STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau (08-11-19). Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on PBS.
Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has appeared on FOX NEWS, CNN and EWTN, as well.
Bishop Barron is one of the most followed Catholics in the world on social media:
He wrote a book about the abuse crisis in the Church as a response to his own feelings of betrayal and anger. The abuse scandal has gripped the Catholic Church for the past thirty years, and continues to wreak havoc even today. It has been a diabolical masterpiece, one that has compromised the work of the Church in every way and has left countless lives in ruins. Many Catholics are understandably asking, “Why should I stay? Why not abandon this sinking ship before it drags me or my children uner?”
In this stirring manifesto, Bishop Barron explains why this is not the time to leave, but the time to stay and fight. Reading the current crisis through the lenses of Scripture and Church History, Bishop Barron shows that we have faced such scandals before; that the spiritual treasures of the Church were preserved by holy men and women who recommitted themselves to fighting evil; and that there is a clear path forward for us today.
For Catholics questioning their faith, searching desperately for encouragement and hope, this book will offer reasons to stay and fight for the Body of Christ.
We have purchased 100 copies of Letter to a Suffering Church which are available at the information booth for a small donation of $2.00 each. Our small group leaders are invited to pick up books to use for a two-week study of the book, as well as a study guide for discussion with your group. Books are available on a first come, first serve basis beginning August 10.
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!
CLASSES BEGIN THIS WEEKEND!
Please pray about joining a small group! During our Kickoff Weekend you will have the opportunity to speak to parishioners who are in Small Groups and find the right group that fits your schedule.
Saturday, Sep. 28 – 9 am to 12 pm
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 asked for donations (individually or collectively) for the Ambo and Tabernacle. I’d like to thank everyone for their generous donations to date. At this time, we only need the following item for the altar:
- Ambo (which will total $12,982)
Thank you for anything you are able to do in this venture, not only to beautify our church, but also to add dignity to our worship of God as we thank Him, when we gather for Mass, for the gift of our salvation.
The Annual Spectacular Christmas Bazaar is right around the corner! Our Bazaar has been a tradition for over 20 years, and we are very excited to be able to host it again this year. Our parishioners are part of its success, so please consider donating to our Raffle. For example: Gift cards, gift certificates, spa and salon services, wine for our Wine Basket, Restaurant gift cards, we love Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, etc.
Thank you very much! God Bless.
If you have any questions, please call the parish office at 561-997-5486.
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 Tuesday, September 17. 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