This Week at Ascension + June 16, 2021

"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." - Psalm 96
Wednesday, June 16
Commemoration of Joseph Butler

6:30 p.m. Live-streamed Mass

Sunday, June 20
The 4th Sunday after Pentecost

9:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer via ZOOM
10:00 a.m. In-person &
Live-streamed Mass

Image: Jesus in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Rembrandt, 1633

See the feature below for some curious facts about this painting.
From the Rector
In Other News, Week 2

Dear people of Ascension,

Some of you responded with appreciation for a newsletter last week that was not saturated with pandemic (or emerging-from-pandemic) news, information or guidance and included an array of other features. Based on these responses and because a number of additional, curious, mostly-non-pandemic features have been brought to my attention ... here's another issue along the same lines.

The shift in focus is not meant to diminish the importance of our ongoing awareness, changes in guidance or communications with regard to the pandemic. Information most germane to Ascension may also be found below.

Thanks for being wise enough to know what to read and take to heart for both the faith and wellness of yourself and others.

Patrick +
Jim Lenz celebrates his 90th Birthday
Jim Lenz celebrated "THE BIG 90" in Honolulu on Sunday, June 13th. He and Susanne ('Sue') annually spend time there, and Jim often sends bulletins and hand-written updates from St. Andrew's Cathedral, Honolulu. The Lenzes will be back in Chicago for a short time in early July before continuing travels around the country. Anyone wanting to send Jim a birthday greeting may check the parish directory for contact information or send a greeting via our parish office email.
In the Ascension mail and available on request ...
The mail at Ascension often includes multiple copies of publications from various Anglo Catholic societies, guilds, associations and abbeys. For instance, we recently received ten copies of the July-September Intercession Paper of the Guild of All Souls. The Guild dates from 1873 with a mission to "promote the Church's teaching in regard to the Faithful Departed ... and to encourage Christian customs at burial ..."
Please contact Br. Nathanael in the parish office if you are interested in a copy of the Guild Paper. Here's a link, by the way, to the Guild of All Souls website. Separately: please contact me or Br. Nathanael if you may be willing to serve as steward for these unique publications -- most of which presently end up in the recycle bin. It may be more edifying, for instance, if some interested soul found a place not only to display and offer these unique publications but to keep the offerings current. We might call the role Curator of Edifying Curiosities.

Junior Warden Ken Kelling shares some past & ongoing connections with 2021 Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Erdrich.
In a recent personal email to me, Ken shared some thoughts and connections with regard to last week's Pulitzer Prize award to Louise Erdrich. I felt Ken's words might be of interest to others, and he kindly adapted the email to the essay/reflection that can be read here. Writing of the novel for which the Prize was given, Ken writes:
"The story is based in part on the life of her own grandfather, Patrick Gourneau, a night watchman for the Turtle Mountain Jewel Plant and who led the fight to prevent the government in 1953 from eliminating the reservation system and abandoning treaties that had been promised "for all time." Add to this characters who are trying to live their lives for better or worse, fighting their own best and worst natures, and trying to come to terms with who they are as individuals, as a family and as a community and all of whom are struggling for the survival of their livelihoods and community." Read Ken's entire feature here. - Fr. Raymond +
In-Person Mass to resume on Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. starting June 23
We've not missed a single Wednesday evening mass during the pandemic, though none have been in-person since mid-March 2020. The main church entry door on LaSalle will now be opened by 6:20 p.m. on Wednesdays. We have a fairly steady attendance of 9-12 on the live-stream feeds for these evening masses and, thanks to our excellent tech ministers, we plan to continue live-streaming.
(The same document was shared in last week's newsletters and in the bulletins for Sunday, July 13.)
Please be familiar with this revised guidance if planning to participate in person at Ascension for mass and fellowship.
A first for Ascension: Qigong
Local Qigong practitioner and teacher Sue Ziang is also a personal friend. She's been looking for a space to offer group instruction in Qigong (CHēˈɡäNG) and I've made arrangements for her to use St. Michael Hall on Saturday mornings, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., beginning Saturday, June 26. Participants will be asked to make a donation ($20 suggested), a part of which will be given to the church. Ascension members may not be Sue's primary target audience, but she will warmly welcome anyone who shows up, including any of us, regardless of Qigong familiarity or experience. You may view Sue Ziang's website here. (The Ascension Qigong offering is not yet posted there.) - Fr. Raymond +
Fun and Fascinating Facts: Rembrandt's 'Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee.'

Rembrandt was 29-years-old when he painted it, in 1633.

The painting was Rembrandt's only seascape.

There are 14 men in the boat: Jesus, his 12 disciples and ... who? It is widely believed that Rembrandt added himself.

The painting was formerly in the collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

The painting was one of 13 stolen from the museum in 1990, along with other works, by two men posing as police officers. It has not yet been recovered.

The painting illustrates the scene described in the Gospel of Mark passage appointed for this coming Sunday and will be featured on Sunday's online and printed bulletin covers.
Organ Repertoire for June 20, 2021
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Jésus calme le vent et la mer [1972]
(later interpolated into her Opus 46)
Rolande Falcinelli (1920-2006)
At the Entrance Procession
At the Offertory
Hymn 608 MELITA
At the Communion
At the Retiring Procession
Præludium in C BWV 531
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

About our 2021 Repertoire
As I develop a long-range plan for repertoire each year, I choose a theme or area of emphasis, often complete works or a complete large-scale work by one composer. During 2021, organ music by women composers and African-American composers is being and will be featured in voluntaries and recitals throughout the year. There are some little-known gems waiting to be discovered, as well as music by major composers, with whom works for the organ are not generally associated. Enjoy!
From Benjamin Rivera


In keeping with Diocesan guidelines, we have had a live vocal presence since Holy Week. Recent updates to this guidance will allow us to celebrate Pentecost, Holy Trinity, and Corpus Christi with an in-person quartet, supplementing our (now usual) recorded music. I am grateful that we are able to move forward safely, if slowly, and I pray that choral and congregational singing aren’t too far off.

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

Peace and good health,
The Treasurer and Bookkeeper continue to limit time in the parish offices. All checks received at Ascension via the United States Postal Service, not always a reliable service in our area, will be bank deposited approximately every 4-6 weeks. You may contact the Treasurer by email anytime at 
Ascension Connections
(with your click and God's help)
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Join-by-Phone Option: (312) 626-6799

Weekly Ascension Schedule

For connections:
via Zoom (click here)
except for Morning Prayer,
via Facebook (click here).

9:30 a.m. Virtual Morning Prayer
10:00 a.m. Live-Streamed Mass
11:00 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour

6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer via Zoom

6:30 p.m. Low Mass
Please give generously as you are able.
Treasurer Susan Schlough has asked me to remind you of Ascension's ongoing expenses at this time. To the extent that you are able, payment on your pledges or the offering of Holy Day or other special gifts will be greatly appreciated. You may still write a check and mail it to the church, or online payment is possible through the buttons at various places on our website. Thank you!
For our prayers: August 'Augie' Alonzo, Jim Berger, David Byerly, Steven Wallis, Sarah Ponder, Taffy Wehe, Carnola Malone, Marvin Files, Amy Peterson, Stephanie, Gwen Clark-Mason, Barbara Wischmeier, The Rev. Canon Paula Clark, Lee Gould, Maria, Beth Hall, Alfred Raby
Birthdays: Jim Lenz, 6/13; The Rev. Gary Lawler, 6/13; Christopher McKee, 6/14;
Ricardo Avila, 6/15; 

Anniversaries: Beth Hall & Samuel Sommers, marriage, 6/15/1980
Requiescat in pace:
Edward Allan Larrabee, Priest, 10th Rector, Church of the Ascension, 6/13/1924;
Albert William Hillestad, Bishop, 12th Rector Church of the Ascension, 6/14/2007
Charles L. Mezger, 6/13/1996; Carol L. De Vries, 6/14/2014; Bill Ball, 6/15/2017;
Emily Lodine Overgaard, 6/17/2019; Alfred John Landwer, Jr. 6/19/1987;
William B. Gormley, Jr. 6/19/2004; Scott Baeseman, 6/6/2021, Edith Wilma Jones, 6/15/2021

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. Patrick Raymond, Rector

Susan Schlough, Treasurer

Br. Nathanael Deward Rahm BSG, Parish Office
Vestry of Church of the Ascension
Cheryl Peterson, Sr. Warden; Kenneth Kelling, Jr. Warden; Kelly Colomberti, Marilyn Evans, Lynette Hector, Jim Lo Bello, George Pineda, David Reeves, Samuel Sommers, Enrique Vilaseco, Amber Zelazny

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.