Advent Ideas 2018

by William O’Leary

Advent isn’t just about celebrating Jesus’s Birthday and his coming 2,000 years ago but it’s also about him coming again to judge the living and the dead. It’s a time to help us spiritually prepare for that. It’s never too early with your kids to focus on this. Also, Advent is about living in the presence of Jesus in the present moment.

Here is a really good video explaining “What are we preparing for – The 3 Comings of Christ”

1) I’ve attached this Family Advent Prayer Packet that you could do at dinner (or before bed) with the Advent Wreath. Check it out here.  

3) Don’t forget to Celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6th.

2) Various Advent Ideas from the following websites: Websites with ideas

3) Also some story book recommendations

4) Advent Sacrifices – http://www.holyheroes.net/aa/Advent_Adventure_Sacrifice_List.pdf

5) The St. Andrew Novena that is prayed from November 30th – December 24th. My Kids love praying this Novena!

6) Sign-up for the Advent Reflections that send one for both kids & adults – sign-up here

7) More great ideas Here

I hope you find the resources valuable! Take a little time to look over these so your family can have an Advent to Remember and grow in faith.

Mr. O’Leary is the Director of Youth Faith Formation at Church of the Ascension.  You can read more from him at relevantcatechesis.com.

Give Back Day-Mardi Gras

Mark your calendar for Mardi Gras Give Back Day
Thursday, January 4, 2019!

From 5:30pm – 7:30pm, the Kendra Scott Jewelry Store is “Giving Back” 20% of their sales that evening to our parish family!  Just mention ASCENSION when you enter the store!  It’s that easy!

Make it a “Girls Night” and go shopping with your best friend!  It’s a great night to shop for the special Valentine’s Day Gift too! 

Kendra Scott
4533 W. 119th St., Leawood, KS


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Abuse Scandal

Please find resources below regarding recent abuse findings in The Church:

Report Abuse

Archbishop Nauman’s Letter on Prayer for Healing from Clerical Abuse






Archdiocese of KCK’s Website: Response in Crisis

Statement from Archbishop Joseph Naumann Aug. 16, 2018

Statement from the National Review Board Calls for Lay Leadership Amid Sexual Abuse Crisis

Catholic News Agency- How To Talk To Children About The Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Report Abuse

The Archdiocese remains committed to investigating any allegation of abuse of a minor made against any member of the clergy or any church employee or volunteer — no matter the age of the incident or the current age of the victim. Individuals are encouraged to call the confidential report line at (913) 647-3051 (or visit archkck.org/reportabuse) to make a report to Jan Saylor, archdiocesan report investigator, and to call law enforcement directly. If a child or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, call 911.

Weekend Children’s Ministries

Let the Children Come to Me

8:15am Mass – Children’s Liturgy of the Word

  • What: Kids go to their own space during Mass to hear and talk about the Scripture readings
  • Who: Ages 4-8 year olds
  • Volunteer leaders still needed

10:00am Mass – K4C:

  • What: Drop your kids off while parents go to Mass
  • Who: Pre-School 3 and 4’s and Kindergarten
  • Volunteers still needed

Volunteer or Register

Contact the Youth Faith Formation Office for more information 913-681-7683.

Note: The Children’s Liturgy of the Word program has no charge but it would be helpful to have an idea of how many intend to participate.

Childcare Request

Free childcare is available for children 1 year and older.  Please complete the form below and indicate which session time you will be needing care.  Remember to checkout to complete the registration for your sessions.

Current Adult Faith Offerings

Church of the Ascension 2018-2019 Adult Faith Registration

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Paul’s Letters to the Colossians and Ephesians

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Ignatian Prayer Guided Experience $35

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Catholic Movie Nights

St. Bridget of Sweden 12/11


The “One Thing” is Three $30

AM Session  PM Session

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You Did it to Me $12

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33 Days to Merciful Love $25

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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told $30

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Holy Conversation Book Club $12

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Men of Ascension

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Late registrations are welcome, but there is no guarantee that materials will be available your first day of class.  There could be a $10 late fee for late registrations.  See individual classes for deadlines.  2019 classes will be advertised again and will have a later deadline date.  Feel free to register now for 2019 or wait until they are advertised again.

 

Contact Liz Willman lwillman@kcascension.org with questions regarding these offerings.  For technical issues contact Ray Martin rmartin@kcascension.org.

Sister Parish

Our sister parish project is with All Saints Parish in KC,KS.  Our Mission:  To share our faith, service and fellowship through the diversity of our culture. Located at 8th and Vermont Streets in Kansas City, Kansas, All Saints Parish has quite an interesting story to share from it’s one hundred and twenty-year-old history.  The parish, originally named St. Joseph, was founded by immigrant families, primarily of Polish descent, who built their homes and lives around the worship, social, and educational opportunities within their church. Over the years, this hard working and dedicated community was able to add a parish rectory, thriving grade school, gathering hall for social activities, and even a bowling alley to their parish complex.

Time, economic, and cultural changes altered the makeup and future of the St. Joseph community and its surrounding ethnic parishes.  Eventually St. Benedict, St. Thomas, and St. Cyril & Methodius had to close their doors, and their parishioners were then welcomed into the surviving St. Joseph parish. This combined community was then renamed “All Saints Parish”.   A statement from the church centennial celebration book is a testimony to the enduring faith and purpose of our sister parish.  “Although the makeup of the community has changed over the years, the goals of the parish are timeless:  that is to live according to the laws of God, and in doing so, gain everlasting happiness.  Despite the fact that members may be old or young, natural born or immigrant, Polish or Hispanic, rich or poor, these goals are superior to all obstacles that may occasionally block our path.” Ascension parish is humbled and honored to pair with such an inspiring sister parish, and we look forward to sharing our faith, service and fellowship through the diversity of our culturesClick here for All Saints web site

Tamale Dinner

Thank you for your support of the Tamale Dinner!

How to cook your tamales: Take all your tamales place them standing up in a colander or large steamer in a tall stock pot with a upside down bowl in the stock pot to keep tamales out of the water and steam for 90 minutes (you start counting 90 minutes when you first put it on the stove). Not when it starts boiling. Cook for entire 90 minutes, when they come out they will be soft and will harden as they start to cool. Eat and enjoy!