Entries for 2022

Do Catholics believe they can “earn” salvation?
No, but they do believe that good works play a vital role in salvation. Read the article here. 

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What does IHS mean?

Posted on May 22, 2022 in: General News

What does IHS mean?
We often see the letters “IHS” emblazoned on various objects in our churches and homes. What do these letters stand for? Read the article here. 

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Who is the Patron Saint of Your Profession?
Nowadays it is common to hear people say, “There’s an app for that.” about anything and everything.  But long before we had apps, we had Saints.  There truly is a patron saint for just about everything from oversleeping (Saint Vitus) to clowns (St. Jul...

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Register now for the Ascension Festival!
Celebrate the Ascension of our Lord, and our parish namesake, with us! (Even if it is a week or so after the Feast of the Ascension) We're holding our first-ever Ascension Festival on June 5 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. We have an amazing lineup of activities for you and your family that you w...

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 Resources to answer pro-abortion claims
"I’m Personally Pro-Life, But Who Am I To Impose My Beliefs On Others?" That’s nonsense. We all believe in imposing morality, and we do it every day. On critical moral issues—like rape, child abuse, murder, or theft—we never rely on each indiv...

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Women’s Study at Ascension: The Female Genius
Friday mornings in June after 8 o’clock Mass (8:45-9:30), join other women as we dive into the Catholic understanding of God’s awesome genius in His creation of woman. We will discuss His call on our lives and how we walk that out faithfully and authentically. 

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Why do we bless salt, of all things?
It’s fairly easy to understand why we bless water. Water is cleansing, hydrating, and full of symbolism. We use it in Baptism, etc. Water is a necessity of life. The Bible is full of events that involve this element. But did you know that the Church blesses salt, too? It does—and a...

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Work Like St. Joseph: Advice for Men
The Fathers of St. Joseph founder Devin Schadt helps heads of households grow in handiness and holiness. The Catholic Church’s take on the value of work includes not only material and social realities, but spiritual ones. The saint who best personifies this eternal ethos is Joseph, the head...

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7 Easter Traditions To Celebrate All Seven Weeks Of Easter
Most people can tell you that Lent is 40 days, but how long is Easter? One day? Yes, Easter Sunday is one day, but do you know how long the season of Easter really is? Seven weeks. Think about that. Do you celebrate Easter one day, one weekend, all season, or with your entire life? Does the wa...

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Register for Vacation Bible School!
Join us for Vacation Bible School at Ascension as we celebrate God's greatness! All children grades K-5th are welcome. June 27th - July 1st from 6:00-8:30 pm Registration is available at johnstownascension.org/signup. 

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What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?
St Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy: He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself (Phil 3:19). Click here to read the whole a...

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What is an “octave”?

Posted on April 20, 2022 in: General News

What is an “octave”?
The Church knows that one day of rejoicing just isn’t enough. Easter is the “Solemnity of Solemnities”—the biggest feast day of the year. It’s so big, in fact, that the Church celebrates it for not one, but eight full days! For her most important feast days, ...

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5 Benefits of Frequent Confession
Catholics believe that all of the sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ himself. In the case of Confession, that institution occurred on Easter Sunday, when Christ first appeared to the apostles after his Resurrection. Breathing on them, he said: “Receive the Holy...

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Why Is Father Stu Rated R? Catholic Movie Review
Father Stu opened in theaters on April 13th, 2022. Based on a true story, Father Stu is an uplifting drama about a lost soul who took the long road to find purpose. Stuart Long (played by Catholic actor Mark Wahlberg) an agnostic wrestler turned wannabe actor reminds us all that God w...

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Welcome Bishop-Elect Fernandes!
Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Earl Fernandes of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to serve as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus! For more information: columbuscatholic.org/fr-earl-fernandes

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2022 Virtual Catholic Men's and Women's Conferences
2022 Catholic Men's and Women's Conferences on back-to-back weekends this spring. Click below to learn more.  MEN: EQUIPPED TO SERVE April 29 - May 1 THE VIRTUOUS CATHOLIC LEADER Drawing from athletic coaches, Command Generals, and Navy SEALs, to every day Catholic fath...

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Why is the consecration of Russia such a big deal?
This consecration was directly requested by Our Lady of Fatima. You’ve doubtless heard by now of the Holy Father’s impending consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25th. If you are not familiar with the Fatima apparitions, the excitement surroun...

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Why are beer and pretzels considered ideal Lenten fare?
What else do you really need besides carbs, minerals, and the good Lord? Beer and pretzels…the official food and drink of Lent? In the Middle Ages, the rules of fasting and abstinence were quite tougher than today, excluding not only meat but also eggs and dairy products. That meant a l...

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Pray with us to end abortion

Posted on March 20, 2022 in: General News

Pray with us to end abortion
Church of the Ascension will be participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign this Spring and we need volunteers to pray. The vigil will be held at Planned Parenthood (3255 E Main St). Our Church has adopted April 8 from 7am until 7pm. We are asking that a minimum of two volunteers sign up to pray ...

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“Building Spiritual Bridges to the Community” lecture series continues!
Monsignor James P. Shea will present a lecture​ at the Pontifical College Josephinum’s “Building Spiritual Bridges to the Community” lecture series continues! Free and open to the public; reservations not required. “From Christendom to Apostolic Mission: Prepa...

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7 Psalms To Pray During Lent

Posted on March 11, 2022 in: General News

7 Psalms To Pray During Lent
The Psalms are a wonderful way to pray at any time of year because they truly echo the emotions of the heart and draw us closer to God. Since the seventh century, it has become a common spiritual practice to pray the seven penitential psalms during Lent. These psalms in particular express sorrow ...

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Join us for a fish fry every Friday during lent!
Adults $10 Kids 12 and under $7 Kids under 5 eat free! Menu is: Fish, fried or baked Baked potato or French fries Cole slaw Apple sauce Roll Dessert and a drink

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Join Fr. John Riccardo for the first-ever Rescue Project LIVE
You. truly. matter. We live in a confusing time and we need unshakable confidence in Jesus in order to live life passionately and with clear purpose. Join Fr. John Riccardo for the first-ever Rescue Project LIVE, a two-day experience on June 18th and 19th. Space is limited so register early. ...

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Have you started your complementary Hallow app subscription yet?
Church of the Ascension has purchased a subscription to Hallow for our parishioners during lent, the #1 Catholic prayer and meditation app. We hope it helps you deepen your relationship with God and create a stronger prayer routine. Here's how to get started: From your br...

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Knights of Columbus Super Cash Bonanza
The Knights of Columbus will be selling tickets for the annual Super Cash Bonanza fundraiser after each mass, now through May 8.  Tickets are $5 each and there are over $108,000 worth of prizes to be awarded. The earlier you buy tickets, the more money that comes back to our council! So don&...

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Lenten Soup and Study “Forgiven” and Soup Potluck
Beginning March 8, come every Tuesday during Lent for Adoration and Mass, then stay for a delicious soup supper and study of “Forgiven”, a video series about repentance and reconciliation. Soup Suppers are potluck so bring that crockpot with your favorite soup to share! Soup crocks can b...

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Evangelization Efforts Advance in 2022
Real Presence Real Future evangelization initiatives are underway in 2022. Detailed plans were drafted in 2021 by committees focused on six key areas: Parish missionary discipleship Outreach to the non-affiliated University outreach Lay missionary support throughout the diocese Social/...

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Attention women! Register for the Women's Conference
Registration is now open for the 2022 Catholic Women's Conference! Who's planning to attend? Register here: https://www.columbuscatholicwomen.com/ 

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Attn men! Registration is now open!

Posted on February 16, 2022 in: General News

Attn men! Registration is now open!
The 25th Annual Catholic Men's Conference returns to Kasich Hall at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds on February 26, 2022. We are excited to be planning an in-person event with live speakers, and faith-strengthening offerings such as Adoration, Reconciliation and Mass. ​ THE SACRE...

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Cincinnati Men's Conference

Posted on February 02, 2022 in: General News

Cincinnati Men's Conference
The Cincinnati Men's Conference is hosting their annual event intended for ALL men, no matter what faith or where you are in your religious journey. This year's theme is: Evil Prevails When Good Men Do Nothing. This event is NOT a political event by any means. The intent of this even...

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Tomorrow! The Catholic Man of the Year award luncheon!
Friday, February 4, Monsignor Stephan Moloney, Diocesan Administrator and Vicar General, will present the Diocese of Columbus’ 2022 Catholic Man of the Year Award to Dr. Allen Lewis at the February 4th lunch-time meeting hosted by the Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club. Join...

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Super Bowl Sub Sale at Ascension

Posted on January 25, 2022 in: General News

Super Bowl Sub Sale at Ascension
No matter what team you're rooting for, or whether you're watching the game or not, you'll want sub sandwiches for game day! Before and after all masses February 5 and 6, the Women of Ascension will take orders for 8 inch subs with Auddino's buns filled with meats and cheeses from...

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Unveiled: Discovering the Great Mystery in Your Marriage
Now offered in-person AND virtually via livestream! Discover how the great mystery of Christ’s love can restore passion, purpose and intimacy in your marriage. In Unveiled, a retreat led by the John Paul II Healing Center, you’ll engage topics grounded in Church teaching such as: ...

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Men of the East Traveling Holy Hour
St. Luke's, 307 N Market St, Danville, OH 43014, will host the Men of the East for their monthly Traveling Holy Hour on February 10, starting at 7:00 PM in the church. Please join us. Men of the East is a Catholic Men's Laity Ministry comprised of all practicing Catholic Men who attend on...

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