Ascension students participate in a school-wide mass each Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Students lector and the choir sings at this celebration. The school band, liturgical ensemble, flute, recorder and bell choirs also play throughout the year. These instrumentalists play under the direction of Ms. Elizabeth Bump. This weekly liturgical experience allows the children to share worship with others in their school community. Additionally, each class shares the task of preparing the liturgy on a rotating basis under the direction of their classroom teacher. Sr. Joseph Barden prepares the students to proclaim the Word of God. This involvement in liturgy planning heightens and enhances a student’s knowledge and understanding of Catholic worship. Students are encouraged to bring a food offering to mass each week. Students assist with the packing and loading of foodstuffs for the Ascension Social Concerns Food Pantry.
All students are encouraged to give service according to their level of maturity and ability as they learn to live out the Gospel’s call to peace and justice. A thanksgiving food drive is held annually as is a “backpacks for the homeless” project. Students have collected school supplies for children in local homeless shelters and those in our sister diocese in the Dominican Republic. Past projects include collecting and ‘Ark or Animals’ for Heifer International.
In fifth and eighth grades, each student’s knowledge of God, Church, worship, sacraments, scripture, Catholic moral teaching, and religious terms is assessed through the use of a nationwide examination. The National Catholic Education Association’s Assessment of Catholic Religious Education is administered each February to all fifth and eighth graders attending parochial elementary schools in the Diocese of Orlando.