Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
July 14
The Good Samaritan , 1890, Vincent Van Gogh,
after Eugene Delacroix

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 10, 2019

From the Rector
Also From the Rector
Ascension Connection
Summer Flower Fund
This Sunday at Ascension
The Parish Prayer List
Approved Vestry Minutes Online
The Last Word
The parking (p)lot
Good morning Father,
We have received your email and
I assure you that we will plan accordingly
to ensure that nothing like this happens again.
We will make sure that Sunday spots are open and
there will be no complications or confusions.
   - a Tuesday, July 7, email from Diamond Parking
Dear people of Ascension,
     As some of you are well aware, we had parking lot problems this past Sunday, the first time in a while. So many non-parishioner cars filled the lot that some of you couldn't park. I've since pieced together what happened.
  •  The usual Diamond Parking lot attendant, Hugo, was on vacation and had no replacement.
  • Our neighbors at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral were welcoming, for the first time, their new American Archbishop, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros.
  • Valet parkers from Diamond Parking assigned to park cars for cathedral guests were told to use the Perillo BMW ramp on Clark Street - but that lot was closed (and continues to be closed) for construction. Having no other guidance, the valet parkers filled our lot.
  • Finally, Diamond Parking recently assigned to our lot a new mid-level manager, George Portillo. Until he saw me barreling toward him on Monday morning, he knew little of our past troubles with keeping the lot clear for our own parishioners on Sundays and feast days. 
    I don't wish to minimize the impact of Sunday's snarl on some of you. And, despite the assurances in the email above (from George Portillo) I can't promise that parking lot problems are behind us. Even so, I believe that Sunday's pile-up was extraordinary. I also believe that, going forward for now, we can count on better support from Diamond Parking. Perhaps we can also take some small comfort from the apparent indirect, even if unintended, blessing we provided to our Orthodox neighbors.
    If you have further thoughts about how to better manage this important parish asset for the good of all please speak with one of our Wardens, or any Vestry member (especially David Reeves, parking lot liaison for the Vestry and himself a regular parker), or me. 


In the event that you would like to know more about ' His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) of America, Most Honorable Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans ' click here . Or if you'd like to view the nearly four-hour Hierarchical Divine Liturgy that took place Sunday at Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral, click here .
Regarding the 'Phishing Alert' at the top of this newsletter : For the fourth or fifth time over the past year, staff members and/or parishioners have received bogus emails soliciting money (or equivalents) and personal information. The criminal scammers are creating email addresses that look plausible (most recently an address that included 'rev.dr.robert.petite.') and always ask for a response, sometimes in conjunction with a pastoral need. NEVER respond, NEVER click on a link, NEVER give money, account or personal information anywhere online unless you are absolutely sure of your cyber-security. And please know you will NEVER receive a request of the type typical in these scam emails from any Ascension clergy, staff or lay leaders.

Please join me in welcoming Mother Jacqueline 'Jackie' Cameron , Celebrant for the Solemn High Mass this coming Sunday, July 14. I don't feel obliged to highlight all clergy who take part here at Ascension, but Sunday will be a homecoming of sorts, as she was Confirmed here at Ascension in October 1990. In addition to her MDiv (the normal degree prior to ordination) Mother Cameron holds an M.A. in Theological Studies AND is also an MD, with certifications in internal medicine and hospice and palliative care, presently serving in the RUSH healthcare system. She primarily hangs her clergy stole at Atonement, Chicago, but also supplies at St. James' Cathedral, Chicago, and has an additional occasional ministry at St. Nicholas, Chiswick, west of London, where she also has a home (and husband, Robert).

Jay Price, longtime pillar of St. Peter's Church, Chicago, died June 14 . Due to the reconstruction going on at St. Peter's, we have welcomed Father Shane Gormley to preside at the Requiem Mass for Jay here at Ascension, on Saturday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. (A reception will follow. There will be no Mass for Healing that day.) Questions may be directed to Br. Nathanael in our parish office. Requiescat in pace.

Considering that nearly 500 reed pipes are missing, David White has been admirably showing off just how versatile our pipe organ is! Hopefully you appreciated both David and the instrument during his rendering of some early American hymns and Ives' Variations on America this past Sunday. The skilled craftsmen from Berghaus Organ Builders report that they are on schedule and excited to complete the reed pipe restoration, sometime in August or early September. Meanwhile, as of yesterday we were only $20 short of $30,000 in gifts and commitments from members and other Ascension music supporters. (Our total original target was for $40,000 in commitments.) Thanks to all for support in all kinds.

A third-Saturday-of-the-month rosary was started in June , thanks to the devotional leadership of Marlea Edinger, who is determined to make it a discipline and a tradition. The rosary will be shared immediately following the 10:00 a.m. Mass for Healing. Next date: July 20.
Bishop Anderson House has announced the start of a new 'Spiritual Care Visitor Training' this coming Saturday, July 13. I've known more than 15 souls in the past five years or so who have greatly appreciated and grown from the training, including our own Cheryl Peterson at Ascension (in 2017). I have funds available to partially help with expenses for interested individuals who meet the BAH qualifications. You may learn more about the Spiritual Care Visitor Training program here.

Someone left a big set of keys behind after an early mass this past Sunday . If you believe they're yours, please contact Br. Nathanael in the parish office.
The report from last Saturday's St. Anthony of Padua Food Pantry was positive , according to Deacon Charles Farrell. It was the first month that Susan Schlough has not been at helm as coordinator and Deacon Farrell has been the primary coordinator. As he noted in his letter to us all in last week's newsletter, the pantry does not by any means run itself! Please speak with Charles about how you might make even a small contribution of your time, talent or treasure.

A new sign has been created and is now on the garden fence, facing LaSalle Street. Hopefully the sign itself conveys our aims in developing it - to better communicate our office location and accessible entry, and basic food pantry information, and the location of AA meetings. We also wished to provide a clearer welcome for the use of the garden (an idea I got from a sign at the entry to the beautiful garden at St. John's, Old Irving Park, Chicago).

In last week's TWAA there was an article about attending a concert at Millennium Park and having a picnic. I invited parishioners to look at the schedule of performances and select which concert they would like to attend. There was given a link to the Grant Park Music Festival website where there is a lot of information.
To make it a bit easier to sort out the possibilities, I created the list below. I only included the feature work of the concert. For a complete listing for each program, please consult the Grant Park Music Festival website.
Fri. July 19 or Sat. July 20
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
Fri. July 26 or Sat. July 27
Dvorak Symphony No. 7
Fri. August 2 or Sat. August 3
Mozart Prague Symphony (Harris Theater)

Fri. August 9 or Sat. August 10
A Mass of Life: A Celebration of the Human Spirit
Fri. August 16 or Sat. August 17
Mahler Symphony No. 2

Cynthia Perrizo

Senior Warden and 
Chair of Ascension Connections

Your Flower Committee members want to take advantage   of the BEAUTIFUL seasonal flowers to decorate our altar   during July, August, and September. Regrettably we've had very few sign-ups of late. Can you please consider a ONE-TIME donation to support a special SUMMER FLOWER FUND? Please consider a gift of $50 -- although gifts of all sizes will be gratefully received. You may bring a check to any mass (marked 'Summer Flowers') or send a check in the mail or use our website donation option. THANK YOU!


The schedule of Sunday Readings, Celebrants, Preachers, Lectors, Acolytes, Ushers, Hymnody, Choral and Organ Repertoire for Sunday, July 14, 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, Marlea Edinger, Ted Saunders, Ann Halikas, Loisjean Raymond Simmons, Don Wilber, Jacob Potter, Nathan, Jim, Enrique, Monica, Aleksander, Josephine Boitse, Sue Smedley

Prayers for the departed
Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Cynthia Bunch.
Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of James Flannery, Jr

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. 
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The newsletter's Last Word often has a connection to another feature or other features in the newsletter. Given the title of the poem below, I think I should probably explain that there's no connection in this case! The poem simply spoke (speaks) to the complexities and contradictions of my own tastes, attachments and emotions, and I imagine I'm not alone ... - Fr. Raymond
         The Pleasures of Hating
              by Laure-Anne Bosselaar
I hate Mozart. Hate him with that healthy
pleasure one feels when exasperation has
crescendoed, when lungs, heart, throat,
and voice explode at once: I hate that! -
there's bliss in this, rapture. My shrink
tried to disabuse me, convinced I use Amadeus
as a prop: Think further; your father perhaps?
I won't go back, think of the shrink
with a powdered wig, pinched lips, mole:
a transference, he'd say, a relapse: so be it.
I hate broccoli, chain saws, patchouli, bra-
clasps that draw dents in your back, roadblocks,
men in black kneesocks, sandals and shorts -
love hating that. Loathe stickers on tomatoes,
jerky, deconstruction, nazis, doilies. I delight
in detesting. And love loving so much after that.
   - from Struggling Times, 2009, by Louis Simpson

Fr. Patrick Raymond,

Susan Schlough,      

Parish Office