The Holy Trinity, fresco from the refectory
of Santa Sabina Basilica, Rome

The 4th Sunday of Easter
Sunday, May 12

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Low Mass (Rite I)
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass
11:00 a.m. Solemn High Mass
Benjamin Britten  (1913-1976)
Missa Brevis in D

This Week at Ascension + May 8, 2019


From the Wardens
From the Rector
This Sunday at Ascension
The Parish Prayer List
Approved Vestry Minutes Online
The Last Word


Dear People of Ascension,

Sometimes the work of the rector, wardens, vestry, and volunteer committees is clearly visible (liturgy, building improvements, hospitality, etc). But sometimes there is important work going on behind the scenes that is just as vital to our corporate life. Following is a quick summary of some of these activities, things visible and invisible, you might say, that are underway.

Columbarium-after years of neglect, our outdoor columbarium is in need of refurbishment/replacement. A dedicated crew is working on finding a long-term solution in a respectful, beautiful, innovative, and cost-effective way.

Organ Renovation-most of you will have received the capital campaign brochure and letter for phase II of the renovation of Ascension's magnificent Schrader Organ. If you haven't already, we hope you'll make a donation to help preserve this important part of Ascension's life and its witness through music to the greater glory of God.

Parking lot resurfacing-we've been meeting with Diamond Parking to ensure that full resurfacing of the lot (per our agreement signed last summer) will be completed in the next month or so.

Integrating women clergy into the liturgical life at Ascension-this important and exciting transition has been carefully considered and spearheaded by the Rector in consultation (and complete agreement) with the wardens, the vestry and many in the parish. A schedule listing upcoming services and the clergy involved may be found here. 

Food Pantry Leadership-after years of dutiful service, Susan Schlough is transitioning from leading this important outreach ministry. Thanks to Deacon Farrell and members of the vestry and other parishioners for providing a smooth transition and new leadership.

Sunday morning behind-the-scenes work-Over the years, Jim Lo Bello has accumulated many tasks from opening the building to planning and setting up coffee hours to scheduling and training acolytes and preparing for each of the Sunday liturgies. It's amazing one person has been handling all of that! We're in the process of working with Jim and others on dividing up that work to involve more people in our schedule and to ease the burden considerably on our friend Jim. More to come.

Keeping God's People Safe-We're working to make sure that all parishioners in leadership roles are in compliance with diocesan policy on this important topic.

Customaries/Archiving of liturgies-Based on a suggestion of a parishioner, all Holy Week and Easter liturgies were videotaped as a record of our liturgical practices.
Ascension connections-has had several activities and more are in the works.

Buildings and grounds-in addition to overseeing the recently completed major renovations inside the church, this tireless committee along with the vestry remain vigilant to the needs of our aging infrastructure.

These are just some of the activities your rector, vestry, and a cadre of committed parishioners are engaged in to help preserve Ascension's legacy and to ensure the vibrancy of the parish into the future. We of course remain very grateful to all who are participating and supporting this work.

In Him,

Cynthia Perrizo, Senior Warden                  Gary Alexander, Junior Warden


The Capital Campaign for work on all 480 of the reed pipes on our Schlicker organ was launched with a mailing last Thursday to 150 households. We know, however, that this weekly newsletter is mailed to over 500 addresses AND that the open rate for our newsletter is often over 50%. In other words, we know that there are many of you out there who care for Ascension, our traditions and our legacy of excellent sacred music. Whether or not you have received or will receive the paper copy of the appeal, you may view it by clicking here. I also welcome you to direct your questions to me, to Organist David White or to David Schrader, who has kindly agreed to serve as Honorary Chair of this Capital Campaign AND to play a re-dedication recital on the afternoon of Michaelmas, September 29. Stay tuned (so to speak!) for more organ news. And thank you for generously responding to the appeal. 
Regarding Ascension Day, Thursday, May 30, I have bad news and good news. Sadly, Bishop Lee is unable to be with us, due to travel complications related to a Holy Land pilgrimage he'll be leading in coming weeks. The good news is that the Rev. Sam Portaro has agreed to be here and to preach at the 7pm Solemn High Mass. Father Portaro may be best known to many at Ascension as longtime Chaplain at Brent House, the Episcopal ministry at the University of Chicago. He's also a respected author of number of devotional, historical and theological books (e.g. Brightest and Best: A Companion Volume to Lesser Feasts and Fasts, and Transforming Vocation). For many years he also served on the faculty of CREDO, a clergy continuing education and wellness program of the Church Pension Fund. Sam lives nearby and has had longtime assisting priest commitments at St. Paul's, Riverside, and, more recently, at St. Chrysostom's, Chicago.
Oops! I forgot to share these wonderful and heartening photos of Joshua Heath , who had the delight and honor of serving as Sub-deacon for the Easter Day Solemn High Mass alongside of former Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, at St. Clement's Church, Canterbury, England. In an email during Holy Week, Joshua reached out to us at Ascension to ask for help! (Apparently, the Solemn High Mass is no longer the liturgical Sunday norm at St. Clement's ...) My thanks to Ascension Sub-deacon extraordinaire Scott Knitter for providing Joshua with helpful instruction.

The schedule of Sunday Readings, Celebrants, Preachers, Lectors, Acolytes, Ushers, Hymnody, Choral and Organ Repertoire for Sunday, May 12, 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,  Brenton Boitse, Charley Taylor, August 'Augie' Alonzo, Ted Long, Jim Berger, Ethel Martin, Yuka Asai, Dean Pineda,  Helena Wilson, Bazelais Suy, Carnola Malone, Charlene MacDougal, Pablo Ill├ís, Doreen Finn, Donald Schmidt, Richard Laibly, Marlea

Prayers for the departed

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.

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. 


The quote below seems apropos of the feature above about Joshua Heath serving as Subdeacon alongside the Most Rev. Rowan Williams on Easter Day ...   -  Fr. Raymond

Fr. Patrick Raymond,

Susan Schlough,      

Parish Office