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Ministries

 LITURGY 

 

❏ THE ALTAR COMMITTEE

helps with laundering of altar linens and cleaning and decorating of the church. Marilyn Kachok | (858) 278-3155

❏ ALTAR FLOWERS COMMITTEE

provides flowers and plants to keep our altar and worship space beautiful. Rosa Germain | (858) 279-7397 | rosagermain@pacbell.net

❏ ALTAR SERVERS (ADULTS)

are welcome to assist the priest at 8am weekday Masses. Carlos Bacerra | (858) 337-6474 | cacho92124@sbcglobal.net

❏ ALTAR SERVERS (CHILDREN)

are boys and girls who assist the priest at Mass. They should be at least 8 years old and have received their First Communion. Thomas Tomp | (858) 496-9267 | ascensionsd.altarservers@gmail.com

❏ CHOIR

members enhance the beauty of our four weekend Masses with their vocal or instrumental talents. We have four unique choirs with four talented choir directors:
Sat. 4:30 pm (Adult Contemporary): Billy Fallon | (858) 576-4908 | billy@ascension-sd.org
Sun. 8:30 am (Contemporary Choir): Michael Schaefer | (858) 220-4715 | mike@ascension-sd.org Sun. 10:30 am (Traditional Choir): Marianne Gutierrez | marianne@ascension-sd.org
Sun. 5:30 pm (Youth Mass): John Sperrazzo | (858) 361-4495 | john@ascension-sd.org

❏ EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

help distribute Communion under both species, that is to say, bread and wine, at all parish Masses. Extraordinary Ministers attend a brief training program to familiarize themselves with the rubrics of distributing Communion. Fran Lebron | (858) 442-1826

❏ FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION

is a group of parishioners who sign up monthly for a 1-hour time slot to pray before the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Maxima Agnas | isingagnas@yahoo.com

❏ LECTORS

proclaim the Scripture at all weekend Masses. A Lector should be comfortable and skilled at speaking in public and have the ability to proclaim the Word of God with dignity and clarity. Lectors attend a brief workshop to familiarize themselves with the rubrics of reading the Word of God at Mass. Joe Bartel | (858) 560-9312 | joejanbart@aol.com 

❏ MINISTERS OF HOSPITALITY (USHERS)

make each person feel welcome when they arrive for Mass. They also direct families with young children to the St. Joseph’s “cry room” and playroom, choose people to bring up the gifts, take up the collection and pass out bulletins at the end of church services. Ray Pantua | (858) 663-2438 raypantua70@gmail.com

 

 

GOVERNANCE

 

❏ THE FINANCE COUNCIL

assists the pastor with the administration of the temporal aspects of parish life. Members should have some level of expertise and/or experience with one or more of the following areas: accounting, law, fundraising and facilities management. Members of the Finance Council are appointed by the pastor for a limited term of service. The council meets four times a year shortly after the end of each quarter. Joe Kennedy | (858) 279-8413

❏ THE PASTORAL COUNCIL

assists the pastor in the administration of the spiritual, social and educational aspects of parish life. Presently, the Pastoral Council is comprised of the pastor, two deacons, four elected members and eight appointed members. The council meets six times a year. Bernie Nguyen| (858) 602-9313

 

WORKS OF MERCY

 

❏ THE BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY

supports the families of those who have died by helping them plan the funeral and vigil services. At the family’s request, the Bereavement Ministry can also help the family plan a reception in the parish hall or the pavilion after the church services. Patricia Berkebile | (858) 278-5497 | sdpattyb@sbcglobal.net

❏ CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOOD DRIVE 

is comprised of volunteers who transport our monthly collection of non-perishable foods to the Catholic Charities Food Pantry. Joyce Muinos | (858) 278-5279 or (858) 371-9917 (cell) | jmuinos@sbcglobal.net

❏ THE GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

believes that before we know it, God brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as He was there for us. Sandra Canzoneri | (858) 565-2101 | canzoneris@gmail.com

❏ MILITARY OUTREACH MINISTRY (M.O.M.)

serves Enlisted Families (ranks E-5 and lower and wounded warriors) south of Camp Pendleton in San Diego county. We provide (free of charge):
Food bags, bread, gift cards, children's clothing, toys and bikes, infant diapers and baby food, baby furniture, and small household goods. We host or provide: baby showers, Family Readiness gatherings and Holiday events.  Rick Kania | (858) 405-3013 | richard.kania@att.net |

❏ THE MINISTRIES OF CHARITY

has a ministry to the poor and the homeless. We feed them, clothes them and provide many articles that they need. They are responsible for the special projects which give our parishioners the opportunity to serve the poor. These projects include, but are not limited to, the “Angel Tree” Christmas Project, collection of clothes, shoes, blankets, snack items among other items for the homeless, serving dinner at St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen and collecting baby shower gifts for pregnant military moms. This committee meets as needed to plan and execute each of their projects. Deacon Jim Scull | (858) 279-2735 deaconjim@ascension-sd.org

❏ MINISTRY TO THE SICK

help distribute Communion to those who are seriously ill or home-bound, as well as provide prayer quilts to the sick. Deacon Jim Scull| (858) 279-2735 | deaconjim@ascension-sd.org 

❏ THE PRO LIFE GROUP

helps our parish participate in events and projects that promote the Church’s teaching that human life, from conception to death, is sacred. David Akers| (858) 437-1445 | concrete.aztec@gmail.com

 

 

COMMUNITY MINISTRIES

❏ ASCENSION PARISH FELLOWSHIP

is a gathering of parishioners who meet monthly after the Saturday 4 pm Mass to share a potluck meal and grow in our Catholic faith. The program after dinner may include a video or guest speaker. Childcare is provided. Henry & Mari Ng | (858) 467-0205 | henryng50@gmail.com

❏ “BEADS AND BREW”

Men’s Fellowship is open to all adult men of the parish. They gather on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm in St. Mary’s Room to pray together, encourage each other to live one’s faith and fellowship over a beer or soda. Deacon Adam Curtis | deaconadam@ascension-sd.org

❏ FIESTA!

is our oldest and most popular social event. Dating back to 1981, Fiesta is a three-day fundraiser on the first full weekend in June. This mega event involves the entire parish and draws thousands of our neighbors who join us for a weekend of music, dancing, a wide variety of ethnic food, games for the kids, bingo and a huge bake sale, not to mention the biggest White Elephant and book sale in all of Tierrasanta. We need hundreds of volunteers to help continue the tradition. This is something that your whole family can get involved in together.

 

❏ “BEADS AND BREW”

Men’s Fellowship is open to all adult men of the parish. They gather on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm in St. Mary’s Room to pray together, encourage each other to live one’s faith and fellowship over a beer or soda. Deacon Adam Curtis | deaconadam@ascension-sd.org

❏ THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is a social group for parishioners 55+ year of age whose activities include a monthly potluck dinner with games, (except May, June, and July), usually the third Friday of the month. Additional activities include periodic trips to the Welk theater, Pageant of The Lord, Reagan Library, and a yearly trip to Laughlin Nevada. The Golden Circle also sponsors the annual Thanksgiving Basket Collection for our needy families. Dennis/Yolanda James 858-715-8697.

❏ KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

is an international fraternal organization established to serve the Church and the community. Membership is open to all practicing Catholic men, 18 years and older, upon the recommendation of a current Knight. Members meet on the first Thursday of the month and officers meet on the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm. Jim Knox | (858) 279-2735 | kofc@gmail.com

❏ LOVE OUR PRIESTS MINISTRY

exists to thank, honor and show appreciation to our priests. We gather quarterly here at Ascension, invite a priest to share with us his fascinating journey to the priesthood, and follow with a potluck lunch. During the past 17 years, we have had the privilege to meet many wonderful priests and hear many amazing stories. Jean Hosencamp | (858) 560-7132 | jeanlaskey@hotmail.com

❏ MARIAN PRAYER GROUP

invites all to pray the rosary on the last Thursdayof each month at 9:00am in the chapel. Rosa Germain | (858) 279-7397 | rosagermain@pacbell.net

❏ MOMS’ GROUP

welcomes mothers of all ages and stages to a time of laughter, faith sharing, reflection and fellowship. The Moms’ group gathers once a month on a Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The rewards of joining are quality conversations, quiet moments, a warm environment and a time to pray with women who have similar experiences. Mary Ann Tilos Schwartz | 619-206-3554 | maryanntilos@gmail.com

❏ SAFE PLACE FAITH COMMUNITY (SPFC)

is focused on raising awareness of relationship abuse in the parish family and community by hosting experts at community events, distributing informaton and connecting those experiencing abuse with professional resources. As non-professionals, they may act as liaisons between a person or family experiencing relationship abuse to agencies that offer assistance. Angela Elfman | angela.elfman@san.rr.com, Deacon Jim Scull, Claudia Penzcar, Elizabeth Clark and Rod Valdivia. Click here to find out more . Click here for more resources

❏ SINGLE SENIORS GROUP

is a group for single seniors who gather together for fellowship in Jesus’ name. They have a variety of activities which include movie night, game night and lunch or dinner outings. Danielle Deaton | johnd6899@aol.com or Cheryl Staples | cheryl.staples@gcccd.edu

❏ SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE AND DOUGHNUTS:

On the first and third Sunday of each month, we host a coffee and doughnut social in the parish center. Volunteers set-up before attending Mass, host the event and then clean-up. Sharla Hank | (619) 315-5553 | socalsurvey@yahoo.com

 

FAITH FORMATION

Ascension Catholic Parish is always looking for dedicated men and women who will serve our parish community by volunteering in our religious education programs as teachers, small group leaders, mentors and classroom aides. For those who have never taught religion before, there is an opportunity to assist a seasoned teacher for an entire year and then teach your own class.

❏ CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD:

In addition to our regular religious education programs, Ascension has a special program for children from kindergarten to fourth grade who attend the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday mornings. While their parents remain in Church, volunteers lead the children to a separate area to teach them a Bible lesson that reflects the Gospel reading for that Sunday. Emma Scheuerman | (858) 279-2735 ext 105 | emma@ascension-sd.org

❏ ELEMENTARY (Grades 1 through 6):

 Our children attend Religious Education on Monday evenings from 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm. Two years of First Communion preparation is a part of this ministry. Emma Scheuerman | (858) 279-2735 ext 105 | emma@ascension-sd.org

❏ MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 7 and 8):

Our middle school faith formation program, called “The Edge,” also meets on Monday evenings from 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm. John Sperrazzo | (858) 361-4495 | john@ascension-sd.org

❏ HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9 through 12):

Our high school youth ministry program is comprised of formational, social, spiritual and service-oriented events for teenagers (Grades 9-12). Included in this ministry is our two-year Confirmation preparation program (Grades 9-10), Core Team (Grades 11-12) and Youth Group gatherings/events (Grades 9-12). Youth Group or Confirmation Classes typically alternate weekly Sunday evenings 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm, beginning with the 5:30 pm Youth Mass and dinner at 6:30 pm. John Sperrazzo | (858) 361-4495 | john@ascension-sd.org

❏ ADULT EDUCATION COMMITTEE

provides speakers and programs for adults to grow deeper in their Catholic faith. Deacon Adam Curtis | deaconadam@ascension-sd.org 

❏ RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS,

best known by its abbreviation (R.C.I.A.), is the spiritual process which prepares adults to receive one or more of the “Sacraments of Initiation.” R.C.I.A. needs volunteers who will help with hospitality and act as “sponsors.” Bonnie Curtis | bcurtis282@gmail.com

 

 

 

Full Ministry Listing

 

Parish Office

(858) 279-2735


Fr. Edwin Tutor, Pastor Ext. 102 revetutor@ascension-sd.org

Deacon Jim Scull Ext. 104
deaconjim@ascension-sd.org

Deacon Adam Curtis Ext. 106 deaconadam@ascension-sd.org

Julie Chang, Bookkeeper Ext. 101 bookkeeper@ascension-sd.org

Gene Hazen, Facilities Manager     (858) 336-2008            gene@ascension-sd.org

Josi L, Secretary Ext. 100 josi@ascension-sd.org

Kim DeMers, Admin. Assist. Ext. 100 kim@ascension-sd.org

Emma Scheuerman, RE Coord. Ext.105 emma@ascension-sd.org

John Sperrazzo, Youth Ministry      (858) 361-4495           john@ascension-sd.org

Jun Etrata, Sacristan herminioetrata@gmail.com