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  •    LinkS to live streaming 
                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.

    Saturday January 23, 5:30 PM Bilingual Program Music

    Sunday, January 24, 9:30 AM Spanish

    Sunday, January 24, 11:00 AM English

    Sunday, January 24, 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.

  • CELEBRATION 
    OF THE EUCHARIST
    postponed

    • Saturday: 12:10 PM SpanishEspañolES 5:00 PM EnglishEnglishEN 6:15 PM SpanishEspañolES
    • Sunday: 8:15 AM EnglishEnglishEN 9:30 AM SpanishEspañolES Walkirios 11:00 AM EnglishEnglishEN Choir 12:30 PM SpanishEspañolES Coro Hispano 6:00 PM EnglishEnglishEN Jazz
    • MonFri 12:00 PM EnglishEnglishEN 7:00 PM EnglishEnglishEN
    • Wednesday: 6:00 PM EnglishEnglishEN
  • Adoration Times /
    Hora de adoración
    postponed

    • Friday: 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM Blessed Sacrament Exposition
  •    letter from the pastor

    Dear Friends and Parishioners of Ascension,

    This past Monday was the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. It is the day set aside by our nation in order to recognize and remember the life and efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was Dr. King who said, “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.” Perhaps it would not be far fetched to say that this is what is happening in our church today. The church is in many ways losing it’s relevance in the world.

    Amidst all of the events and chaos that have taken place in our country since election day, it’s quite possible that many have not followed the news relating to the 13 people who have been executed in our country in the past two months. Until July, there had been no federal executions in 17 years. The federal death penalty had virtually a 17 year hiatus in which no federal inmates were put a death through the death penalty. The supreme court, which was recently reshaped under President Trump cleared the way for the execution of 13 people, each of whom died by lethal injection, more than three times as many as the federal government had put to death in the previous six decades.

    Last week, Justice Sonia Sotomayor described what the nation had learned about the Supreme Court’s attitude toward the death penalty. Justice Sotomayor wrote, “Over the past six months, this court has repeatedly sidestepped its usual deliberative processes, often at the government’s request, allowing it to push forward with an unprecedented, breakneck timetable of executions.” She went on to say, “Throughout this expedited spree of executions, this court has consistently rejected inmates’ credible claims for relief. The court made these weighty decisions in response to emergency applications, with little opportunity for proper briefing and consideration, often in just a few short days or even hours.”

    Sr. Helen Prejean, a longtime advocate for abolishing the death penalty has asked, “Does the Catholic Church only uphold the dignity of innocent life, or of all life?" Sr Helen said the death penalty is inherently cruel, regardless of a person's actions.

    Our shameful times are so much in need, now more than ever of prophetic voices like that of Martin Luther King Jr, Oscar Romero, the slain Archbishop of El Salvador, and Sr. Helen Prejean. Where are the calls for acts of conscience from our church leadership?

    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 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?

    Peace, Fr. Kearney 

    Estimados Amigos y Feligreses de Ascencion,

    El lunes pasado fue la observancia nacional del Día del Dr. Martin Luther King. Es el día reservado por nuestra nación para reconocer y recordar la vida y los esfuerzos del Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fue el Dr. King quien dijo: “Debe recordarse a la iglesia que no es el amo ni el sirviente del Estado, sino más bien la conciencia del Estado. Debe ser la guía y la crítica del Estado, nunca su herramienta. Si la iglesia no recupera su celo profético, se convertirá en un club social irrelevante sin autoridad moral o espiritual ". Quizás no sería descabellado decir que esto es lo que está sucediendo en nuestra iglesia hoy. La iglesia está perdiendo de muchas maneras su relevancia en el mundo.

    En medio de todos los hechos y caos que se han producido en nuestro país desde el día de las elecciones, es muy posible que muchos no hayan seguido la noticia de las 13 personas que han sido ejecutadas en nuestro país en los últimos dos meses. Hasta julio, no se habían producido ejecuciones federales en 17 años. La pena de muerte federal tuvo prácticamente una pausa de 17 años en la que ningún preso federal fue condenado a muerte. La Corte Suprema, que fue remodelada recientemente bajo el presidente Trump, abrió el camino para la ejecución de 13 personas, cada una de las cuales murió por inyección letal, más de tres veces la cantidad que el gobierno federal había condenado a muerte en las seis décadas anteriores.

    La semana pasada, la jueza Sonia Sotomayor describió lo que la nación había aprendido sobre la actitud de la Corte Suprema hacia la pena de muerte. El juez Sotomayor escribió: "Durante los últimos seis meses, este tribunal ha eludido repetidamente sus procesos deliberativos habituales, a menudo a solicitud del gobierno, lo que le permite seguir adelante con un calendario de ejecuciones vertiginoso y sin precedentes". Ella continuó diciendo: “A lo largo de esta oleada acelerada de ejecuciones, este tribunal ha rechazado sistemáticamente los reclamos creíbles de reparación de los reclusos. El tribunal tomó estas importantes decisiones en respuesta a solicitudes de emergencia, con pocas oportunidades para recibir información y consideración adecuadas, a menudo en unos pocos días o incluso horas ".

    La Hna. Helen Prejean, defensora de la abolición de la pena de muerte desde hace mucho tiempo, ha preguntado: "¿La Iglesia Católica solo defiende la dignidad de la vida inocente o de toda la vida?" La Hna. Helen dijo que la pena de muerte es intrínsecamente cruel, independientemente de las acciones de una persona. 

    Nuestros tiempos vergonzosos están tan necesitados, ahora más que nunca de voces proféticas como la de Martin Luther King Jr., Oscar Romero, el asesinado Arzobispo de El Salvador y la Hna. Helen Prejean. ¿Dónde están los llamados a actos de conciencia del liderazgo de nuestra iglesia?

    El Arzobispo Romero llamó a todo su pueblo, implorándoles individual y colectivamente que recuperen su conciencia, resistan la violencia y trabajen por soluciones respetuosas con la dignidad humana. Cada semana desafiaba las noticias falsas y nombraba públicamente a los muertos y desaparecía. Usó sus homilías dominicales (que eran, en efecto, su plataforma de redes sociales), como un medio de resistencia profética, catequesis y formación de conciencias. ¿Dónde están nuestras voces proféticas hoy?

    Paz, Padre Kearney
  • Confession Times/
    Hora de Confesiónes
    postponed  

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

    Rev. Daniel S. Kearney  
    Pastor

    Rev. Raymond Rafferty  
    In Residence

    Rev. Daniel Le Blanc  
    In Residence

    Mr. Nelson Falcon
    Parish Deacon

    Cipriano Lantigua
    Home Ministry

               Michael Elmore           
    Sacristan

  •            mass schedule

    Sunday, January 24

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

    Monday, January 25
    7 PM - Spanish

    Tuesday, January 26
    12 PM - English

    Wednesday, January 27
    7 PM - Spanish

    Thursday, January 28
    12 PM- English

    Friday, January 29
    7 PM - Spanish

    Saturday, January 30
    5:30 PM - Bilingual

    Sunday, January 31 

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

  •         Jazz mass notice

     The Sunday 6:00 PM Jazz 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.

    One of the many unfortunate consequences of the global pandemic is that we had to pause this Mass.    At this time, however, thanks to generous donations of two of our Ascension faithful, we will be able to bring the musicians back to hold the Jazz Mass live on YouTube for the first Sunday of the month. 

    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:  


    https://ascensionchurchnyc.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9865c0e3f75760e2521b6e64&id=ddf5cf030b&e=44cf8cb597

  •   REOPENING INFORMATION             AND VIDEO LINKS

    Ascension Instructional Return to Mass Video (English)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFg0YM7ZOzE

    Abriendo La Iglesia de la Ascencion de Nuevo (Español)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upj-Ig0rCL4

  • july 4th food pantry video

    The Ascension Food Pantry has been distributing food every Saturday throughout the pandemic. 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 to have worked very hard every week to meet our community's needs.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og72mhiz6V4

  •  coronavirus information

    Icons showing handwashing, staying home when sick, who is at risk and telecommuting. Text reads: NYC: Stop the spread of coronavirus!
    https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page

    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

    Prevention

    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 
    https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7555117ad6750216160409 

    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