Ascension Church prides itself in being a generous community supporting and contributing to various social actions. See the General Directory link above for contact persons for each group.
CONNECT is a group of Ascension parishioners who give their time and ingenuity to work toward bringing people together in the interest of addressing human issues of social justice. The CONNECT Charter provides a forum to connect with and improve the success of the working poor of our community. The mission is to provide and support activities that involve people within the Ascension community for the purpose of participating in ongoing service programs. Some notable programs sponsored by CONNECT are the Christmas Family-to-Family Program, the Christmas Giving Tree, Thanksgiving and Christmas food drives, the Fall and Spring clothing drives and the Armory homeless feeding program. CONNECT meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm. Everyone is both encouraged and welcome to join in whatever capacity possible.
Pastoral Visits (home visits) reaches out to the sick and the homebound in many ways unknown or unseen by most. Some Eucharistic Ministers regularly visit and bring Communion to ill and/or homebound parishioners; others visit at Villa Fontana Retirement Community with the Eucharist and hold a regularly scheduled prayer service. Others bring the Eucharist to Westgate Convalescent Home patients on a weekly basis. In addition to individual visits by Eucharistic Ministers, one of the priests celebrates Mass at Westgate on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. He is supported by parishioners who bring patients from their rooms in wheelchairs to worship together. This is often brightened by seasonal or holiday gifts made by our Ladies Craft Group, and by singing and musical accompaniment by members of the Cursillo group.
Home Care Ministry
The Home Care Ministry is a group of volunteers in our parish who assist our parishioners in time of need. They offer assistance to parishioners in times of emergency needs like hospitalization, illness, death or birth in a family. Through an established network of parishioners, relief can be provided in the form of bringing in meals, babysitting, shopping, picking up prescriptions, transportation or information. They offer assistance if you need a ride to church, or the doctor's office, or if you are lonely and would like a friendly visit occasionally. Don't be embarrassed or afraid to call. Volunteers are willing to be of assistance to those in need in Ascension Parish.
Loaves and Fishes
Loaves and Fishes is a non-profit outreach program founded in 1980 to respond to the needs of hungry families. The agency provides no-cost hot, nutritional dinners three days a week, as well as clothing and food baskets. Help is needed in the form of monetary donations or volunteer time to prepare meals and serve guests. Donations of food and kitchen supplies are also needed. Loaves and Fishes is located at St. Patrick's Church, 389 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113.
Martha's Kitchen is a non-profit outreach program providing supper two nights a week for any needy person. It can serve up to 400 people of all ages in the evening. Help is needed in the form of meat, canned vegetables, cooking spices, paper cups, paper plates, plastic utensils and monetary donations. Volunteers are also needed Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Martha's Kitchen is located at 311 Willow St., San Jose, CA 95110.
Sacred Heart Community Service
Sacred Heart Community Service is an independent, non-profit program which provides many desperately needed services to those in need. Some of its services are: free food, clothing, and furniture; job referral services; ESL classes; free medical clinic (Tuesday evenings); and emergency assistance for shelter. They are located at 1381 S. First St., San Jose, CA 95110.