The August 26 Baptism of Aimee Zuleika Nevárez

  Sunday, September 2
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lap with hands and a bowl , chalk sketch, 1885, Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

7:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m.
Said Mass (Rite I)
9:00 a.m.
Sung Mass
11:00 a.m. 
Solemn High Mass

T he Pharisees and the scribes asked Jesus,
"Why do your disciples ... eat with defiled hands ?" Mark 7:5

This Week at Ascension

August 29, 2018


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Santo bautismo
"How is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? ...
 In our own languages we hear them speaking about
 God's deeds of power ." Acts 2:8,11b
"Yo te bautizo en el Nombre del Padre,
y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo. Amén ."
Dear people of Ascension,
    Oops! It wasn't until the family arrived for the pre-baptism counseling on Saturday that I ran into the language barrier. Most members of baby Zuleika's family know little or no English. Y mi espa ñol es muy pobre.
     One of the proud godparents, parishioner Enrique Vilaseco, saved the day by translating. I soon recognized, though, that I-we-could not properly welcome and minister to the family on Sunday only in English.
    Later on Saturday. Jim Lo Bello and Ken Kelling separately found and shared with me versions of El Libro de Oración Común, the Spanish translation of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. I then aimed to incorporate both Spanish and English into the Rite so both family and congregation could more meaningfully take part. It seemed providential that Fr. Daly, with part-Mexican heritage and more than passable Spanish, was serving as Deacon on Sunday.
    The Baptism also included una bendición adicional-an added blessing-to me, from my place behind the font. During the course of the baptism, the atmosphere seemed to move from (understandable) surprise and caution to supportive and lively participation. Thank you!
     I'm partly drawing attention to Zuleika's baptism due to the novelty of it. The experience also leads me to contemplate matters of language, comprehension and faith. We all know the blessing when we sense that anyone is speaking my language. It partly about English or Spanish or Latin. It's also about layers of meanings and our intentions and timing and the receptivity of the hearer. It matters of faith, the Holy Spirit also comes into play.
     How often, I wonder, whatever the language or context, do you and I form and offer our words with the intention of blessing others in their faith, hope and love?


The last-minute bilingual baptism booklet that I created for family and ministers on Sunday, for those interested, may be viewed here.
The approach of Labor Day brings to mind our Buildings and Grounds Team and our need for more willing hands! We could use skilled and unskilled labor and individuals willing to take on a project or research related needs and resources. Our priorities list is growing and includes outdoor cement work and gardening, rectory and parish house roofing, tuckpointing of the arch and adjacent walls in the sanctuary, security cameras project development and more. Don't wait to be asked! Be in touch with our excellent buildings and grounds chairperson Cheryl Peterson.

Bazelais Suy will be enrolling in computer sciences courses this fall thanks to many of you who responded to my feature about him in last week's newsletter. I've received enough donations for the present semester and, I believe, next semester as well. I will also ask Bazelais to personally give us an update sometime this fall. Thank you!

Many of you are asking about a funeral for Father Dunkerley. I join you in feeling unsettled about still having no plan as of today, two weeks after his death. I'm familiar enough, however, with an array of factors, including some confidential information, that I can give you the following assurances. 1 - A number of concerned and capable clergy and laypersons are collaborating to move things forward. 2 - Nothing nefarious is involved. Factors contributing to the delay are mainly legal and include normal complications arising from having family in another country-in this case, Father D's four surviving siblings in England. 3 - Father's partner Sal Martinez is receiving good pastoral support, but I imagine he'd be heartened to receive cards that can be mailed to Father D's address in our parish directory. 4 - We'll use our parish newsletter mailing list to let you know when funeral plans are definite. (Late-breaking: also see the related note in the 'Rosary' announcement below ...)

Please save the afternoon of September 30, on which we'll celebrate Michaelmas , for an organ recital, Evensong and Benediction and a Chicago North Deanery party that will partly serve as welcome to Mother Erika Takacs, new rector at Church of the Atonement, Chicago. Please contact George Pineda or DiAnne Walsh if you can help with the 'party.' And while you have your calendar open, Mother Takacs' Installation will take place at Atonement September 11, 7:00 p.m.
Please plan to walk with Kuni Sakai on Saturday, September 8. In the past two years, Kuni has raised over $2,000 through pledges to his 5K charity run in the fall. But he no longer wants to go it alone! Won't you please consider signing up to WALK the 5K with him and also raise money for our St. Anthony of Padua Food Pantry? Find out about and sign up for the  Chicago Food Bank's 33rd Annual Hunger Walk. OR  send Kuni an email to ask questions and coordinate OR you may make a pledge on the sign up sheets at the church, or on the church website (please indicate 'Kuni/pantry' with your gift' or by sending an email or check to the parish treasurer. Thank you.
My 'ultimate expedition' sermon from this past Sunday may be viewed here.


Following the Solemn High Mass on Sunday, Sept. 2, the Rosary will be prayed for the repose of the soul of Fr. James Dunkerley. All are welcome.

Lost your Spectacles? We have quite a selection from which to choose.

For a limited time only, these four pairs will be in the Ushers' Closet in the Narthex waiting to be reclaimed.
For September the Ascension Book Group will be reading The Lilies of the Field (1962) by William E. Barrett (1900-1986). This book is based on a true story. Homer Smith, an itinerant handyman, is driving through the Arizona desert when he meets five impoverished nuns. Stopping to fix their leaky farmhouse roof, Homer discovers that not only will the Mother Superior not pay him for the job, but she also wants him to build their chapel - for free! Hesitant at first, Homer soon finds himself single-handedly raising the chapel and the financing. But although he will not receive a monetary reward, Homer knows that when his work is done, he'll leave that dusty desert town a much better place than when he found it. The Ascension Book Group will discuss The Lilies of the Field in Wheeler Hall on Thursday evening, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. For questions please contact Ken Kelling at (773) 853-2337 or kjjjk07@gmail.comThe Lilies of the Field  ISBN 978-0446315005.

Info. about the  Sunday Lectionary readings , Schedules of Acolytes, Lectors & Ushers as well as Hymnody, Motets and Organ Voluntaries for  Sunday, September 2, 2018 may be found by clicking  here

The Lector's Pronunciation Guide may be found here .


Please remember these people in your daily prayers
Geoffrey Wainwright, Robert White,  Charlene MacDougal, Fr. John Graham, Dorothy Murray, Mary Lou Devens,  John Mulcare, Doreen Finn, Ronna Case, Ted Jennings, Michael Milano, Thomas Holden, Judy Cook, Kuni Sakai, Bob Scogin, Brenton Boitse, Charley Taylor, Cynthia Floria, Charlotte, Marlea Edinger, Enrique Vilaseco, David Belding, Jr., Sal Martinez, August 'Augie' Alonzo, Robert James BSG, Bob Matey.

Prayers for the departed
Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of The Very Rev. James H. Dunkerley , who died in his sleep on August 16, 2018.
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 most recent ( August 22) Summer e-newsletter from the Diocese of Chicago
may be found here.


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Anticipating Labor Day - let us remember and pray for all who make their livelihoods by the work of their hands. The poem is for those of us who recall forebears who toiled and who think of ourselves as having 'graduated' to other forms of work ...

by Seamus Heaney

Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.
Under my window, a clean rasping sound
When the spade sinks into gravelly ground:
My father, digging. I look down
Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds
Bends low, comes up twenty years away
Stooping in rhythm through potato drills
Where he was digging.
The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft
Against the inside knee was levered firmly.
He rooted out tall tops, buried the bright edge deep
To scatter new potatoes that we picked,
Loving their cool hardness in our hands.
By God, the old man could handle a spade.
Just like his old man.
My grandfather cut more turf in a day
Than any other man on Toner's bog.
Once I carried him milk in a bottle
Corked sloppily with paper. He straightened up
To drink it, then fell to right away
Nicking and slicing neatly, heaving sods
Over his shoulder, going down and down
For the good turf. Digging.
The cold smell of potato mould, the squelch and slap
Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge
Through living roots awaken in my head.
But I've no spade to follow men like them.
Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I'll dig with it.
       from Opened Ground: Selected Poems 1966-1996, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

Fr. Patrick Raymond,

Susan Schlough,      

Parish Office