A Statement from Our Pastor and Staff
You may be aware that 2 young Arab men were at 12:15 Mass on Sunday, July 24 2016 and were videotaping portions of Mass. Kettering police were notified and responded quickly. After speaking with the officers, the young men discontinued recording and returned to the sanctuary. They continued their conversation with the officers after Mass.
We have verified that the young men in question are visiting relatives here in Kettering who live next door to one of our own parishioners. Those relatives have an excellent relationship with our parishioners and have inquired a lot about Christianity. The young men also expressed an interest in Christianity and seemed eager to experience Christian worship firsthand while here in America. They visited Ascension because of the relationship their family has with our parishioners and because of our reputation as a welcoming community.
While their actions did arouse suspicion, we believe their actions were simply a breach of proper etiquette. And while current evidence suggests that they intended no ill will, the Kettering police and other appropriate agencies are continuing to thoroughly investigate the matter and are keeping us aware of their findings.
We certainly thank all of you who have expressed concern, and we hope that you will be diligent about passing on the above information to your friends and social media connections. The staff, ushers, and concerned parishioners here at Ascension acted quickly and appropriately on Sunday, as did the Kettering police. While we are always concerned with the safety of our parishioners, we are also called by our Baptism to live out the words we sing many a Sunday - “All are welcome in this place”. That’s a tough balance, and one we take seriously.
If you have any questions or further concerns, please feel free to contact our Pastor, Father Ed Pratt, or our Parish Life Director, Joe Ollier, here at the parish office. May God richly bless you and all God’s children.
Technology Blessing Aug 20-21
Many of our homes and hands are filled with technology much of the day, and those mobile devices can either bring us closer to God or beckon us away from Him. On the weekend of Aug 20-21 we invite you to bring your mobile devices to all Masses for a special blessing. Laptops, notebooks, ipods, and smartphones – whatever you use to connect to the virtual world – bring anything you’d like blessed and we will welcome God into our digital lives.
We have re-opened the search for a full-time Coordinator of Youth Ministry. Application deadline is July 29. Click on the link to see the Position Ad, Job Description, and Ministry Profile.
Save the Date!!!! Sunday, Aug 28 beginning at 1:30
Celebrate the Ascension family at our new and improved, bigger and better Parish Picnic!
Keep your eyes on this space for more details as we get closer!
RE Catechists Needed
Enjoy sharing your faith? Perhaps the Spirit is calling YOU! Ascension’s Religious Education Programs serve roughly 200 children of the parish. We count on dedicated volunteers to staff the programs that serve children from age 3 through Grade 8. Opportunities for 2016-17 school year exist in the Elementary Program on Monday afternoons from 4:15 to 5:30 for a catechist in grades 1 and 2. We are also in need of an 8th Grade catechist in the Middle School Program on Sunday mornings from 9:45 to 11:15. If you are interested in serving the Church in the catechetical ministry, please call Sue Graham in the Religious Education Office at 254-0622 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Finally a Good Reason to Go to Ann Arbor!
On Friday, July 29, Ascensionite Sr. Mary Benedicta Maria Bete will be making her profession of First Vows with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We would love to support her in this awesome vocation by showing up with a busload of Ascensionites and friends.
For more information about joining us July 29, click the link below
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