Ascension parishioners enjoy many wonderful celebrations and traditions each year, thanks to our multicultural flavor.
Ascension teams up with the Basilica of St. Mary to honor Mary and commemorate her apparition to Juan Diego in Mexico. The days leading up the feast day include a novena, masses, rosaries and a reenactment of the Guadalupe story. The feast day features a mass and feista with Aztec dancers and mariachis.
Ascension begins the Advent season, the time leading up to Christmas, by making Advent wreaths together for use at home. A large Advent wreath has a place of honor in the church center aisle as we prepare for and await the Savior’s birth.
Who will make room for the Christ Child in their homes and lives? That is the theme of Las Posadas, a 9-day-long commemoration of the search for a birthplace for Jesus. Beginning Dec. 16 and culminating on Christmas Eve, members of the Spanish-speaking community gather. They pray the Rosary, then walk in procession through the neighborhood. There are songs and prayers as they symbolically seek shelter and are turned away. They finally find shelter in the church and celebrate with a dinner of traditional Hispanic dishes. Each evening ends with a piñata and treats.
Bilingual Stations of the Cross is offered every Friday during Lent, the 40-day period of preparation for Easter. Opportunities for prayer and reflection are scheduled. As Palm Sunday approaches, Ascension’s Latino community shares its tradition of beautifully intricate palm weaving. During Holy Week, there is a washing of the feet ritual at Holy Thursday service. On Good Friday, Ascension offers a live scriptural Stations of the Cross and reading of the Passion of Christ. At the Easter Vigil, catechumens are initiated into the church.