Summer Plans 2018


We have some amazing trips and opportunities available this summer.
This is your invitation to serve, learn, grow and give.
Prayer and Action 2018 Registration

Ascension registration for Prayer and Action opens on Jan. 30st on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 15 spots (male/female split) for students (and 3-4 chaperones) per week. There will be a waiting list for others.

To register for one of our Prayer and Action mission trip weeks this summer, please fill out the following form. An email will follow a few days later with payment information and more detailed information.

Cost is $250/person. Chaperones attend at no charge.
Option 1: June 17-22
Option 2: July 15-20

If you have any questions feel free to call 913-681-7683 or email us at


LifeTeen Leadership Conference Application


Ascension will be selecting 4 young people who are upperclassman in high school to attend the Life Teen Leadership Conference in Atchison, Ks. The conference is from June 25th – 29th.

Please fill this form out and we will be prayerfully selecting 4 young people to attend and the conference at a reduced cost.
Cost is $200/person. Chaperones attend at no charge.

After this form is filled and sent and selected, your spot will be reserved for 21 days so that you can send your forms and money.

If you have any questions feel free to call 913-681-7683 or email us at



May 2018

July 2018


We have 2 trips for young adults (graduating seniors through college)

Wisconsin Pilgrimage and Road Trip


Ascension will be leading a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Help Shrine in Champion, WI, along with other holy sites in the state! This pilgrimage is open to any 18 year old graduating seniors, college students, or young adults in the parish. We will begin our travels on June 8 and return home June 12, 2018.

To register for this amazing opportunity to visit the only approved Marian apparition site in the United States, please fill out the form below. Our one-of-a-kind pilgrimage will include some amount of spiritual formation, hiking, camping, opportunities for Reconciliation, Adoration, daily Mass, prayer in community, and sampling of local fares such as cheese and pastries, plus the best road trip of your life!

Cost per person is $200, not including cost of food.

After this form is filled and sent, your spot will be reserved for 21 days so that you can send your forms and money.

If you have any questions feel free to call 913-681-7683 or email us at

Guatemala Mission Trip


Ascension will be leading a mission trip to Guatemala from May 28th-June 4th. Youth of the parish are invited to join. All students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent

To register for one of our Guatemala mission trip this summer, please fill out the following form. An email will follow a few days later with payment information and more detailed information.

Cost is $1200/person.

If you have any questions feel free to call 913-681-7683 or email us at

ZOOM – For High School Students



Zoom meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the YR.Any given night could include dinner, movie clips, small groups, deep conversation, flash mobs, games, improv, and more.

Each month is a separate topic. All high school students are welcome.

We are headed to Urban Air.  Pizza, Bouncy Fun, and a message to top.

$10  8/9 from 6-8 pm. 14401 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park Click Here For Waiver

All High School Students are invited.

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Young Adult

College age students digging into a book together.
College age students digging into a book together.



FOCUS is the Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools.  It is a diverse community of students, alumni, parents, faculty, clergy, and professionals from a variety of Christian denominations drawn together by a common faith and purpose.  Our purpose is to explore with independent school students a life of faith that is real, adventurous, intellectually sound, and eminently practical.

St. Paul’s Outreach:

College campuses are battlegrounds for the minds and souls of our young people, and many are leaving the Church. Only 10% of Catholic millennials attend Sunday Mass. Students are hungry for truth and meaning but most are not being reached effectively. Saint Paul’s Outreach (SPO) reaches these students around the country, bringing them back to Christ and the fullness of the Catholic faith. We build evangelistic communities that provide a unique quality and depth of formation in the Catholic faith and life.

Newman Connection:

Newman Centers are residence and Catholic ministry centers at non-Catholic universities throughout the world. These centers provide pastoral services and ministries to their Catholic communities, in particular to the Roman Catholic student population within universities throughout the world.


“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt loses its taste, how shall its saltness be restored?” Matthew 5:13
SALT is a new Catholic young adult group for the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas! Our mission is to offer spiritual fellowship. We also offer opportunities to give of ourselves in service and to evangelize in our community. Come check us out for faith, fun, and fellowship!

Salt Facebook

Jerusalem Farm:

Jerusalem Farm is a Catholic intentional community located in Kansas City, MO. Built on the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity we strive to transform our lives and those around us through service retreat experiences, sustainable living and home repair.

Catholic Volunteer Network:

Catholic Volunteer Network fosters and promotes full-time domestic and international faith-based volunteer service opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skills. As the leading membership organization of Christian volunteer and mission programs, we support and enhance the work of our members through volunteer recruitment, training and resources, networking opportunities, and advocacy.

Time to Socialize!

City on a Hill:

City on a Hill is a vibrant ministry seeking to serve young adults and their’s in and around the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri. City on a Hill provides unique opportunities for young adults to grow closer to Jesus Christ through prayer, catechesis, the sacraments, formation, small groups, retreats, fellowship, and service.

  • Tuesdays at the Boulevard
  • CCS: Catholic Challenge Sports
  • Young Catholic Professionals
  • KC Mass Mob
  • Catholic Beer Club
  • Reservoir: Young Adult Holy Hour
  • Second Saturdays on the Sidewalk
  • Opportunities for Leadership, Outreach, Formation and more!

Catholic Social Networking Sites:


– According to the site: “Launched at WYD08, Xt3 is the fastest growing social network of its kind, with members throughout the world from over 200 countries. Xt3 connects you with people who want to make a difference and helps you build a better world. Everyone is welcome.”

Busted Halo

Busted Halo is an online magazine for spiritual seekers, which means that they have engaging answers to almost every moral and Catholic question you can think of. They present profound spiritual topics in short, shareable videos and articles and are a great ministry tool and resource for any Catholic.

Word on Fire

Word on Fire uses art, entertainment, theology, and doctrine to connect readers to the mission of the Catholic Church and the life of Jesus Christ. You’ll see reviews as well as theological debates under the background of popular culture—check out this Star Trek Vs. Star Wars Debate article for a sample.

The Main Thing

The Main Thing combines reflections from daily life and current events with Church teaching to spread a message of conversion, discipleship, and stewardship. You’ll be challenged to seek out spiritual inspiration in your own life and to grow in your own faith.

Catholic News Agency

Think of Catholic News Agency as the five o’clock news of everything Catholic. You’ll find local and national Catholic news, movie and book reviews, as well as discussions on the moral and spiritual issues of the day.

Catholic Exchange

Catholic Exchange offers accessible articles and helpful tools for spiritual growth and evangelization.  You’ll find engaging Scripture meditations, topics, podcasts along with Catholic quotes that aim to increase your understanding of God’s word and work.

Curious how you should vote in 2018?


Calling all 6th & 7th graders and your friends to come join us. We meet every first and third Tuesday of the month from 5:30-630pm in the youth room. Parents keep any eye out for A2J email updates and off campus events. We encourage all 6th & 7th graders to coming experience our A2J culture of love, laughter, fun, and fellowship. Most importantly as we become our true selves in our journey to become Missionary Disciples and to know Jesus Christ and His Church.

Upcoming Events for all incoming 6th & 7th graders:

NOTE: Our kickoff event for Fall 2017 is Tuesday, Aug. 29!!! This is a fifth Tuesday because we will NOT meet on Tuesday, Sept. 5 due to Labor Day.

Fall 2017 Calendar (all dates are 5:30-6:30 in the Ascension Youth Center):

Aug. 29 – KICKOFF

Sept 19

Oct. 3

Oct. 17

Nov. 7

Nov. 21

Dec. 5



Stay tuned for updates on SPECIAL EVENTS during the year!

Any questions contact:

Ashley Burns
A2J Youth Coordinator


KairosKairos is an AWEsome retreat for high school juniors and seniors.

THE NEXT KAIROS IS COMING SOON…stay tuned and check back often.

You must be under the age of 20 and have not already attended Kairos from any school or church.   Kairos is a student-led retreat that focuses on gaining a better understanding of God, self, and others.  Church of the Ascension has modified the program slightly from the Catholic school model to accommodate the weekend time frame and has an intentional focus on the culture that is created.  That it be Christ centered, Catholic at its core, and open to all students if they are open to the experience. Ascension also has a few programs that follow up after the retreat.
Our pricing, duration, and frequency of the retreat has changed.  Our goal is to make it more powerful, more available, more accessible, and more Kairosy.


Cost is $55 per student. Scholarships are available upon request. Please email for more information

Just For The Parents

Family gathering at Thanksgiving. Adobe RGB.

This is a page dedicated just to the parents and especially the ones from Church of the Ascension in Overland Park.  It is both fulfilling

everyday and the toughest gig in town.  With little encouragement and seemingly the worst kind of help from the culture that surrounds us, this page hope to encourage and offer hope.

Feb 2016 Newsletter   Bishop Olmstead Letter

Spirit and Life

Spirit & Life

Confirmation Program- 8th Grade
This year we tried something new with the 8th grade students who were preparing for Confirmation (the kickstart of your faith life).

We are very proud however of the massive steps that were taken.  However, there is much to work to be done and especially this summer as we start to prepare for next year.  Please consider “walking” this journey of faith in S & L and help bring Jesus to young people.