STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau (01-13-19). Great Faith Grows In Small Groups! Next weekend, members of our small groups will be inside the Family Center to share the good news about joining a small group. Small Groups are where our Big Church becomes Small and Personal. Our message series, The Story of Your Life, reminds us that our own stories are centered around our relationship with God that we, in turn, find through our relationship with others.
The whole church is on message together when we are in Mass and we listen to the wonderful homilies. In our small groups, the message is then explored on a deeper, more personal level.
We like to say that Jesus formed the first small group when He called His Disciples. They ate together, prayed together and lifted each other up in their ministry. Our small groups do the very same thing! Our small groups become a first source of care and outreach when one of the members is experiencing a life event, whether it is a time of joy, sorrow or need. Our small groups become a part of the stories of our lives.
You don’t have to know anything about Scripture. You will not be asked to pray out loud or share if you don’t feel like sharing. You won’t be judged for what you do share with the group. You WILL find authentic relationships, a safe place to share, and people who will make you feel connected. You WILL grow in your personal faith and your relationship with Christ!
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 …
Starting December 9th, the youth ministry will have DISCOUNTED FAIR TICKETS available for purchase. Adult $10, Child $5, Senior $7, Ride $20, Mega Saver $89 (4 adults, 2 ride, $20 food voucher). These make great Christmas gifts! 10% of all proceeds go to the youth ministry.
Wednesday, Jan. 9 – 7:00 pm
Please join us for our next class in the School of Christian Formation. Our topic is Christian Morality, In the Breath of God. This is a 6-week series. We meet on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Family Center starting January 9 and running through February 13. For additional information, please contact Deacon Lon at the parish office at 561-997-5486 or via Email at email@example.com.
Saturday, Jan. 19 – 11:00 am
The Palm Beach Diocesan Council of Catholic Women are hosting their 25th Annual Inspirations Fashion Show and Luncheon on Saturday, January 19, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Wyndam Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, 122 Soundings Avenue, Jupiter. The cost is $55.00 per person. For more information please contact LuAnn Leonard at 561-252-8303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Feb. 16 – 10:30 am
Bishop Barbarito will preside at the celebration of our 35th Annual Anniversary Mass for Married Couples on Saturday, February 16 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Jude Church in Boca Raton. Cake, coffee and punch will be served in the parish hall after the Mass. All couples who will be celebrating 25, 40, or 50 or more years of marriage in the calendar year 2019 are invited to participate. To attend, please contact the parish office at 997-5486 and register your names as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, February 4. We ask that all participating couples arrive at St. Jude Church by 10:00 a.m. —thirty minutes prior to the start of Mass so you can receive your personalized certificate.
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.
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 6:00 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 beginning September 15/16.
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
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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