Garage Sale 2019

2018: What a week!  $33,000 plus!                                  See you 2nd week of June, 2019

Sale Dates:   June 8-15, 2019

Hundreds of opportunities to help!  As you know, the Garage Sale helps fund the youth groups outreach and Social Concerns Ministries.

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Wednesday, June 12:
3:00pm-7:00pm – PRE-SALE FOR PUBLIC ($5.00 per person) (Volunteers needed are Sorters/check out help)
Thursday, June 13: Opening Day – 8:00am-4:00pm Sale (Volunteers needed for Sorters/check out help)
Friday, June 14: 8:00am-2:00pm – Sale (Volunteers needed: Sorters/check out help)
Saturday, June 15: 8:00am-Noon – Bag Sale (Volunteers needed for Check out help);
11am-2:00pm – Volunteers needed for Clean up (Lots of men with strong backs)!!

Garage Sale Set up:  June 8th – through 12th.  Sale:  12th – 15th, 2018!

Donations

Please drop off items in the Parish Hall. (Lower Level) Please do not leave items before or after scheduled hours!

Sunday, June 9: 8:00am-4:00pm – Drop Offs
8:00am-2:00pm-Heavy Pick Up***
Monday, June 10: 8:00am-4:00pm – Drop Offs
Tuesday, June 11: 8:00am-4:00pm – LAST DAY for Drop Offs/

PLEASE NOTE – WE DO NOT ACCEPT: LARGE ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS, LARGE ARMOIRES, PING-PONG or poker or foos ball TABLES, ENCYCLOPEDIAS, MAGAZINES, EXERCISE EQUIPMENT, APPLIANCES, CHRISTMAS TREES, LOOSE FLORAL ITEMS, BABY CRIBS, CAR SEATS, MATTRESSES, WINDOW BLINDS. WHEN IN DOUBT CALL BEFORE YOU BRING!!!! NO SOILED, TORN, BROKEN OR UNUSABLE ITEMS.

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, TELEVISIONS, ELECTRONICS: We will once again offer electronics recycling at no charge during the garage sale, Monday thru Thursday. Look for the recycling truck in the parking lot.  
***We offer pick up of furniture and large items within the boundaries of the parish on Sunday, June 9, only from 8:00am-2:00pm. To schedule a pick up or obtain additional information, contact Amanda Cushenbury 706-7491 or e-mail at amandacush@gmail.com. We request a  $5.00 donation for this service.

Respite for Special Needs Kids

 

The Special Needs Ministry of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is happy to announce that our Respite Care program has begun!  Funded by a grant from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Respite Care Program offers families who have a child with a disability a break from caregiving!  The Respite Care program takes place at Holy Cross School in Overland Park.  It is held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. usually on the last Saturday of the month with a few exceptions during the holidays.  We have wonderful staff and volunteers, several of whom are professionals in the field of special education or a related profession.  All are caring and compassionate.  We have a registered nurse on staff as well as a program coordinator, and coordinators for art, music and recreation activities.

 

We invite you to take advantage of this program and to inform other families you may know who would benefit. For more information, including the dates of upcoming respite care evenings, and/or to register, go to www.archkck.org/specialneeds or you may call Audrey Amor, our Respite Care Program Coordinator at 816.739.1197. She is a teacher so she may not answer during the day.  Leave a message and she WILL call back.  Audrey will fill out the registration form over the phone and visit with them about the specific needs of their child!!

Our Common Home

Common Home Ministry:                           

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.” 

A Prayer for Our Earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
 Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.
 Pope Francis Laudato Si

Please join Ascension’s Common Home Ministry in celebrating the Feast Day of St. Francis, the Patron Saint of Ecology!  We will be helping to care for the gift of God’s creation by cleaning up at Quivira Park and the stream and trail areas adjacent to it. Date:  Saturday, October 13 (no rain date) Time:  9:30-11 Location:  Meet at the shelter at Quivira Park   –   11901 Quivira Road.  You will receive an assigned area to clean up, along with gloves and trash bags, provided by the City of Overland Park.  Kids can earn one service hour (non-corporal)  Treats provided afterwards!                                                                              What to bring:

  • Your Ascension Volunteer T-shirt, or pick one up at the park!
  • Your own refillable water bottle from home (coolers with water will be provided.)
  • Appropriate clothing and foot ware

There are plenty of open and easy-to-navigate park and trail areas for all ages to participate in cleaning.  However, if you’re willing to clean around streams and more heavily wooded areas, consider wearing long pants and sleeves and bringing bug spray.    Parents must supervise children at all times.

Click here to up by Wednesday, October 10th so we have plenty of supplies and treats for everyone!  Thanks for caring for our Common Home!!If you are looking for ways to get involved at Ascension and/or care for the environment, we’d love you to join us!  If interested or for questions about the Common Home Ministry, please contact Jean in the office

Respect Life

Respect Life feet

“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

Listen to the sound of abortion:  Listen

Mary, we pray today for all mothers who are afraid to be mothers.

We pray for those who feel threatened and overwhelmed by their pregnancy.

Intercede for them, that God may give them the grace to say yes and the courage to go on.

May they have the grace to reject the false solution of abortion.

May they say with you, “Be it done according to your word”.

May they experience the help of Christian people, and know the peace that comes from doing God’s will.

Amen. 

Life Runners:   

Ascension’s Pro Life Ministry is forming a team with Life Runners.  At life runners.org, on the sign up page (liferunners.org/join) there is an option to choose a chapter and from that drop down you will see Church of the Ascension listed as a chapter. Fill this out.  Then after you have registered, you can buy a shirt.  Please alert jean at jhinman@kcascension.org when you have registered.  The MISSION: Prayer and teamwork to cross the finish line that ends abortion. VALUES: Keep the Faith, Respect Life from Conception to Natural Death, Run so as to Win. TEAM: Teammates ages 1 to 101 in all 50 states and 35 nations.  Running optional.  Faith required. We believe in the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. We run as a Prayer, to defend children in the womb, so that they may be born and united with our Christian community.

We run to build Endurance, for the race is long and we must keep our eyes fixed on You Lord.
We run for Awareness, so our culture will view all human life as a reflection of Your glory Lord.
We run for Charity, to provide support for mothers and fathers tempted to abort their child, and healing support for post-abortion women, men and families.
We run to End abortion, for Christ died so that all may live. Guard us all, born and unborn, with Your PEACE, Lord. For in You, life is victorious. We pray and run in Your name, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Adoration Hour

Respect Life feet

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!

Adoration Sign Up

 Different Activities we do through the year:

 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 …Current!) 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 with at least 2 people per hour.  Click here to take an hour

A CATHOLIC RESPONSE TO THE DEATH PENALTY

ADOPTIVE FAMILIES NEEDED!

See our Web page for fostering opportunities

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: 3rd Sunday in January:   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 2nd weekend in  October)

We support the Gabriel Project also.The Gabriel Project is a ministry providing help to pregnant women in need. A “Good Samaritan” approach towards helping women in a crisis pregnancy.  

LINKS: 

We need to love not judge  ( a homily by the Archbishop of Boston)

 The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Pro Life Website:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Pro Life Activities:

 Project Rachel/Project Joseph – Healing After Abortion:

 

 

Roses for Life

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ROSES FOR LIFE!

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!

Monday Morning Marthas

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 jhinman@kcascension.org.

Catholic Divorce Ministry

The Archdiocese offers a weekend retreat called “Beginning Experience” for widowed, separated or divorced people. 

Contact Jean for info on registration, locale, etc
More info on their web site.

There is HOPE (and HELP!) for troubled marriages (even if you are divorced or well on your way)

RETROUVAILLE … A LIFELINE FOR MARRIAGES™

A program to Help Couples Heal and Renew their Marriages.
  • Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage?
  • Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse?
  • Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down?
  • Have you thought about separation or divorce? 
  • Does talking about it only make it worse? … Retrouvaille provides marriage help!
  • 1800-470-2230

Contact Jean in the office for more info 681-3348 or jhinman@kcascension.org

Divorced Catholic web site

detourfinalDivorce is a detour, not a dead-end.

Divorce is so difficult.  The foundation on which you built your life has now crumbled beneath your feet. You are searching for peace, for truth, for hope.

We invite you on a journey back to a life filled with promise and peace. Allow Christ to walk with you as you rediscover His healing and rejuvenating power through the wisdom, richness, and truth of your Catholic faith.

Faith and courage are needed to rebuild life after the end of a marriage.  You are encouraged to seek help from good people who have learned how to move ahead with rebuilding their lives.  Peer support groups, professional counseling, and kind people in your faith community are likely places to seek out support.

If you are separated, use this time to reflect on God’s will for you.  Attend Retrouvaille,  seek effective counseling from a professional…

If you are a single parent, seek help from other single parents.  Attend parent education opportunities through your local grammar school, high school, park district, or library.  Never speak ill of the other parent in front of the children.

If you are co-parenting, learn to share the children in a kind way.  Do not punish the other parent and do not punish the child for the relationship they have with the other parent.  Every time you talk poorly about the other parent, you inflict deep pain in the child.  Children whose separated or divorced parents continue to argue and fight have the greatest harm inflicted on them.

If you are divorced, attend peer support groups, seek effective counseling or coaching to help you manage the changes in your life.

 Catholic divorced Ministry

Women of Ascension

IMG_3588To glorify God by promoting spiritual growth, stewardship, fellowship and friendship among all women of the parish.

If you have questions or need additional information,
please contact Mary Connor at 913-579-3287 or at marykconnor@yahoo.com.

2018-2019 Women of Ascension Officers
President: Mary Connor
Vice President: Rena McCall

 

2018-2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Advent by Candlelight   6:30pm – 9:00pm ~ Parish Hall
CLICK HERE for more information
CLICK HERE to RSVP

Friday, January 25, 2019
Game Night  6:00pm – 9:00pm ~ Parish Hall

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Lenten Retreat  8:00am – 12:00pm ~ Church & St. Matthew/St. Mark Room

Friday, April 26, 2019
Blessings & Paintings  6:00pm – 9:00pm ~ Parish Hall

Mothers of Young Children (MOYC)

IMG_3587MOYC provides 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  Colleen Stack at 913-231-1672 or colleenksu@gmail.com or Mandy Uhlmansiek at 602-790-2781 or amanda.uhlmansiek@gmail.com.

Membership is only a few clicks away!

For the MOYC enrollment form please click here
Board Members 2018-2019, please click here

 OUR MISSION

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.

Monthly Meetings

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.

Spiritual Enrichment

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.

Children’s Parties

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.

 

 Little Angels

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.

Community Service

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 is in charge of coordinating, prepping and setting up the Kids’ Korner area at Mardi Gras, our parish-wide fundraiser.  We also support the annual Parish Picnic.