Ascension Parish Resources

Check out the links below!

Hallow Prayer App


The Rosary
Click here more for info on how to pray this powerful prayer.

Surrender Novena
Worried about something that’s largely out of your control? This prayer will help! Click on the link for “Surrender Novena” above.
Spiritual Act of Communion 

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 if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Act of Hope
O my God, relying on your almighty power, infinite mercy, and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (by Cardinal Mercier)
O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me Your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your Will.

Chastity Prayer
Lord Jesus, I consecrate my sexuality to you; cleanse my mind, my memory, my imagination, and my dreams of all erotic content. Grant me the gift of chastity, to bring my sexual drive into subjection of your Holy Spirit dwelling within me. If there be any dividedness in my heart in this regard, please make my heart pure and simple. Guard my weakness by your Holy Cross, through the interession of your Mother Mary, my guardian angel, and the communion of saints. Amen.

Daily Prayer to Mary
My Queen and my Mother, I give myself entirely to you;
and to show my devotion to you,
consecrate to you this day my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart,
my whole being without reserve.
Wherefore, good Mother, as I am your own,
keep me, guard me, as your property and possession.

Prayer to St. Joseph
O my beloved St. Joseph, adopt me as thy child, take care of my salvation, watch over me day and night, preserve me from the occasion of sin, obtain for me purity of soul and body! Through thy intercession with Jesus grant me a spirit of sacrifice, humility, and self-denial, a burning love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and a sweet, tender love for Mary my Mother. St. Joseph, be with me living, be with me dying, and obtain for me a favorable judgment from Jesus my merciful Savior. Amen.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Within Thy Heart I place my every care. In every need let me come the Thee with humble trust, saying, Heart of Jesus, help me. Amen.

Pre-Sales for the Raffle Booth have ended.  You may purchase chances at the Summer Festival on June 2 and 3 in the Raffle booth.  Hope to see you there!

  • Our parish has a subscription to which gives you free access to thousands of Catholic movies, Bible studies, formation programs, audio, and books. Simply go to, find our parish, and provide your name and email address.
  • Learn about the Mass with this free 6-part series on the Mass led by Bishop Barron
  • You can also learn our faith through the Faith Correspondence Course: 10 free lesson booklets with quizzes to test your understanding.
  •  “To him who wishes to walk in the path of virtue, nothing is more necessary than the reading of spiritual books.” (St. Athanasius) Here are some book suggestions to get you started from Father Mike Schmitz.
    • Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer, by Fr. Mark Toups
    • Time for God by Fr. Jacque Phillipe
    • Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.
    • The Discernment of Spirits by Fr. Timothy Gallagher
    • Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

NFP Classes (including some local, in-person)

Katie Parris, Fertility Care Practitioner
Katie teaches women and couples in Louisville the Creighton Model to empower women to learn about their bodies and find root-cause solutions to health issues.

Angela Hobbs, RN, BSN, Gift of Your Fertility
Angela, located in Louisville, KY, believes it is important for women of all ages to be knowledgeable about their bodies and menstrual cycles, and is an instructor in the Marquette Method of NFP.

Teresa and Tom Knight
Teresa and Tom, located in Louisville, have been Couple to Couple League Natural Family teachers since 1997, and teach the sympto-thermal method. CCL also offers excellent resources to empower single women and assist moms in empowering their daughters.

Archdiocese of Louisville NFP Resources

Family Renewal Project

Couple to Couple League
To inspire, educate and support couples in family planning that is natural, effective, healthy and consistent with God’s plan for life, love, and marriage.

Love and Parenthood
A brief video explaining Natural Family Planning, by couples around the world.


NFP: Myth or Reality?

Official NFP: Catholic-Style! Facebook Page

Home – FACTS (
Has your doctor not been trained in Fertility Awareness Based Methods? Consider refering him or her to this resource which helps doctors understand the science and effectiveness of NFP.

Link to Fr. Robert’s NFP Homily (July 2022)
Fr. Robert preached on NFP (July 2022). Click to download the file.

Link to Fr. Robert’s NFP Homily (July 2021)
Fr. Robert preached on NFP (July 2021). Click to download the file.

What FABM method is right for me | Method Matcher Quiz – Fertility Science Institute
Find the fertility awareness method that is right for you.

myparishNFP provides NFP support to parishes and dioceses (

St. Paul VI Institute
This institute is internationally recognized for its outstanding achievements in the field of natural fertility regulation and reproductive medicine and its professional, caring, and morally acceptable patient services for those experiencing infertility. It is building a culture of life in women’s health care through its Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology. Click here to find a FertilityCare Center near you.

Fertility Science Institute
The Fertility Science Institute (“FSI”) site is an educational initiative to provide the best available information for anyone interested in, or currently using, a natural, fertility awareness based method, regardless of their stage in life.

Modern Fertility Care
A non-profit hub of resources.  Find class offerings taught by trained instructors. Get access to providers who are experienced in finding the root cause of your health issues.  Explore resources created for every stage of your life including every important moment in between.

My Catholic Doctor
A nationwide organization that brings a network of faithful medical professionals to patients through video visits/telehealth, home visits, and office referrals. We can initiate your medical care virtually, order any necessary labs or imaging, and send prescriptions to any pharmacy of your choice. Most of the time we can take care of all of your needs through convenient, affordable telehealth. If in-person care is necessary, our providers will offer a home visit, invite you to be seen in their office, or refer you to a local provider they trust and recommend. We practice evidence-based scientific medicine from a Catholic perspective and integrate Catholic spirituality into our care as appropriate to the situation.

How Your Menstrual Cycle is Your Fifth Vital Sign with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack (Podcast)
An example of a secular approach that draws on the scientific advances discovered through Natural Family Planning. WARNING: this speaker is not necessarily coming from a Catholic perspective. It is listed here, however, as an example showing that Catholic-approved approaches to women’s health are truly scientific and increasingly advocated by secular practices.

Natural Womanhood

FEMM Health

If you’re answering God’s call to resist pornography, know that you are not alone. We all have our battles, and it is in resisting and persevering through these trials that we cling closer to Christ, so that what the enemy meant for evil, God wants to use for our good. (Genesis 50:20)  “Submit yourselves then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

Please make use of the Sacrament of Confession as frequently as needed, and the following resources:

If you’re interested in joining a confidential Catholic support group for pornography addiction, please contact Deacon Stephen Bowling, Director of the Archdiocese’s Family Ministries Office, at The group has not yet started, but Deacon Bowling is gathering contact information so that once the group begins those interested may be invited. You’re also welcome to let Fr. Robert know, in case a parish-level support group could be formed.

Covenant Eyes
Software that blocks pornography.

An online program to help you quit pornography for good.

Strive: 21-day Porn Detox
Join Matt Fradd and a community of brothers in discovering the keys to living porn-free.

RECLAIM God’s Plan for Sexual Health
Anonymous, Catholic, 100% online recovery program, from pornography, masturbation, affairs, and other problematic sexual compulsions.

Integrity Restored
A Catholic program that helps restore the integrity of individuals, spouses, and families that have been affected by pornography addiction. Provides resources to break free from pornography, heal relationships, and to assist parents in preventing and responding to pornography exposure.

Sexaholics Anonymous
Support group of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover.

Help for Men and Women Struggling with Pornography Use

St. Joseph Men of Integrity
A support system for Catholic men who desire healing from addictive sexual behaviors. Saint Joseph models how a man is to approach his relationships with his family, friends, and community. The group provides a safe atmosphere for men to share the struggles that keep them enslaved to sin, to learn more effective ways of dealing with the struggles, and to learn to live as men of integrity. Currently available only online in Kentucky, but if there is enough interest, a local in-person group could be started.

Alchoholics Anonymous
Find a meeting near you.

Courage Apostolate
A Church-approved ministry that assists men and women with same-sex attractions in living chaste lives in fellowship, truth, and love. Members form a support system that includes spiritual guidance, communal prayer, and fellowship. For more info, click the link above, or email You may also call (502) 471-2127 (chaplains: Fr. Jon Erdman and Dcn. Stephen Bowling). See also these two inspiring documentaries: Desire of the Everlasting Hills (three intimate and candid portraits of Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality; the link above takes you to the trailer website; there, click on, “View the full one-hour movie”) and The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church (another documentary about Catholics who experience same-sex attractions who have found peace and belonging in the Church and her teachings).

Encourage Apostolate
For parents, spouses, other relatives, and friends of persons who experience same-sex attractions. Members strive to keep family bonds intact, to respond with understanding and compassion, and to express love, even when not agreeing with all their loved ones’ choices. Members grow in their relationship with Christ together, knowing that they are not alone on this journey. For more info, click the link above, or email You may also call (502) 471-2127 (chaplains: Fr. Jon Erdman and Dcn. Stephen Bowling).

Project Rachel (Hope After Abortion)
It’s normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. Fear, anxiety, guilt, and pain are common, not only for the mother, but also for the child’s father and grandparents, other relatives, and friends of the family, as well as medical personnel.
The pain of abortion can be intensified by a feelings of alienation from God and his Church. Thankfully, if you are in this position, know that healing and reconciliation reside in the heart of Christ, through his Church.
Project Rachel is a sensitive, private, confidential experience. It helps a person cope with emotional pain and reclaim self-worth and trust in God’s unconditional forgiveness. If you or someone you know is struggling with pain from an abortion experience, we invite you to call this confidential hotline: 502-471-2155. Or visit or email
Little Way Pregnancy Center also offers a post-abortion healing ministry.

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…”  Jeremiah 1:5

Crossroads Pregnancy Center (Lagrange)

Little Way Pregnancy Center (Louisville)

Family Ministries (Archdiocese of Louisville)

“Parents and Parenting” from the USCCB

Family Renewal Project
“Family Renewal Project was established in 2016 to help “restore the family and renew the culture by educating and forming men and women to understand, embrace, and live authentic love and responsibility.” We strive to connect persons of all ages with the message of Theology of the Body through various programming and events.”

Angels in Disguise
A charity dedicated to promoting Down syndrome awareness, appreciation, support, and empowerment. We celebrate individuals with Down Syndrome and their unique ability to enrich our lives, inform our souls, and warm our hearts.

Good Pictures, Bad Pictures
Parents, help porn-proof your children by teaching them how to protect themselves early on from the dangers of pornography. This children’s book explains the science of pornography addiction in language that is appropriate for children.

Faith and Safety:
Technology Safety Through the Eyes of Faith
A resource guide brought to you by a collaboration between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
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