IHN – Interfaith Hospitality Network

Ministry of Care HeartSocial Concerns

Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc.

Corporal Work of Mercy:  Shelter the Homeless,/Feed the Hungry

Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc.

**Annual Dinner and Auction coming soon 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

Call Dorothy or Dave Long to help (if you’ve been through training ) or to bring food:  681-1289

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 dorothy_r_long@yahoo.com or Ellen ellenwade@aol.com with questions.

UNBOUND Sponsorships for Kids and Elderly

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Corporal Work of Mercy:  Feed the Hungry/Give Drink to the Thirsty/Shelter the Homeless

is a lay Catholic organization that has served more than 300,000 children, youth and elderly in 20 developing countries since 1981- empowering them to make more choices in their lives, live with dignity, and reach their potential.  UNBOUND’s unique sponsorship program is highly personalized.  It matches a child, youth or aging person at a project overseas with a sponsor in the US who cares about and encourages them.  For about a dollar a day, a sponsor helps to provide much needed nourishing food, medical and dental care, the chance for a child to go to school, livelihood programs for families and much more.  All of these efforts are directed at affirming the dignity of every person in their local community. 

Click here for more info :https://www.unbound.org


Alexandra’s House

Ascension Miscarriage and Infertility support ministryClick here for more info…Ministry of Care HeartAscension Miscarriage and Infertility support ministry

Alexandra’s House helps bring a pregnancy and the life of an unborn baby with lethal and sub-lethal anomalies to its natural end, lovingly accepting anyone into its care who needs it. This care extends to the whole family.

If, because of overwhelming circumstances, a family is unable to care for a dying baby once they are sent home, Alexandra’s House will, as able, accept their baby into its care directly or through a network of families within the community who long to lend a helping hand. Professional care is managed by local licensed hospice organizations.

Perinatal and Infant Loss Support – Unexpected Losses 

In 2008 an increasing number of mothers, fathers, extended families, and health care workers began consulting Alexandra’s House for assistance in grief resolution for families of babies who died in hospitals or family homes from a variety of causes including fetal demise, miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, accidents, trauma, infections, malignancies and other known and unknown reasons. Thus began our new journey with families in these special situations and an outgrowth of very special supportive programs to help meet their needs and ease their burdens.

Fountain of Mercy

Healing for parents who chose to terminate a pregnancy because of a fatal anomaly and are now questioning or regretting their decision

Hope > Fear

Pregnancy planning and support during that fearful yet hopeful time of a subsequent pregnancy after past losses

Swaddling Clothes – Provides burial clothing, a blanket and toy for any baby in need

Saturdays at Alexandra’s House – Peer led gatherings for sharing and socializing  –Includes support for grandparents and extended families as well as resources for siblings. Groups with expected and unexpected losses meet separately as their responses to their losses are different. “God draws bonds that are deeper and stronger than bonds of blood.” St Augustine

A Piece of My Heart – An invitation to anyone who lost a baby from any cause, at any time, especially decades ago, who never had the chance to acknowledge and fully grieve their loss to come to Alexandra’s House to visit, heal, and help others. This includes 1:1 peer mentoring acutely or any phase of a loss.

Bonding Sonograms – 3-D images provided by a wonderful company for families under our care with anticipated losses

Footsteps of the Arimathean – As funds allow, provides us the privilege to honor any baby who dies in the community from natural or suspicious causes with burial services.

Champ’s Wee Care Packages –Gift packages filled and delivered for free to birth centers and given to families with unexpected perinatal deaths.  These boxes are filled with little things to give the families comfort and create memories in this very difficult time.

Caden’s Cubs – Led by the Carlson family, this program provides an opportunity to create fun memories for siblings with a trip to Build-a-Bear to build a snuggly toy in anticipation of their special baby’s birth. This is in honor their son Caden who had Potter’s Syndrome. Gifts are limited, at this time, to families referred by Alexandra’s House but the hope is that one day it will grow into a national project.

Bands of Brothers – Started by Dylan, 11 and Dawson, 8, this program provides a unique wristband for families to circulate among friends, which will be inscribed with their special unborn baby’s name and the family’s chosen words of encouragement.

Contact Us
      816-931-ALEX (2539)

End the Death Penalty in KS

PrisonREPEAL THE KS DEATH PENALTY!Ministry of Care Heart

Prison Ministry:

The Catholic faith tradition “offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment, one grounded in mercy and healing, not punishment for its own sake,” two bishops said in a statement renewing the U.S. Catholic church’s push to end the death penalty.

“No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself without ending a human life, it should do so. Today, we have this capability,” wrote Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.

In Kansas in February 2015, a measure to abolish the death penalty ultimately failed, but the state Catholic conference praised senators for their “impassioned and thoughtful” debate on the issue.

Even with such progress, there is still a great deal of work to be done, and we must recommit ourselves to end this practice in our country.

Pope Francis calls us to end the use of the death penalty and said that in light of the upcoming Year of Mercy (which is to begin Dec. 8,) he declared, “we have to renew our efforts in calling for the end of the use of the death penalty.”

“Pope Francis, like his predecessors, provides a clear and prophetic voice for life and mercy in calling for all people of good will to work to end the use of the death penalty.”

“In anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States in September, we join our voices with his and continue our call for a culture of life,” As a people of life, we say it is time for the U.S. to abandon use of the death penalty.

We want people to pray for victims of crime and their families and to reach out to support them. We need to educate people about church teaching on the death penalty and criminal justice; working for legislation to end capital punishment; and change the debate in favor of defending life.

In November 2005, the bishops approved the statement on the death penalty calling on society to “reject the tragic illusion that we can demonstrate respect for life by taking life.” It built on the 1980 statement by the bishops that called for the abolition of capital punishment.

Go to their web site for more info.

KCADP at 785-235-2237

Special Olympics Fund Raising and Volunteering

Ministry of Care Heart  topgolf

Blue Valley Special Olympics:

Top Golf

Social Concerns is a proud sponsor and volunteer provider for the main fund raiser for Blue Valley Special Olympians! This funds the purchasing of uniforms, equipment, awards and entry fees when the “Olympians” participate in local, regional and state events.

November 2017 is next date of the event, atTop Golf


Great family activity to attend and/or volunteer for!  Get a new Ascension Volunteer Tee Shirt for volunteering.      Contact Jean in the office for more info


Support Ministry for those who are ill and their caregivers

Ministry of Care Heart  Corporal Work of Mercy:  Care for the Sick  Spiritual Work of Mecy: Counsel the Doubtful/Comfort the Afflicted

Fear Not!!!!!


Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise ,God will deliver you out of them.  He has kept you hitherto, do you but hold to his dear hand and He will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand He will take you in His arms.  Do not then look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day.  Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.  Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.                                 St. Francis De Sales

Care for the Sick and the Caregiver:

Are you finding it a struggle, dealing with a major change in health with a spouse, parent, sibling or a friend?  You are not alone.  We offer comfort, support and companionship during difficult times.  Ascension is planning a new support ministry for caregivers on the 2nd Thursday of the month beginning in the fall.  We also offer a Respite Ministry where someone can come to your home and give you some much needed time away (and your loved one with a new pal!)  We can help with meals, an ear to listen. We can help with meals, bring Jesus in the Eucharist to the sick!  Please contact Jean in the office for more info or with questions.  

BIGGSteps Toward Cancer Prevention

 Ministry of Care Heart  

Corporate Work of Mercy:  Care for the Sick

Spiritual Work of Mercy: Pray for the Living and the Dead

HELP with BIGGSteps toward cancer prevention!

Race coming Aug 19, 2018

Our own parishioners, Nate and Kelly Bukaty, run this fun, family friendly morning to honor a friend who died of Cancer. Ascension Social Concerns is helping out this wonderful cause in honor of all our parishioners who have died from, are living with or survived any form of cancer. It is a super opportunity for your whole family to participate in a race, a family fun run or Kids’ dash, breakfast and fun! It occurs at the KU Edwards Campus so it’s right in our neighborhood (Quivera and 127th St)! Or sign the family up to volunteer to help!

Click here to:  Sign up to race or volunteer   (put Ascension in the slot for group)

more info available on BIGGSteps web site  


7:00 a.m: Late registration and packet pick-up begins in the Best Building on the KU Edwards Campus

8:00 a.m: Late registration and packet pick-up ends.

8:15 a.m. Kids’ Dash will be held before the start of the 5K and 10K

8:30 a.m: 5K and 10K Start

8:35 a.m: 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk Begins

9:30 a.m: Awards Ceremony

*all times are approximate




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Prayer for Work *

Creator God,
thank you for providing us with the gift to share our talents.
Provide our community, our nation, our world the fortitude to provide work for all which is decent and fair. Make us faithful stewards of your creation to enhance the human dignity of our global family. We ask this in the name of Jesus,who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit now and forever.  Amen.

Upcoming Workshops – 8:30 AM 

Catholic Career Roundtable Job Club (CCR) invites you to our  March workshops, Saturday, March 4, 11 and 18.  We facilitate workshops for job seekers at Good Shepherd Parish (12800 W. 75th St. in Shawnee) on Saturday mornings between 8:30 AM and 10 AM During the workshops, we discuss strategies to improve the effectiveness of your job search. We talk about target companies, networking and the many free resources you can use to help you find meaningful employment.

 Our job club is open to everyone. Please tell anyone you know who is going through a job transition about this opportunity.

For additional information, go to CatholicCareerRoundtable.com and remember to check out our “Resources” tab. There are no fees to use our website or to attend our workshops.

Catholic Career Roundtable (CCR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, go to CatholicCareerRoundtable.com and click on “Donate to CCR”; or, mail your donation directly to: CCR Job Club, 7000 W. 99th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212.

We will be in the Community Room on the Northeast side of the Good Shepherd Campus. See below for address.

Location Information Good Shepherd Parish  Social Hall12800 W. 75th Street Shawnee, Kansas 66216   

We help people who are unemployed and looking for work. Our ministry helps with networking, occasional job openings and resume’ writing. We work through Catholic Career Roundtable.THE CATHOLIC CAREER ROUNDTABLE (CCR)
is a collaborative effort of several parishes.Our focus is to assist employers in finding qualified employees and connecting job seekers to those employers.

Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions and requires us to eradicate racism and address the extreme poverty and disease plaguing so much of the world. Solidarity also includes the Scriptural call to welcome the stranger among us—including immigrants seeking work, a safe home, education for their children, and a decent life for their families. In light of the Gospel’s invitation to be peacemakers, our commitment to solidarity with our neighbors—at home and abroad—also demands that we promote peace and pursue justice in a world marred by terrible violence and conflict. Decisions on the use of force should be guided by traditional moral criteria and undertaken only as a last resort. As Pope Paul VI taught: “If you want peace, work for justice” (World Day of Peace Message, January 1, 1972).

The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. Employers contribute to the common good through the services or products they provide and by creating jobs that uphold the dignity and rights of workers—to productive work, to decent and just wages, to adequate benefits and security in their old age, to the choice of whether to organize and join unions, to the opportunity for legal status for immigrant workers, to private property and to economic initiative. Workers also have responsibilities—to provide a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay, to treat employers and co-workers with respect, and to carry out their work in ways that contribute to the common good. Workers, employers and unions should not only advance their own interests, but also work together to advance economic justice and the well-being of all.

Scriptural Foundations

Human dignity finds special expression in the dignity of work and in the rights of workers. Through work we participate in creation. Workers have rights to just wages, rest and fair working conditions.


References from the Catechism

  • 2428 – In work, the person exercises and fulfills in part the potential inscribed in his nature. The primordial value of labor stems from man himself, its author and its beneficiary. Work is for man, not man for work, Pope John Paul II, On Human work (Laborem Exercens), 6.
    Everyone should be able to draw from work the means of providing for his life and that of his family, and of serving the human community.
  • 2433Access to employment and to professions must be open to all without unjust discrimination: men and women, healthy and disabled, natives and immigrants, Pope John Paul II, On Human work (Laborem Exercens),19; 22-23.  For its part society should, according to circumstances, help citizens find work and employment, Centesimus annus, 49.

Practicing Faithful Citizenship