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                 sunday mass

    Please click the links below for each Mass and the accompanying music program / Haga clic en los enlaces a continuación para cada Misa y la música que la acompaña.

    Readings for Sixth Sunday of Easter

    Saturday, 5:30 PM Bilingual Mass Program/music

    Sunday, 9:30 AM Spanish Mass

    English Mass Program/Music

    Sunday, 11:00 AM English Mass

    Tuesday, 5:00 PM Confirmation Mass

    Tuesday, 6:00 PM Confirmation Mass

  •        Ascension Mission

    Our Parish has been serving the Upper West Side, Manhattan Valley and Morningside Heights communities since 1895.           
    No matter your age, your race, your gender, or your sexual orientation, there is a place for you at Ascension Church. You'll meet wonderful people, hear the proclamation of the word of God, be nourished by  the Eucharist, enjoy good programs, be challenged to live the Gospel, and so much more. Come as you are - and be who you are - your presence will enrich us.

  •    letter from the pastor

    Dear Parishioners and Friends of Ascension,

    This Thursday, May 13th, is Ascension Thursday -- our Titular Feast. On the Feast of the Ascension, we commemorate the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on the fortieth day of the Easter Season. It was necessary for Jesus to ascend into heaven in order for him to send to us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Now in heaven, he is seated at God’s right hand in order to be our intercessor.

    Last year, we had no in person celebration on Ascension Thursday because we were closed due to the pandemic. This year, we look forward to celebrating our feast day together, although our celebration will be scaled down because of the ongoing pandemic. On Ascension Thursday, we will have a special Bilingual Mass at 7:00PM. The Mass will be sung by some of our wonderful parish musicians, but again a bit scaled back. The different types of music are very representative of the diversity that makes up Ascension Parish. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing requirements of social distancing, there will be no celebration or dinner following the Mass. Hopefully by this time next year, we will have returned to normalcy.

    Last year, Cardinal Dolan was going to be with us on Ascension Thursday for a special celebration of our 125th Annivesary. That didn’t happen because of the cancellation of all in person worship. We had rescheduled the Cardinal’s visit for this year. Our “reopening committee” thought it best that we postpone the visit of the Cardinal until such a point when everyone feels comfortable coming back to Mass and at such a point when the social distancing restrictions can be lifted.

    Since the Cardinal was not able to be with us for this important milestone, Cardinal Dolan was kind enough to prepare a special greeting (in English and in Spanish) for all the people of Ascension Parish. The Cardinal’s message will be uploaded to our Youtube channel on Wednesday morning. I would invite you all to view his greeting.

    Since The Feast of the Ascension is a holy day, in addition to our special evening celebration, a Vigil Mass for the Ascension will also be celebrated on Wednesday evening (May 12th) at 7:00PM in Spanish. On Thursday, Mass will also be celebrated at 8:30 AM with the children from the school, and again at 12:00 Noon.

    I would like to congratulate all of the children from the parish who received their First Holy Communion last Saturday. We had two wonderful celebrations! Congratulations!

    Today in the United States we celebrate Mother’s Day. Last year, so many Mother’s Day celebrations had to be canceled. I hope many will be able to celebrate this year with their mothers in person. If anyone needs our thanks, it is our mothers. In this time of pandemic, mothers, in addition to their jobs, have become ‘at home’ school principals, teachers, lunch ladies, nurses, coaches, and that list goes on. At this time, our mothers, continue to nurture us and care for us with maternal love. We thank our dear mothers for all that they do and for all that they are! Happy Mother’s Day!


    Fr. Kearney

    Queridos Feligreses y Amigos de la Ascención,

    Este jueves 13 de mayo es el jueves de la Ascención, nuestra Fiesta Titular. En la Fiesta de la Ascensión, conmemoramos la Ascención corporal de Jesús al cielo. El Día de la Ascención se celebra tradicionalmente el cuadragésimo día de la temporada de Pascua. Fue necesario que Jesús ascendiera al cielo para poder enviarnos el don del Espíritu Santo. Ahora en el cielo, está sentado a la diestra de Dios para ser nuestro intercesor.

    El año pasado, no tuvimos una celebración en persona el jueves de la Ascención porque estábamos cerrados debido a la pandemia. Este año, esperamos celebrar juntos nuestra fiesta, aunque nuestra celebración se reducirá debido a la pandemia en curso. El jueves de la Ascención tendremos una misa bilingüe especial a las 7:00 PM. La Misa será cantada por algunos de nuestros maravillosos músicos parroquiales, pero de nuevo un poco reducida. Los diferentes tipos de música son muy representativos de la diversidad que conforma la Parroquia Ascención. Desafortunadamente, debido a los requisitos continuos del distanciamiento social, no habrá celebración ni cena después de la Misa. Con suerte, para esta época el próximo año, habremos vuelto a la normalidad.

    El año pasado, el Cardenal Dolan iba a estar con nosotros el jueves de la Ascención para una celebración especial de nuestro 125 aniversario. Eso no sucedió debido a la cancelación de todo el culto en persona. Habíamos reprogramado la visita del Cardenal para este año. Nuestro “comité de reapertura” pensó que era mejor posponer la visita del Cardenal hasta el momento en que todos se sientan cómodos regresando a la misa y en ese momento en que se puedan levantar las restricciones de distanciamiento social.

    Dado que el Cardenal no pudo estar con nosotros en este importante hito, el Cardenal Dolan tuvo la amabilidad de preparar un saludo especial (en inglés y en español) para toda la gente de la parroquia Ascencion. El mensaje del Cardenal se subirá a nuestro canal de Youtube el miércoles por la mañana. Los invito a todos a ver su saludo.

    Dado que la Fiesta de la Ascención es un día sagrado, además de nuestra celebración nocturna especial, también se celebrará una Misa de Vigilia por la Ascención el miércoles por la noche (12 de mayo) a las 7:00 PM en español. El jueves también se celebrará la misa a las 8:30 am con los niños de la escuela, y nuevamente a las 12:00 del mediodía.

    Me gustaría felicitar a todos los niños de la parroquia que recibieron su Primera Comunión el sábado pasado. ¡Tuvimos dos celebraciones maravillosas! ¡Felicidades!

    Hoy en Estados Unidos celebramos el Día de la Madre. El año pasado hubo que cancelar muchas celebraciones del Día de la Madre. Espero que muchos puedan celebrar este año con sus madres en persona. Si alguien necesita nuestro agradecimiento, son nuestras madres. En esta época de pandemia, las madres, además de sus trabajos, se han convertido en directoras de escuela, maestras, almuerzos, enfermeras, entrenadoras "en casa", y esa lista continúa. En este momento, nuestras madres, continúan cuidándonos y cuidándonos con amor maternal. ¡Agradecemos a nuestras queridas madres por todo lo que hacen y por todo lo que son! ¡Feliz día de la madre!

    Paz, P. Kearney
  • Confession Times/
    Hora de Confesiónes

    • SATURDAY:4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Bi-Lingual
  •           Pastoral Staff

    Rev. Daniel S. Kearney  

    Rev. Raymond Rafferty  
    In Residence

    Rev. Daniel Le Blanc  
    In Residence

    Mr. Nelson Falcon
    Parish Deacon

    Cipriano Lantigua
    Home Ministry

               Michael Elmore           

  •            mass schedule

    Sunday, May 9

    9:30 AM - Spanish
    11:00 AM- English
    12:30 PM- Spanish 

    Monday, May 10
    7:00 PM Spanish

    Tuesday, May 11
    12:00 PM English

    Wednesday, May 12
    7:00 PM Spanish

    Thursday, May 13

    8:30 AM English
    12:00 PM English 
    7:00 PM Bilingual

    Friday, May 14
    7:00 PM Spanish

    Saturday, May 15
    5:30 PM - Bilingual

    Sunday, May 16

    9:30 AM - Spanish
    11:00AM - English
    12:30 PM - Spanish
  • the ascension food pantry

    The Ascension Food Pantry has been distributing food every Saturday throughout the pandemic, and this work has continued through Spring 2021.

    Lead by Robin Klueber, the menu is carefully prepared each week for balance and variety, and the number of meals that have been distributed has quadrupled.

    Thank you to Robin and all of the many wonderful volunteers that have worked very hard every week to meet the needs of our community.  

    The volunteer food pantry is run with much effort, detail, and organization, among many volunteers, from dontations to orders to delivery trucks, through organizing and packaging, often with special touches, and thoughtfully given to a person or family in need. 

    Everyone's wonderful work is so greatly appreciated.

    Below is a video of the food pantry celebrating July 4th, 2020. 


  •  Ascension's Grand Organ

    "Pipe Organs of NYC” is being presented as a weekly series by the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, taking viewers on a virtual musical tour of the grand instruments of the Chapter.

    Ascension’s history, our own Muller-Abel instrument and Preston Smith were featured in

    Episode 7, aired 22 February.

    Please watch here: 

    Ascensions Grand Organ on YouTube

  •               Jazz mass 

     This Mass has always been a marquee occasion for so many parishioners each week. The beautiful jazz that fills Ascension each Sunday brings both regulars and a host of new guests to us, in an incredible expression of our faith and our true sense of community.

    The Jazz mass will be live streamed and the link will be posted in advance, in addition to the Sunday mass.

    If you would like to make a financial donation to allow us to continue to support the musicians for Jazz Mass, please make a one-time donation on Faith Direct (and note "Jazz mass") by following this link:  



    Ascension Instructional Return to Mass Video (English)


    Abriendo La Iglesia de la Ascencion de Nuevo (Español)


  •  coronavirus information

    Icons showing handwashing, staying home when sick, who is at risk and telecommuting. Text reads: NYC: Stop the spread of coronavirus!

    Symptoms, Chronic Risks

    Symptoms of COVID-19 commonly include fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. Most people with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover without complications. Less commonly, COVID-19 may lead to pneumonia, hospitalization or death.

    People who are at most risk for severe illness are older adults or those who have chronic health conditions, such as

    • Lung disease
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Cancer
    • A weakened immune system


    The following precautions can help you stay healthy. You should wear a home made face mask in public. n95 face masks need to be reserved for the health care system.

    Daily Activities

    • Stay home. All New Yorkers — healthy or sick — need to stay home. You should only leave your home for essential tasks, such as work (if you cannot work from home), getting groceries and supplies or essential medical care. Try to use delivery services when possible.

    • Wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds every time, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

    • Do not touch your face unless you recently washed your hands.

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.

    • Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.

    • If you are an older adult or have any of the chronic health conditions listed above, avoid all unnecessary gatherings and events.

    Avoiding Crowds in NYC

    • Walk or bike to work, if possible.
    • If the train or bus is too crowded, wait for the next one.
    • Avoid crowded spaces including restaurants and bars that are not following the guidance above.

    If You Are Sick, Stay Home

    • If you are sick, stay home. If you do not feel better in three to four days, consult your health care provider. Try to call, text, telemedicine or use your patient portal to contact your physician.

    • Avoid the emergency department and other places you seek healthcare if you are not severely ill. Stay home and keep healthcare access available for others with more severe illness.

    • If you need help getting medical care, call 311. You can get care in NYC regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

    • If you have family or friends who are older adults or have chronic conditions, do not visit them if you feel sick.

    • Stay home for seven days after your symptoms started and for three days after your fever has stopped without the use of fever-reducing drugs, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen, and your cough or sore throat symptoms have improved.
  •   new York City resources

    1. NYCWell for mental health care (offered in 200 different languages) 

    Call 1-888-NYC-WELL or 1-800-621-4673.

    Text ‘well’ to 65173 or go to nyc.gov/nycwell for more information. 

    2. ThriveNYC mental health programs are available online and/or virtually a. To learn more follow the link https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/ 

    3. Please see hyperlinks for new COVID-19 guides, including: 

    Is It Anxiety, a Panic Attack, or COVID-19? b. Grief and Loss During the COVID-19 Outbreak c. COVID-19: Staying Connected With Friends and Family 

    4. Centralized COVID19 resources 

    ‘Text ‘COVID’ or ‘COVIDESP’ (for Spanish) to 692692 to sign up for alerts b. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #AskMyMayor c. nyc.gov/coronavirus d. https://access.nyc.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/ e. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/get-help/individuals.page 

    5. NYC Meal Delivery Assistance for those who cannot access food 

    Free meals are available to every New Yorker at over 400 locations 

    Text ‘NYC FOOD’ or ‘NYC COMIDA’ to 877-877 for more. b. Free halal meals are also available at these sites. 

    More info at http://schools.nyc.gov/ramadanmeals 

    To access SNAP (food stamps) 

    Go to https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page 

    NYC COVID-19 Pet Hotline 1-877-204-8821, 8 – 8 pm, seven days a week. 9. NYC-Care for low-cost and no-cost health care services 

    If you can’t get insurance, get an NYC Health + Hospitals member’s card. b. Beyond providing critical services, including for emergencies, get: a doctor, affordable medications, help during emergencies, and more 

    Call 646-692-2273 (excellent customer service in 250+ languages) 

    10. Citywide testing sites for people most at risk 

    Open to 1199 workers, health care workers, and residents over 65 b. Call 1-888-OneMED1 or go to onemedical.com & use code NYCCARE30 

    11. Geriatric mental health and other senior programs 

    1-212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) 

    12. On March 27th, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that COVID19 health treatment would NOT be considered under the Public Charge rule (https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/public-charge) a. It will not impact your ability to apply for a green card or citizenship 

    13. DACA recipients needing help filing or paying for renewals 

    Call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 

    14. Contact the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs for any other questions 

    Call 212-788-7654 (9 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday) b. Email AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov 

    15. NYC domestic violence hotline & borough family justice centers for domestic violence 

    General domestic violence hotline:1-800-621-4673 

    Family justice center Brooklyn: 718-250-5113 ii. Family justice center Bronx: 718-508-1220 iii. Family justice center Manhattan: 212-602-2800 iv. Family justice center Queens: 718-575-4545 

    Family justice center Staten Island: 718-697-4300 

    16. Benefits for those out of work OR have had their hours cut. If you recently lost your job or had your hours cut, you're likely eligible for unemployment benefits.

    Follow the link for more. https://access.nyc.gov/faq-for-pandemic-unemployment-benefits/ c. And for more information https://on.nyc.gov/2XSLFLj 

    17. NYC Taxi is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers 

    Pay is $15/hour, plus mileage and toll reimbursement. b. Sign up at http://nyc.gov/deliverytlc 18. For more information about public school remote learning, activities for students, and technical support a. Go to schools.nyc.gov/LearnAtHome 

    19. New webpage full of resources for those people with disabilities 

    Visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/resources/covid-19-resources-for-people-with- disabilities

    20. Get free financial counseling – secure and confidential a. Book an appointment at http://nyc.gov/TalkMoney 

    21. FREE WeSpeakNYC weekly online language classes. Practice your English, make new friends, and learn about services for immigrant residents during the COVID19 outbreak. Sign up at http://wespeaknyc.cityofnewyork.us/wsnyc-online-classes/ 

    22. Services for NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents a. Go to http://on.nyc.gov/nycha-covid-19-resources b. Free face coverings, gloves, and sanitizer c. Free door-to-door meal distribution for seniors d. Regular check-in phone calls for seniors & vulnerable residents. e. Thousands of free tablets being delivered to seniors. 

    23. Student loan debt tips during COVID-19 

    https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/consumers/Student-Loan-Debt-Tips-During- COVID19.

    24. Freelancers in NYC facing nonpayment issues can file a complaint 

    Learn more: https://on.nyc.gov/34hE22g