This Week at Ascension + May 5, 2021

"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." - Psalm 96
Wednesday, May 5
Conversion of St. Augustine of Hippo

6:30 p.m. Live-streamed Mass

Sunday, May 9
The Sixth Sunday of Easter

9:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer via ZOOM
10:00 a.m. Live-streamed Mass

Following the mass (about 11:15 a.m.)
Virtual Coffee Hour via ZOOM

Image: Jesus and his disciples, c. 1830, by Danish painter Lucie Ingemann (1792-1868).
Since 1961 the painting has formed part of the altarpiece in Ørum Church, Jutland, Denmark.

The Mass for The Feast of the Ascension
(7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13th) will be both In-person and Live-streamed. Register for In-person worship on May 13th here.
Bishop-elect Paula Clark will be unable to join us,
but Father Shane Patrick Gormley
has agreed to be our guest preacher that evening.

Note: After clicking on the link, you will be able to see how many spots, if any, are still available for a particular mass.

When you register online, you will be sent an email confirming your online registration. This same link will also have a
Please note: if you have not yet taken part in an in-person mass, please click here to see some basic information that you will want to know before registering, upon arrival and during and after the mass.

From the Rector
  • I'm grateful for an opportunity to take a break with Brooke, starting today (4/28) and through next week. (After weeks of calculations, we recognized that we'd never stop if we waited for perfectly safe conditions.) Pastoral matters in my absence may be addressed with any member of the parish clergy or (for referral) to the staff.

The Rev. Stacy Alan's sermon for
the Requiem of Charley Taylor may be read here.

The Rev. George Arceneaux's sermon for
the Fifth Sunday of Easter may be read here.

Organ Repertoire for the Sixth Sunday of Easter,
May 9, 2021
A Solis Ortus Cardin
Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703)
I. Plain Jeu II. Fugue à 5 III. Trio
IV. Point d'Orgue sur les Grand Jeux
Hymn At the Offertory 500  SURREY  (descant: DW)
Fugue et Dialogue sur les Grand Jeux
Nicolas de Grigny

About our 2021 Repertoire
As I develop a long-range plan for repertoire each year, I choose a theme or area of emphasis, often complete works or a complete large-scale work by one composer. During 2021, organ music by women composers and African-American composers is being and will be featured in voluntaries and recitals throughout the year. There are some little-known gems waiting to be discovered, as well as music by major composers, with whom works for the organ are not generally associated. Enjoy!
Choir of the Ascension:
Now on Soundcloud!
Please visit SoundCloud and listen to our playlist! There are currently 40 tracks, and several more will be added each month.

Benjamin Rivera, Choirmaster

Forward Day by Day

Copies of the May-June-July 2021 Forward Day by Day: Daily Devotions for Disciples are now available by emailing the parish office. We have both regular and large print editions while supplies last.

You may also find them on the Forward Movement website.
Other than for urgent or essential matters or for brief personal devotion in the church, visits to Ascension are presently to be avoided. Any (other) visit should be arranged in advance with Br. Nathanael Rahm. Thank you for your understanding.
Due to COVID-19, Church of the Ascension’s Treasurer and Bookkeeper are limiting the amount of time they spend working in the parish offices. All checks received at Ascension via the United States Postal Service, not always a reliable service in our area, will be bank deposited approximately every 4-6 weeks. You may contact the Treasurer by email anytime at 
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)
except for Morning Prayer,
via Facebook (click here).

9:30 a.m. Virtual Morning Prayer
10:00 a.m. Live-Streamed Mass
11:00 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour

6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer via Zoom

6:30 p.m. Low Mass
Yes, but I still haven't Zoomed ...
For the Novice, Newbie, or tech-challenged: It may be easier than you know. We've simplified instructions on the sheet that you can view by clicking here. Please know that you can block your camera (and don't need one to start with), and you could join our Scripture study or Virtual Coffee Hour, for instance, without having to say a word. Give it a try.
Please give generously as you are able.
Treasurer Susan Schlough has asked me to remind you of Ascension's ongoing expenses at this time. To the extent that you are able, payment on your pledges or the offering of Holy Day or other special gifts will be greatly appreciated. You may still write a check and mail it to the church, or online payment is possible through the buttons at various places on our website. Thank you!
For our prayers: August 'Augie' Alonzo, Jim Berger, David Byerly, Steven Wallis, Sarah Ponder, Taffy Wehe, Carnola Malone, Marvin Files, Amy Peterson, Stephanie, Gwen Clark-Mason, Barbara Wischmeier
Jamie Caldwell, 5/3; Robert Browning, 5/3; Jolene Walsh Juskiewicz, 5/8

Requiescat in pace:
Roy Johnson, 5/5/1995; Helen Mary Ekner, 5/6/1997

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.

The Rev. Patrick Raymond, Rector

Susan Schlough, Treasurer

Br. Nathanael Deward Rahm BSG, Parish Office
Vestry of Church of the Ascension
Cheryl Peterson, Sr. Warden; Kenneth Kelling, Jr. Warden; Kelly Colomberti, Marilyn Evans, Lynette Hector, Jim Lo Bello, George Pineda, David Reeves, Samuel Sommers, Enrique Vilaseco, Amber Zelazny

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. In addition, if you click on the subscribe button at the top right, you will be given email notice whenever a new set of approved minutes is added. The link remains live indefinitely. Any parishioner who has the link will not need to request a new link from month to month.