The First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity
June 16

The Trinity , Taddeo Crivelli, t empera and gold on parchment

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer;  8:00 a.m. Low Mass (Rite I)
8:45 a.m. Nursery care begins;  9:00 a.m. Sung Mass
11:00 a.m. Procession & Solemn High Mass
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Trinitatismesse
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924 Te Deum in C

This Week at Ascension + June 12, 2019

From the Rector
Also From the Rector
Ascension Book Group: June
This Sunday at Ascension
The Parish Prayer List
Approved Vestry Minutes Online
The Last Word

Evaluation time
All things should be done decently and in order .  
   -1 Corinthians 14:40
But strive for the greater gifts. 
And I will show you a still more excellent way.
   - 1 Corinthians 12:13
Dear People of Ascension,
     Many parish clergy, staff and vestries take time in June for evaluations. Although in worship we follow a liturgical year and in budgeting a calendar year, a church's 'program year' tends to follow an academic calendar. June is therefore a good time to ask what's gone well over the past year and what we may want to add, eliminate or improve in the year to come.
      For the sake of this message, I want to invite your evaluation of this our weekly Ascension newsletter. I'm grateful to say that from the time I started my ministry here, in January 2016, to the present, our e-news subscriber list has remained steady at about 350 and the 'open rate' has averaged a phenomenal 50%. (Compare that to the average open rate of 29% for all religious newsletters using Constant Contact,  our provider.)
     Brother Nathanael and I work hard to put out a worthwhile and helpful newsletter, but we mostly work in isolation. Your thoughts may be of help! How can we make the newsletter more relevant, interesting or user-friendly?
     The theme of evaluation will also come into play at our Vestry meeting this coming Saturday. The inquiry will be broader, as we try to get an overall view of all aspects of parish life and where we, as leaders, need to devote new or renewed energies.
     In coming weeks, you may hear of some other opportunities to share your thoughts on other aspects of the ministry we share here. For now, we'll value any thoughts on making a good newsletter even better.

Today: Feast of St. Barnabas. You've already missed the Noon mass and the Sharing Lunch, Sharing Blessings gathering, but you can still take part in 6:10 p.m. Evening Prayer and 6:30 p.m. Low Mass.

" Grant, O God, that we may follow the example of your faithful servant Barnabas, who, seeking not his own renown but the well­being of your Church, gave generously of his life and substance for the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen ."
Another (Sad) Flower Appeal! For the twelve Sundays between now and Labor Day weekend, we have commitments for high altar flowers for only two Sundays - and no Sundays (zero, nada, none at all, all blank) for the Mary Shrine, Michael Shrine and Our Lady of Walsingham, in the narthex. Please do stop by the sign up sheets in the parish house hallway and help out! Or call Br. Nathanael in the parish offices. Better yet, sign up AND join the Flower Guild. Training is available!
Please keep in Prayers the newly ordained Father Copeland Johnston, who begins his ministry as Rector of St. John the Baptist Church, Wausau, Wisconsin , this coming Sunday, Trinity Sunday. The fact that Fr. Johnston recently called me to ask about chanting the Athanasian Creed on his first Sunday leads me to believe that we could say he has 'high' hopes for the worship there! (Thanks, by the way, to David White, for supplying the requested chant.)

Father Johnston ( center ) at his Ordination to the Priesthood on April 27, 2019 at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Salt Lake City, UT. Pictured also are Father Gill de Azevdo ( left ) and Deacon Elizabeth Harden. ( right)
Thanks to Marlea Edinger and the dozen or more souls from Ascension who took part in the tour of the D'Arcy Collection at the Loyola University Museum of Art this past Saturday. A fascinating exploration of this lovely and beautifully displayed Medieval and Renaissance collection was enjoyed by all, in addition to some sadness at the closure of the museum. (We also learned that Ascensionite David Robertson was an early Director of LUMA.) The group shown here does not include a handful of us (myself included) who had to leave right as the tour ended.

My sermon from this past Sunday, the Feast of Pentecost, may be read here.

A special thanks to all who wore red for the Feast of Pentecost, including, here, Avril Hector, Catherine Bacasmot and Lynette Hector.


The Ascension Book Group  will meet to discuss  Brideshead Revisited on  Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Wheeler Hall following the 11 a.m. coffee hour. For more information contact Ken Kelling at


The schedule of Sunday Readings, Celebrants, Preachers, Lectors, Acolytes, Ushers, Hymnody, Choral and Organ Repertoire for Sunday, June 16, 2019 may be found by clicking here. More information on the Choral repertoire may be found by clicking here.


Please remember these people in your daily prayers
Geoffrey Wainwright, Fr. John Graham, Dorothy Murray, Mary Lou Devens, Michael Milano, Brenton Boitse, Charley Taylor, August 'Augie' Alonzo, Ted Long, Jim Berger, Ethel Martin, Dean Pineda, Bazelais Suy, Carnola Malone, Charlene MacDougal, Pablo Illás, Doreen Finn, Donald Schmidt, Marlea Edinger, Ted Saunders, Ann Halikas

In thanksgiving for the Ordination of The Rev. Shawn Evelyn as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church on June 8, 2019  in Los Angeles, CA and for the upcoming Diaconal Ordinations of Rose Cicero and Debra Lang on July 6, 2019 in Chicago.  In thanksgiving for the election of The Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry ( All Saints, Chicago ) as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan. In thanksgiving for the new ministry of The Rev. Copeland Johnston as the Rector of St. John the Baptist Church, Wausau, Wisconsin.

Prayers for the departed
For all victims of gun violence in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs

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 Approved Minutes of Vestry meetings are now available online to parishioners who request the link.  If you would like Internet access to the Approved Vestry Minutes, please email the  Church Office and request the link. 
Once you access the web page, you can read all recent Approved Vestry Minutes.  In addition, if you click on the subscribe button at the top right, you will be given email notice whenever a new set of Approved Minutes is added. 

Below, in anticipation of Trinity Sunday, the poem  Rublev, by former Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams. Rublev refers to the icon-painter and monk Andrei Rublev (1370-1430) and his still-oft-reproduced icon of the Holy Trinity, an image of which may be found below the poem. Click here for an excellent introduction to and critique of the poem by the Guardian's  Poem of the Week columnist Carol Rumens.   -  Fr. Raymond +  

One day, God walked in, pale from the grey steppe,
slit-eyed against the wind, and stopped,
said, Colour me, breathe your blood into my mouth.

I said, Here is the blood of all our people,
these are their bruises, blue and purple,
gold, brown, and pale green wash of death.

These (god) are the chromatic pains of flesh,
I said, I trust I shall make you blush,
O I shall stain you with the scars of birth

For ever, I shall root you in the wood,
under the sun shall bake you bread
of beechmast, never let you forth

To the white desert, to the starving sand.
But we shall sit and speak around
one table, share one food, one earth.

Fr. Patrick Raymond,

Susan Schlough,      

Parish Office