STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau (3-11-18). Church – Is it a noun or a verb? When Jesus Christ established His Church over 2000 years ago, did He intend it to mean buildings OR communities of action? Our parish mission statement to LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS, MAKE DISCIPLES is one of action. It challenges us, as Catholic Christians, to “be” church and not simply go to church. It’s not about “doing” church better, but “being” church better. To “be church” to others, we must get out of the pew, out of our own personal prayers and out of our comfort zone to bring others to Jesus. This was Jesus’ last commandment before He ascended into heaven:
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. [Matthew 28:19-20]
We cannot keep this command with only an hour of Mass on Sunday. Instead, we are charged with bringing others, sharing with others, helping others, inspiring others: all done for Him and to honor His Holy Name. We have to “be church” to encourage others to want to know Jesus.
For the past few years, we have been following and implementing a plan for growing and developing our parish, called REBUILT. (Scroll below for more information.) Over the past fifteen years, the Church of the Nativity, in Timonium, Maryland, has grown from a sleepy Catholic parish of maintenance, into a thriving community of dynamic worship and outreach. Yet, they are not complacent in their success. With over 6,000 attending the weekend Masses, Nativity approaches every weekend as if it might be the first time those 6,000 are coming through the doors.
Pastor Andy Stanley stated in his book Deep and Wide, “Church must continually step outside the comfort zone because growth and comfort cannot coexist.” One of the greatest challenges for church is how to grow and to remain relevant in today’s largely secular society. We can’t profess our faith every Sunday at Mass if we aren’t willing to “be and share” our faith. This is the fourth Sunday of our Lenten message and it is about our relationship with God and how we are to share His love with others. Take some time during this season of Lent to reflect on these questions:
- How can I “be church” to others?
- How can I step out of my comfort one to love God, love others, and make disciples?
Our exciting new message series entitled NEEDY began on the weekend of February 17-18. It will continue throughout all five weeks of Lent. The whole church is on message together, but in our small groups, the message series is explored on a deeper, more personal level.
No matter how strong and self-sufficient we are, we all have needs. During this series we explore our needs and temptations; how can they lead us to God? Ultimately, we are all NEEDY for GOD.
You can sign up for a Small Group by visiting the Information Booth after any of the weekend Masses. CLICK HERE to sign up online. You can also call JoAnne Cianfichi at 443-474-9588 for additional information.
We recently have been discussing the book, Rebuilt. 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. We have a vision and a plan for Ascension that will be presented over the next few weeks in the message series at all the Masses. This Vision message series will not only share the plans for the future of our parish, but will also provide inspiration for all of our parishioners to get out of the pews and serve.
If you are interested in learning more about Rebuilt or would like to read the book it is available in the parish Gift Shop for $10.
Click here for an archive of articles from Cindy Nau, Director of Communications, including the recent STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP series.
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Resuming on Thursdays …
Please call the parish office at 561-997-5486 to confirm the date when we will resume our Thursday chair classes after the holiday break. We meet 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.
Saturdays during Lent …
We still have three more Saturdays of 40 Days for Life, where we meet in the front of the church between 10:00 a.m. and noon to pray for the end of abortion in our dear country and the world. Please join us. Again, we thank you for your generous support of the Respect Life Ministry!
Fridays during Lent …
Join us in the Family Center from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for our Lenten Fish Fry. The price is still only $10. Come one, come all and enjoy some conversation and fish with your fellow parishioners!
Tuesday, March 20 – 6:30 pm
Join the Ascension Council of Catholic Women as they host a tour of the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute located at 690 Meadows Road in Boca Raton. Speakers include Kathy Schilling, MD – Radiologist and Medical Director and Cheryl Moss-Mellman, MD – Director of Clinical Breast Service. All women are invited! No RSVP required. For additional information, please call LuAnn at 561-252-8303.
Friday, March 23 – 12:30 pm
Yes, you saw that right! We have a new time but the same beautiful Patriotic Rosary. Due to the cleaning schedule of our church in getting ready for the weekend, we have to move the time up. Please don’t let this keep you from joining us. As Padre Pio said: “The Rosary is the prayer for our time.” As you know, our “time” continues to spiral out of control. Thank you, and we pray you will join us.
Tuesday, March 27 – 11:00 am
Bishop Barbarito cordially invites the faithful of the Diocese to join in the celebration of the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, 9999 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. During the Chrism Mass, Bishop Barbarito will bless the three oils that will be used for sacramental purposes during the next year throughout all of the diocese’s 53 churches and missions.
Wednesday, April 25 – 10:30 am
We are making our next casino trip to the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach. 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.
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!
If 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 our 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!
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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