STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau (4-29-18). “Church season” is winding down, and some of our parishioners have taken off for their northern homes. Although our pews may not be as full as they have been, we still have six Masses every weekend. We will still have visitors and first time guests to our six Masses every weekend. We still need YOU to step up and serve at Mass on the weekend!
You can make a difference as a minister of hospitality, serving in the Holy Grounds Cafe or sharing your time assisting parishioners and guests at the Information Booth. Please take a few moments this week and think about giving just a little bit of your time once a month at a weekend Mass. You can call the parish office at 561-997-5486 or via Email and we would be glad to help you find the opportunity that is right for you!
Upcoming Events …
Sunday, May 13
A Novena of Masses will begin on Sunday, May 13, for the intention of all mothers, living and deceased. If you wish to have someone included in the Novena, envelopes are available at the Church exits. Please return them before May 13.
Saturday, May 19 – 9:30 am
Please join us as we pray and witness for the protection of All Human Life, Marriage, Religious Freedom and the Conversion of America on Saturday, May 19 at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens. We meet at the Statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the patio. We will be praying the Rosary in the shade on Military Trail in front of the Cathedral. Chairs will be provided for those who want to sit. Please bring water, sunscreen, hats, etc. Invite your friends to join us.
Be a part of our special 50th Anniversary Online Photo Directory. Our next photo session will be Saturday, May 19 from 4 to 6 pm and Sunday, May 20 from 8 am to 5 pm.
Sunday, May 20 – 2 to 5 pm
Join us as we kick off the 50th anniversary celebration for Ascension Catholic Church! There will be plenty of picnic favorites available including hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and sno-cones. We invite our parishioners to bring two-dozen cookies or cupcakes for the dessert table.
We will have Pick Your Prize Bingo in the Family Center and a special Kid Zone featuring games, face-painting, a “Flush-Em” chair and a prize redemption center. Wristbands can be purchased for $5 to play Bingo in the Family Center and unlimited games in the Kid Zone. MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MAY 20th!
June 29 – July 1, 2018
Announcing a special retreat opportunity for individuals with physical disabilities. The retreat theme, “We Are Called”, will take place June 29-July 1 at the Duncan Retreat Center in Delray Beach, located on Military Trail just north of Linton Boulvard. It is tailored for individuals 18 years of age and above who require various types of physical assistance in order to make a weekend-long spiritual retreat, held in a loving, accessible and accommodating environment.
We welcome volunteers willing to be fingerprinted and trained in accordance with the Diocesan Office of Safe Environments guidelines. For additional information, contact Margarita Castellon at 954-821-6077, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Paschke at 561-392-2476 or email email@example.com.
The Duncan Center charges $270 per individual. Please ask about the possibility of financial assistance that might be provided to defray the costs of the retreat. Likewise, please ask about opportunities for contributing to this ministry.
Please call the parish office at 561-997-5486 to confirm our next class. We 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.
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!
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.
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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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