Recycling!

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Our Common Home!

Spiritual Work of Mercy: To Bear wrongswillingly! To admonish sinners, Corporal: Give drink to the thirsty

Ascension Recycles!

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.

Questions? Please contact Kalenna Coleman at Kalenna.Coleman@jocogov.org or 913-238-6880.

Overland Park Recycling:  Click here for more info

Le(n)t’s Get Personal

ToiletriesMinistry of Care HeartThis year we stocked Olathe Food Pantry with over $6000 worth of personal care items, none of which can be bought with food stamps!           WAY TO GO ASCENSION!!!

Coming again Lent 2019

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

IHN – Interfaith Hospitality Network

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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

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Blue Valley Special Olympics:

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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

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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