Education Ministries

Education Commission



Ministry Core StrategyContinue to strengthen our catechetical mission of education in faith across the generations through religious education, Catholic school, youth ministry, and adult formation in collaboration with other parishes, the Deanery, and local universities.



Principal:  Susan DiGiorgio ………. 937-254-5411 ([email protected])  

Ascension School is a Catholic school dedicated to the promotion of gospel values and the education of the students of Ascension Parish.  It exists to aid and support the parents in their responsibility to educate their children.  There are many opportunities to get involved with our school as volunteers in the media center, lunchroom, office, technology lab, playground and tutoring.



Susan DiGiorgio ………. 937-254-5411 ([email protected]

The Parent/Teacher Organization aims to support the school and students with activities and special projects.  Activities and meetings throughout the school year are announced in the parish bulletin.



Tara Schumaker…………937-254-0622 ([email protected])

Four-year-olds through grade 8 students who attend public schools are encouraged to participate in the Religious Education Programs that meet regularly from September to May on Sunday mornings.  This is per the policy of the Center for the New Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  A variety of events for parent participation occur throughout the year.  To register a student, to volunteer as a catechist or assistant or to help in the fields of music, art, or liturgy, please contact Tara Schumaker.



Jeanne Fairbanks ………. 937-253-5171 x111  ([email protected])  

Ascension Youth Ministry fosters personal and spiritual growth by providing opportunities for young people to encounter Christ, empowering them to lives as disciples of Jesus, and encouraging them to carry out the mission of the Church and share their unique gifts with the larger community. 


Middle School Youth Ministry (MSYM)

MSYM is open to all 6-8th grade parish youth and friends from both Catholic and public schools. Quarterly events are planned and facilitated by the Coordinator of Youth Ministry and adult volunteers. Middle School students are also invited to join the High School students for service events throughout the year. A booklet on service projects for the year is available from the RE, School, or Youth Offices. 


High School Youth Ministry (HSYM)

High School Youth Ministry is open to all 9-12th grade parish teens and friends from Catholic and public schools. HomeLIFE groups gather twice a month.  There are also monthly high school all-call events where all high school youth and their friends are welcome to attend.  HomeLIFE involves small group faith formation, large group gatherings, social service and prayer activities.  Teens are welcome to join a LIFE Group/join us for LIFE Nights at any time during the year/ during their high school career. We also offer a variety of other HSYM events through the year, including guest speakers, games, scavenger hunts, retreats, service projects, interparish activities, regional rallies, national conferences and more.


Youth Ministry Communication

Youth Ministry communications will be primarily electronic and published in the bulletin.

  • Website:
  • Flocknote: sign-up for a free Flocknote account at com/ascensionkettering in order to receive the monthly newsletter and weekly updates through e-mail and text
  • Social Media

Twitter: @AscensionYM1

Instagram: @AscensionYM1


  • Flyers and letters: will occasionally be mailed or sent home in RE and school classrooms and/or at YM events
  • Forms: some forms will be available at church doors and pamphlet racks