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
“Never tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception and do not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with courageous determination. Christ is with you: be not afraid!”
– Pope John Paul II
Corporal Work of Mercy: Give drink to the thirsty
Spiritual Works of Mercy: To instruct the ignorant, To counsel the doubtful. To admonish sinners. To bear wrongs patiently. To forgive offences willingly. To comfort the afflicted. To pray for the living and the dead
Respect Life Activities,Fall and winter Click below for schedule:
The Respect Life Ministry has one weekly hour of Adoration. Our hope is that volunteers will sign up as an opportunity to pray for all LIFE issues. The time is every Saturday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. This is a opportunity to be with Christ peacefully – either alone or as a family!
The Respect Life Ministry, along with the Knights, are sponsoring The Baby Bottle Boomerang to raise needed funds for the Wyandotte Pregnancy Clinic and Advice and Aid. The clinic, sponsored by the Archdiocese, provides services at no cost to women and families dealing with an unplanned pregnancy (and that care can continue for the first few years.PLEASE use this as an educational opportunity for your family to discuss how this donation helps families and helps save babies!
40 Days for Life …(NO CURRENT TIME)a groundbreaking, coordinated, international pro-life mobilization to end abortion in our city – and beyond. You’re invited to peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil outside of the Women’s Health Center abortion clinic, located at 4840 College Boulevard in Overland Park, Kansas. Please help spread the word about this important community outreach. For more information, visit the 40 Days for Life website: www.40daysforlife.com/overlandpark. 40 Days for Life: Sign up to peacefully and prayerfully protest abortion. Ascension covers 2 full days (March 7 and April 2) with at least 2 people per hour. Click here to help
We have a hidden jewel in our Archdiocese. We have an adoption agency located in KC, KS that has an excellent record of finding babies for adoptive parents. Currently, the average wait time for approved prospective parents is only seven months.
St Joseph Adoption Ministry has been placing babies with Catholic adoptive parents across the nation since 2001.Sister Dolora May is the executive director They have developed a national network with adoption professionals which affords them with access to babies born across the United States.
They could place more babies if they had more prospective parents!! This is truly a hidden jewel. For more information on SJAM go to their web site at www.CatholicAdoptionMinistry.org . Please spread this good news!
Roses for Life Campaign and Rose Procession: Jan 15th: We do on Sanctity of Life Sunday (3rd weekend of Jan usually) where we commemorate Roe v Wade and we send notices to State Legislators
LIFE CHAIN: (1st weekend in October) is a nationwide peaceful, prayerful hour of prayer on public sidewalks supporting the dignity of and right to life.
Pack ‘n Play Collections: Respect Life Ministry is out to help stock area pregnancy centers where girls or women go who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Giving hope sometimes looks like a blankey! Need: crib sheets, baby clothes, onesies, jammies,” wearable” blankets, diapers, wipes, anything for a new born up to age 1 (Done in October)
Rose Procession: Masses on Sanctity of Life Sunday 1/17/16. 10am and 5pm
January 22nd, 2016 will mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade which made abortion legal and has since resulted in the deaths of more than 50 million unborn children in our country alone. Each year the Respect Life Ministry organizes a procession during Masses on Sanctity of Life Sunday 1/18/14. We are in need of a lot of young helpers to represent each year of life chosen since Roe v Wade. We especially need teens and those in their 20’s. If you or any of your children are able to participate in one of the Masses, please click on the link
Roses for Life: Paper Roses will be available for parishioners after all Jan 17th Masses with a request for all registered voters to fill out the slip of paper attached. The”roses” are brought to our state legislators during the March for Life on Jan 22nd to show our support for LIFE and ask that they vote pro-life. This is a very visible sign for our legislators to help show we stand for LIFE!
Each Monday Morning one of our ministry members will work from a check sheet to tidy up the church. A typical day is started in the Parish Office picking up our cart (full of items that may need restocking in the areas we tend to) and check sheet.
We then check around areas in the church to see if there is anything that looks out of place of needs tidying. Areas of concern are the Gathering area, cry room, Bride’s room, Bathrooms, Sanctuary and Sacristy, Adoration Chapel, Adult Community Room, Adult Faith room and the Reception area.
Supplies are then inventoried and the cart is restocked. When we return to the Office we review the needs of supplies and notify any maintenance issues we find.
Monday Morning Marthas is a great honor, making our Church, community room, and faith rooms neat and pleasant for those we extend a welcome to!
Contact Jean Hinman with any questions or for further information on how to get involved at email@example.com.
MOYCprovides all Ascension Catholic mothers with children of second grade age and younger with spiritual enrichment to strengthen faith and friendships through fellowship, prayer, family activities and community service. We encourage and welcome all mothers of young children who are interested in fostering Catholic values and traditions in their families to join with us. MOYC meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. Please contact Jamie Kahm at 913-226-1776 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jill Gonterwitz at 913-481-2031 or email@example.com.
Mothers of Young Children (MOYC) provides all Catholic mothers of children of second grade age and younger with spiritual enrichment to strengthen faith and friendships through fellowship, prayer, family activities and community service.
We meet for fellowship, faith and friendship on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm in the lower level. Each month we will have an activity or a speaker relevant to mothers raising Catholic families.
Our faith and spirituality are the guiding principles of MOYC’s mission. We value building friendships with Catholic moms and expecting moms through prayer, reflection and discussion. During the monthly meetings, we offer prayer, bible study and rosary group. We also participate in Adoration and monthly Moms at Mass. We encourage and support other faith-filled experiences within our parish as as well.
Moms’ Night Out
Our adult activities provide an opportunity to gather for more friendship and fellowship in various locations around town each month. Join us for good food and great times!
Children’s Playgroups and Outings
Playgroups are organized into small groups based on your children’s ages and are hosted in various members’ homes or your playgroup’s choice. Please contact the playgroup chairperson to join! Children’s outings are open to all members each month and provide another opportunity to build friendships while visiting a wide variety of places and events throughout the area. Activities are organized to accommodate both stay-at-home moms’ & working moms’ schedules.
We host two children’s parties for MOYC families each year—Halloween and Valentine’s Day. These are a great opportunity for families to celebrate together. MOYC also hosts the parish-wide Advent Family Festival and Easter Egg Hunt, giving our time and talent to the parish community.
Each June we host a one-week miniature vacation bible school for MOYC children. Each day we meet for one hour in the lower level for a bible study, songs, crafts and snack.
MOYC engages in various community service projects each year to support other mothers, our parish and our community. New moms and those dealing with unexpected situations within the group receive meals from other MOYC moms. We also encourage and support various groups within our area specific to mothers, young children and families.
Support of Ascension Activities
MOYC supports the annual Parish Picnic. We are also in charge of planning the Kids Korner room at Mardi Gras, our parish-wide fundraiser.
A group of Catholic men who strive through fellowship to understand and live a life in keeping with the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. There are no dues or obligations. The group offers an opportunity to share ones faith informally and discuss the challenges faced by men in light of the gospel and Catholic teaching. The group meets Thursday evenings at 7:30pm and Friday mornings at 6am.
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.
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.