Father Jose wants you to know that our parishioners are remembered in prayer at each private Mass that he celebrates. If you have a prayer request that you would like Father to pray for, please submit it here.
Religious Education for Children & Adults
Mr. Vince Zaprzal, MA
Director of Parish Ministries, Religious Education, and Facilities
Our Catholic faith is rich in history, tradition, ritual, symbol, and song, and we at Ascension of Our Lord Parish are excited to be part of your spiritual journey.
General Program Information: New families will be able to register at any time once registration is open! Please contact Mr. Zaprzal in the Religious Education Office for an appointment. Tuition: There will not be an increase in tuition for the 2020-21 school year. The tuition rate in all-inclusive, no extra fees! This will be the third year in a row without an increase to tuition.
What is it? Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a ministry offered at each Sunday, 10 a.m. Mass from September - May. The idea behind Children’s Liturgy of the Word is to take young children (Kindergarten through 3rd grade) and help them understand the Sunday Gospel for the week, in language meant for them. Young kids often do not understand the adult language used during Mass, and since they are so young, their attention is often focused elsewhere. This makes Mass less engaging for them, and more work for their parents.
During Children’s Liturgy of the Word, the leader will take the children to Marian Place, which is the area with the sofa and chairs just down the steps from the Narthex of the Church. There, the Catechist will read the Gospel with them, using approved materials meant for children, followed by questions on how the Gospel reflects in their life, as well as coloring, crossword puzzles, word finds and crafts.
Each session is usually about 20 minutes long. It starts right before the First Reading with a dismissal in Church often led with a prayer from the Priest or Deacon. It will end at the conclusion of the Prayers of the Faithful (petitions).
Our goal is to help our children be excited about the Gospel and church, by having it be more relatable to them, and also to give parents an opportunity to be able to focus on the Mass, while knowing their kids are being thought of as well. Please support us and encourage your children to spend time with us in learning about the Gospel each week!
We love to have more Catechists as a part of this ministry. Your involvement could be as little as once per month!
Contact the Religious Education Office for more information. All necessary training is provided.
Do you need to complete any of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Eucharist and/or Confirmation)?
If so, we welcome you here at Ascension of Our Lord Parish!
Please contact the Religious Education Office for more information!
Our third and fourth graders participated in an All Saint’s Day Prayer Service. Each student talked about a few facts of the Saint chosen and why he or she chose that Saint!
Can you guess who some of them are?
Our Religious Education Program parishioners came together for a prayer service led by Deacon Peter and Paula Rooney for the Feast of St. Francis.
Saint Francis of Assisi is the Patron Saint of Animals.
“Our team of Catechists share their knowledge, faith, and love for God with your children. They are committed to creating and fostering a welcoming, comfortable environment for your child to learn, share, and pray.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Religious Education Program and hope the experience will be enriching for your entire family. By actively participating in liturgy, education, and faith-centered activities, you are sure to quickly feel part of this vibrant, faith-filled community!”