In the spirit of the community

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

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 All are welcome.

Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

No Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Latest Comments