Next (abbreviated) newsletter: Monday, December 30

This Week at Ascension + December 23, 2019

From the Rector
Christmas Schedule
Last Sunday's Sermon
From the Treasurer
Upcoming at the Ascension
Sharing Lunch, Sharing Blessings 2020
This Sunday at Ascension
The Parish Prayer List
Approved Vestry Minutes Online
The Last Word


Christmas Countdown

Dear people of Ascension,

In lieu of a pastoral letter that you may well not read this week,
a brief poem (that you may also skip!):

This is my little town,
My Bethlehem,
And here, if anywhere,
My Christ Child
Will be born.

I must begin
To go about my day-
Sweep out the inn,
Get fresh hay for the manger
And be sure
To leave my heart ajar
In case there may be travelers
From afar.
~Elizabeth Rooney

December 24th, Christmas Eve

10:30 p.m.
A Prelude of Organ Voluntaries & Congregational carols

11:00 p.m.
Procession to the Crèche
& Solemn High Mass of the Nativity
with The Ascension Choir

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Missa brevis in C major "Orgelsolo", K. 259
December 25th, Christmas Day

9:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer

10:00 a.m.
Choral Mass with The Ascension Schola

Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi (c. 1554-1609)
Missa Ne timeas Maria

December 29th, First Sunday after Christmas Day

Histoire universelle depuis la Création jusqu'a César France, ca. 1390-1400 Morgan Library New York

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Said Mass (Rite I)
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass
11:00 a.m. Solemn High Mass

Lodovico Grossi da Viadana (c. 1560-1627)
Missa sine nomine in F



Please help us out by making sure that any 2019 year-end contributions to Ascension are received at the church by December 31. If needed, the parish offices will be open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the 31 st .

Thanks to all who have returned pledge commitments for 2020. If you have been unable to return a pledge but still wish to do so, you may click here to send a confidential email and provide your pledge information.

Susan Schlough, Treasurer


Saturday, December 28th
Holy Innocents

Morning Prayer, 9:30 a.m.
Healing Mass, 10:00 a.m.

Be watchful, be alert! Our first meeting for 2020 occurs very early in the month on
Wednesday, January 8th. We will gather after the mass for a winter "comfort" lunch featuring baked pork chops, scalloped potatoes, peas and carrots, coleslaw and apple muffins. Instead of New Year's resolutions, we will focus on New Year's prayers. Make up your own short prayer or choose one of your favorites from  The Book of Common Prayer . Contact Cheryl Peterson with questions.

The schedule of Sunday Readings, Celebrants, Preachers, Lectors, Acolytes, Ushers, Hymnody, Choral and Organ Repertoire for  Sunday, December 29, 2019  may be found by clicking here . More information on the Choral repertoire may be found by clicking here . The Clergy Rota for this week's and upcoming masses may be found here.


Please remember these people in your daily prayers
Geoffrey Wainwright, Fr. John Graham, 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, Doreen Finn, Monica, Jim Lo Bello, Jack Johnston, Patricia Johnston, Andy, Jim Walsh, Stewart Marks, Char Yurema, Ronn Garton, Vanessa Rogers, Bob Sparacio, Jonathan Jacobs, Canon Edgar Wells

Prayers for the departed

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. 


A Copywriter's Christmas
By Margaret Fishback
The Twenty-fifth is imminent
And every known expedient
Designed for making Christmas pay
Is getting swiftly under way.
Observe the people swarming to
And fro, somnambulating through
The stores in search of ties and shirts
And gloves to give until it hurts.
They're eyeing gifts in Saks' and Hearn's
And Macy's, not to mention Stern's,
While earnest copywriters are
Hitching their copy to the star
Of Bethlehem quite shamelessly,
For they are duty bound to see
That Peace On Earth Good Will To Men
Gets adequate results again.

Things in the Ascension office are neither as secular or goofy as in this holiday scene from The Office, but they're last-minute enough that we'll be grateful for your understanding about this get-to-the point and stick-to-the-basics newsletter.
- Fr Raymond +

Fr. Patrick Raymond,

Susan Schlough,      

Parish Office