Art and Environment
Join the team that creates an atmosphere of beauty that supports prayerful worship. Your work clarifies the differences in liturgical seasons. The team members often call upon additional volunteers to carry out major seasonal decoration projects if you are interested in volunteering with one season.
Friday Bulletin Stuffers
The Bulletin Stuffers insert materials into the weekly bulletin, drink coffee, and socialize. They meet on Friday mornings in the parish hall immediately following the 8:00 am mass.
Fair Trade Coffee Ministry
As part of our parish commitment to Social Justice, we participate in the fair trade coffee program. This chemical free, shade grown coffee benefits the farmers, Catholic Relief Services, and educational programming the parish. Rotating teams are responsible for selling the coffee after the weekend liturgies.
Sunday Coffee and Donut Ministry
Rotating teams are responsible for picking up the donuts and brewing the fair trade coffee for Sunday morning hospitality.
Money counters are part of a rotating team. They meet at 7:00 am on Monday mornings and are usually finished by 8:00 am.
Ascension has an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) program for adults college-age and up and young people nine years and older who wish to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. As an RCIA team member, you walk the journey to full community membership with our adult candidates for Baptism or their profession of faith. The requirements to be an RCIA team member are a willingness to share your faith journey with others, and the desire to serve others as they consider joining the Catholic Church. Training in the process and resources are provided.
Infant Baptism Preparation
Our Infant Baptism Preparation teams are made up of married couples that share their faith and knowledge with other parents that are having a infant baptized. All materials and training is provided. Training dates and times are flexible to accommodate your schedule.
Child and Youth Faith Formation
Catechists are an important element to any faith formation program for teens and children. We have a team of energetic people as lead or assistant catechists. You can help with any age level or even just help during our summertime Vacation Bible School. Every catechist receives support, materials, and training.
Members of our community spend time praying for others. As prayer requests are made, the information is sent to our volunteers who spend time each day praying for those in need.
Pastoral Care is part of the mission and ministry of the church. Every member of the parish has a responsibility to serve others. The ministry of our pastoral team takes the Eucharist to any parishioner who requests it because he/she is unable to get to church. In addition to bringing the Eucharist, they reinforce the message that the homebound person is still considered part of the parish community and the rest of the community is one with them. Local nursing facilities are visited weekly. The Sacrament of Anointing is available upon request. Call parish office for assistance.
Donations, time, talent, and prayers help to serve the homeless and poor populations in the phoenix area. There are trips from Ascension to prepare and serve dinner to guests on the 3rd Tuesday and the 4th Thursday of each month.
The Matthew Community is a group that meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 9:00 am, to follow in the footsteps of Christ with the feet of justice and charitable action (Matt. 35-36). This group works to identify appropriate activities and causes, then communicates these to the parish and organizes parish responses to those needs.
Mission Rosary Makers
Providing requested rosaries for world missions, domestic and international. Promoting devotion to our Blessed Mother.
St. Matthew Catholic School
We have had a long relationship with St. Matthew’s which is a Catholic School in downtown Phoenix. A team of volunteers go down to the school regularly to tutor the children at the school.