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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 the Second Sunday of Easter

    Saturday, April 10, 5:30 PM Bilingual Program Music

    9:30 AM Spanish Mass

    11:00 AM English Mass

    Sunday, April 11, 11:00 AM Program Music

    6:00 PM Jazz Mass

    Sunday, April 11, 6:00 PM Jazz Mass Program Music

  •        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 is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

    Today is Mercy Sunday and it is the last day of the octave of Easter. Today’s celebration invites us to reflect on the mercy God extends so generously to us, and on the mercy we should always be extending to others.

    I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who made our Holy Week/Easter Triduum celebrations so very beautiful. This year, a number of things we celebrated differently, a number of things were abbreviated because of the ongoing pandemic. While we have a come along way in a year with the pandemic, by no means is it over. I wish to first to thank the many altar servers coordinated by Michael Elmore and Jose Bernal, who not only served for all of the Holy Week celebrations, they also put in time practicing and rehearsing. Our altar servers serve with great precision. A special word of thanks to Mery Madera who always has the church beautifully decorated for each of these special days. Thanks to Deacon Nelson Falcon, Daniel Corniel, Manuel Filpo, and Peter Steinfels and the many others for all the good work that they have done with RCIA. I would like to congratulate the nine who were baptized at the Easter vigil.

    Good music is vital for good liturgy. A word of thanks to Jose Baez and the Walkirios for their music on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and on Easter Sunday. Their music is always uplifting. And finally a word of thanks to Preston Smith for the wonderful music of Holy Week. Because of Covid, and the concern of aerosolization, we could not have a regular choir as we have had in the past. The music provided by Preston, Margarita, Keith, and Rene was so good and a special word of thanks to the trumpeteer. I would like to thank Ted Arthur and Chris Chen who have done such a fine job with our live streaming. And finally I would like to thank the ushers. They have had an extraordinarily difficult job during Covid Pandemic. They have been very instrumental helping everyone maintain social distancing, helping people find seats, … and I thank all those who has been so attentive to our ushers. Thank you.

    I also wish to thank especially Mrs. Irene Bogoni who so generously helped make the Easter music possible as well as many of our Easter flowers.

    I would also like to add a special word of congratulations to our music director. He has been part of our RCIA this year, and on Saturday, Preston was brought into full communion with the Catholic Church! Congratulations Preston!

    In the meantime, our celebration of the Easter Season now continues.

    Peace, Fr. Kearney Queridos Feligreses y Amigos de Ascencion,

    "Este es el día que hizo el Señor, ¡regocijémonos y alegrémonos en él!"

    Hoy es Domingo de la Misericordia y es el último día de la octava de Pascua. La celebración de hoy nos invita a reflexionar sobre la misericordia que Dios nos brinda con tanta generosidad, y sobre la misericordia que siempre deberíamos estar extendiendo a los demás.

    Me gustaría aprovechar esta oportunidad para agradecer a las muchas personas que hicieron que nuestras celebraciones de Semana Santa / Triduo Pascual fueran tan hermosas. Este año celebramos varias cosas de manera diferente, varias cosas se abrevian debido a la pandemia en curso. Si bien hemos avanzado mucho en un año con la pandemia, de ninguna manera ha terminado. Primero quiero agradecer a los muchos monaguillos coordinados por Michael Elmore y José Bernal, quienes no solo sirvieron en todas las celebraciones de Semana Santa, sino que también dedicaron tiempo a practicar y ensayar. Nuestros monaguillos sirven con gran precisión. Un agradecimiento especial a Mery Madera, quien siempre tiene la iglesia bellamente decorada para cada uno de estos días especiales. Gracias al diácono Nelson Falcon, Daniel Corniel, Manuel Filpo, Peter Steinfels y muchos otros por todo el buen trabajo que han hecho con RICA. Quisiera felicitar a los nueve que se bautizaron en la vigilia pascual.

    La buena música es vital para una buena liturgia. Un agradecimiento a José Báez y los Walkirios por su música el Domingo de Ramos, Viernes Santo y Domingo de Resurrección. Su música siempre es edificante. Y finalmente unas palabras de agradecimiento a Preston Smith por la maravillosa música de la Semana Santa. Debido a Covid y la preocupación por la aerosolización, no pudimos tener un coro regular como lo hemos tenido en el pasado. La música proporcionada por Preston, Margarita, Keith y Rene fue muy buena y una palabra especial de agradecimiento para el trompetista. Me gustaría agradecer a Ted Arthur y Chris Chen que han hecho un trabajo tan bueno con nuestra transmisión en vivo. Y finalmente me gustaría agradecer a los acomodadores. Han tenido un trabajo extraordinariamente difícil durante Covid Pandemic. Han sido muy instrumentales ayudando a todos a mantener el distanciamiento social, ayudando a las personas a encontrar asientos,… y agradezco a todos los que han estado tan atentos a nuestros ujieres. Gracias.

    También deseo agradecer especialmente a la Sra. Irene Bogoni que tan generosamente ayudó a hacer posible la música de Pascua, así como muchas de nuestras flores de Pascua.

    También me gustaría añadir unas palabras especiales de felicitación a nuestro director musical. ¡Ha sido parte de nuestro RICA este año, y el sábado, Preston entró en plena comunión con la Iglesia Católica! ¡Felicitaciones Preston!

    Mientras tanto, continúa nuestra celebración de la temporada de Pascua.

    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, April 11

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

    6:00 PM Jazz 

    Monday, April 12
    7:00 PM Spanish

    Tuesday, April 13
    12:00 PM English

    Wednesday, April 14
    7:00 PM Spanish

    Thursday, April 15
    12:00 PM English

    Friday, April 16
    7:00 PM English

    Saturday, April 17
    5:30 PM Bilingual

    Sunday, April 18

    9:30 AM Spanish
    11:00 AM 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 

     The next Sunday 6:00 PM Jazz Mass will be celebrated this Sunday, April 11th. 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