OUR COMMON HOME…Ascension’s response to Pope Francis’ Encyclical: Laudato’ Si.
“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork From Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si: “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”
We are called by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ to make a change in lifestyle and consumption. Thus we assume our responsibility to care for and protect our gift of God’s creation.
The Common Home Ministry conducted a kick-off survey to receive input from parishioners on how Ascension Parish could connect our Christian faith with environmental practices and stewardship programs. Common Home Ministry would like to thank everyone for contributing their ideas and feedback during the survey period. This feedback will guide the direction for future activities and goals, as we work on incorporating these interests and priorities into the long term plan for the Parish. We welcome your feedback at any time and look forward to making more announcements in the near future. 1)Top priorities for projects to be initiated or more fully promoted within the parish include: Recycling , Energy Audit of the Church and School, Reduction in the use of non-recyclables’ (Waste Reduction) and Community outreach and cleanup 2)The highest concerns and interests from the parish regarding the environment include: Reduction of waste, Recycling and reuse of materials, Energy usage and environmental impact,Education on health and welfare 3) Stewardship projects: Community involvement and cleanup, Clean water initiative, Energy Audit
Caritas Clinics’ mission is to, in the spirit of the Sisters of Charity, reveal God’s healing love by improving the health of the individuals and communities we serve — especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Founded on the belief that health care is a basic human right, the clinics provide services to indigent patients, regardless of religious affiliation, with an emphasis on the values of compassion, respect of personal dignity, and a sensitivity to human suffering.
Duchesne Clinic is a primary care doctor’s office for low-income uninsured residents of Wyandotte County. Often referred to as a “safety-net” clinic, Duchesne Clinic provides the same services as most family doctors in a welcoming, compassionate environment. The difference, of course, is that our patients have no insurance, not even Medicaid or Medicare, and no way to pay for their care. Our services include primary health care, medication assistance, and chronic disease management.
As safety net clinics, they provide primary health care, chronic disease management and medication assistance to very low-income, uninsured residents of Wyandotte County.
Ascension is providing dinner and serving for the Sisters and guests at this new shelter in KC, KS. Our Lady of Guadalupe Home, operated by nuns of the Fraternity of Missionaries of the Poor of Jesus Christ, is a safe haven for homeless women. It provides a safe place for them to stay with nutritious meals shelter and offers spiritual counsel to address and help resolve the issues the women guests face.
Servers should arrive at Ascension at 5pm to pick up desserts in St John’s hallway and pick up the meal in the Ascension kitchen (cooked by the Knights previously) so as to arrive at the Guadalupe Home by 5:30 to warm the food and prep for dinner. Desserts need to be dropped off by 4:30 (if you aren’t serving dinner)
2226 Troup Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66104 [1 ½ blocks South of Parallel Pkwy and 24th St] 913 499-7839
Read more about these wonderful Sisters and their Mission by clicking the link:
We are providing lunch and some of the paper and snack supplies they need on an ongoing basis. More importantly, we are attending and planning a Bible Study/Prayer service for this house that gives hope to parents and troubled teen girls. If you’d like to join in this wonderful ministry, you must be added to the list that goes and submit to background check, TB test and a formal registration process. Contact Jean in the office for details.
Their residential program includes:
Christ-Centered Counseling for Teens and Parents
Structured Education at Hope Academy
Daily Spiritual Guidance and Teaching
House of Hope Kansas City is a non-denominational, parent-interactive, non-profit residential home and school for healing teenage girls, ages 12 through 17. They are a loving and transformational temporary home, designed as an intensive five phase program. The residential program requires parents and their daughters to enter fully into the healing process of individual and family counseling, as well as parenting classes. We also offer non-residential, outpatient counseling for families with struggling teens. Focusing on the family is what makes House of Hope Kansas City different and successful!
KVC announces a unanimous decision that their team wanted to honor Colonial Presbyterian Church, Olathe Bible Church and Church of the Ascension for all of their generosity through their work with the Care Portal. Our staff and families can not say thank you enough for ALL that you have given to our communities!
Want to become a foster parent?
Take a Tips-Mapp class. It’s free & being hosted at Colonial Pres.
(Ascension will even help with childcare costs)!
The next TIPS-MAPP (Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting)
This 10 week group allows an individual, couple or family to begin the process of becoming a licensed foster home. This course: Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence: A Part of Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting is required by the State of Kansas in order to become a licensed foster home. This course will be taught by Hannah Mabie (Certified TIPS-MAPP Instructor) & a co-lead. This course is open to the community & is FREE of charge. As an offer of support for attending families, Colonial is happy to sponsor a childcare stipend to those who attend this course (information on the registration form).
We are also supporting a ministry for youths who are aging out of foster care (mandatory age is 18). These kids have some resources but precious few support people. This ministry is looking for mentor families. These community volunteers will supplement and strengthen the youth’s existing supportive relationships by serving in a mentoring-like role. Unlike many mentoring relationships, the Support Family will be advised to avoid being directive in their coaching, but focusing instead on developing a youth-adult partnership of mutual learning. The Support Family will be guided to take a posture of encouraging and supporting the young adult as they learn to take ownership and responsibility of their own goals and decisions. The role of Support Family is not limited to married and single parents with children. Any adult over 25 years old can volunteer to serve as Support Family for the youth in our program. Their primary role is to commit to a family-like relationship of caring, encouragement and supportive coaching.
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Care Portal: One social worker from Jackson County, Missouri, recently quoted, “I have never seen such willingness to reach out with kindness to meet the needs of our struggling families and children. The response time is incredibly prompt and timely. Thank you with all my heart.”
Care Portal is designed to facilitate local church awareness of community needs. Through partnerships with respective state child welfare agencies,(foster kids, adoption hopefuls) social workers and nurses and case workers are communicating the needs of struggling families to Care Portal enrolled churches. This is the medium by which needs – vetted by independent, reliable sources – is now being easily passed to our church and many other churches in the KC area. For years, a divide has existed between the church and state. Each has largely worked independently to care for local children and families in crisis. CarePortal is changing that, moving the care model from the separation of church and state to the cooperation of church and state. Still in the early stages, CarePortal is helping local churches meet local needs they never knew about, while fostering cross-congregational cooperation and building new relationships based on goodwill and increased understanding.
They send out an email, with the needs of the family explained, and we can HELP by clicking on the email, I will be emailing out the requests that I think we can help with.(for example some material requests, like beds, baby items, kitchen table, washer and dryer so far).. I will be emailing different active ministries. If you can help with transporting things to the needy families, I would love to have your name!!!! Contact Jean in the office if you want to help or for more info.
Clothing closet in Olathe to shop by apt for Foster kids: Call 913-375- 2533.
What can you do when you are concerned about someone?
Suicide Hotline: 1 800-273-8255
Thanks to stopasuicide.org for the information summarized below, download entire document here.
Have you heard someone say:
Life isn’t worth living
My family would be better off without me
Next time I’ll take enough pills to do the job right
Take my (prized collection, valuables)–I don’t need this stuff anymore
I won’t be around to deal with that
You’ll be sorry when I’m gone
I won’t be in your way much longer
I just can’t deal with everything–life’s too hard
Nobody understands me–nobody feels the way I do
There’s nothing I can do to make it better
I’d be better off dead
I feel like there is no way out
Have you observed:
Getting affairs in order (paying off debts, changing a will)
Giving away articles of either personal or monetary value
Signs of planning a suicide such as obtaining a weapon or
writing a suicide note
Have you noticed the following signs of depression:
Change in sleeping patterns (too much/little, disturbances)
Change in weight or appetite
Speaking and/or moving with unusual speed or slowness
Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
Withdrawal from family and friends
Fatigue or loss of energy
Feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach, or guilt
Thoughts of death, suicide, or wishes to be dead
If depression seems possible, have you also noticed:
Extreme anxiety, agitation, or enraged behavior
Excessive drug and/or alcohol use or abuse
Neglect of physical health
Feelings of hopelessness or desperation
What to look for — and what to do — if you are concerned about someone
Do take it seriously. 70% of all people who commit suicide give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member.
Do be willing to listen. Even if professional help is needed, your friend or loved one will be more willingto seek help if you have listened to him or her.
Do voice your concern. Take the initiative to ask what is troubling your friend, co-worker or loved one, and attempt to overcome any reluctance on their part to talk about it.
Do get professional help immediately. If the person seems willing to accept treatment, do one of the following…Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to find resources in your area. Bring him or her to a local emergency room or community mental health center. Your friend will be more likely to seek help if you accompany him or her. Contact his or her primary care physician or mental health provider. If the person seems unwilling to accept treatment…Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or a local emergency room for advice. and if all else fails… call 9-1-1.
What NOT To Do
Don’t try to cheer the person up, or tell them to snap out of it.
Don’t assume the situation will take care of itself.
Don’t be sworn to secrecy.
Don’t argue or debate moral issues.
Don’t risk your personal safety. Just leave, and then call the police.
Spiritual Work of Mercy: To Bear wrongswillingly! To admonish sinners, Corporal: Give drink to the thirsty
We recycle plastic cups (red and clear), paper, plastic bottles and trays, magazines. These things can go in the blue recycling bins found throughout the facility or into the recycling BIG bins (yellow and green) located near the trash bins on the south west end of bldg. We also recycle cardboard that can be flattened and placed in (or by) the blue recycling bins inside the facility or out in the bins located near the trash bins We recycle the glass wine bottles we use at Mass but encourage all our parishioners to recycle glass at the OP center on Lowell and 119th St or in the purple bins located by Price Chopper at 135th and Quivera. We have a recycling bin for usable used clothes and shoes for Catholic Charities, located next to the cardboard recycling bins.
We recycle old phones, eye glasses (including prescription and non prescription glasses)and printer cartridges. These bins are located behind the bulletin boards in the Gathering Area on a shelf.
Johnson County has a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility and will properly dispose of your old paints, lawn and garden chemicals, automotive fluids and other hazardous materials. When these items are improperly disposed of, it not only endangers our health and safety, but it also poses risks for our communities, wildlife and the environment.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the good quality latex paint you drop off? First they open every can to test for quality, then we re-blend the good stuff for reuse and sell it for as little as $5 per five-gallon bucket. Not only does this help the environment by keeping paint out of landfills, but it also helps fund Johnson County’s HHW program so more residents can benefit from it. The re-blended paint can be used for priming, painting interior or exterior walls, craft projects, or any number of other uses. They are open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary to purchase paint.
Last year we stocked two pantries with these items (Safe Home and Hillcrest). Over $3000 worth! And did you know NONE of these items are available for purchase with government assistance (food stamps?) WAY TO GO ASCENSION!!!
Coming again Lent 2018
Add donating full sized toiletries to your Lenten Alms! We supply these items to the many ministries we support. Diapers, Kleenex, toilet paper, baby wipes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, hairbrushes and combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and skin lotion
Corporal Work of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless,/Feed the Hungry
Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc.
**Annual Dinner and Auction on June 22 from 5:30-9:30 at the Overland Park Convention Center. contact Ellen Johnson (685-2040) (Ascension sponsors a table)
Come and get trained so you can meet, work with and assist the homeless in Johnson County. Learn more about IHN at their website. JOCOIHN.org
Next opportunity to help: early Summer
click hereto help (if you’ve been through training ) or to bring food:
A Community Response for Homeless Families”Empowering homeless families by engaging people of faith”
The people are housed in different churches around the area. The requirements include rigorous education and strict behavioral expectations. While Ascension does not host the families, we take two evenings and nights in the week that Olathe Bible Church hosts, which is once a quarter. We provide supervision through the evening until morning, meals, snacks and transportation. Training required to provide supervision, (offered several times a year) and help is also needed with providing meals and snacks. Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. is a nonprofit organization serving homeless families in Johnson County, Kansas. Our mission is to unite and enable the faith community to provide homeless families with emergency shelter and meals, as well as compassionate assistance with social services, and relationships with caring people in the faith community. We hope to return the homeless families to a renewed sense of dignity and hope, and independent living in the shortest time possible. http://www.jocoihn.org Contact Dorothy or Dave firstname.lastname@example.org or Ellen email@example.com with questions.