Fathers of St. Joseph 5-Part Miniseries

Starting April 28th at 6:30 in the Adoration Chapel

Just like Jason Bourne, each of us was born into conflict.  And just like the Bourne movies we need to know who our enemies are and how to defend and defeat them. Father’s of St. Joseph provides the road map complete with specific instructions for each man in order to not just fight the conflict but win.

To achieve happiness men need to be respected for their strength, intimacy, protection, risk & leadership. Trouble is its usually done by chasing pleasure, focusing on self and ignoring problems perpetuated by bad decisions. What is God’s plan for me? What does it mean to be a father? A husband? Why are relationships so hard especially with the ones I love?  Maybe you suffer but do you sacrifice?

Answers to these cosmic issues are specific to each man. Come learn to make the theological, practical as we present a 5 part miniseries beginning Apri1 28th at 6:30pm. The meeting will begin with prayer in the Adoration Chapel at 6:30, then it will transition into a meeting room (103, school side) at 6:45.

New men are welcome!

For questions contact James Moburg at 913-981-3906, jmoburg@gmail.com OR Phil Hernandez at 913-302-7530, phernandez@trinitykc.com.

What is a father suppose to be?

What is a father suppose to be?

Posted by Fathersofstjosephkc on Thursday, April 11, 2019

50 Ways to Celebrate 50 Days of Easter

For 40 days your family has fasted, prayed, and given generously.  These labors prepare our hearts to taste and see the goodness of our risen Lord.  Remember that Easter is not just one day or even one week.  Easter is a season of 50 days, celebrated until Pentecost.  Pope John Paul II once said, “We are a resurrection people, and Alleluia is our song.” 

Find ways to continue celebrating Easter beyond this week and beyond baskets of candy.  How have your Lenten practices prepared you to experience Jesus anew?  How might you continue living some of the positive faith practices you prioritized during Lent?  What would your Family Life look like if you practiced living in the joy of the Resurrection with the same vigor that you practiced living the penances of Lent?

50 Days of Easter: Ideas for Living the Resurrection as a family

The ideas in this list will not fit every family situation or schedule, nor are they meant to be practiced in entirety. Pick and choose what works best for your family. These practices are intended to be fun and enjoyable — so only choose what brings joy and life into your family. Most of the ideas in this list are not specific to the day or order listed (except as indicated in bold, pertaining to feast days). Happy Easter!

Be inspired to try something new. Prayerfully consider how Christ may be calling you into newness of life — individually and as a family unit. Live the Easter Resurrection!

50 Days of Easter

  1. April 21: Easter Sunday: Attend Mass together with your family (Ascension Easter Mass times: 8am, 10am. and Noon). Enjoy the sweets and bunny, but emphasize the Lamb!
  2. April 22: Make homemade dessert. For busy families, don’t overdo! A basic cookie recipe or rice crispy treats will suffice!
  3. April 23: Make something creative with all of those left-over, hard-boiled Easter Eggs.
  4. April 24: Try this simple Easter Cross Craft.
  5. April 25: Create a Resurrection Garden
  6. April 26: Go for a family bike ride on the trails.
  7. April 27: Pray a Divine Mercy Chaplet with your family.
  8. April 28: Divine Mercy Sunday: Celebrate with a Holy Hour here at Ascension.
  9. April 29: Have you signed your kids up for Vacation Bible School yet?
  10. April 30: Register for Family Day at Prairie Star Ranch (May 5th)
  11. May 1: May Day: Celebrate May Day by leaving a small bunch of flowers or a sweet treat on a neighbor’s porch.
  12. May 2: Kansas planting weather is in full swing! Plant something with your family. If you don’t have a particularly green thumb, start simple. Try potting fresh herbs (basil and mint grow easily) or plant a row of impatiens. For more adventurous growers, check out these ideas for a Marian Garden.
  13. May 3: Take a tour of the Brookside Art Fair
  14. May 4: Ribs for Kids at McGonigles
  15. May 5: Family Day at Prairie Star Ranch: If you like Trail Hiking, Fishing, Rosary Walks, Yard Games, Giant Inflatables, Gaga Ball, Tower Power, Pole Corral Rides, or Horseback Riding, then try Family Day at Prairie Star Ranch. Gates open at 9:00 am.
  16. May 6: See a family Movie together
  17. May 7: Fly a kite
  18. May 8: Plan a May Crowning
  19. May 9: Ride The Ferris Wheel at Scheels
  20. May 10: Hold a family brainstorming session for summer fun. Find ideas here.
  21. May 11: Try the Lenexa Art Fair (enjoy music, festivities, and a family friendly atmosphere)
  22. May 12: Mother’s Day
  23. May 13: Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
  24. May 14: Go out for ice cream with your family (Quicktrip has $0.59 soft serve cones!)
  25. May 15: Find new ways to emphasize and experience faith as a family during the coming summer.
  26. May 16: Visit Deanna Rose Children’s Farm (free after 2 pm, M-Th)
  27. May 17: Choose Summer reading at your local library or at Trinity House
  28. May 18: Do something Free!
  29. May 19: Church Hop (visit a historic Catholic church in KC Metro).
  30. May 20: Take a family break from screen time
  31. May 21: Make time for yourself
  32. May 22: Plan a summer splurge
  33. May 23: Go to Reconciliation as a family
  34. May 24: Go the Extra Mile with a Day Trip
  35. May 25: Ascension Couples Golf
  36. May 26: Arbor Day in Overland Park OR take your family to the Symphony (in an atmosphere any family can handle)
  37. May 27: Find more ways to keep your summer faith filled
  38. May 28: Spring clean and donate your extras to Catholic Charities or another charity.
  39. May 29: Take your child on a “Date”
  40. May 30: Feast of the Ascension Start a Family Novena to prepare for Pentecost (Join yourselves with Jesus’s Apostles and followers who prayed for the 9 days between the Ascension and Pentecost)
  41. May 31: Feast of the Visitation
  42. June 1: Enjoy Rose Day at Jacob Loose Park OR Pick berries at the Vaile Mansion Strawberry Festival
  43. June 2: Plan a family movie night at home.
  44. June 3: Vacation Bible School Starts today!
  45. June 4: Stay Close to Home
  46. June 5: Reset your outlook to take more positive notice of your child.
  47. June 6: Take your family to Old Shawnee Days
  48. June 7: Compose a thoughtful handwritten note for your child or spouse. Place it under their pillow or in a place they will find on their own.
  49. June 8: Reconnect with a friend of family member that you have not seen in a while.
  50. June 9: Pentecost

Purity Vs. Pornography

Resources for Parents (to help children avoid or turn away from pornography):

7 Steps to Protect your Family

Proactive Parents

The Smart Plan for Parents

How to talk to your kids about Porn

The impact of Pornography on Children

Book Recommendation: Good Pictures, Bad Pictures

Diocesan Resources:

Our House

7 Steps to Freedom


Apps and Software:

Catholic App-titude

Covenant Eyes

Most importantly, know that our priests are available to talk if you or one of your family members is affected by the destructive influence of pornography addiction or exposure.

Final Notes

Parent-Child “Dates”

Find time to spend time with your children one on one.  Dedicated parent/child time does not need to involve elaborate activities or extensive amounts of time. Take one child with you on a trip to the grocery store, or take one child out for ice cream or coffee.  Challenge yourself to ask questions and give affirmations rather than direction. Give your child time and space to express thoughts that the busyness of daily life might crowd out. Listen attentively; what can you learn about your child? 

Put Yourself in Timeout

For parents with children in the home, summer can offer its own set of challenges.  Give yourself permission to take “timeouts.”  Nurture meaningful friendships, find ways to prioritize your own spiritual growth, or plan a date with your spouse.  You will ultimately be a more effective (and happier!) parent if you consider your own needs too.  A few ideas: go on a coffee date with a friend; attend early morning Mass or Eucharistic Adoration by yourself; go for evening walks; spend time on enjoyable hobbies (i.e. gardening, baking, golfing, exercise — whatever fills you with life!)

Close to Home

Summer in your Home and Neighborhood

Indian Creek Trail: You are probably already aware that this 26-mile trail weaves through most of Johnson county.  Find new ways to use this resource with your family.  Parents might run together with teens, with younger siblings on bikes or scooters, or with littles in strollers.  Explore nature along the trail; make interesting stops; count bunny sightings or flower varieties.

Geocaching: first, get the app.  Second, enjoy the excitement of finding geocached treasure!

Game Night: Sometimes the classics are the best.  Share a game that you played as a child.

Crafts: Craft ideas can be simple, quick, and inexpensive … or elaborate and involved! For older kids, venture beyond glue and paper.  Make slime, jewelry, bath bombs, complicated origami, or a canvas painting.  Checkout online tutorials or library books to gather ideas and information. 

Staycation Splurges

When You are Looking for Something “Extra”

Note: The ideas listed below are not necessarily appropriate for family members of all ages. Some ideas work best for toddlers; others are only suitable for young-adults and older. Use your own parental discretion!

Tip: In some situations, buying a membership to a particular attraction is not much more expensive than visiting just once. Try rotating your memberships (Zoo, Science City, etc.) annually.  Taking a year “off” of a family favorite will make “on” years more enjoyable (and easier on your budget!).

Going the Extra Mile

Pilgrimage Destinations (that do not require airfare!)

St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park: (Centerville, Kansas):  If you are willing to drive one hour, you can walk where a canonized saint has walked and worked!  Besides learning about how St. Philippine Duchesne served the Potawatomi Indians during their forced “Trail of Death” march in the 1800s, you will learn about an event in U.S. history that should never be forgotten. 

The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration: (Clyde Missouri): This beautiful pilgrimage destination is just a 2-hour drive from home.  The Clyde Monastery chapel and grounds are filled with compelling statues, all nestled in an idyllic country setting.  On site, you will find a room of over 500 relics.  As a bonus, visit Conception Abbey, only a few miles away from Clyde. 

Vacation Pilgrimage: You can turn any family vacation into a mini-pilgrimage by visiting shrines, touring religious sites, or attending Mass at historic churches or Basilicas.  Rather than simply “fitting Mass in,” make Mass a meaningful priority and choose your location with care.  If you drive through St. Louis, don’t forget to stop here or here!

Mass Times: Find the perfect Mass time for your family adventure here.

Day Trip Destinations Beyond KC Metro

Weston: This historic Kansas community is a 50 minute drive from Overland Park.  Attractions include Green Dirt Farm and Creamery, O’Malley’s Pub, The Farmer’s House, and Pirtle Winery.  Celebrate Mass or participate in a self-guided tour at Holy Trinity, a breathtaking and historic Catholic church that is over 100 years old. 

Miami County: This Kansas community offers a great escape from city life with only a 30 minute drive.  The Louisburg Cider Mill is a favorite local attraction (check their events calendar before planning your trip).  Families also enjoy the Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary (devoted to endangered large cats). 

Independence, MO: Visit the home of 33rd President Harry S. Truman, or tour his Presidential Library.  Children will love old-fashioned phosphates from Clinton’s Soda Fountain or a picnic lunch at Waterfall ParkSt. Mary’s Catholic Church, which was founded in 1823, is the perfect blend of historic grandeur and cozy-quaintness. An additional 30 minute drive will take you to Missouri Town 1855, where families can explore a living history museum, which includes a functioning blacksmith shop, a mercantile, and an old fashioned church. 

Kansas City: Free

Where to Spend Family Time (Not Cash)

Family Fundays: Bundle simple activities to create bigger family adventures.  Be mindful of your ages and stages; balance activities.  For younger children, a quiet morning at the Nelson-Atkins might be followed with a picnic lunch at Loose Park and time to play at the splash pad

Lea McKeighan (South): located in Lee’s Summit, this “ropes park” is one of the most unique parks in the KC metro area.  It offers extensive rope climbing structures, a zip line, bungee cord swings, musical instruments, and shade canopies.  This park will be of interest to a variety of ages.  Stop by the Miller J. Fields Splash Park (just a 2 mile drive) to cool off afterwards.  Tip: try packing a lunch to enjoy at the picnic area of the splash park.  For younger kids, the newly renovated Lea McKeighan North combines lower rope structures and a splash pad in 1 location. 

Beyond Books: Check local (KS & MO) libraries for events, classes, and offerings; you will find everything from 3-D printer labs to puppet shows.  Tip: check out activity books for easy fun around home (i.e. origami, baking, crafting, sewing, gardening, or various “how to” books). 

Favorite Parks: Antioch Park | Black Bob Park | Jacob Loose Park (don’t miss the rose gardens) | Penguin Park | Franklin Park | Swope Park | Roe Park (don’t miss the splash pad) | Valley Park | John Anderson Splash Park

Free Food: Seeking out free treats may sound like a trivial endeavor, but children (especially grade school aged) seem to love the adventure!  June 7th (National Donut Day): check Lamar’s for 1 free glazed donut per guest.  July 9th (Cow Appreciation Day): dress like a cow to receive 1 free meal per guest at Chick-Fil-A.  July 11th (7/11): free Slurpees at 7-Eleven

Crown to Market: Park and start your morning at Crown Center. Walk the sky bridge to Union Station.  Catch a cable car to the City Market. Grab farm-fresh produce or interesting spices; try the beignets (a kid-crowd pleasing favorite!).  Stop by Central Library on the cable car return. 

More Free Fun: Kaleidoscope | Moon Marble Company | The Money Museum | Lakeside Nature Center | Gorman Conservation Center | Deanna Rose (free after 2pm, M-Th) | Nelson-Atkins Art Museum | The Plaza Art Fair | Union Station | OP Farmer’s Market | Ernie Miller Nature Center | Kauffman Memorial Garden | Frontier Army Museum | Sprint Family Fun Days

Summer Faith Building

Faith and Fun: Pair faith-building with fun or recreational activities. Positive attitudes toward religion and practice of faith are often formed early in life.  If your family decides to wake up early for morning Mass, consider stopping for a donut or small treat after. 

Prairie Star Ranch: Did you know that there is much more to Prairie Star Ranch than Camp Tekakwitha? Attend PSR Family Day, tent-camp with your family, rent a cabin, or spend a day hiking around the grounds.  Check the Prairie Star webpage for availability and options. 

Face to Face: Attend Face to Face (first Sunday of the month in main sanctuary, 7:00pm. All ages welcome!) with your family or spend time in the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel.  For younger children, Eucharistic Adoration will probably need to be brief.  Consider your child’s particular disposition and capabilities.  Be firm with your expectations for behavior without being overly forceful.  Present Eucharistic Adoration as a privilege, not a chore.  

Summer Mass: Find an “extra” Mass time that works well for your summer schedule.  Look beyond your own parish for times that accommodate your schedule. 

Mass Times: Find the perfect Mass time for your family adventure here.

Church Hopping: Visit historic Catholic churches as parts of larger family adventures, or swap your usual weekend Mass routine.  Experiencing the rich history and architectural grandeur of historic churches helps illuminate the mystery and beauty of our faith.  Occasionally celebrating Mass with other Catholic communities helps children appreciate the universality of Catholicism. 

Historic Catholic Churches: | Our Lady of Perpetual Help | The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception | St. Peter’s Cathedral | Our Lady of Sorrows |Our Lady of Good Council | Holy Rosary | St. Vincent De Paul

Online Resources: Check catholic web pages and podcasts for other faith enrichment ideas.  Here are a few favorites: Catholic Icing, The Messy Family Project, The Catholic Podcast, Catholic Sprouts, Formed, and School of Faith daily Devotions (audio downloads available).