This Week at Ascension + August 9, 2023

"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." - Psalm 96

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Commemoration of

Edith Stein

(Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)

Evening Prayer

at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM

In-person and Live-streamed

Said Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Unction available for those who wish it.


Image: Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (ca. 1938)

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14)

Sunday, August 13, 2023

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via ZOOM

9 a.m. Sung Mass

11 a.m. Solemn Mass -

In-person & Live-streamed

Followed by the Second Sunday Rosary

The 11 a.m.. Order of Worship may be found here.

Image: Christ appears at the Lake of Gennesaret, St. Peter walks on the water,

detail from the Book of Hours of Simon de Varie, Master of Jean Rolin II, fl. 1400-1465


Click to join us VIA YOUTUBE


The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin (Assumption)

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

6 p.m. Evening Prayer via ZOOM

7 p.m. Sung Mass -

In-person & Live-streamed

Reception to Follow

The 7 p.m. Order of Worship

may be found here.

Image: Church of the Ascension's Assumption Rosary Window


Click to join us VIA YOUTUBE


We have need of acolytes and ushers to serve at the upcoming Feast of St. Mary the Virgin on Tuesday, August 15 at 7 PM. Can you help on this special day? Please sign up on MSP, or get in touch with MB Hwang (acolytes) or Ellie Simpson (ushers).

From the Curate

I am pleased to announce that Ascension is entering a new partnership with an outreach initiative from St. Chrysostom. For the past several months, St. Chrys has been hosting a free “shop” on Wednesdays for newly arriving migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. You may have even already read about this wonderful program in the Diocesan newsletter or read about how it is a part of how our diocese is responding to the influx of migrants on Episcopal News Service. Beginning this week, the shop will begin to migrate over to St. Michael Hall, its new location. This partnership was voted upon unanimously by the Vestry and has the full support of the Outreach Committee, Fr. Heard, and of course, me.

This partnership began in June when Fr. Will Bouvel from St. Chrys reached out to me. He told me that the space where the shop is currently located would no longer be available to them. Over the next couple weeks, I sent members of the Vestry and Outreach Committee members to visit the shop to see it in action. Fr. Heard, the Vestry and Outreach and I then continued to have many conversations about whether and how we could successfully host the shop in St. Michael Hall, and by the July Vestry meeting, the partnership received unanimous approval.

The shop is beginning its move to St. Michael Hall this week, with a full move anticipated next Wednesday, August 16. Things will be bustling and busy the rest of the week as it prepares to open in its new location Wednesday, August 23.

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing more information about how you can get involved and participate. For now, please hold off on donating items, as we allow the program to get resettled in its new location. As with any transition, we anticipate the possibility of running into “pinch points.” I ask for the blessing of your patience as we navigate this new territory for us. I pray that we all have the grace to be kind and loving hosts to our guests from St. Chrys and the guests who will be using the shop. Please reach out if you have any questions. 

This is truly an exciting time for Ascension, and I am so grateful to be walking alongside you as we experience the possibilities that this new partnership can offer.

Mtr. Murphy-Gill

Prayer Requests

Do you have a need for special prayer in your life? Whether your prayer needs are because you have an upcoming surgery, an ill family member, or you’re just feeling particularly lonely lately, Fr. Heard and Mtr. Murphy-Gill would like to know.

We’ve created a way for letting us know about your requests for prayers in a way we hope makes it easy for you to reach out, though you can always call the church or reach out to one of the priests personally. 

Share your prayer requests here.


For our prayers

For our prayers: Gerda Middleton, Robert, DeDe Frank, Leslie Smebak Gormley,

Pam and Hap Hopper, Mike Vales, Jim Drury, Ann Griffin, Russell Staufenbiel, Patricia Spencer, Rachel Smolinski, Sarah Reece Glanman, Sgt. Manuel Arroyo, The Quevedo family, Andrew Abbott, Suzanne Dines, James Christiansen, Lee Gould, John Schram, Gertrude Isaac, Thomas Wikman, MB Hwang, Juanita Malone, Oksana, Tyler, David S. Jones, Richard Francis Tracz, Robert Browning, Natalia & Victor, Dorothy, Victor Fernandez, Claire Green, Beth Hall, Sue Lenz, Brenda Martins 



Kasandra Soucie (Cassie) Zelazny, 8/6/2019


Requiescat in pace:

Frances Stiles, 8/8/2023;

Anthony Couchman, Priest, 8/10/2022;

Andrew; Carl Edward Leonard, 8/10/1990;

Jayne M. FitzSimmons, 8/11/1999;

Sr. Barbara Louise Drell OSA, Religious, 8/11/2020


Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them;

May their souls and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Organ and Choral Repertoire for August 13, 2023


Office: XIe Dimanche après la Pentecôte [1930]

I. Prélude à l'Introït II. Offertoire

III. Élévation IV. Communion

Charles Tournemire (1870-1937)


At the Entrance Procession



At the Offertory



At the Communion



At the Retiring Procession




Chorale: XIe Dimanche après la Pentecôte [1930]

Charles Tourenemire


Continuing the 2022-2024 series of the Organist offering the complete

L'Orgue Mystique of Tournemire

Mass Setting

Congregational: Powell


Offertory Motet

Ciro Grassi (1868-1952)

Ave Regina coelorum 


Communion Solo

Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)

Tantum ergo 


Chanted Mass Propers from the

Graduale Romanum

Between Masses, please don’t forget that The Choir of the Ascension has recorded upwards of 60 tracks that you can listen to anywhere you have an internet connection. They can be found here:

Ascension Connections
(with your click and God's help)
Participate in Ascension masses at our YouTube Channel. (Look for other connections options soon.)
Meeting ID:
792 031 7452
Password: 1133
Join-by-Phone Option: (312) 626-6799

Weekly Ascension Schedule

For connections:

via Zoom (click here)


7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via Zoom

9:00 a.m. In-person Sung Mass

11:00 a.m. In-person and Live-Streamed Solemn High Mass



8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer via FACEBOOK LIVE

6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer via Zoom


6:30 p.m. Said Mass


The Rev. Thomas Heard, Interim Rector

The Rev. Meghan Murphy-Gill, Curate

Reach Out To Us

Wardens and Vestry of Church of the Ascension

LaVerne Rollé Saunders, Sr. Warden;

David Reeves, Jr. Warden;

Ian Barillas-McEntee, Jim Lo Bello, Ken Cozette, Marlea Edinger, Sean Hansen,

David A. Robertson, Elizabeth Simpson, Joshua Simpson, Samuel Sommers, Clerk

Susan Schlough, Treasurer

Br. Nathanael Deward Rahm BSG, Parish Office


Approved minutes of Vestry meetings are always available online to parishioners who request the link. If you would like Internet access to these Vestry Minutes, please email the Parish Office and request the link. Once you access the web page, you can read all recent Vestry meeting minutes.

The link remains live indefinitely. Any parishioner who has the link will not need to request a new link from month to month.