Ascension Parish is sponsoring a movie Night!
- Thursday August 2nd
- 7:00pm in the Youth Room
- Recommended ages: 10 and up
- Popcorn and Snacks will be provided.
- RSVP requested – click “register” below
We offer this to incoming 1st graders, 3rd – 6th Grade. It’s a great program filled with activities, learning, faith experience and field trips. When signing up for this two week intensive program we ask that 1) participants attend each day and if they cannot then to register during the year and 2) that parents and kids attend 2 “in-person” enrichment sessions* and 2 other enrichment activities during the year.
*Until we get enough volunteer catechist and aides for each class if you didn’t attend the enrichment sessions then you’ll be put on a waiting list.
Welcome! We are looking forward to a great upcoming year. Our programs help young people to encounter Christ and follow Jesus. We seek to partner with parents by providing young people a formation program where they experience Christ through the sacraments, prayer, devotions, and dynamic instruction which fosters an active and conscious participation in the Christian life.
By Registering online you commit to:
~ Bringing your child each time we meet.
~ Allowing us to occasionally post pictures on our website/social media of your child (no names will ever be mentioned).
Parent Resources on Relationships, Love, Chastity and Sex
Chastity is an invitation to somethign real. It’s a holistic vision to authentic love.
A Parent’s Guide to Chastity Education by Bishop Samual Aquila
From Lifeteen.com (title within the link)
Parenting for Purity: Audio CD go to lighthouse Catholic Media
Meg Meeker, M.D., mother and pediatrician said this about how boyhood is at risk today:
As parents, we know that boyhood has been changing-for the worse. We remember when boys use to go trout fishing, sitting under a tree while daydreaming about the future, and now we fear that our boys are cutting themselves off from us with iPods, earbuds, and computer porn. [As parents] we grimace as our boys are inundated with cheap, nasty dialogue and graphic images that reflect cheap, nasty values and an impoverished imagination….Outwardly we go about our work but inwardly we hold our breath. Are our boys in trouble? If so, are they in more danger than past generations? Yes, and most definitely yes. But unlike some psychologists, sociologists, and educators, I believe that the trouble hurting our boys stem from three major sources: lack of close relationships with men (particularly fathers), lack of religious education, and aggressive exposure to a toxic media that teaches boys that the keys to a great life are sex, sex, and a bit more sex – and a whole lot of money and fame…We must be willing to see that our boys need isn’t simply more prescriptions, more money, more activities. What they need is us. You and me. they need parents who are willing to take a good hard look at what their sons think and what they are doing. They need fathers who will embrace their sons and watch them with the eyes of schooled hawks…The world has grown sad for our boys. But the good news is: we can bring them back. We can reinstitute some of the joy of boyhood for them, and we can ease their pressures (even the ones we think are beneficial for them, like earning good grades to get into an Ivy League school) by giving them the freedom to be boys: to simply enjoy pickup games of basketball in their neighborhoods, to find that save acreage of woods where they can hike and imagine, and to have that home library where classic adventure books await. To read more check out Meg Meeker’s book Boys Should Be Boys
God desires more than anything to give us his life – His very life is received through the 7 Sacraments. A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are traditionally received during the 2nd grade year (although older children and adults also receive these sacraments each year). The Sacrament of Confirmation is Traditionally received in the 8th grade year. Below is information about Sacramental Preparation at Church of the Ascension.
The Role of Parents:
First Reconciliation & First Eucharist Preparation
Preparation for a child’s First Holy Communion is 2 years. Children are to be registered in School of Religion one yearprior to their reception. For most child this means being in 1st grade classes prior to their 2nd grade year.
Preparation for Reconciliation and First Eucharist includes:
The Sacrament of Confirmation is a gift of the Holy Spirit which confirms our initiation in Christ which began at Baptism and calls us to be witnesses of Christ’s life and love. It also completes the Sacraments of Initiation. It is the beginning of the next step in ones spiritual journey.
2 Year Program
We have a two year preparation Program for all candidates preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Students must have completed Year I (traditionally 7th grade School of Religion) before entering into Year II (S&L).
Year I Confirmation
Students in Year I will show their readiness by doing the following:
1. Attend Weekly Classes from September – May
2. Complete any assignments given in class.
3. Perform 10 Service Projects (Stewardship Activities).
Each of these components are signs of their readiness to move forward in their Confirmation Journey. If one is unable to complete the above mentioned they will need to repeat Year I.
Year II Confirmaiton (S&L):
Completion of the things mentioned above are what we consider “signs of readiness” for Confirmation. It is important that each of these are completed and each candidate participates in each aspect of our program in order to be ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
We Need Your Help….Volunteer You can made a big difference!!!
Both VBS and Summer YFF need volunteers to make it happen. Please call the Youth Faith Formation Office for more info to to volunteer – 681-7683 or firstname.lastname@example.org
VBS 2018 will be June 4th – 8th
Vacation Bible School has become of of the highlights of the Summer for those who participate. Every year children come and leave excited and happy as they go through the rest of the summer signing the songs and doing the hand motions they learned. VBS is for kids pre-school 3 year olds – 5th grade (3 year olds need to be potty trained). We have both an AM and a PM session. Click Here for Registration and more information.
Our intensive Summer Program meets for 4 hours each day during the week from 8:30am to 12:30pm. It will be Monday through Friday the first week and Monday through Thursday the second week. It covers the same amount of material as the traditional weekly program during the year. These two weeks are filled with not only great instruction for our young parishioners in 1st & 3rd – 6th grades, but also has many other great faith filled activities. Call for additional information at 913-681-7683. Click Here to register & for more information.
The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few… Catechists and aides are needed for Pre-School – 8thgrade.
Would you give your “YES” to being one of God’s instruments to pass on the wonder and beauty of our Catholic Faith?
Please call us in the YFF Office at 681-7683 (We always have needs).
Catechists and aides needed for: