From Cindy Nau, Communications Director (05/29/21) – EVANGELUS – CONNECTING ASCENSION. These months of quarantine have opened our eyes to many life lessons. For the Church, it is staying connected to our parishioners and finding new ways to communicate with everyone. We have email, messaging through our parish app, and Facebook, but that only reaches those of you who have downloaded the app or have your email registered in our database. We have discovered that we have old emails and phone numbers in our records, so we are kicking off a campaign to get our records updated so we can communicate in a more efficient and effective manner. We are launching a new system, Evangelus, which will improve our ability to communicate with you.
This week, you may receive a message from Evangelus. This is NOT SPAM, but rather it is your invitation to our new communication system. You will click on the link to create a profile and let us know if you prefer to receive our messages by email or by text. If you are an EMHC or lector, in a small group or have children in religious education, you will also be invited to join your groups to receive messages relating to your ministries. It is important to have a direct connection to the members of our parish and Evangelus will do that for us. You don’t have to wait until you get an email. You can get connected right away by following the instructions below:
- VISIT eva.us/accboca then click Register to Join, or
- TEXT accboca to 55321
Let us know if you prefer to receive emails or text messages from us. Follow the response to update your profile and select email or text messages as your preferred form of contact.
You can also find and join the groups and ministries you are a part of. For more info or assistance, email Cindy at email@example.com.
Beginning Saturday, June 12 through September 25, 2021 our daily Mass Schedule will change to celebrate 9:00 am Mass, Monday through Friday (no Saturday morning service). We will continue to have confessions an Saturday at 3:15 pm and our 4:30 pm Vigil Mass. The Sunday schedule remains unchanged: 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 12 Noon.
We have resumed our parish Bible Study and we’d love you to join us. We’ll meet via Zoom for now to keep things safe, but that won’t crimp our style! When we study and discuss Scripture together, we discover the deep spiritual bond that ties us together as Catholics. So we hope you’ll join us and add your questions and insights to our study.
We plan to study the Book of Revelation, using the Little Rock Scripture Series. The two books for the course, a study guide and a commentary, will be available for purchase in the parish office at a cost of $20. You’ll also need a copy of the New American Bible. The study will be held each week for eight weeks, and classes will be held on either Thursday or Friday mornings. The study will be facilitated by Deacon Ken Vianale. The Book of Revelation is one of the most interesting and misunderstood books of the Bible. If you wish to join us or want more information, you can email Deacon Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call the parish office at 561-997-5486.
Religious Education classes have begun for both children and adults interested in our RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Our classes for children are being conducted via Zoom. Our adult programs have a Zoom option and in-person at our Family Center where masks and social distancing will be required.
CLICK HERE for additional information on our children’s programs.
CLICK HERE for additional information on our RCIA program.
In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, who touches the sick to heal them from sin and sometimes even from physical ailment. The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. Therefore, to better assist you, we ask that you call the parish office at 561-997-5486 prior to going into the hospital for a priest to anoint you.
Mission Volunteers – If you are interested in supporting the missions work here at Ascension, you can contact our missions team via Email at email@example.com.
CLICK HERE if you would like to find out more about Missions at Ascension and we will be glad to contact you.
We are so happy that weekend Mass has resumed using all of our new safety protocols! We completely understand the need for those volunteers who are at a higher risk from coronavirus to continue to participate in the weekend liturgies using our online platform.
For those of you who have been celebrating Mass with us on the weekend and are considering providing additional assistance to ensure that our liturgies continue, we invite you to CLICK HERE and complete our Ministry and Missions Interest Form. We especially need Greeters who open the doors for parishioners, provide hand sanitizer and guide members to seats ensuring the proper physical distancing. We look forward to hearing from you!
Need help with processing the loss of a loved one? We are here to help. We discuss 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 us 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.
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 561-775-9558. 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!
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