This Week at Ascension + October 20, 2021

"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." - Psalm 96
"We should talk … about Anti-racism"
This evening, 5:15 - 5:55 p.m. via Zoom
See additional information below.
This evening:
Wednesday, October 20
Saint Luke The Evangelist

5:15 p.m. "We should talk ...
about Anti-racism"

6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
6:30 p.m. In-person &
Live-streamed Mass

Image: St. Luke the Evangelist, Mikhail Nesterov, 1909

Sunday, October 24

The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
9:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer via ZOOM
10:00 a.m. In-person & Live-streamed Solemn High Mass
Setting: Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Communion Service in B-flat (1879)

Image: Christ giving sight to blind Bartimaeus, 1799-1800, William Blake

From Mother Murphy-Gill

Dear beloved members of Ascension, 

Gratitude doesn’t even begin to express just how thankful I am for your presence and prayers leading up to and during my ordination and first mass this past weekend. In addition to those of you who supported me with your attendance in person and online, I'm aware that:
  • The usher-greeters took part in a special planning session and warmly welcomed our many guests.
  • Those ministering at the altar served faithfully and well at both the ordination and Sunday mass, a couple for the first time (though they had poise as if serving much longer).
  • Gary Alexander and Diane Walsh made sure that those who could not attend in person could distantly participate in both masses.
  • David White, Benjamin Rivera and our Choir of the Ascension members filled the church with a glorious sacred music.
  • Our assisting priests, Fr. Petite and Fr. Lawler, were there with many other priests to lay hands on me during the consecration.
  • Br. Nathanael, BSG, our parish admin, created beautiful bulletins that I will treasure as keepsakes for the rest of my life.
  • M.B. Hwang recruited and prepared acolytes, set up an entirely new tech system for remote viewing in St. Michael's Hall, was troubleshooter par excellence, and so much more.
  • Jim Lo Bello and Thom Ehlen were quiet all-knowing wizards behind the scenes in the sacristy.
  • The hospitality crew threw a wonderful reception in the courtyard.
  • Brooke Raymond beautifully arranged flowers, everywhere.
  • Sexton George Panice ran a new, long ethernet cable through a complicated route to St. Michael's Hall and shouldered much of the needed set up and clean up.
  • Father Raymond orchestrated the whole complicated yet glorious ordination (and served as a very helpful Deacon for my first mass!).  

A parish is truly as good as the members who comprise it, and I am humbled and honored to serve and to have been ordained priest in this faithful community.

To view an impromptu album of photos of the ordination and reception, click here. (Thanks to James Baran and others for contributing.)

From the Rector
Haven't you already seen the photo to the right? Yes, in conjunction with Mother Murphy-Gill's first mass on Sunday. Also in the picture (l. to r.) are Joshua Simpson, Elizabeth 'Ellie' Roberts Simpson and Andrew Smith. Joshua and Ellie are preparing for Confirmation at a November 6 diocesan service to be held at St. John's Church, Flossmoor. Special thanks to Ken Kelling for supporting and preparing Joshua and Ellie and coordinating with the diocese. Pre-registration is required for a limited number of seats at the November 6 confirmation service. Contact Ken if interested. And thanks to Joshua, Ellie and Andrew (who's been at Ascension only since Labor Day!) for serving -- and serving well -- at both the Saturday and Sunday liturgies over the weekend. In this photo, taken at the end of Sunday's Solemn High Mass, they're all still smiling!
All Souls Commemorations
November 2: Requiem Mass at Noon
November 3: Requiem Low Mass, 6:30 p.m.
Please note the change from previously published times.

The chanted Noon mass with chanted Propers and hymns on Tuesday, November 2, will be followed by a 'Sharing Lunch, Sharing Blessings' meal and conversation, open to all. A low mass is to be offered at the usual time on Wednesday evening, 6:30 p.m. Cards inviting your All Souls memorials have been sent to all Ascension Member households. You may also use this link to share names, or call the parish office. To be included in print bulletins, names must be shared by Sunday, October 31. The necrology will be prayed at both masses.
A head start on pledging for and giving in 2022
In coming weeks, parish households will receive a more formal invitation to make a financial pledge toward our 2022 operating budget expenses. But all who feel moved to see, print and fill out a 2022 pledge commitment card (with some information in addition to what's below, may click here or on the pledge card below. Thank you!
Thank you, George!

Today's the day that Sexton George Panice is scouring ivy from the walls of the Parish House and elsewhere. Beautiful as it can be, the ivy is also invasive and harmful, over time, to masonry. The photo is an impromptu shot looking up from outside a window in the rector's second floor office.

What did the ivy say when it saw George coming?
Please! Don't leaf me!


Wednesday 10/20
6:00 pm: Evening Prayer via ZOOM
6:30 pm: Mass (In Person and livestreamed

Sunday 10/24 
9:30 am: Morning Prayer via ZOOM
10:00 am: Solemn High Mass (In person and livestreamed


Wednesday 10/20
5:15 pm We Should Talk about ...
Anti-racism via ZOOM

Duncan Moore, a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chicago, will present tools, resources, and ideas that we at Ascension can consider for doing the important transformative work of anti-racism. Now in their fourth year, the anti-racism team at St. John’s is modeling for fellow Episcopal churches how to form their own teams and engage in anti-racism work within their own particular parish contexts.

NOTE: St. John’s is also hosting an event, Critical Race Theory: How it Affects Me and Why it Matters, on Tuesday, November 9 in-person and on Zoom. The event is co-sponsored by four Chicago Episcopal Churches, of which Ascension is one.

Wednesday 10/27
5:15 pm We Should Talk about ...
Yoga via ZOOM

Your body is a Temple of the Holy Spirit: Yoga and Spiritual Embodiment
Awareness of the body is an important and yet often undervalued part of Christian spirituality. Parishioner, staff member, and lifelong Episcopalian Gary Alexander has been practicing yoga for nearly two decades and teaching for a dozen years. In this interactive discussion he’ll offer some basic background on yoga, lead a short guided breathing and meditation exercise, and discuss how the traditions of Anglican spirituality and the practice of yoga can not only coexist but enrich each other.

Also Upcoming at (or via) Ascension

All Souls Day, November 2
Requiem Mass with Propers & Hymns at Noon

followed by a Sharing Lunch, Sharing Blessings meal
and conversation, open to all.

Solemnity of All Saints Sunday, November 7
Procession and Solemn High Mass, 10:00 a.m.
Organ Recital, 3:30 p.m.
Choral Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, 4:00 p.m.

If you anticipate or wish to inquire about Holy Baptism
on the Solemnity of All Saints, please inquire with
any member of the Ascension clergy.

A limited number of the latest Forward Day By Day (November-December 2021-January 2022) are available for pick-up in the Ascension Narthex.
Choral Evensong tonight at Church of the Atonement

The St. Cecilia Choir of Church of the Atonement will sing a Choral Evensong tonight at 7:00 p.m. to welcome Mtr. Suzanne Wille, the new rector of All Saints Ravenswood, to the Chicago North Deanery (of which Ascension is also a member). The canticles are from Charles Villiers Stanford's Evening service in B-flat, with additional music from Gabriel Jackson, Adrian Batten, Balfour Gardener and Pietro Yon. This uniquely comforting service will help calm your mind after a busy day. 
Please join in person or on Atonement’s YouTube live-stream.
Mask Reminders ...
  • Yes, they are or can be miserable to wear.
  • Yes, our cultural imbroglio about masks is disheartening.
  • Yes, we all wish we could all be mask-free all the time.
  • Yes, we ask you to honor the best intentions of our own parochial mask requirements (those intentions being your best health + the best health of others) by wearing an appropriate mask and by appropriately wearing it.
Organ Repertoire for October 24, 2021
Litanies [2012]
Florentine Mulsant (b. 1962)
At the Entrance Procession
At the Offertory
Hymn671 AZMON
At the Communion
At the Retiring Procession
Hymn 542 ST. JOAN
Allegro-Fantasia [1956]
Matilde Capuis (1913-2017)

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!

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)
except for Morning Prayer, Mon-Fri,
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
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: The Rev. Canon Paula Clark, Andrew McLean and family,
August 'Augie' Alonzo, Jim Berger, Sarah Ponder, Taffy Wehe, Beth Hall, Steven Upmeyer,
Sue Lenz, Ben, Thom Ehlen, David D. Jones, Carys and Joshua Benjamin, Mike Rieman and Alexandra Olsavsky, Heather Miller and Jeffrey O’Malley, Lawrence Cox 

Birthdays: Jim Drury, 10/17; Charles Michael Clark, 10/17; Scott Knitter, 10/18; 
Louise Gram, 10/21; Taylor Payton Mays, 10/22/2012

Requiescat in pace: Dorothy Murray, 10.17,2019; Margaret Leonard, 10/20/1990;
Mary Potter, 10/21/1980; James Budzban, 10/23/2017; Delores Peter, 10/23/2018;
The Rt. Rev. James Winchester Montgomery, 9th Bishop of Chicago, 10/23/2019;
Walter Stash 

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

The Rev. Meghan Murphy-Gill, Curate

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