Church Begins at Home: The Ascension of the Lord


Lessons on The Ascension of the Lord

The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is an opportunity for Christians to evaluate our worldviews. These two video lessons shed light on an often misunderstood concept in Christianity: what is the relationship between heaven and earth?


Reflections on Ascension by Pope Francis (3 minutes, 28 seconds)


Bishop Barron on Why the Ascension of Jesus Matters (7 minutes, 56 seconds)


5th Anniversary of Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment

Multilingual Reflection


Instrumental Medley from Aleron Morton



Opening the Scriptures at Home

The global Catholic Church is reflecting on the same readings from the Bible for The Ascension of the Lord. We remain spiritually connected to one another as we open our hearts to the Word of God. 


1. Encounter the Word of God

Read the Biblical readings for The Ascension of the Lord


Listen to the Biblical readings for The Ascension of the Lord


2. Reflect on the Word of God

Silently reflect, write down or share your insights about the readings.

You may also desire to watch a video reflection on the Biblical readings from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


3. Pray

Spend some time in silence and bring to your mind some of the prayer intentions you have.

Introduce The Lord's Prayer in these or similar words: Gathering our prayers into one, we now pray in the words that Jesus gave us...


Focused Learning Opportunities & Activities for Young People

These activities provide encounters and experiences for children and emerging adults. 


Early Childhood

  • Watch "What Is the Great Commission?"
  • Enjoy the "Jesus Loves Me" coloring sheet.


Grades K-2

  • Watch "Jesus' Ascension"
  • Watch "GO (Matthew 28:19) Hand Motions Video."
  • Enjoy the children of the world coloring sheet.


Grades 3-5

  • Watch "The Great Commission."
  • Watch "Go and Make Disciples" sing along.
  • Enjoy the Great Commission word search.



  • Watch "Discipleship" video from Austin Gohn.
  • Listen to "I Give Myself Away" by William McDowell
  • Watch invitation to the Emerging Adults Virtual Meeting at 7pm