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

Representation of the wonderworking icon of
the Mother of God

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.

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 18th
Rain on the Lake Shore at Matsue ,
wood block print, 1932,  Kawase Hasui, 1883-1957

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 14, 2019

From the Wardens
From the Rector
Last Sunday's Sermon
Ascension Connections
Congratulations Zelazny family
3rd Saturday Rosary
This Sunday at Ascension
The Parish Prayer List
Approved Vestry Minutes Online
The Last Word


Dear fellow parishioners,
Following Bishop Lee's February announcement of his retirement, a Search and Nominating committee was formed and tasked with devising a slate of candidates, one of whom will be Consecrated as 13th Bishop of Chicago. As part of its work, the committee, made up of both clergy and lay members, has been holding a series of "listening sessions" around the diocese.
Church of the Ascension hosted one of those sessions last Thursday, August 8. About thirty people attended, including both of us and other Ascension parishioners. After a brief introduction, we broke up into three groups and were presented with six questions. We were asked about the current state of the diocese, about our hopes and aspirations for the new bishop, and for our thoughts about the successes and failures of Bishop Lee's time as bishop.
We felt blessed to participate in this surprisingly challenging work and were fascinated to hear from our fellow Episcopalians. The responses to the questions included a lot of common ground and consensus: "A bishop's  integrity  is critical." In several instances though, there were flat-out contradictions which were illuminating--as an example, the gender of the next bishop ...
Responses from last Thursday will be collated with outcomes from the other sessions and will form a part of a diocesan profile that will describe our identity and faith as a diocese, what we value, and what we seek in our next bishop.
Committee members made clear that they are not evaluating any of the comments, just summarizing them; contradictions will be presented as such. For further information and to keep up with the search, please visit ChicagoBishopSearch.org. In the meantime, please continue to hold the committee and all of the diocese in your prayers.
Cynthia Perrizo, Senior Warden
Gary Alexander, Junior Warden

" O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."  -The Book of Common Prayer

Photo: Philander Chase, elected 1 st Bishop of the Diocese of Illinois in 1835. In addition to his service to the Diocese, he became Presiding Bishop in 1843 and served in both roles until his death in September 1852.
"Chase traveled east for ordination that winter [1818], but was initially forced to defend his character before the Standing Committee would give its assent. Elderly Presiding Bishop  William White  led the consecration service at St. James Episcopal Church in Philadelphia on February 11, 1819, assisted by Bishop Hobart of New York, Bishop Kemp of Maryland and Bishop Croes of New Jersey. He was the 18th bishop consecrated in The Episcopal Church [to serve the newly-formed Diocese of Ohio] ....
"Meanwhile, in 1835, Episcopalians who had moved further west had decided that they needed a separate diocese, and established the Diocese of Illinois. Although Chase did not participate in that convention, he accepted their call to be their bishop (the first  Episcopal bishop of Illinois ), and soon moved to near  Peoria, Illinois .
"Chase grew in seniority [and in] 1843 ... became the sixth Presiding Bishop of the national church."
- Wikipedia


Regarding the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Assumption , plan on a fine celebration to follow the Mass. It looks as if the weather will allow us to be in the garden! Come! Enjoy! Bring a guest!And help with clean up if you're able. Thanks to George Pineda for his leadership in providing the reception. Please contact George directly if you're able to help.

Father D - The Very Rev. James Dunkerley - is on my mind and heart, and I gather on the minds and hearts of many of you, as we recall his death early in the morning of August 16, 2018, a year ago this Friday. As you may recall, parishioner and Vestry member DiAnne Walsh lovingly created a book of memories, "Dear Father D" and donated a copy to the Ascension library. I'll try to remember to have it out and available for your viewing and sharing both Thursday and this coming Sunday.

H ow many Episcopalians does it take to change a lightbulb?
The question comes to mind in conjunction with a complicated lightbulb-changing project underway here this week. To change the lightbulbs in the loft over the choir, Sexton George Panice carries scaffolding piece-by-piece from the basement. (Thanks for some extra help from Michael Malone.) Two of the four bulbs recently burned out. We are replacing them with longer-life LED bulbs and also wondering about some other long-term solutions for the choir location and also the sanctuary lights. Many projects here take place quietly but depend on support from and decisions made by the Buildings and Grounds Committee - always in need of additional leadership. Please contact Cheryl Peterson or myself if you feel this is an arena in which your gifts may make a difference. No scaffold-schlepping required.

Some of you will be aware that Father Bob Petite was unable to serve as scheduled this past Sunday due to health problems. He was admitted last Friday and remains at RUSH medical center, and I'm including the information here to ask for your ongoing prayers for him and those caring for him and his household.



The sermon given by The Rt. Rev. Daniel Martins, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, on Sunday, August 11th may be found here.

August 17th Picnic on the lawn at Millennium  Park is cancelled, but not the Concert.
The picnic that was to take place on August 17 on the lawn at Millennium
 Park to hear the Grant Park Symphony is cancelled. A number of parishioners told me that they would prefer not to sit on the lawn, but would rather sit on the chairs already set up. I myself am still recovering from surgery and am not supposed to lift anything heavy, so schlepping a full picnic basket and a chair is really not a good thing for me. I do plan to go to the concert, so if any of you would like to sit with me, I'm sure we could find a way to connect Please do e-mail me if you have some thoughts . Thanks.
Cynthia Perrizo
Senior Warden
Chair, Ascension Connections

Kasandra Soucie Zelazny was born to Mitchell & Amber Zelazny  on August 6, 2019. 

Congratulations to Mom, Dad and to the new big brother, Michael.

A third-Saturday-of-the-month rosary was recently started, thanks to the devotional leadership of Marlea Edinger, who is determined to make it a discipline and a tradition. The rosary will be shared immediately following the 10:00 a.m. Mass for Healing this Saturday, August 17th.


The schedule of Sunday Readings, Celebrants, Preachers, Lectors, Acolytes, Ushers, Hymnody, Choral and Organ Repertoire for  Sunday, August 18, 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, March Kimmel, Cat Dean, Fr. Robert Petite

Pray in thanksgiving
For the birth of Kasandra Soucie Zelazny, 8/6/2019,
the daughter of Mitchell & Amber Zelazny and the sister of Michael

For the births of Henry & Arthur Jones, 8/13/2019,
the twin  grandnephews of Tim & Mary Jane Kowalski
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. 
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Apropos of tomorrow's feast, the text of a lovely hymn by The Very Rev. George Boorne Timms (1910-1997), Anglican priest and one-time Archdeacon of Hackney. The image is 'The Virgin,' oil on canvas, 1926 by Joseph Stella, in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.
Sing we of the blessed Mother
Who received the angel's word,
And obedient to his summons
Bore in love the infant Lord;
Sing we of the joys of Mary
At whose breast that child was fed
Who is Son of God eternal
And the everlasting Bread.
Sing we, too, of Mary's sorrows,
Of the sword that pierced her through,
When beneath the cross of Jesus
She his weight of suffering knew,
Looked upon her Son and Saviour
Reigning high on Calvary's tree,
Saw the price of man's redemption
Paid to set the sinner free.
Sing again the joys of Mary
When she saw the risen Lord,
And in prayer with Christ's apostles,
Waited on his promised word;
From on high the blazing glory
Of the Spirit's presence came,
Heavenly breath of God's own being,
Manifest through wind and flame.
Sing the chiefest joy of Mary
When on earth her work was done,
And the Lord of all creation
Brought her to his heavenly home;
Virgin Mother, Mary blessed,
Raised on high and crowned with grace,
May your Son, the world's redeemer,
Grant us all to see his face.

Fr. Patrick Raymond,         praymond@ascensionchicago.org

Susan Schlough,                finance@ascensionchicago.org

Parish Office                      office@ascensionchicago.org