Service Ministries

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.

Sunday Coffee and Donut Ministry

Rotating teams are responsible for picking up the donuts and brewing the fair trade coffee for Sunday morning hospitality.


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.

Prayer Line

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

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.

Outreach Ministries

Andre House

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.

Matthew Community

The Matthew Community is a group that meets on the first Monday of each month at 9:00 am.  We follow in the footsteps of Christ with charitable action. (Matt. 25:35-36).  We work to identify appropriate activities and causes, then communicate these to the parish and organize parish participation.  Here are some of the projects we work on:

Arizona Brainfood – fill Weekender Bags to supply Fountain Hills students and other students who may not have food for the weekend.

MANA House – (Marine, Army, Navy, and Air Force) – a peer-supported organization for the homeless and formerly homeless veterans.  We collect items that help the veterans get re-established into society.

Verdes Christmas Project – (VCCP)- Through this group we are able to support a number of different organizations that help those who need assistance providing Christmas gifts and household items for their families.

Quilt Raffle – We have raffled a handmade quilt made by a parishioner in the spring of 2019 and 2020.  All proceeds go to MANA House.

If you would like to be a part of the Matthew Community, please call the Matthew Community phone numbers listed on the back of the monthly calendar, or contact the Church Office and leave your name and phone number.

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.