Respect Life

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“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

Our Archbishop himself in an address at the March for Life said, “If you see only one movie this year, you should see the movie Unplanned”.  The movie, Unplanned, is a story about Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who basically had a conversion after witnessing an ultrasound guided abortion.  Here is a link to watch the trailer. 

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

Listen to the sound of abortion:  Listen

A testimony from a mom who used the pregnancy center we support:           click for a 2 minute movie

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.


Roses for Life Campaign and Rose Procession: Jan 2020:   

Life Runners:   

Ascension’s Pro Life Ministry is forming a team with Life Runners.  At life, on the sign up page ( 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 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

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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 …Coming in the Spring) 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:  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



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 . Please spread this good news!

Roses for Life Campaign and Rose Procession: Jan 13th 2019:   We do on Sanctity of Life Sunday  where we commemorate Roe v Wade and we send notices to State Legislators:  click here to help with signups the week of Jan 6th  Click here to be in procession representing the year you were born on Jan 13th  10 am and 5 pm Masses

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.  


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: