The Liturgical Life Commission focuses around the liturgical events of the Church. It is the mystery of Christ that the Church proclaims and celebrates in her liturgy so the faithful may live from it and bear witness to it in the world (CCC #1068). Liturgy is the celebration of divine worship, proclamation of the Gospel, and active charity. The following groups fall under the Liturgical Life Commission: (if there is no contact information listed for a group, please call the parish office for more information 636-532-3304)
Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Most Holy Eucharist.Although the Eucharist maintains the appearance of bread, Catholics believe that when consecrated at Mass, what once was bread is now the Body of Christ, that is Jesus Christ Himself is really present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Jesus Christ is God the Son and we adore Him as God present in the Eucharist. Displayed on the altar in a special holder called a monstrance, people come to pray, adore, or just spend quiet time with Our Lord. Ascension offers Eucharistic Adoration every Tuesday and Thursday following 6:30 AM Mass until 7:00 PM in the Little Church.
The Rosary is a scripture-based prayer that recalls important events or mysteries in the life of JesusChrist. During the prayer, Mary is called upon to help us to better understand the life of her Son. Praying the Rosary honors and unites one with Jesus and Mary, and gives praise to our Triune God. Rosario en español los lunes a las 7:00 PM en la pequeña iglesia.
Ascension Rosary Schedule:
Monday-Saturday 7:30 AM in the Main Church before 8:00 AM Mass
Monday 6:00 PM in the Little Church
Thursdays During Adoration in the Little Church 2:00 PM for priests; 6:15 PM for Youth Ministry
Mondays 7:00 PM in the Little Church Rosary in Spanish
Servers assist the celebrant of Sunday and school Masses. They also assist at funeral and wedding Masses. Servers may be boys or girls, grade 5 or older. Contact Father Michael Lampe at 636-532-3304 if interested in becoming a server. Servers are responsible for finding their own replacements if they are unable to serve at their assigned Mass. Please see the server assignments and make updates to them by clicking here.
Volunteers clean the church and launder alter linens on a rotating schedule. Contact: [email protected]
Volunteers serve to facilitate congregational singing at liturgical celebrations. Contact: [email protected]
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Want to help our young kids get excited about Sunday Mass? The Ascension Children’s Liturgy is during 9:15am Mass most Sundays. They'd love more volunteers to help and to lead. It’s a fun, easy way to give back to our community and help shape our children’s faith and morals. Feel free to shadow and join the group any Sunday to see what it's all about. Notes for the liturgy lead to discuss with the children each week are provided at: http://catholicchildrensliturgy.blogspot.com/ Contact: [email protected] To volunteer, click here.
Open to adults and high school age youth, the choir sings at 9:15am Mass on Sundays and special occasions. Contact: [email protected]
Open to confirmed Catholics to who would like to assist with the distrubtion of Holy Communion during Mass. You must attend an informational meeting and training. Contact: [email protected]
Greeters are friendly faces that say hello to parishioners and guests as they walk through each of our church doors! Occasionally they help distribute handouts or other materials. Contact: [email protected]
These volunteers read the Word of the Lord at Mass. Contact: [email protected] Please see the reader assignments and make updates to them by clicking here.
Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a worldwide association of Catholic laity who serve the Church throughprayer and service. Members of the Legion are primarily engaged in the performance of spiritual works of Mercy rather than works of material aid. Ascension’s Legion members are involved in many ministries: conducting Rosary services at Friendship Village, assisting Father at Mass at Garden View and Sunrise, praying for the unborn at Planned Parenthood, taking Holy Communion and making home visits to the sick and homebound, preparing meals for families in need, and cooking for the homeless. Meets for prayer, planning and discussion on Saturday mornings after 8:00 AM Mass in the MPR annex.
Nursing Home Auxiliary
Each week Eucharistic Ministers bring Holy Communion to the residents of area nursing homes, and lead the recitation of the rosary on those days when Mass is not celebrated. Contact the parish office at 636-532-3304
Padre Pio Prayer Group
This group focuses on St. Pio’s favorite saying: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry” when our lives are filled with overwhelming burdens that paralyze our spirituality. Meetings are held once a month and a Mass and special blessing is celebrated on his feast day, September 23rd. Contact: [email protected]
“We pray, God takes care of the answers.” This vibrant ministry is dedicated to serving their fellow parishioners through intercessory prayer for those with various and often very urgent needs. Currently, about 70 members volunteer to pray daily for those who call in requests. Since 1992, the line is open to callers 24/7 every day of the year with 50-60 requests received per month. Prayers are started immediately, and requests are then passed on to the rest of the group through a monthly newsletter using only first names to insure privacy. Members agree to keep all information confidential. Request prayers or volunteer to be a part of the Ascension Prayer Line.
This prayer experience combines the Rosary with body resistant exercises, stretching, and functional movement. Both chair and floor/mat SoulCore are offered at Ascension. Chair SoulCore allows participants to use a chair for stability and to exercise while seated. For mat SoulCore, extra mats and hand weights are provided for those who do not have their own. Dress in comfortable clothing or sportswear. All are welcome. Contact: [email protected]
Ushers are assigned to a Mass and help greet, find seating, and with the collection/bringing up the gifts. Contact: [email protected]
Visiting Statue of Mary
Several years ago, Ascension welcomed the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima into our parish. Since that time the statue has traveled throughout the parish visiting families and individuals. She may stay until another request is received. All parish families are encouraged to take Our Lady’s Statue into their home at least once. Contact: [email protected]
God calls each of us to use our gifts to serve Him in the priesthood, consecrated religious life, marriage, or committed single life. The newly formed Vocations Committee focuses on creating a culture of holy vocations for all people within the parish. With prayers and activities, they will foster an awareness of God's personal call for everyone. Through prayer cards, open conversations, Holy Hours and the Chalice Program, they hope to hear the word of God and act upon it with the support of the parish community.