October is the month of the Rosary, with the feast of our Lady of the Rosary occurring on October 7th (which also happens to be the first Sunday of the month this year). This is a precious time to grow in our devotion to Mary as the Queen of the Rosary and, through the mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary, to come to know and love Christ our Savior. In honor of the Rosary, we are putting a challenge out to the Ascension community, to get as many families as possible to pray the Rosary. If your family can commit to one Rosary, that’s great. If you can commit to more, even better. The point of this challenge is just to pray the Rosary as a family. The power of prayer knows no limits. Thank you for signing up and may God bless you abundantly.
We offer this to incoming 1st graders, 3rd – 6th Grade. It’s a great program filled with activities, learning, faith experience and field trips. When signing up for this two week intensive program we ask that 1) participants attend each day and if they cannot then to register during the year and 2) that parents and kids attend 2 “in-person” enrichment sessions* and 2 other enrichment activities during the year.
*Until we get enough volunteer catechist and aides for each class if you didn’t attend the enrichment sessions then you’ll be put on a waiting list.
Welcome! We are looking forward to a great upcoming year. Our programs help young people to encounter Christ and follow Jesus. We seek to partner with parents by providing young people a formation program where they experience Christ through the sacraments, prayer, devotions, and dynamic instruction which fosters an active and conscious participation in the Christian life.
K4C on Sunday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am for Pre-school 3 and 4 year old’s and Kindergarten students.
Weekly Youth Faith Formation for 1st – 6th Grade every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:45pm. (Parent/Child gathering on last Wed. of each month).
Family Formation (1st Wednesday of the month) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm K-6 Grade (parents come to the parish hall and kids to the classroom).
Year I Confirmation -7th grade – Sunday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. We increased the price to provide for food and other supplies.
Year II Confirmation (S&L) – 8th grade (must be in Year I before you can register for Year II) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm each Sunday evening. We increased the price to provide for food and other supplies.
A Modified Catechesis of the Good Shepherd format will be offered from 5:30pm to 6:45pm on Wednesdays for 1st and 2nd Grade (2nd grade can choose between the CGS or regular classroom format).
By Registering online you commit to:
~ Bringing your child each time we meet.
~ Allowing us to occasionally post pictures on our website/social media of your child (no names will ever be mentioned).
Greg Bole has worked for years with individuals seeking to become US citizens and other legal considerations immigrants encounter. Greg shared some of his experience and answered questions as our guest speaker on June 13th, 2017.
As Catholics, we know we are expected by the teachings of the Lord to love and offer hospitality to those in need. We are also called by our Lord to protect the innocent. Do these commands create an irresolvable tension when it comes to immigration and Islam? Listen to Dr. Troy Hinkel, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mission for the Holy Family School of Faith offer principles of discernment for Catholics on this sensitive yet crucial issue.
Recorded live Friday, March 31st at Church of the Ascension.
Meg Meeker, M.D., mother and pediatrician said this about how boyhood is at risk today:
As parents, we know that boyhood has been changing-for the worse. We remember when boys use to go trout fishing, sitting under a tree while daydreaming about the future, and now we fear that our boys are cutting themselves off from us with iPods, earbuds, and computer porn. [As parents] we grimace as our boys are inundated with cheap, nasty dialogue and graphic images that reflect cheap, nasty values and an impoverished imagination….Outwardly we go about our work but inwardly we hold our breath. Are our boys in trouble? If so, are they in more danger than past generations? Yes, and most definitely yes. But unlike some psychologists, sociologists, and educators, I believe that the trouble hurting our boys stem from three major sources: lack of close relationships with men (particularly fathers), lack of religious education, and aggressive exposure to a toxic media that teaches boys that the keys to a great life are sex, sex, and a bit more sex – and a whole lot of money and fame…We must be willing to see that our boys need isn’t simply more prescriptions, more money, more activities. What they need is us. You and me. they need parents who are willing to take a good hard look at what their sons think and what they are doing. They need fathers who will embrace their sons and watch them with the eyes of schooled hawks…The world has grown sad for our boys. But the good news is: we can bring them back. We can reinstitute some of the joy of boyhood for them, and we can ease their pressures (even the ones we think are beneficial for them, like earning good grades to get into an Ivy League school) by giving them the freedom to be boys: to simply enjoy pickup games of basketball in their neighborhoods, to find that save acreage of woods where they can hike and imagine, and to have that home library where classic adventure books await. To read more check out Meg Meeker’s book Boys Should Be Boys
You make the greatest and most lasting impact upon your children’s lives. We live in a society that does not value faith like they value education and extra-curricular activities. At your child’s Baptism the priest said:“You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him (her) in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him (her) up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?” You responded: “I do”. Jesus Christ is calling you as parents to help your child be the person that God created them to be and to help them get to heaven. Heaven, is the central goal for your child and everything else follows.
This page hopes to encourage you as parents and provide helpful tips, ideas, articles about parenthood and faith formation: