The Transfiguration, Raphael

Tonight at the Ascension

The Transfiguration ( trans .) 
Wednesday, August 7th

Evening Prayer at 6:10 p.m.
Said Mass at 6:30 p.m.
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
August 11th
Moth, etching, by British artist Rosie McLay

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer

8:00 a.m. Low Mass (Rite I)

Nursery available, 8:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m. Sung Mass

11:00 a.m. Solemn High Mass

This Week at Ascension + August 7, 2019

From the Rector
Feast of St. Mary the Virgin
Bishop Search & Nominating Committee Thursday
This Sunday at Ascension
The Parish Prayer List
Approved Vestry Minutes Online
The Last Word

The Presiding Bishop

" The evening with Bishop Curry was delightful, both for the Bishop's thoughtful insights about our Church going forward in today's world, but also the fellowship with the members who attended ." 
   Marilyn Evans' response to Bishop Curry

" We need to love all people no matter the color of their skin, their ethnic heritage, whether they are undocumented or not, whether they are lgbtq or not, whether they are different from ourselves or not. It is by depolarizing and integrating our differences that we bring our varied gifts to the table and make this world a better place for us all. "
   Ken Kelling's impression of Bishop Curry's message

" Bishop Curry's words about the power of love were truly inspiring! "
     Marlea Edinger

" It was truly a Blessing. "
    Barbara Susman's response to the evening with Bishop Curry

"... one nation, under God, indivisible,
             with liberty and justice for all. "
    The conclusion of the Pledge of Allegiance,
    as quoted by Presiding Bishop Curry on July 31

Dear people of Ascension,
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry with St. James Cathedral Dean Dominic Barrington

My contribution to today's newsletter will be modest, but I don't want Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's July 31 Cathedral visit to have come and gone without at least noting and briefly reflecting on it. Or, perhaps I can best say what I'd like to impart by way of the quotes above and by way of expressing my thanks:
  • To the seven Ascension parishioners who joined me. 
  • To the four who joined me afterward in a time of reflection on what we'd heard.
  • To those who took a few moments to share one key impression and who welcomed me to share them, above.
  • To parishioner Bob Rarick, who was not present but who tipped me off to this web link to the entire hour
  • To Bishop Curry, who, I felt, intelligently and faithfully challenged us to be engaged as Christians in weighty matters of the day, including public policies, public discourse and the always-fraught intersections of religion and government. 

The Bishop's emphasis interestingly came along after a number of you have recently asked me about how we at Ascension might be so engaged. I hope to find opportunities to wonder about these things with you soon. 


As always, I ask you to pray for the Church, and now I ask you to specifically pray for the Church in the world.

Thanks to all who have been praying for and inquired about my 92-year-old mother Loisjean. She died peacefully at her home in California last Friday, August 2. A Presbyterian 'memorial service' will be held in California at a later time. The photo is from a recent visit by me and our son, Loisjean's grandson, Eliot. "Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord ..."

My Sermon from Sunday, August 4, 2019 may be read here.

Feast of St. Mary the Virgin 
Also known as Feast of the Assumption (among other titles)
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Ascension's Crowning of Mary window

Blessing of Herbs, Procession and Solemn High Mass at 7:00 p.m.  Followed by a festive Reception in the Garden  (weather permitting, or otherwise in St. Michael Hall.)

The reception will be hosted by those taking part in the re-forming of the Society of Mary here at Ascension. If you can help with the reception (regardless of SOM affiliation) or if you want to know more about the Society of Mary and membership/participation, please contact parishioner George Pineda. The Society of Mary website may be viewed here.


Your participation is encouraged in the August 8th Listening Session with the Diocese of Chicago's Bishop Search & Nominating Committee. The session is to be held here at the Ascension from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Or find another session in which you can better take part on the list shown here.


The schedule of Sunday Readings, Celebrants, Preachers, Lectors, Acolytes, Ushers, Hymnody, Choral and Organ Repertoire for  Sunday, August 11, 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, Charley Taylor, August 'Augie' Alonzo, Ted Long, Jim Berger, Ethel Martin, Yuka Asai, Dean Pineda, Bazelais Suy, Carnola Malone, Charlene MacDougal, Pablo Illás, Doreen Finn, Donald Schmidt, Ted Saunders, Julie Schram, Don Wilber, Jacob Potter, Nathan, Claire, Enrique, Monica, Aleksander, Jim, Josephine Boitse, Sue Smedley, Gwendolyn
Prayers for the departed
Prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of  Loisjean Raymond Simmons the m other of Fr. Patrick Raymond,  David Bevington and Edward Pickett

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. 


Following is an excerpt from a July 8, 2018, sermon preached by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry near the T. Don Hutto Residential [immigration/detention] Center in Taylor, Texas.

"Allow me to say we do not come in hatred. We do not come in bigotry. We do not come to put anybody down. We come to lift everybody up. We come in love. We come in love because we follow Jesus. And Jesus taught us love. Love the Lord your (God). And love your (neighbor). Love your liberal neighbor.  Love your conservative neighbor. Love your Democratic neighbor. Love your Republican neighbor. Love your Independent neighbor. Love your neighbor who you don't like. Love the neighbor you disagree with. Love your Christian neighbor. Love your Muslim neighbor. Love your Jewish neighbor. Love your Palestinian neighbor. Love your Israeli neighbor. Love your refugee neighbor. Love your immigrant neighbor. Love the prison guard neighbor. Love your neighbor!

"We come in love, in love. I would submit that the teachings of Jesus to love God and love our neighbor is at the core and the heart of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. And we must be people who reclaim Christianity from its popular modality, from the way it is often perceived and presented to a way of Christianity that looks something like Jesus! And Jesus said, love God and love your (neighbor). We come in love. That is the core of our faith. That is the heart of it. And we come, because we are Christian and the way of love calls for us to be humanitarian. It calls for us to care for those who have no one to care for them. And we come because we don't believe that a great nation like this one separates children from their families. We come because we believe that this nation conceived in liberty, dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal. We believe that we must call this nation America back to its very soul! We are here because we love this nation. 'Cause if you really love somebody you don't leave them the way they are. You help them to become their best selves. We are  here to save the soul of America. Save the soul of America."

Fr. Patrick Raymond,

Susan Schlough,      

Parish Office