This Week at Ascension + January 18, 2023

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

Wednesday, January 18

The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle

Evening Prayer at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM

In-person and Live-streamed Said Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Unction will be available for those who wish it.



The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

January 22, 2023

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via ZOOM

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

with Organ and Hymns

11:00 a.m. In-person & Live-streamed

Solemn High Mass

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

Image: The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew, Caravaggio, c. 1602-1606,

Royal Collection, Hampton Court Palace, London




From the Interim Rector

One of the tasks of the rector of the parish is to compile the Voting Members list for the annual meeting. To be a voting member, one must be sixteen years of age, their name recorded in the parish register, have been faithful in corporate worship, and have contributed to the parish financially over the course of the last thirteen months. So, one of the keys to this process is a list of all who have contributed to the parish. Taking out those who have died or contributed to memorials, there are 105 entries. Couples are recorded together, so it roughly equals family units. My shock was comparing that number to the 37 pledges we have received.

Ascension is heavily endowed and we benefit greatly from our predecessors generosity and foresight. That does not relieve us of our responsibility to support the parish. Now, I know there are those who contribute regularly and generously; we can identify them and their names are on that list.

Every year, we set about making a budget for the coming year. While we benefit from funds left for the care and feeding of Ascension, we must also be faithful stewards of the donor’s wishes and conserve those funds for future generations. A pledge of support would ease our planning process. Your pledge is an indication of how you are willing to support Ascension. It is an indication of your commitment to the life, mission, and ministry of Ascension.

—Fr. Thomas Heard

Annual Meeting Notice

The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of The Church of the Ascension have called for the Annual Meeting of the Parish to be held on 29 January 2023. There will be one service at 10:00 a.m. on this day and the meeting will follow in Saint Michael Hall. This year, the meeting will be in-person.

This meeting is for the express purpose of receiving reports concerning the financial state and the activities of the parish, and to elect a warden and vestry members. A light lunch will be provided, so registering your intention to attend will help to ensure that there will be a lunch for you! Please use the sign-up sheets in the narthex and Wheeler Hall to let us know.

The 2022 Annual Report, which includes the slate for election of a Jr. Warden and three Vestry members, will be sent via a special edition of TWAA on Friday, January 20, following the Thursday evening meeting of the Vestry.

From the Curate

Thank you to all of the young adults who gathered with me last Sunday to discuss Anglican and Episcopal identity! As always, it was a joy to learn so much from you. I look forward to our next gathering, which is currently scheduled for February 12, again shortly following the Mass at 11 a.m. More details to come. 

In the meantime, I’m also pleased to announce that in February, I will be bringing back We Should Talk, the online conversation program I led when I first became Ascension’s Curate. There will be changes, however. Rather than a weekly conversation before Evening Prayer, we will gather monthly and after Evening Prayer. Please stay tuned for the specific times to be announced here in the newsletter, on the website, and in our weekly bulletins. 

I’m currently “booking” dates through June, so if there is a timely topic you’d like to present on, please be in touch. And don’t be surprised if you hear from me about leading a conversation! (I’m really hoping to find someone to talk about resurrection images of Christ in fine art for after Easter, for example!)

Finally, please also stay tuned for more information on a Lenten discussion group on the idea of Beauty. Again, more details to come!

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.

Organ and Choral Repertoire for January 22, 2023


Pastorella  BWV 590i

I.  Pastorella; II. Allegretto; III. Andante

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


At the Entrance Procession

381 TON-Y-BOTEL (descant: DW)


At the Offertory



At the Communion

550 RESTORATION (9 a.m.

549  ST. ANDREW   (11 a.m.)


At the Retiring Procession

537  MOSCOW (descant: DW)



Pastorella  BWV 590

IV.  Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach

Choral Mass Setting

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Missa Clementina

Offertory Motet

William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

Praise Our Lord, All Ye Gentiles à6


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



7:30 A.M. Morning Prayer via FACEBOOK LIVE

6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer via Zoom


6:30 p.m. Said Mass



For our prayers: Tyler, David S. Jones, The Hall family, George Panice, Sheri Panice,

Elsa Pineda, Richard Francis Tracz, Carol Eichorn, Thom Racina, Robert Browning, Natalia & Victor, Dorothy, David Schrader, Victor Fernandez, Claire Green, Beth Hall, Sue Lenz, Brenda Martins, Lee Gould, Gertrude Isaac, Marty Stenson, Steve Dionne


Birthdays: Jay Jacot, 1/18

Anniversaries: Bob Sheridan & Jana Holt, marriage, 1/18/1999


Departed: Betty Hall, 1/10/2023; Elmer Lucas, 1/5/2023;

Quintin Ebenezer Primo, Bishop, 1/15/1998; Harry R. Carstensen, 1/15/2002;

Betty J. Marse, 1/15/2015; John Martensen, 1/15/2018


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.

The Rev. Thomas Heard, Interim Rector

The Rev. Meghan Murphy-Gill, Curate

Reach Out To Us

Vestry of Church of the Ascension

Ken Kelling, Sr. Warden; LaVerne Rollé Saunders, Jr. Warden;

Ian Barillas-McEntee, Jim Lo Bello, Ken Cozette, Marlea Edinger, Sean Hansen, George Pineda, Joshua Simpson, Sam Sommers, Clerk, Enrique Vilaseco

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.