STEP UP TO DISCIPLESHIP – by Cindy Nau (10-5-17). Four years ago, we were introduced to a book that has changed the way we look at Church and what it means to be the Church. Fr. Michael White and his associate, Tom Corcoran, in observing their parish, Church of the Nativity, in Timonium, Maryland, saw lack of growth and status quo. They saw a Church of maintenance and consumerism; a parish that wasn’t fulfilling the great commandment of Jesus to go out into the world and make disciples. The changes began and today Nativity has become a shining, national example of an authentically Catholic, but modern, thriving parish that attracts over 5,000 people to weekend Masses. Fr. Michael and Tom have traveled all over the world, sharing their story, and were the keynote speakers to our priests in the Diocese of Palm Beach this past summer.
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.
What do all of these campaigns have to do with our parish mission statement, LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS, MAKE DISCIPLES and what does it have to do with me, you might ask. Jesus established the Church for His followers to worship and grow in faith, to offer support to each other in community. Each one of us is called to honor the final command of Jesus before He ascended into Heaven. Go and make disciples! Our faith is stronger and the Church grows stronger when each and every one of us is engaged and committed to the mission. You are an important member of Ascension! Click on the JOIN US link to learn about becoming more involved in our parish.
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 …
Our eight-class series begins Thursday, September 7 from 9:45–10:45 am. The suggested donation is $55 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
Saturday, October 28
Mark your calendar for our annual TRUNK–OR–TREAT! Anyone interested in decorating your car and handing out candy, please contact Jessi at 561-685-301 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Food, games, music, car decorating contest, face painting, candy and more! If you would like to be a part of our volunteer team, please let us know. Everyone is welcome! Our next Youth Group meeting will be Sunday, October 15 at 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, November 4
The Diocese of Palm Beach Office of Marriage & Family Life is happy to announce this year’s Grandparent’s Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday, November 4 at St. Edward Church in Palm Beach. Our special day will start with a narration about the beautiful stained glass windows, followed by Mass celebrated by Bishop Barbarito, and a luncheon with a special guest speaker. Charter bus transportation will be provided from various locations around the diocese. This day will be a celebration of grandparents who pass on their Catholic faith and traditions to their children and grandchildren. Further information coming soon.
Calling All Crafters!
The Ascension Council of Catholic Women invites crafters of all kind to join us for our Annual Christmas Bazaar, November 4 and 5 in our Family Center. We have been doing this Bazaar for over 20 years, and we are always looking for new vendors with unique crafts. Please email Gloria Klein at email@example.com if you are interested.
ATTENTION PARISHIONERS! The Ascension Council of Catholic Women is in need of new raffle donations for our upcoming Bazaar…gift certificates, bottles of wine/liquor, or raffle basket items. Donations may be dropped off at the parish office Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Tatum Mesorio at 504-610-4486.
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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