In the spirit of the community

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Editor's note: This story is part of the 2011 Welcome to Worship Guide, a special advertising section produced by Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review. Click here to view the entire 2011 Welcome to Worship Guide.

Ascension Catholic Church of Oak Park is known for beautiful liturgies, glorious music, outstanding education programs for children, a call to service, a commitment to community. Ascension has served the tri-village area since 1907 and celebrates the story of its rich history.

Ascension is a stewardship parish, called to share what we have been given, and return it with increase to the Lord. Over forty parish organizations provide outreach within and beyond our parish boundaries, enhance our prayer life, and invite others into the faith. The parish is led by very active lay leadership groups: the Parish Council, Stewardship Team, Finance Committee, School and Religious Education Boards.

Ascension School welcomes nearly 500 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, and more than 400 students from public schools participate in the religious education program. All Ascension children prepare for sacraments together: in second grade for First Eucharist; in fourth grade for First Reconciliation; and as young teens for Confirmation. Over 200 teens are involved in Ascension's youth ministry program; many of them participate in service trips to serve the those in need throughout the country.

The heart of parish life is worship. Mass is celebrated Monday through Friday mornings and five times on the weekend. Ecumenical prayer in the spirit of the community of Taizé, France, is held the first Friday of each month. Liturgies are supported by a music program of national renown that includes a fine children's choirs, two adult choirs, instrumentalists, and leaders of sung prayer.

Ascension is located at the corner of East and Van Buren in Oak Park; parish offices are at 808 S. East Avenue. Father Larry McNally is pastor. For more information call (708) 848-2703 or visit www.ascensionchurch.com. All are welcome.

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