The Feast of St. Anne and St. Joachim
Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 28
Icon: St. Anna with Panagia

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer

8:00 a.m. Low Mass (Rite I)

Nursery available, 8:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m. Sung Mass

11:00 a.m. Solemn High Mass

This Week at Ascension + July 24, 2019

From the Rector
Also From the Rector
St. James the Apostle
Last Sunday's Sermon
Ascension Connections' Picnic and Concert This Friday
This Sunday at Ascension
The Parish Prayer List
Approved Vestry Minutes Online
The Last Word

     " Honor your father and your mother. "
        - Exodus 20:12

Dear people of Ascension,

      My contribution to this newsletter will be modest due to a short trip I've had to make to see my mother, Loisjean, lingering in hospice care in California. I'm grateful to say she is mainly comfortable and at peace.
   Here I primarily want to draw attention to and encourage your presence at Sunday's Commemoration of St. Anne (and St. Joachim). Anne and her feast receive prominence due to the presence and ministry of the Order of St. Anne here at Ascension.
    Annually on this Sunday, following the Solemn High Mass, the Convent of St. Anne is uniquely open to all. Mother Judith prepares a feast. She and Sister Barbara welcome all. This is a valuable contact point in the parish-convent relationship, and I hope you'll join me and others if you're able. Make a visit to the second floor chapel, with Mother's permission, if you can. Say a prayer there for the Order and it's future and mission.
    Meanwhile, the conjunction of my California trip and the anticipation of St. Anne led to this epiphany: Jesus had a grandmother! Or, I suppose, grandmothers. And grandfathers. I gather I've never thought of it because ... well, have you? The Holy Family we imagine at Christmas and Epiphany includes no extended family. And Jesus is of course only anticipated in the apocryphal story of Anne and Joachim, parents of Mary.
   I may have had this grandmother-of-Jesus thought because, as I've sought to be present and of support to my mother at this time, I've also recognized and have been taking to heart the significance of her life for Brooke and for our three children and my mother's seven other grandchildren. This contemplation leads to a prayer for all of you, in your own family connections, whether those by blood or in faith-for blessings, healing, guidance and peace, as needed.

An Evening with our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, is being hosted by St. James' Cathedral, July 31. Due to limited seating, this is a ticket-only event, and I learned by phone call last Wednesday that few or no tickets are left at this time. I intend to go and presently have one additional ticket, available on a first-come, first-served basis. If interested, please contact Br. Nathanael in the parish office.
A reminder that this coming Saturday, July 27, there will be NO HEALING MASS at 10:00 a.m.. Instead, the funeral mass for Jay H. Price, Jr. will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the church.


Our 6:30 p.m. Mass this evening, Wednesday, July 24th, will commemorate St. James the Apostle. The Mass will be preceded by Evening Prayer at 6:10 p.m.

The Rev. Gary Lawler's sermon from Sunday, July 21, 2019 may be read here.
Ascension Connections' first picnic (with concert) of the year is this coming Friday, July 26, on the lawn at Millennium Park. Bring whatever food and drink you like, either just for yourself or to share.

The concert starts at 6:30. The featured work is the Dvořák  7th Symphony. Other works for that evening include:
Jimmy López Fiesta!
Joel Puckett Concerto Duo
Camille Saint-Saëns : Tarantelle
I will arrive at Millennium Park at 5:30 to scope out a place on the lawn somewhere in the middle. I have a sign that says Church of the Ascension. Not only will it help in finding our spot, but passersby will see our name. Please come as soon as you can to help hold the space.  It fills up fast.

The second picnic of the season will be on Saturday, August 17. That concert starts at 7:30. More on that will be forthcoming.

If you could, please let me know if you plan to join us on July 26 or just come!
Senior Warden and 
Chair of Ascension Connections


The schedule of Sunday Readings, Celebrants, Preachers, Lectors, Acolytes, Ushers, Hymnody, Choral and Organ Repertoire for  Sunday, July 28, 2019  may be found by clicking here . More information on the Choral repertoire may be found by clicking here .


Please remember these people in your daily prayers
Geoffrey Wainwright, Fr. John Graham, Dorothy Murray, Mary Lou Devens, Michael Milano, Charley Taylor, August 'Augie' Alonzo, Ted Long, Jim Berger, Ethel Martin, Dean Pineda, Bazelais Suy, Carnola Malone, Charlene MacDougal, Pablo Illás, Doreen Finn, Donald Schmidt, Ted Saunders, Ann Halikas, Loisjean Raymond Simmons, Don Wilber, Jacob Potter, Nathan, Jim, Enrique, Monica, Aleksander, Josephine Boitse, Sue Smedley, Cheryl Vaught

Prayers for the departed
Prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of Carol Nolan,  James Flannery, Jr .,  Cynthia Bunch,  Jay H. Price, Jr . and Cole.

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord: and let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

A link to the St. Peter's website for more information regarding Jay Price may be found here.

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


Below are two anecdotes from 1921 and 1929 along with photos taken of 
Sister Mary Raphaelle and Sister Mary Veronica on St. Anne's Day 1932. 
Thank you to our Archivist, The Rev. Dr. Carol Noren, for providing them.

From " The Foundation in Chicago"   (98 years ago)
Soon after the first of May, 1921, a telegram came from the Church of the Ascension, Chicago, asking that since the Sisters had returned from Winner, they might be sent to Chicago instead.  It seems their return had been reported and the Church of the Ascension, which had long wanted Sisters, felt this was their chance.   ....On St. Anne's Day we had solemn high mass at 7:00, followed by Benediction On September 7th, we moved into our quarters in the parish house. A good-sized front room was used as common room and reception room. Back of this was the dormitory. On the side next [to] the church there were six cells, and on the other side of the long hall, one cell at each end and cupboards in between, as there were no windows on that side except at the end.  The cells were divided by partitions, eight feet high, placed so as to allow each of the six cells half a window. Every sound could be heard in every cell so that when one Sister snored, or sneezed, or coughed all the Sisters suffered with her.  After the lights were extinguished at 10:00, no light could be put on again for fear of waking up the other sisters.
From "Chicago Community Diary, July 31, 1929"  (90 years ago)
The first week in July the Mother returned from her vacation, and that very day our Postulant, Margaret Whitton, was sent off to the hospital with gall stones; but it turned out to be only an infection....  One hot afternoon, Miss Stoskopf appeared with ice cream and fresh raspberry jam which she had just made, and never was there a more delectable combination...   Our [Feast Day] itself began with High Mass at seven. Friends came during the day and in the evening we had a party on the roof. This latter was rather saddened, though, by news coming that Sister Mary Anne's brother was dying. He was operated on some days before and was thought to be doing well, but a sudden relapse came. Father Stoskopf took the Sister over and ministered to her brother who died at 10:00 that night.

Fr. Patrick Raymond,

Susan Schlough,      

Parish Office