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  •             LinkS to live                streaming sunday mass

    The Spanish mass will be live streamed at 9:30 AM, and the English Mass will be live streamed at 11:00 AM every Sunday.

    The Jazz Mass will be live streamed on the first Sunday of each Month. You can watch each Mass live, or you can view it at any time later. 

    La misa en español se transmitirá en vivo a las 9:30 am cada domingo, y la misa en inglés se transmitirá en vivo a las 11:00 am cada domingo en adelante.

    La Misa de Jazz se transmitirá en vivo el primer domingo de cada mes. Puede ver la misa en vivo, pero también puede verla en cualquier momento más adelante.

    Please click the links below for each Mass / Siga los enlaces a continuación para cada misa:

    Saturday, Bilingual Mass, 5:30 PM, Program Music

    Sunday, Spanish Mass, 9:30 AM

    Sunday, English Mass, 11:00 AM

    English Mass Program Music

    To visit our YouTube page each week for links to live stream events:


  •        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.


    • 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

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

    Dear Parishioners and Friends of Ascension,

    We are just 9 days away from what might end up being one of the most contentious elections in the history of our great republic. We all have opinions as to how we have become so polarized as a nation. Most all of us have very strong opinions as to what we might hope to be the outcome of this year’s election -- regardless of where we stand politically. It is for that reason that our civic responsibility to vote is more important now than ever. The right to vote is the bedrock of our democracy. The right to vote is our opportunity to influence and shape the political landscape and shape government policy. Our vote is the essence of representative government.

    As a nation we are blessed in so many different ways. Included in our many blessings is the blessing of religious freedom and political participation. Now, more than at any other time, we face challenges that are both political and moral. As Catholics we are called to participate in public life in a way that is consistent with the gospels, the teachings of Jesus, (particularly the teaching about his inclusive kingdom,) church teachings, and the social teachings of the church. Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium teaches,

    “An authentic faith . . . . always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The heart is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed “the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics, “the Church,” cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.” (Evangelii Gaudium, no 183)

    The decisions that we make at the polling booths are both political and moral. Of course we know that the political dimension is primarily secular. But for moral guidance as we try to enlighten our consciences in ernest, we really need to look at our Catholic faith tradition.

    In shaping our decisions, there are probably no readings more significant than the readings assigned to the Sunday Mass this weekend. This weekend, the first reading is taken from the book of Exodus. In the first reading, the author is abundantly clear when he says: "You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry. My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword.” The message couldn’t be clearer. In Exodus, the author is identifying those who (at that time) were most vulnerable. In those days, the most vulnerable were the widow and the orphans, the ‘aliens’ and the poor. It is not only clear as to whom the most vulnerable were, but we are told what will happen to those who wrong them. In 2020, while the list of the “most vulnerable has grown’, the message remains the same and how we have a grave responsibility to care for the least amongst us. That is an absolute non-negotiable in the scriptures.

    Similarly, the gospel this weekend, couldn’t be more appropriate as we prayerfully inform our consciences so that we might choose the best candidate based on the teachings of Jesus and the teachings of our faith. The gospel contains another biblical nonnegotiable. Jesus is clear that we must love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind. He goes on to tell us that this is the greatest and the first commandment. Then he reminds us that the second is like it: We shall love our neighbor as ourself “because the whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

    “Love of neighbor” means reverencing the most vulnerable in our society --that includes reverencing not only the unborn child in the womb, but immigrants, migrants, refugees, the poor, the destitute, and the abandoned as well.

    As we try to develop well, informed consciences, we need to select the candidate that can best embody the two biblical nonnegotiables.

    I will say a bit more in next week’s bulletin.

    Peace, Fr. Kearney

    Queridos Feligreses y Amigos de Ascención,

    Estamos a solo 9 días de lo que podría terminar siendo una de las elecciones más polémicas de la historia de nuestra gran república. Todos tenemos opiniones sobre cómo nos hemos polarizado tanto como nación. La mayoría de nosotros tenemos opiniones muy firmes sobre lo que podríamos esperar que sea el resultado de las elecciones de este año, independientemente de nuestra posición política. Es por eso que nuestra responsabilidad cívica de votar es más importante ahora que nunca. El derecho al voto es la piedra angular de nuestra democracia. El derecho al voto es nuestra oportunidad para influir y dar forma al panorama político y dar forma a la política gubernamental. Nuestro voto es la esencia del gobierno representativo.

    Como nación, somos bendecidos de muchas formas diferentes. Incluida en nuestras muchas bendiciones está la bendición de la libertad religiosa y la participación política. Ahora, más que en ningún otro momento, nos enfrentamos a desafíos tanto políticos como morales. Como católicos, estamos llamados a participar en la vida pública de una manera que sea consistente con los evangelios, las enseñanzas de Jesús (particularmente la enseñanza sobre su reino incluso) las enseñanzas de la iglesia y las enseñanzas sociales de la iglesia. El Papa Francisco en Evangelii Gaudium enseña,

    “Una fe auténtica. . . . Siempre implica un profundo deseo de cambiar el mundo, de transmitir valores, de dejar esta tierra de alguna manera mejor de lo que la encontramos. Amamos este magnífico planeta en el que Dios nos ha puesto, y amamos a la familia humana que habita aquí, con todas sus tragedias y luchas, sus esperanzas y aspiraciones, sus fortalezas y debilidades. El corazón es nuestra casa común y todos somos hermanos y hermanas. Si de hecho “el ordenamiento justo de la sociedad y del Estado es una responsabilidad central de la política,“ la Iglesia ”no puede ni debe permanecer al margen de la lucha por la justicia”. (Evangelii Gaudium, no 183)

    Las decisiones que tomamos en las urnas son tanto políticas como morales. Por supuesto, sabemos que la dimensión política es principalmente secular. Pero como guía moral mientras tratamos de iluminar nuestra conciencia en Ernest, realmente necesitamos mirar nuestra tradición de fe católica.

    Al dar forma a nuestras decisiones, probablemente no haya lecturas más significativas que las lecturas asignadas a la misa dominical este fin de semana. Este fin de semana, la primera lectura está tomada del libro de Éxodo. En la primera lectura, el autor es muy claro cuando dice: "No molestarás ni oprimirás a un extranjero, porque en otro tiempo fuisteis extranjeros en la tierra de Egipto. No dañarás a ninguna viuda ni a ningún huérfano. Si alguna vez los agravas y ellos claman a mí, yo ciertamente oiré su clamor. Mi ira se encenderá, y te mataré a espada. " El mensaje no podría ser más claro. En Éxodo, el autor está identificando a quienes (en ese momento) eran más vulnerables. En esos días, los más vulnerables eran la viuda y los huérfanos, los 'extraterrestres' y los pobres. no solo está claro quiénes eran los más vulnerables, sino que se nos dice qué pasará con los que los agravian. En 2020, mientras la lista de los “más vulnerables ha crecido”, el mensaje sigue siendo el mismo y cómo tenemos una grave responsabilidad de cuidar a los más pequeños entre nosotros, eso es algo absolutamente no negociable en las escrituras.

    De manera similar, el evangelio de este fin de semana no podría ser más apropiado si informamos en oración a nuestra conciencia para que podamos elegir al mejor candidato basado en las enseñanzas de Jesús y las enseñanzas de nuestra fe. El evangelio contiene otro no negociable bíblico. Jesús tiene claro que debemos amar al Señor nuestro Dios con todo nuestro corazón, con toda nuestra alma y con toda nuestra mente. Continúa diciéndonos que este es el mayor y el primer mandamiento. Luego nos recuerda que el segundo es semejante: Amaremos a nuestro prójimo como a nosotros mismos “porque toda la ley y los profetas dependen de estos dos mandamientos”.

    “Amar al prójimo” significa reverenciar a los más vulnerables de nuestra sociedad, lo que incluye reverenciar no solo al feto en el útero, sino también a los inmigrantes, migrantes, refugiados, pobres, indigentes y abandonados.

    A medida que tratamos de desarrollar conciencias bien informadas, debemos seleccionar al candidato que mejor pueda encarnar los dos no negociables bíblicos.

    Diré un poco más en el boletín de la próxima semana.

    Paz, Padre 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, October 25

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

    Monday, October 26
    7 PM - Spanish

    Tuesday, October 27
    12 PM - English

    Wednesday, October 28
    7 PM - Spanish

    Thursday, October 29
    12 PM - English

    Friday, October 30
    7 PM - Spanish

    Saturday, October 31
    5:30 PM - Bilingual

    Sunday, November 1

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

  •                Jazz mass 
            reopening 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 in October, November and December. In December, we will evaluate whether we can bring the Jazz Mass back more regularly in 2021. 

    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)


  • 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.


  •  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