Join us on Sunday at
3:30 pm - Recital, David White, Organist
4:00 pm - Evensong & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
In addition to our normal Sunday Schedule ...

In our abbreviated December 29 newsletter, we omitted the information about the Rosary and about the afternoon Recital preceding Evensong & Benediction
 Since we're at it, please note as well what follows.

The Flight into Egypt by Giotto di Bondone, a.k.a. Giotto,
fresco, ca. 1305, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua

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
The Rosary follows this Mass

Nursery available 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Join us for fellowship
in Wheeler Hall after every Mass.

Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548-1611) Missa O magnum mysterium

3:30 p.m. David White Organ Recital

HUGO DISTLER   (1908-1942)
Prelude and Setting:  Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, Op. 8, no. 3   [ca. 1937]
JOHANNES BRAHMS   (1833-1897)
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen,   Op. 122, no. 8    [1896]
GERALD FINZI   (1901-1956)
In Terra Pax,  Op. 39    [1954]
      trans. for Organ, D. White  ( first performance )
        "A frosty Christmas Eve, when the stars were shining,
        fared I forth alone where westward falls the hill;
        and from many a village in the watered valley,
        distant music reached me, peals of bells a-ringing,
        the constellated sounds ran sprinkling on earth's floor,
        as the dark vault above with stars was spangled o'er."     
L'Epiphanie de notre Seigneur, Op. 55     [1928]

4:00 p.m. Evensong
& Benedictio n of the Blessed Sacrament

January 6th, Feast of the Epiphany

Epiphany , Fernando Gallego, 1440-1507

7 00 p.m.
Sung Mass of the Epiphany
with The Ascension Schola

Jacobus Gallus (1550-1591)
Omnes de Saba venient à5

 William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)
Reges Tharsis à5
Vidimus stellam


The First Food Pantry of 2020 will take place tomorrow, Saturday, January 4. As always, volunteers will make the preparation and the welcoming and serving of guests more efficient. Show up anytime after 9:00 am and serve for an hour or more. No prior involvement or training required. A reminder: Based on recent volunteer experiences and efficiency, starting Saturday, February 1, our new official time to begin distributing food to our guests will be 11:00 a.m.

The Requiem Mass for Michael 'Mike' Milano will be offered Saturday, January 11, beginning with a 10:00 a.m. visitation in Wheeler Hall and followed by the Requiem mass at 11:00 a.m., a lunch at a restaurant on Clark Street in Lincoln Park and Committal at  All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum in Des Plaines Final information will be provided in the Wednesday, January 8, newsletter.

For January 11 only: The anointing and prayers for healing normally offered at our 10:00 a.m Saturday mass will be offered instead in conjunction with Morning Prayer, at 10:30 a.m.


A first 2020 gathering of our emerging young adults group will take place on Sunday, January 12, following the Solemn High Mass. Details to follow in the Wednesday, January 8, newsletter. Please contact Fr. Raymond with any related questions.

If you asked for offering envelopes, you may find them (for now) in the church narthex. If you forget to pick them up on Sunday, you will have another opportunity on Monday evening, when you are here for the Epiphany mass! Boxes not retrieved in the next week or two will be mailed ...

Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 26, at Noon. Please mark the date, plan to take part, and heed the related information to be shared in diverse venues over the coming weeks.

Recreational marijuana use has been legal in Illinois for less than 72 hours. Already I've been asked if we do or should have a parish policy, specifically with regard to employee use while 'on the job' at Ascension. Don't think the inquiry is far-fetched; the issues and implications raised by the new Illinois statute are being discussed in many churches. To openly and preemptively address the matter, I'll share here the email that I will be sending out later today:

January 3, 2020

To: all Ascension employees and clergy, whether full-time or part-time, with or without an employment contract, whether W2 or 1099.

From: The Very Rev. Patrick Raymond, Rector
Re: Recreational drugs and alcohol and the church
Hello, all,
Already I have been asked if Church of the Ascension has or will have a policy with regard to the Illinois marijuana statute that went into effect January 1. A general communication, I realize, may be of interest and value to some or all. 
Bishop Lee or his staff may issue some guidance about this matter in the coming months. If so, I will share it when it becomes available. Meanwhile, with regard to Ascension and marijuana or any other recreational drugs, and as with alcohol, sobriety is the expected standard for all work, ministry and fellowship here.
Until such time as the Bishop gives direction or the Vestry develops and approves a related policy, the Wardens and I will respond on a case-by-case basis to any substance abuse and/or disregard of this sobriety standard. (I'll be pleased if we have no cases ...)
Some social functions at Ascension include alcohol, and moderation is always the expected norm. In the event that it's necessary to add: these occasions are not now invitations to light up.
My personal views about recreational marijuana use are probably more conservative than some and more liberal than others at Ascension. I'd like to believe that we can find common ground in abstaining from alcohol abuse and/or recreational drug use in anticipation of and while taking part here at the church, in whatever event or whatever our role in it.
I welcome your related thoughts or questions,
The Very Rev. Patrick Raymond, Rector

Fr. Patrick Raymond,

Susan Schlough,      

Parish Office