As 2024 gets underway, many of us are focusing on the New Year’s resolutions we’ve made. We may make it a point to eat healthier or to exercise more. Some of us are resolving to read more books or spend more time unplugged from devices. While these positive efforts will surely impact our lives, Fr. Kovash encourages all of us to consider making a resolution that will deeply impact every aspect of our lives — we can resolve to spend more time with Christ in the Eucharist!
“The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life,” Fr. Kovash says, echoing the words found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “I want us, as a parish, to continue to be more intentional about fostering a greater love for the Eucharist as we enter the new year.”
After all, the Eucharist is Christ Himself — Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity! What more could we ask for? He is the fulfillment of our every desire. May we run to Him in praise, thanksgiving, and adoration! He is here for every one of us!
“One of my wishes for 2024 is that we all grow in friendship with Jesus,” Fr. Kovash says. “He desires a relationship with every one of us. Our faith is not just about checking boxes. A friendship, a deep relationship with Jesus, goes far beyond checking boxes. He desires for us to come to Him.”
In the same spirit, Pope St. John Paul II once said: “It is Jesus, in fact, that you seek when you dream of happiness. He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”
So come to Him! Make time with Him your first priority this year!
There are many opportunities to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament here at Ascension. We recently added formal Eucharistic Adoration every Monday from 1 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
“I encourage everyone to spend time in adoration,” Fr. Kovash says. “Even if you can only stop for 10 minutes on your way to or from work, stop in.”
And if you can make the commitment to adore the Lord for an hour one of those days each week, do so! We recently added 70 new adorers to our adoration hours, and there is always room for you!
In addition, Fr. Kovash encourages all of us to seek the mercy of Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In addition to the current Confession schedule, we are adding time for the Sacrament of Reconciliation after Saturday evening Mass each week.
“We are jumping into the confessional even more,” Fr. Kovash says. “We want to make the beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation more a part of everyone’s lives. There are times for Confession every day except Sunday.”
Beyond our daily opportunities to grow closer to Christ in 2024, we are thrilled to welcome Patty Schneier to our parish on March 3-5, as she presents a series of talks for this year’s Lenten Parish Mission.
“Patty is a fireball with great passion for the faith,” Fr. Kovash says. “She has a great connection to our diocese, and when I brought her to the last parish I served at in Williston, N.D., the parishioners loved her.”
During the mission, Patty will talk about the Eucharist as the source and summit of our faith, the importance of finding time for God amidst the busyness of our lives, and the gift of passing our faith on to our children. More information will be made available as March gets closer. Please make an effort to participate — you will walk away more fulfilled for it!
Then, we can look forward to a joyous time this summer, as we celebrate our parish’s 50th anniversary. Dates are yet to be announced, but it will be a lot of faith-filled and family-building fun for all.
“We will have lots of fun things to do, along with food and entertainment,” Fr. Kovash says. “We really want to celebrate 50 years of parish life at Ascension.”
Look out for more information about this wonderful community event, and make plans to attend!
Life at Ascension is full of more grace and blessings than we could adequately acknowledge. We are beyond blessed to be a part of this parish. May we take the opportunity to grow closer to Christ and His Church in 2024, offering Him all that we have and all that we are by way of our time, our talents, and our treasure!