taught by Dr. Sixto Garcia, and will be held in Ascension’s Family Center each Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The registrations fee is $10 and textbooks range from $10-$20 per course. Financial assistance is available if needed. For additional information and registration, you can email email@example.com. Formal Registration will take place the first night of class. Please bring cash or check made payable to: The Diocese of Palm Beach School of Christian Formation.
For additional information, contact Greg Pratt at 561-997-5486 or via Email.
Mission Volunteer Meeting – If you missed our recent meeting and are interesting in supporting the missions work here at Ascenion, you can contact our missions team via Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK HERE if you are interested in finding out more about our Missions work here at Ascension and we will be glad to contact you.
Bishop Gerald Barbarito will celebrate the 36th Annual Anniversary Mass for Married Couples who will be celebrating 25, 40, 50 or more years of marriage during this year. There will be two locations:
- Feb. 22, 10:30 am, St. Lucie Church, 280 SW Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie
- Feb. 29, 10:30 am, Cathedral of St. Igantius Loyola, 9999 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens
Cake, coffee and punch reception following Mass. Watch the Bulletin for details on how to register with your parish for this special celebration. Sponsored by the Office of Marriage, Family Life, Faith Formation and Youth Ministry. For additional information, call 561-775-9557, or email email@example.com.
Thank you for your generous donations! We still need small travel size items for hygiene bags that we make for the homeless, especially disposable razors and travel size deodorant.
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. 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 RN MSN at 561-997-5486. Don’t go it alone. We are here for you.
- La Sagrada Familia
- Grotto of Massabielle
- Cathedral of Burgos
- Monastery of Santa María Real de las Huelgas
- Aljustrel Valinhos
- Evening Candlelight Processions
- Daily Mass
Travel Presentation: January 14th 6:30AM @ Ascension Catholic Church
Contact the parish office at 561-997-5486 for additional information on this exciting travel opportunity.
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.
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.
- Diocese of Palm Beach
- Archdiocese of Miami
- Diocese of Orlando
- Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
- Diocese of St. Petersburg
- Diocese of Venice in Florida
- Diocese of St. Augustine
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