Worship At Home
The Ascension



Also available: A video recording of this Mass recorded here at Corpus Christi.



Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Whatever your present status in the Catholic Church, whatever your
current family or marital situation, whatever your past or present
religious affiliation, whatever your personal history, age, background,
race or color, sexual orientation, whatever your self-esteem…
you are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected by the
Catholic Community of Corpus Christi.
Let us know your needs, your hopes, your gifts.

There is a place for you here.



Opening Prayer

Let us begin, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


Loving God,
we thank you for the hope and peace your love brings to us. We are renewed each day to continue your mission of love. Help us not look back with nostalgia but instead be present to the needs and concerns of today. You have placed each one of us here in this time for a purpose. We long to announce the Good News that God is love and that God loves all of us equally. Open our hearts as we rest in your Word and listen to where you are calling us to boldly go next.
We ask this through Christ Jesus, our Lord.




The First Reading

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
In the first book, Theophilus,
I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught
until the day he was taken up,
after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit
to the apostles whom he had chosen.
He presented himself alive to them
by many proofs after he had suffered,
appearing to them during forty days
and speaking about the kingdom of God.
While meeting with them,
he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,
but to wait for “the promise of the Father
about which you have heard me speak;
for John baptized with water,
but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
When they had gathered together they asked him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
that the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
When he had said this, as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God


The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians
Brothers and sisters:
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory
in his inheritance among the holy ones,
and what is the surpassing greatness of his power
for us who believe,
in accord with the exercise of his great might,
which he worked in Christ,
raising him from the dead
and seating him at his right hand in the heavens,
far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,
and every name that is named
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things beneath his feet
and gave him as head over all things to the church,
which is his body,
the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God


The Gospel

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.
The Gospel of the Lord



Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass



Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. Before Jesus left, concealed in a cloud, he reminds the disciples that though he will leave them, they will experience him through the presence of the Spirit. Jesus says to his disciples “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” This was about them living their fulfillment. Jesus was no longer walking on the Earth, but instead was a part of all creation and accessible to all. The Ascension was a turning point for the church, bringing the end to the earthly activity of Jesus while launching the disciples in their own ministry. The disciples went out into the world and preached the gospel; the Lord was with them, confirming their ministry through wonderous deeds and signs. The disciples did their best to create Christian communities with these qualities: charity, selflessness, gentleness, patience, peace, love, and hope. They used many gifts to help their mission: teaching, preaching, prophesy and pastoral ministry. We are now called today to act as those same disciples through teaching, preaching and inviting, and by sharing the gifts we have been given by the Holy Spirit to help create wonderous signs and deeds. At some point, haven’t we all seen wonderous signs and deeds in our midst? Through us, Jesus continues to heal, comfort and forgive within today’s complicated issues. We also have each other as sisters and brothers to make up the new body of Christ. God’s love is healing, restoring, creative and overflowing. Today, restoring justice is about putting all of our relationships in proper order because we are filled with the beauty of God’s love and recognize that everyone deserves dignity.
A literal reading of the Ascension story might leave us looking toward the sky in an attempt to get one last glimpse of Jesus. We can get stuck in thinking heaven is a place up in the sky somewhere and forget that God is present here in all creation, including within us and our sisters and brothers. It is easy to get caught up in this world which will tell us it is better to live self-ascended lives, by getting our share while we still can, to break free of the common good and rise above it all before things run out. We find this in our constant comparison, selfishness, competition, consumerism, and judgement. We forget that Christ’s Ascension already seats humanity next to God, and instead we settle for attempted self-ascension. We believe that for us to be the best, someone else has to descend or not jump as high as us. We climb over people, burning bridges and deeming people as disposable. We set up barriers, obstacles and side deals to get ahead. This is not God’s way. There is already enough for all of creation to live in harmony, but we insist on hording and doing things our way. A life of self-ascension keeps us searching for the next high, always unsatisfied, which fragments our world and our lives. They separate the creature from the creator, destroy relationships and intimacy, and ultimately become the weight that denies us the fullness of life we are being called to in continuing Jesus’ mission. Christ’s Ascension is about presence, not absence. Jesus has not left us but rather Christ has filled us and is in all of creation. The question to ask today is “What pulls us down?” What do we need to let go of? Fear, anger or resentment often weigh us down. The need to be right or be in control is a heavy burden. Some gravitate toward self-righteous, jealous or prideful behavior. Many of us will be caught in the chains of perfectionism or prove that we matter, and for others it will be indifference or apathy. If we listen to this world there are endless amounts of things to bring us down and pit us against each other denying our inherent dignity. Our world is crying out in pain and suffering, we have real work to do here. Like Jesus, we are only here for a short time. The decisions we make, priorities we set, and the lives we touch with God’s love while still here is up to us. In a real and splendid way, each day we are winding up our lives and preparing to return home. Imagine how differently we would feel and how creative we would become if we focused on living the rest of our days from a place of love, generosity, and eternal blessings for all of creation. Knowing we were continuing the mission of Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit gives us endless possibilities. How will we live out our fulfillment here?



Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.




Prayers of the Faithful

As we reflect on our responsibility to assume the work of the disciples, we pray for ourselves, for our neighbors and for the the courage to evangelize in our challenging world.


For the church:
As we struggle to communicate the Gospel to each generation and every nation, may we follow the example of Pope Francis and proclaim by both action and word…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For peace throughout the world, especially for those forced to flee their country of origin for religious, political, or life-threatening reasons…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

Grant wisdom to policymakers, skill to healthcare professionals and researchers, and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the sick and those struggling to live another day:
May they find the strength through the loving attention of their dedicated caregivers…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For all who are grieving the loss of a beloved life…
With hope in the promise of eternal life, may the dead rest in the eternal peace of Christ…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.


Gracious God,
you have called us to be the church. Grant us the same joy and enthusiasm that filled the disciples, so that we may continue to carry on as his witnesses.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.




Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, as You are already there,
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.




Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
we thank you for calling us to be a part of your loving mission. Today, we renew our focus to follow your way and reach out with love to those you place in our path. Encourage us to deeply discern and welcome how we are being called to serve. Help us to boldly rise up, for this is our time on this earth to continue the mission of Christ. Grant us the gift of your Spirit, and through your Spirit, at all times and in all places, may we give thanks to you in all things.
United with our sisters and brothers everywhere,
together we pray in the words Jesus taught us:

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done.
on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever.





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