Spiritual Work of Mercy: Comfort the Afflicted/To pray for the Living and the Dead
RESPITE CARE Respite is a rewarding ministry giving companionship and care to a homebound person; while allowing their caregiver some much needed time away. Men and women are needed to become volunteers. Volunteers serve in their own parish. You must go through training prior to becoming a volunteer. If you are a care giver or are ill and could use a volunteer, or if you would like to become a volunteer, please contact Mary Ann Woodward @ email@example.com or 897-3258 or Jean in the office.
Spiritual Work of Mercy: Pray for the Living and the dead
Corporal Work of Mercy: Care for the Sick
We provide prayers and Holy Communion at least 2 times a week in all of the assisted living facilities within our borders and to the homebound. One of our priests visits to celebrate Mass or Sacrament of the Sick every other month, and we try to gather the residents who are our Parishioners once a week for a communal prayer service with Holy Communion.
We offer Holy Communion daily at St Luke’s South.
We are in need of EMHC’s to help with assisted living facilities, homebounders and hospital. We seek out our Parishioners and provide a prayer and distribute Holy Communion. Historically we each take the same day of the month (for instance the 2nd Tuesday)and that stays the same every month. Some choose to serve more than 1 day a month.
We NEED you!
If you tell me when you are available, I will slot you in. The greatest part of this ministry is it flexible as to time. Sundays are pretty routine, but you could do Sat. I will hook you up to shadow someone. If you want something place specific like ONLY HOMEBOUND or a specific assisted living or only hospital, tell me that too. Thanks! Jean
All of these day slots are one on one visits with our Parishioners, which means you can go at your convenience anytime during your slotted day. And the day you go on is not written in stone. The facilities have a binder with the list of Parishioners and their room numbers at the front desks. Please contact Jean in the office if interested in this very rewarding outreach. If you have children, this could be a lovely family activity. If another day fits your schedule better I will “team you up” with the other EMHC going and you can split the load! Contact Jean in the office for more info. You must be a commissioned EMHC at Ascension to participate in this ministry. Next training/commissioning is March 5th.
If you can help in this ministry, contact Jean in the office for open slots.
is the “blanket making” ministry of Church of the Ascension. We gather one time a month (on the 1st Thursday of the month) to make blankets, talk and generally enjoy each other while we sew. Bring your machine! You can come and just get material and take it home or you can learn how to make the blankets! We have people willing to teach you! We send over 150 blankets a year to our parishioners who are ill or hurting, along with friends and family members of parishioners, so we need LOTS of sewers!!!. You don’t have to be an expert sewer (they let me come!). If you are looking for a family or “kid friendly” activity, we also need flannel blankets that we supply to troubled youth in facilities around our Parish (Come to the Rosary at 6:30 first!!) We meet in the St Luke’s room!
Questions: or If someone you know could use a blanket, contact Jean in the office. We send the blanket and a note and people LOVE them!
Another way to share your knitting talents is to make little cradles for a ministry to parents who have miscarried: Bridget’s Cradle ! And we have donated yarn!
For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Join us for the Rosary and Sacrament of the Sick and “Blessing of the blankets” prior to our meeting, beginning at 6:30 in Church. Covered in Prayer meeting follows in the St Luke Room.
Click here for more on: Marillac, one of our recipients of Covered in Prayer. We supply the Troubled Children’s Home with blankets which they are given when they enter the facility and keep with them when they get to go home. We volunteered for their Easter Egg hunt also.
Periodic support and educational meetings for help
AA- Sunday, 1:00-2:00pm / Wednesday, 7:00-8:00pm St John’s Room: (Farthest door to South and west of Church)
Al Anon- Sunday, 4:00-5:00pm St John’s Room HELP IS OUT THERE! Does someone you know drink too much or have a drug problem? Help IS available by calling 816 471-7229 for ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meeting or 816 531-2250 for NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meeting. Or you can ask for the family support groups called AL-ANON, ALATEEN, or NAR-ANON at 913 384-4653. Or the following web site:http://www.kc-aa.org/
Here is a GREAT article on the need of spiritual healing with addictions:The 12 step Review
Why do people take drugs?
In general, people begin taking drugs for a variety of reasons:
To feel good. Most abused drugs produce intense feelings of pleasure. This initial sensation of euphoria is followed by other effects, which differ with the type of drug used. For example, with stimulants such as cocaine, the “high” is followed by feelings of power, self-confidence, and increased energy. In contrast, the euphoria caused by opiates such as heroin is followed by feelings of relaxation and satisfaction.
To feel better. Some people who suffer from social anxiety, stress-related disorders, and depression begin abusing drugs in an attempt to lessen feelings of distress. Stress can play a major role in beginning drug use, continuing drug abuse, or relapse in patients recovering from addiction.
To do better. The increasing pressure that some individuals feel to chemically enhance or improve their athletic or cognitive performance can similarly play a role in initial experimentation and continued drug abuse.
Curiosity and “because others are doing it.” In this respect adolescents are particularly vulnerable because of the strong influence of peer pressure; they are more likely, for example, to engage in “thrilling” and “daring” behaviors.
So how do I resist peer pressure and live my life in a healthy, smart and uncomplicated way that helps ME be the best I can be?!
Peer pressure will be a fleeting thing in our lives. Peer pressure is largely about insecurity and a desire for acceptance for all involved. Most people eventually realize that intimidating others to feel important is manipulative and immature. Those who have been followers will usually realize it is more important to make their own decisions and be their own person than to be controlled by someone else. We must not give in to peer pressure, whatever the situation. Standing up for what we believe and what the Bible teaches will please God.
Throughout history, those who have been unafraid to stand on unpopular beliefs have been the ones to change the world and make things happen. There is so much in this world that we need to change, and so many people who need to be told about Christ. Letting other people decide what we do and how we behave is exactly what Satan hopes we will do; if we never stand up for what is right because of peer pressure, we are actually standing up for what is wrong.
Choose a Path
The following video illustrates a realistic scenario in which teens might be confronted with a decision about whether to abuse prescription drugs. How It Works : Click here for a choices video
First, a video clip sets up the scenario. At the end of each scene, viewers are asked to choose between two different paths. After viewers make their selection, the chosen scenario plays out. The video can be restarted to explore the outcomes of different decisions.
In addition the following materials are available at no charge from the National Catholic Council on Alcoholism and Related Drug Problems: “Prayers for the Addicted Persons and Their Loved Ones”, Serenity Prayer Bookmarks, Spirituality and Recovery from Addictions, “When They Won’t (or Can’t) Quit Alcohol or Drugs. 1 800 626-6910 or check out their web site: Council on addictions
IS YOUR CHILD VISITING STRANGE AND EXOTIC PLACES ONLINE?? Cyber Dangers are EVERYWHERE! Our primary concern as parents is safety. Find practical steps to protect computers, cell phones, and wireless devices along with positive resources about love and sexuality to help your family (and marriage) thrive at arch kck
Web sites for alcoholics anonymous and Al Anon: click here
PARENTS 1. Remember our adolescent children are watching us. Be a good example!
2. At adolescent events, should the adults be drinking alcohol?
3.Get to know your son or daughters friends and their parents.
4. Develop a code to get your son or daughter out of a bad situation.
5.Really question if sleep overs are necessary in the teenage years, especially those last minute sleep overs.(The Johnson county DA’s office reports more problems reach his desk that started with a sleep over.)
6.The average age of first drink in Johnson County is 13!!
7.Drinking before twenty-one is illegal and not a right of passage. The adolescent brain is still developing and in some cases the prefrontal lobe is not fully developed until age 25. Give them time to grow up.
8.Talk to your children about drugs and alcohol.
9.Grab and hug your kids even if they act like you’re smothering them. A parents love is what they need.
10. Pray! These are hard years because your child is discovering who they are and there will be difficult moments, but be there for them as a teacher of their faith.
SAFEHOME’s Mission is to break the cycle domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education in our community.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline:913.262.2868
Administrative Phone Number: 913.432.9300
All SAFEHOME services are free and confidential
SAFEHOME is the only accredited provider of shelter and comprehensive support services for victims of domestic violence in Johnson and Miami Counties, Kansas. At the shelter, SAFEHOME offers counseling and services to help victims of domestic violence and their children heal emotionally and physically, find employment and housing, and successfully transition to emotional and financial independence. Outreach Counseling offers support to individuals and families not living at the shelter and to those who are participating in SAFEHOME’s Transitional Living Program. SAFEHOME also provides community education and prevention, legal services provided by an on-site, licensed attorney and on-site advocacy at the Johnson County District Court and all local hospitals.
Corporal Work of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless,/Feed the Hungry
Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc.
**Annual Dinner and Auction on June 22 from 5:30-9:30 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
click hereto help (if you’ve been through training ) or to bring food:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ellen email@example.com with questions.
Spiritual Work of Mercy:To instruct the ignorant ; To counsel the doubtful;To comfort the afflicted; To pray for the living and the dead.
Family Friendly Opportunities:
1) Hillcrest Transitional Living is a ministry we already support at Ascension. They are ready to open a homeless adolescent shelter in Johnson County (yes, we have that problem!) They need some help getting it “turn key ready” for the new youth residents. Saturday October 7th from 9 am to noon then 1 pm to 5 pm. (Flexible hours within these hours okay also if you only have an hour or two.) 9324 Blue Jacket OP, Ks 66213. Bring the kids! There will be plenty for them to do also. Tasks: Move furniture, Deep clean apartments , Set up kitchens/ stock apartments/decorate, Make beds, Hook up a washer and dryer, Repair and clean up outside trash receptacle, Replace toilet
They also need some items you may have and want to donate:
Small desks and chairs (2), Small TV stand or wall unit, refrigerator, 2 twin bed frames, 2 twin box springs ,Decoration items (bathroom, kitchen, living area, bedroom)
Needs volunteers for their new thrift store! FAMILY FRIENDLY!!
MISSION HOPE THRIFT IS LOOKING FOR INVIDIVUALS WITH A HEART FOR SERVING!! WE DIRECTLY IMPACT THE LIVES OF THE HOMELESS IN OUR COMMUNITY!
We need volunteers to help us with the thrift store:
Cleaning and repairing furniture
Working with electronics and appliances
Driving a box truck to pick up donations
Sorting, cleaning, and pricing incoming donations
Merchandising and displaying
… And MORE!
Training is available! We welcome your service one time, weekly, or daily. We welcome you on your own, with a friend,
with your family, or with a group! Only certain volunteer roles
require committed scheduling.
To volunteer, or to learn more: Please call 913.831.8222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MISSION HOPE THRIFT is located at:
Regency Park Shopping Center
9148 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66212
(We’re southwest of 9st& Metcalf near New Theatre Restaurant,
Michael’s, Micro Center, and Natural Grocers, in the corner of the shopping center.)
Ascension sponsors 2 apartments (ONE NEW APARTMENT IN JO CO!) through this Kansas City area charity. We restock the apartments when the families graduate. We also sponsor several families for their Christmas needs through the Angel Tree at Ascension. We also help with monetary needs .
Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers homeless families, singles & youth a disciplined educational program within a caring, supportive environment. Unlike many organizations whose focus is one-time or emergency care, Hillcrest’s primary objective is to move clients from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days by addressing the total life situation of the homeless families they serve. Hillcrest also provides a transitional housing program for homeless teens and young adults, ages 16-21, who have an educational goal. This unique program offers housing & supportive services for up to 24 months.
In exchange for rent/utility-free housing, aduts are required by written agreement to find full-time employment, obey program guidelines and attend weekly volunteer-taught classes in life skills, employment, community living and budgeting. Hillcrest also provides to clients in the transitoinal housing programs the following, through a network of community support: auto repair/donation, food pantry, medical assistance, dental work, GED classes, haircuts, glasses, school clothes, work uniforms, etc. Always looking for volunteers to teach classes!
Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to build simple, decent homes and communities in partnership with God’s people in need all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. In fact, Church of the Ascension volunteers have been helping Heartland Habitat for Humanity to build decent homes and communities right here in Kansas City for the past several years, primarily in Wyandotte and Johnson County, KS.
Volunteering With Habitat For Humanity:
Volunteers drive Habitat for Humanity and people from all walks of life and ages are welcomed. Don’t have construction experience or building skills? No worries. There are many different ways to help out. You can help build homes, beautify neighborhoods by cleaning them up, volunteer at one of the Heartland Habitat ReStores, assist in the office, or even serve on committees and help with special projects that benefit the organization. Time commitments vary; some dedicate every day of the week. Others spend just a few hours each year. As a volunteer for Heartland Habitat for Humanity, you choose. All positions are a tremendous help that result, directly or indirectly, in the construction or repair of simple, decent and affordable homes and communities.
Upcoming Events: June 2016
Heartland Habitat for Humanity has reached out to the various churches of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in KS to participate in their “Building on Faith” program. This event involves the construction of one, single family home solely by volunteers from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in KS, including Church of the Ascension. Each church is being asked to provide between 6-8 volunteers for one day. There are also many volunteer hours needed on an ongoing basis, Tuesday through Saturday.
What to bring: Work clothes (long pants, work boots/shoes, work gloves, sun screen, tool belt/tools if you have them)
Volunteer Opportunities: Framing, installing siding, installing shingle roofing, installing sheetrock, electrical work, plumbing, painting, cleanup, landscape planting, general assistance, etc.
Must be 16 years or older and pre-registered (contact Greg Malmgren to do so)
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.