This Week at Ascension + May 24, 2023

"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." - Psalm 96

May 24, 2023

Commemoration of Jackson Kemper,

First Missionary Bishop in the US, 1870

Evening Prayer at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM

In-person and Live-streamed

Said Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Unction will be available for those who wish it.


The Day of Pentecost

May 28, 2023

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via ZOOM

9 a.m. Sung Mass

11 a.m. Solemn Mass -

In-person & Live-streamed

The 11 a.m. Order of Worship may be found here.

Image: The Holy Spirit above the Pentecost window, Church of the Ascension


Click to join us VIA YOUTUBE


The Parish Offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2023

in observance of Memorial Day.

From The Interim Rector

What a glorious celebration of the Feast of the Ascension! Our 166th Feast of Title was celebrated by Bishop Paula Clark, marking the first episcopal visitation we’ve had in four years. During the liturgy we received two persons and confirmed three. Look for their names elsewhere in the newsletter.

A huge ‘thank you’ to all who helped to make our celebration so seamless and joyful. The parish staff all pulled together to make the necessary accommodations for the bishop. Our altar servers went far beyond their normal duties. The choir was spectacular.  And then there are those who worked totally behind the scenes to take care of so many aspects of the reception. For me, personally, one of the most memorable moments was all of the clergy gathered at the altar for the eucharistic prayer. 

If you weren’t able to be with us, here’s a link to our YouTube video from the evening.

Fr. Heard

Become a Pastoral Visitor: Info Sessions June 18

Come learn more about visiting fellow Ascension members who cannot join us for Mass in person as well as caring for fellow members in their time of need. The sessions will take place following each of the Masses. The first one will take place in Wheeler Hall after the Sung Mass. The next one will take place at 12:50 pm in the Library following the Solemn Mass. You need not have any prior experience, just a heart to serve and love your siblings in Christ. Please email Mtr. Murphy-Gill if you have questions. 

Save the Date: Young Adult Retreat Saturday, July 29

Mark your calendars for a summer retreat on Saturday, July 29. This will be an opportunity to step out of your busy life for a day and spend time with yourself, others, and of course, God. More details regarding location and time are to come. If you have questions, please contact Mtr. Murphy-Gill.

Prayer Requests

Do you have a need for special prayer in your life? Whether your prayer needs are because you have an upcoming surgery, an ill family member, or you’re just feeling particularly lonely lately, Fr. Heard and Mtr. Murphy-Gill would like to know.

We’ve created a way for letting us know about your requests for prayers in a way we hope makes it easy for you to reach out, though you can always call the church or reach out to one of the priests personally. 

Share your prayer requests here.


For our prayers: The Quevedo family, Andrew Abbott, Suzanne Dines, James Christiansen,

Julie Jones, Daniel, Nikki Shaw, Lee Gould, John Schram, Gertrude Isaac, Thomas Wikman,

MB Hwang, Juanita Malone, Oksana, Mary W., Tyler, David S. Jones, Richard Francis Tracz, Robert Browning, Natalia & Victor, Dorothy, Victor Fernandez, Claire Green, Beth Hall, Sue Lenz, Brenda Martins


In thanksgiving for those Confirmed and Received on Ascension Day 2023:

Noah John Riggenbach, Nicholas Alexander Cast, Blake Smith,

Holly Beth Cast, Clarissa C. Galaviz-Lizarraga

Birthdays: Ian Barillas-McEntee, 5/23

Anniversaries: Jay & Cheryl Peterson, Marriage, 5/26;

Tim & Mary Jane Kowalski, Marriage, 5/26


Requiescat in pace: Eric Magnuson, 4/24/2023;

Katherine Louise Barr, 5/21/2016; Ella Rollé, 5/21/2016;

William Floyd Ware, 5/23/1985; Kiyono (Kay) Marouka, 5/26/2004;

Dolores M. Baran, 5/27/2008


Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them;

May their souls and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Prayer for the Rector Search Committee

Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for The Church of the Ascension that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Organ and Choral Repertoire for May 28, 2023


Choral varié sur le thème du

Veni Creator, op. 4 [1930]

Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)


At the Solemn Procession



The Sequence



At the Offertory

509 NUN DANKET ALL (9 a.m.)

NAPHILL (11 a.m.)


At the Communion

508 NOVA VITA (9 a.m.)

229 CORNISH (11 a.m.)


At the Retiring Procession




Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist à 5 BWV 671

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Choral Mass Setting

Émile Paladilhe


Messe Solennelle de la Pentecôte (1898)


Offertory Motet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Veni sancte spiritus, K. 47 

Communion Motet

Thomas Tallis

(c. 1505-1585)

If Ye Love Me


Chanted Mass Propers from the

Graduale Romanum

Between Masses, please don’t forget that The Choir of the Ascension has recorded upwards of 60 tracks that you can listen to anywhere you have an internet connection. They can be found here:

Ascension Connections
(with your click and God's help)
Participate in Ascension masses at our YouTube Channel. (Look for other connections options soon.)
Meeting ID:
792 031 7452
Password: 1133
Join-by-Phone Option: (312) 626-6799

Weekly Ascension Schedule

For connections:

via Zoom (click here)


7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via Zoom

9:00 a.m. In-person Sung Mass

11:00 a.m. In-person and Live-Streamed Solemn High Mass



8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer via FACEBOOK LIVE

6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer via Zoom


6:30 p.m. Said Mass


The Rev. Thomas Heard, Interim Rector

The Rev. Meghan Murphy-Gill, Curate

Reach Out To Us

Wardens and Vestry of Church of the Ascension

LaVerne Rollé Saunders, Sr. Warden;

David Reeves, Jr. Warden;

Ian Barillas-McEntee, Jim Lo Bello, Ken Cozette, Marlea Edinger, Sean Hansen,

David A. Robertson, Elizabeth Simpson, Joshua Simpson, Samuel Sommers, Clerk

Susan Schlough, Treasurer

Br. Nathanael Deward Rahm BSG, Parish Office


Approved minutes of Vestry meetings are always available online to parishioners who request the link. If you would like Internet access to these Vestry Minutes, please email the Parish Office and request the link. Once you access the web page, you can read all recent Vestry meeting minutes.

The link remains live indefinitely. Any parishioner who has the link will not need to request a new link from month to month.