Correction: Bruce Cutler’s service

Dear Friends and Parishioners of Ascension Memorial Church,

Please note that the dates and times for the visiting hours and funeral service for Bruce Cutler have been rescheduled at the request of his family.

Visiting Hours at the Whittier Porter Funeral Home will be held from 4 to 7PM, Friday July 21.  The funeral service will be held at 10AM, Saturday July 22 at Ascension Memorial Church.

Thank you,

The Parish Office

Passing of Bruce Cutler

Dear Friends and Parishioners of Ascension Memorial Church,
It is with sadness that I write to share the news of the passing of Bruce Cutler.

Bruce was a much beloved, life-long member of Ascension who had a great love for the people of our parish community.

Visitation: Friday, July 14, 4:00-7:00PM Whittier-Porter Funeral Home

Funeral Service: Saturday, July 15, 10:00AM – Ascension Memorial Church (Reception following in Boone Hall)

May Bruce’s kind soul rest in peace.

In faith,
Kitty Bartholomew, Senior Warden


Rest in peace, Jack Benedix

June 12, 2017

Dear Friends and Parishioners of Ascension Memorial Church,

I write to inform you of the passing last night of Jack Benedix, husband of 66 years to Ann, father to David and Cori, and parishioner of Ascension Memorial Church since birth.

Jack suffered a stroke some eight weeks ago, came through without loss of speech or mobility, and was expected to return home after a few weeks of rehabilitation.

However, the stroke complicated Jack’s health in other, unexpected ways.  These last few weeks, it became clear that Jack would not be able to overcome these further challenges to his health, even as he remained to the end hopeful, lucid, and ever-mindful of his beloved Ann, his family and his friends.

These past few months have been a period of significant loss within our community of faith.  Jack’s passing adds significantly to this sense of loss, to the added weight of our shared grief.  Please be gentle and kind with yourself and with others. We grieve because we love, and there is still time to love even more deeply.

The Burial Office for Jack will be held this coming Saturday, June 17th at 11AM at Ascension Memorial Church with reception to follow in St. Matthew’s Parlor.

God’s peace,



Parish Picnic!


PARISH PICNIC this Sunday, June 11th following the ONE, All Parish Service at 9:30 AM

Town Hall Field, across from Ascension

Church is providing Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Soft Drinks & Water

This is a No Alcohol Event

Please bring a favorite Side Dish, Salad or Dessert to share.

Join in on our inter-generational Kickball Game
Kite Flying, based on wind!


Paige Mercer’s Funeral Service

There will be a Funeral Service for Paige Mercer this Wednesday, June 7th at 11:00AM at Ascension Memorial Church.

Immediately following the service there will be a Reception hosted by Chuck Mercer.

The Reception will be held at Chuck Mercer’s Home located at 132 Main Street in Topsfield.

Parking is allowed along the highway but there is much more parking available at the Topsfield Cemetery located 1 door up from Chuck’s home.

Thank you.


Paige Mercer

Dear Friends and Parishioners of Ascension Memorial Church,

Our closely knit parish has been asked to accept much in these past few weeks.

This afternoon I write to you again, this time to inform you of the death of Paige Mercer.

Paige had a glow about her, a person of grace and beauty as well reflected in her gorgeous, beautifully cultivated gardens.

May our love and prayers this morning be with her husband Chuck, lovingly devoted to Paige for years and years, and with her daughter and son.

Plans for a service to honor and remember Paige will be forthcoming.

God’s peace to all and may all those we love yet see no longer abide in light and love.



Rick Phillips

Dear Friends and Parishioners of Ascension Memorial Church,

It is with regret and sadness that I write to share the news of the passing of Rick Phillips who died early Tuesday morning.

Rick had been married to parishioner Dottie Phillips for some 37 years and served as a gifted, deeply appreciated child Psychologist.

Rick and Dottie have lived at Ipswich Woods for years with their numerous, lively Chihuahua companions.

The memorial service for Rick will be held this Friday at 11AM at Ascension with lunch reception to follow in St. Matthew’s Parlor.

May Rick’s kind soul rest in peace and may our love and prayers surround and comfort his beloved Dottie.

God’s peace,