New Evangelization Team

New Evangelization Team
The purpose of Ascension's New Evangelization Team (NET) is to foster a continuing personal encounter, that is a personal relationship, with Jesus Christ who is the foundation of our faith. Every message, every initiative at Church of the Ascension should both recognize the need for this relationship and enhance the ongoing development of this relationship for each and every parishioner. As Pope Francis tells us in Joy of the Gospel, “the single, central mission of the Catholic Church is to tell this great story of God’s personal love and personal relationship”...for "if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?”

Read More!
 NET Guide to Parish Mission and Meaning 
 Pope Francis on Mission 

NET Initiatives
     Parishioner Witness Talks/Testimonials at Mass
     Prayer Teams after Masses (3rd Weekend on Month)
     Collaboration with Adult Faith Formation in Discovering Christ Series
     Celebrating Couples (Marriage Date Night Event)
     Ministry Head Retreats
     Small Faith Communities; see SFC Toolbox Small Faith Communities Toolbox
     Francis Forum; see  Francis Forum Handout and Pope Francis Summary Discussion
     Collaboration on Parish Missions
     and many more ongoing!

More Resources
Diocesan Office of Evangelization (
Bishop Robert Barron Videos (

The Team Members

  • YOU! - We are all called to evangelize to God's personal love for us!
  • Jim Ahearn - Committee Chair  (email Jim)
  • Bridgett Passauer - Assistant Chair (email Bridgett)
  • Kathy Ahearn
  • Paul Flanagan
  • Matt Hamrick
  • Tony Madrid
  • John Rowland
  • Mary Ann West 

Father Daniel Malingumu
Deacon Tom McFeely
Deacon Gary Harmeyer

Prayer for Evangelization:
EVER PRESENT GOD, we give You thanks for the gift of Your Son, Jesus. We thank You for the unity we find in Him. We ask You to send Your Holy Spirit upon us …that we might boldly proclaim Your love …that we might courageously speak Your truth …that we might humbly live as Jesus did, ever faithful to You, ever joyful in Your service, ever hopeful that Your Kingdom will burst forth in this moment. Send us valiantly forth with the Good News that in this place, in this parish, Jesus is alive, welcoming the lost and leading us all to lives of merciful compassion! We ask this through Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.