Quick Links of Current Offerings of Support or Action

Corporal Works of Mercy:  All of them!

Spiritual Works of Mercy:  All of them!

All of below openings are listed in the posts in “service opportunities” Most are Family Friendly!!!! 

Lots available  all year long! 


City Union Mission Family Shelter:  May 15th.  We need desserts!  click here if you can help!

Community Supported Agriculture supports Catholic Charities New Roots for Refugees program.   Sign up to recieve produce every week from the refugee farmers for 22 weeks!  They are excited to announce a new aggregated CSA model – in 2019 customers will purchase a New Roots CSA share, and get to enjoy produce from all 16 farmers in the training program. We’re excited about this new model- it means better quality control and product consistency, more time for farmer education and customer engagement, a longer season, and a simplified sign-up and payment process. Our CSA season will be 22 weeks long, $21 a share ( $ 462.00 + Sales Tax ), and can be picked up at one of four locations throughout the metro. There are 100 spots available for CSA friends, so spots will be filled quickly.  More information and sign up available:    https://newrootsforrefugees.org/csa/

Advice and Aid is sponsoring a “Walk for Life” June 1st at 8:30 a.m., in the parking lot of our Overland Park Office located at 10901 Granada Ln. (I-435 & Roe). Come participate in the 2019 Walk for Life and raise awareness of, and money, for this life-affirming ministry in our community. The walk is a fun, family-friendly event with face painting, prizes, food, and prayer; the route is an easy 2 miles, so strollers and dogs welcome! The church with the largest team registered by May 19th will receive a prize. To register online and for additional information visit www.aapcwalk.org

2 opportunities to help our Sister Parish, All Saints!

They need help with their Parish’s commitment to serving the homeless and hungry at St Mary’s Food Kitchen on May 13th, June 10th, July 8th and August 12th.  10:30 am – 1:00 pm.  Eight people, high school age and up.  You serve a cafeteria style lunch.  Willa Gill is located at 645 Nebraska Ave in KC, KS.   Contact Pat Waliczek (913-371-4728) or email at twaliczek@kc.rr.com  if you are able to help on one or all of the days! 

Reusable Bag Drive:  We are collecting reusable bags for use at the Garage Sale.  Please drop off in containers in the Gathering Space weekend of June 2nd.

GARAGE SALE:  Lots of volunteers needed! June 8-15th  click here for sign up.  click here for a list of items and dates:

Religious Freedom Rally coming to Ascension June 30th.  Come to Mass at 11:45 with Archbishop Naumann , then come have lunch and ice cream at a good old fashioned rally! Booths and games for the kids, info and speakers for adults. Learn about our religious Liberties and have a great family day!  Click here for volunteer help (families welcome!)

Click here for a short video on religious liberty 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY RALLYarticle for an essay on religious liberty

Parishioners needing help:    

Dinners for the Cardins:  Please take a dinner and help!  sign up here:

Schemmels: (Visiting with Karen and dinners once a week): Visiting/Dinner

Divorced/Separated Support Groups: Catholic Divorce Survival Guide:  Begins March 20th  A support program for men and women dealing with the pain and changes this change in life causes on adults and kids.  This is a 12 week study/support/ prayer group beginning March 20th.Read about and sign up

Vocation Committee “31 Club” Sign up: Join other parishioners by signing up for one certain day a month to pray for vocations.  Click here for more info and to sign up!

Traveling Crucifix:

Our goal is that each weekend the Crucifix will be presented to a family, at the end of 1 Mass, before the dismissal. The presentation rotates to a different  Mass each weekend.  So one week will be at 4:30, the next at 8:15 etc.  Please go to the available spots and sign up for your Mass of choice and a week that you, as a family, can pray all week for Vocations to Priesthood, Sisters in religious life, married life and committed single life.  We will start this new ministry on October 14th at the 8:15 Mass and rotate each week from there.click here to take a week

Watch a video about Care Portal:  The way we help with foster care and helping keep families intact right here in our neighborhood!  Contact Jean if you want to be part of the giving.  Click here for a news report on impact of Care Portal

Hillcrest Transitional Housing looking for help in their 2nd hand store Click here to sign up!

Hope Faith Breakfast: (last Sat of the month):         Sign up to help serve,or cook or bring item

St Mary’s Food Kitchen

(2nd Friday of every month Lunches) ongoing: Sign up to bring salad or fried chicken

Guadalupe House:

Help the Sisters serve the  Homeless ”    (2nd Tuesday and 4th Wed)Help serve by providing items

Shalom House Dinners:

4th Tuesdays  Help to serve or bring desserts (or both!)

Adoration Hour for Respect Life

(Sat 4-5 pm) ongoing: Sign up for an hour!

Catholic Charities : Current Volunteer Needs Charities Web site

We are excited to announce a new vegetable delivery model for our CSA*– in 2019 customers will purchase a New Roots CSA share, and get to enjoy produce from all 16 farmers in the training program. Our CSA season will be 22 weeks long, $21 a share ( $ 462.00 + Sales Tax ), and can be picked up at one of four locations throughout the metro. Spots are limited- please sign up by April 19th to ensure you get a spot!  Interested members can find more information, including FAQs, at our website and then sign-up here! Questions? Feel free to contact Paw Wah Tamla, CSA Specialist, ptamla@catholiccharitiesks.org  *CSA is a unique model of direct farmer-to-consumer marketing that gives the consumer to interact more long-term with the people who grow your food. Customers pay at the beginning of the season for 22 weeks’ worth of vegetables throughout the growing season.

Family or Individual Volunteers needed at Villa St Francis!  Click here for volunteer application  Click here for Calendar

Catholic Charities publication on Volunteering as a Family:  



THE WHAT Prominent speakers from around the Archdiocese are invited to present a topic on the Dignity of the Human Life. Their presentations will aid in forming our consciences to combat the current culture.  Presentations will take place on Tuesdays during the Easter Season at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish in the Main Church at 7:00 p.m.  T HE LINEUP 4.23:  Humanae Vitae, Elizabeth Kirk, J.D. 4.30:  End of Life Issues, Monsignor Stuart Swetland S.T.D. 5.7:  In the Image of Divine Love: Man, Woman and the Dignity of Marriage, Sebastian D’Amico 5.14: Marital Fruitfulness: Infertility, Foster Care & Adoption, Elizabeth Kirk, J.D. 5.21: Protecting Families, Sam Meier, L.P.C.  5.28: Real Healthcare, Dr. Laurie Heap, M.D. 6.4: Presenting the Pro-Life Message to a Pro-Choice World, Joe Heschmeyer, J.D.

 THE TAKE AWAY Our goal is to find our own particular call to action in defending the value & dignity of human life in all aspects. St. Oscar Romero said, “The ones who have a voice must speak for the voiceless.” We also recommit ourselves to the fact that we were not made for this world, but eternal life.


International Missions and Mission Trip 2018


Ministry of Care HeartCorporal Works of Mercy:

  • To feed the hungry; To give drink to the thirsty; To clothe the naked;,To shelter the homeless; To care for the sick; To visit the prisoners

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

Mission Trip coming in May28 – June3, 2019:

 This year we are supporting and working at a home for the abandoned elderly! Click here for a video of the work that we’ve helped with!   LEAST 2018!.mp4   

We will have an initial meeting of all interested in attending on Feb 11th at 7pm in conferance room                                               

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It’ll change your life!  Click here to watch the video from last year!

 For pics from 2016 trip:2016

 There are two counties where we have provided assistance:   GUATEMALA:   Our main focus in Guatemala is a senior housing project for the elderly in Guatemala.  These seniors are often abandoned or neglected due to the severe poverty in the area and the seniors inability to provide any monetary support to the family.  There is no government programs to help.  We also “sister” with a parish, Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Xecoxol, Guatemala.  This is a remote, rural, mountainous community in the central region of that country.  Our primary  focus is establishing a relationship of prayer and support between our two parishes, with a secondary goal of providing money to provide educational opportunities.  We currently are helping 12-15 kids with educational assistance to improve their lives in an area where farming is the main source of income for their parents.  Economic conditions are challenging for these parents living in a poverty area so extreme it is hard to imagine.  We have taken several trips to get to know the Parish and to assess what needs we 

refugees2015_insideCatholic Near East Welfare Association:  Catholic Near East Welfare Association :They give voice to our Church on the near east, the refugee situation, what we are doing (and can do) to support them.   This Ascension supported pontifical mission supports projects and programs of emergency assistance and relief; care and rehabilitation; education and human development,  is an advocate for justice and peace and is committed to informing the public of the issues affecting the peoples of the region. From building churches in Syria to providing clean water systems to war-damaged villages in Lebanon – from providing health care to the poor in Iraq to caring for orphaned children in Jordan – from providing job opportunities to unemployed Palestinians to helping train priests in Iraq, the Pontifical Mission is the Holy See’s relief and development agency for the Middle East. This is funded through our Parish Tithe (We tithe as a Parish from the general Parish income. through the Faith in Action Ministry.) 

We also finance the mailing of monstrances and rosaries made by our parishioners to needy places throughout the world, including India, and far east and near east parishes.

Contact Jean in the office for more info and to confirm mtgs.  jhinman@kcascension.org Meetings:   Second Monday of each month; Beginning at 7:00PM