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  •       readings and links 
             for sunday mass

    Please click the links below for the 11:00 AM livestreamed Mass, and the readings and music program for Sunday Mass / Haga clic en los enlaces a continuación para ver el livetream de la Misa de las 11:00 AM
    y el programa de lecturas y música para la Misa dominical


     Saturday 5:30 PM Bilingual Mass Leaflet

    Sunday 11:00 AM English Mass Leaflet

    Readings for the Baptism of the Lord

    Sunday 11:00AM English Mass (Live)

    Sunday 6:00 PM Jazz Mass Leaflet

     


     

  •      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,

    Tomorrow, January 17th is the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. It is the day set aside by our nation in order for us to recognize and remember the life and efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was Dr. King who said, “If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority. If the Church does not participate actively in the struggle for peace and for economic and racial justice it will. . . . cause people everywhere to say it has atrophied its will. As a people of faith, we can never be satisfied with the status. We have to continue to strive to make justice and peace a reality – a lifelong challenge.”

    Our shameful times are so much in need, now more than ever of prophetic voices like the voice of Martin Luther King Jr, and Oscar Romero, the slain Archbishop of El Salvador and even Dorothy Day. We are in need of these voices as voting rights are systematically being stripped from those who lives are already marginalized, or from those who are already living on the peripheries of society. We see a rise in domestic terrorism and right wing violence. While we know that the Black Lives Matter Movement has surely done much to raise our consciousness and awareness of race issue, we clearly know that racism is far from dead. I think as a people of faith, we have to question whatever happened to honesty in America, no less in our politics. It seems as though more and more people are feeling a freedom to rely on “alternate facts” rather than on truth itself. The honesty issue should be troubling to all of us. Not only do some people seem less concerned, but there is often a nonchalant boasting of mistruths, especially by politicians.

    Where are the calls for acts of conscience from our church leadership? Doctors of the church like Saints Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, prophetic voices like that of Martin Luther King, Oscar Romero and Dorothy Day all stated and insisted that an unjust law is no law at all. Cannot the same be said about the suppression of voter rights, laws that further racism, and the lack of honesty in our society?

    Archbishop Romero called out all of his people, imploring them individually and collectively to reclaim their consciences, to resist violence and to work toward solutions respectful of human dignity. Each week he challenged fake news and publicly named the dead and those who had disappeared. He used his Sunday homilies (which were, in effect, his social media platform), as a means of prophetic resistance, catechesis and the formation of consciences. Where are our prophetic voices today?

    Again, our parish will begin a rather extensive project of repairing and restoring the Church ceiling and windows, which are both in great need of repair. Initially, scaffolding will be put up for approximately 3 weeks in the Church on or around Monday, January 17th in order to perform a full scope and assessment of the work needed so that we can plan accordingly for the repair and restoration. Actual work is to commence in early Spring 2022 (immediately after Easter) and last approximately 5 months due to the large project and undertaking with scaffolding up during that time. Mass will continue to be said during this time in the Church, however, with accommodations needed due to the construciton. As previously communicated, funding for this project is to come from a combination of Renew & Rebuild funds that many of you participated in over the past 5 years, increased rental income from the Senior Center in the basement of the Church, and thanks to some personal donations from some special Parishioners who are a God-send to our Parish. More specific information will be in upcoming bulletins about the exact work and time frame. I hope this information is helpful.

     Peace, Fr. Kearney


    Estimados Feligreses y Amigos de Ascencion,


    Mañana, 17 de enero es la celebración nacional del Día del Dr. Martin Luther King. Es el día apartado por nuestra nación para que reconozcamos y recordemos la vida y los esfuerzos del Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fue el Dr. King quien dijo: “Si la iglesia no recupera su celo profético, convertirse en un club social irrelevante sin autoridad moral o espiritual. Si la Iglesia no participa activamente en la lucha por la paz y por la justicia económica y racial, lo hará. . . . hacer que la gente en todas partes diga que ha atrofiado su voluntad. Como personas de fe, nunca podemos estar satisfechos con el estatus. Tenemos que seguir esforzándonos para que la justicia y la paz sean una realidad, un desafío para toda la vida”.

    Nuestros tiempos vergonzosos están tan necesitados, ahora más que nunca, de voces proféticas como la voz de Martin Luther King Jr, y Oscar Romero, el Arzobispo asesinado de El Salvador e incluso Dorothy Day. Necesitamos estas voces ya que los derechos de voto están siendo despojados sistemáticamente de aquellos que ya viven marginados, o de aquellos que ya viven en las periferias de la sociedad. Vemos un aumento en el terrorismo doméstico y la violencia de los derechos. Si bien sabemos que el Movimiento Black Lives Matter seguramente ha hecho mucho para aumentar nuestra conciencia sobre el problema racial, sabemos claramente que el racismo está lejos de estar muerto. Creo que, como personas de fe, tenemos que cuestionar lo que le haya pasado a la honestidad en Estados Unidos, no menos en nuestra política. Parece que cada vez más personas sienten la libertad de confiar en "hechos alternativos" en lugar de en la verdad misma. El tema de la honestidad debería preocuparnos a todos. No solo algunas personas parecen menos preocupadas, sino que a menudo hay una jactancia despreocupada de las falsedades, especialmente por parte de los políticos.

    ¿Dónde están los llamados a actos de conciencia por parte de los líderes de nuestra iglesia? Doctores de la iglesia como los Santos Agustín y Tomás de Aquino, voces proféticas como la de Martin Luther King, Oscar Romero y Dorothy Day afirmaron e insistieron que una ley injusta no es ley. ¿No se puede decir lo mismo de la supresión del derecho al voto, las leyes que fomentan el racismo y la falta de honestidad en nuestra sociedad?
    Monseñor Romero hizo un llamado a todo su pueblo, implorándoles individual y colectivamente que recuperen sus conciencias, resistan la violencia y trabajen por soluciones respetuosas de la dignidad humana. Cada semana desafiaba las noticias falsas y nombraba públicamente a los muertos y desaparecidos. Utilizó sus homilías dominicales (que eran, en efecto, su plataforma en las redes sociales), como medio de resistencia profética, catequesis y formación de conciencias. ¿Dónde están nuestras voces proféticas hoy?

    Una vez más, nuestra parroquia comenzará un proyecto bastante extenso de reparación y restauración del techo y las ventanas de la Iglesia, que tienen una gran necesidad de reparación. Inicialmente, los andamios se colocarán durante aproximadamente 3 semanas en la Iglesia el lunes 17 de enero o alrededor de esa fecha para realizar una evaluación y alcance completos del trabajo necesario para que podamos planificar en consecuencia la reparación y restauración. El trabajo real comenzará a principios de la primavera de 2022 (inmediatamente después de Pascua) y durará aproximadamente 5 meses debido al gran proyecto y el trabajo de andamiaje durante ese tiempo. Sin embargo, se seguirá celebrando misa durante este tiempo en la Iglesia, con adaptaciones necesarias debido a la construcción. Como se comunicó anteriormente, la financiación de este proyecto provendrá de una combinación de fondos de Renovación y Reconstrucción en los que muchos de ustedes participaron durante los últimos 5 años, un aumento de los ingresos por alquiler del Centro para personas mayores en el sótano de la Iglesia y gracias a algunos donaciones de algunos feligreses especiales que son enviados de Dios a nuestra parroquia. Habrá información más específica en los próximos boletines sobre el trabajo exacto y el marco de tiempo. Espero que esta información sea útil.

    Paz, P. Kearney
  •           Pastoral Staff

    Rev. Daniel S. Kearney  
    Pastor

    Rev. Raymond Rafferty  
    In Residence

    Rev. Daniel Le Blanc OMI
    In Residence

    Mr. Nelson Falcon
    Parish Deacon

    Mary Santorello, Director of Faith Formation

    Cipriano Lantigua
    Home Ministry

               Michael Elmore           
    Sacristan


    Preston Smith, Business Manager and Director of Music

  •            mass schedule

    Sunday, 16 January
    9:30 AM Spanish
    11:00 AM English
    12:30 PM Spanish
    6:00 PM Jazz Mass

    Monday, 17 January
    9:00 AM Bilingual Mass
    MLK Holiday (Church will be closed after mass)

    Tuesday, 18 January
    12:00 PM English
    7:00 PM Spanish

    Wednesday, 19 January
    12:00 PM Communion (English)
    7:00 PM Spanish

    Thursday, 20 January
    12:00 PM English
    7:00 PM Spanish

    Friday, 21 January
    12:00 PM Communion (English)
    7:00 PM Spanish

    Saturday, 22 January
    5:30 PM 
    Billingual 
     
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  • history of Ascensions    Grand pipe 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

  • updated covid guidelines

    The CDC is constantly updating their guidelines as the COVID 19 virus along with its variants continue to change. The CDC is once again requiring the use of masks for indoor activities and for all congregant settings (which includes churches.). To that end, we will once again require parishioners to wear a mask while attending Mass. We thank you for your understanding.
     
    DIRECTRICES DE COVID ACTUALIZADAS
     
    El CDC actualiza constantemente sus pautas a medida que el virus COVID 19 junto con sus variantes continúan cambiando. Una vez más, los CDC requieren el uso de máscaras para actividades en interiores y para todos los entornos de congregación (que incluyen iglesias). Con ese fin, una vez más solicitaremos a los feligreses que usen una máscara mientras asisten a la Misa. Les agradecemos su comprensión.

  •             nyc vaccine 
          referral program

    Vax4NYC Tips

    NYC has announced a Vaccine Referral Bonus as the latest initiative to encourage New Yorkers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

    The City is seeking civic groups to perform outreach to encourage New Yorkers to get vaccinated, and will make direct payments to Ascension Church of $100 for every individual that we refer, and that receives their first vaccine dose at a City-run vaccination site.

    Individuals making appointments, or walking up to City-run vaccine sites will be able to select their referring organization ( RC Church of the Ascension).

    The individual must receive their first dose in order for the church to receive credit, and no personal information will be shared with the church. 

    To utilize the vaccine referral benefit, patients must visit a City-run vaccination site, and must sign up and fill out an appointment slot on

    https://vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s/.

    Note: Walk-up patients can utilize this benefit, On-site, patients will be instructed to fill out the form on
    https://vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s/, and patients can schedule to be vaccinated at Home by registering on this direct link.

    To receive the benefit, patients must use the sponsorship field and click
    RC Church of the Ascension from the drop down list under personal information, page 3.