Garage Sale 2019

2018: What a week!  $33,000 plus!                                  See you 2nd week of June, 2019

Sale Dates:   June 8-15, 2019

Hundreds of opportunities to help!  As you know, the Garage Sale helps fund the youth groups outreach and Social Concerns Ministries.

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Wednesday, June 12:
3:00pm-7:00pm – PRE-SALE FOR PUBLIC ($5.00 per person) (Volunteers needed are Sorters/check out help)
Thursday, June 13: Opening Day – 8:00am-4:00pm Sale (Volunteers needed for Sorters/check out help)
Friday, June 14: 8:00am-2:00pm – Sale (Volunteers needed: Sorters/check out help)
Saturday, June 15: 8:00am-Noon – Bag Sale (Volunteers needed for Check out help);
11am-2:00pm – Volunteers needed for Clean up (Lots of men with strong backs)!!

Garage Sale Set up:  June 8th – through 12th.  Sale:  12th – 15th, 2018!


Please drop off items in the Parish Hall. (Lower Level) Please do not leave items before or after scheduled hours!

Sunday, June 9: 8:00am-4:00pm – Drop Offs
8:00am-2:00pm-Heavy Pick Up***
Monday, June 10: 8:00am-4:00pm – Drop Offs
Tuesday, June 11: 8:00am-4:00pm – LAST DAY for Drop Offs/


COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, TELEVISIONS, ELECTRONICS: We will once again offer electronics recycling at no charge during the garage sale, Monday thru Thursday. Look for the recycling truck in the parking lot.  
***We offer pick up of furniture and large items within the boundaries of the parish on Sunday, June 9, only from 8:00am-2:00pm. To schedule a pick up or obtain additional information, contact Amanda Cushenbury 706-7491 or e-mail at We request a  $5.00 donation for this service.

Respite for Special Needs Kids


The Special Needs Ministry of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is happy to announce that our Respite Care program has begun!  Funded by a grant from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Respite Care Program offers families who have a child with a disability a break from caregiving!  The Respite Care program takes place at Holy Cross School in Overland Park.  It is held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. usually on the last Saturday of the month with a few exceptions during the holidays.  We have wonderful staff and volunteers, several of whom are professionals in the field of special education or a related profession.  All are caring and compassionate.  We have a registered nurse on staff as well as a program coordinator, and coordinators for art, music and recreation activities.


We invite you to take advantage of this program and to inform other families you may know who would benefit. For more information, including the dates of upcoming respite care evenings, and/or to register, go to or you may call Audrey Amor, our Respite Care Program Coordinator at 816.739.1197. She is a teacher so she may not answer during the day.  Leave a message and she WILL call back.  Audrey will fill out the registration form over the phone and visit with them about the specific needs of their child!!

Garage Sale – Volunteers Needed

Set Up and accepting donations :  June 9th (9-11),    June 10th (8-4)  June 11th (8-6pm)

Volunteer Sale :  Tuesday, June 11 (3-6p)

set up June 13th (8-12)

PreSale ($5 admission) 3pm-7pm

SAle:  Thursday, June 14: 8-4,                                      Friday (1/2 price on most items) (8-2p)                    Saturday ($5 and $10 bag sale) (8-12)

Sign up to volunteer! 

Dates for 2018:  Drop off “treasures:  June 10-12th.  Sale is 13th- 16th.

Garage Sale is Social Concerns #1 (and only!) fund raiser of the year.  This helps fund the many ministries we participate in to fulfill the corporal and spiritual works of Mercy.

We have it the 3rd week of June (week after VBS, week before Father’s Day).  It is a very family friendly ministry and kids can make a serious dent in their service hour requirements!  We ask that kids younger than high school  be accompanied by parents to volunteer, but all are more than welcome to help!

This is a GREAT ministry for busy people because it is a one week “one and done” for most of the positions, even lead positions.  Please contact Jean in the office if you want to explore chairing an area of the garage sale.  (  You do not need to be present the whole week or all day.  You may want to “share the fun” with a friend.  We need people to set up the areas but have plenty of volunteers to help out!

Our Common Home


Common Home Ministry Presents:                                                          Laudato Si’
Creation Care: A Call to Action for People of Faith
Wednesday, May 29th 7 pm
Church of the Ascension: Parish Hall
9510 W 127th St. Overland Park, KS
Pope Francis challenged us all with one simple question in 2015: “What kind of world do you want to leave those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” As we approach the fourth anniversary of the release of his groundbreaking Laudato Si encyclical, all people of faith are called to evaluate our response to this question. Msgr. Stuart Swetland will tackle what exactly Pope Francis is calling us to and what we can do to answer that challenge.
Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland, S.T.D., was ordained a priest in 1991. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy. Elected a Rhodes Scholar in 1981, he entered the Catholic Church while studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford. He has a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford; a M.Div. and M.A. from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary; and his S.T.L. and S.T.D. from the Pontifical Lateran University. He has an honorary Doctorate in from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. He currently serves as the President of Donnelly College in Kansas City, KS, where he is also Professor of Leadership and Christian Ethics. He also hosts the television show Catholicism on Campus on EWTN and Go Ask Your Father on Relevant Radio.

Take the Challenge, Ascension!

Say “NO” to Single-Use Plastics

These are ideas that you and your family can pledge to do in response to Pope Francis’ call for us to “counteract the throwaway culture which affects the entire planet.”

  • Refuse/say NO to disposable plastic whenever and wherever possible. Choose items that are not packaged in plastic, and carry your own bags, containers and utensils. Say, “no straw, please.”
  • Reuse durable, non-toxic straws, utensils, to-go containers, bottles, bags, and other everyday items. Choose glass, paper, stainless steel, wood, ceramic and bamboo over plastic
  • Reduce your plastic footprint. Cut down on your consumption of goods that contain excessive plastic packaging and parts. If it will leave behind plastic trash, don’t buy it.

 Recycle what you can’t refuse, reduce or reuse. Pay attention to the entire life cycle of items you bring into your life, from source to manufacturing to distribution to disposal.

Participate in a beach, stream, river, park, road cl

Support local bans on single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam.

Avoid microbeads: Tiny plastic particles, called “microbeads,” are a growing source of ocean plastic pollutition.  Microbeads are found in some face scrubs, toothpastes, and body washes, and they readily enter our oceans and waterways through our sewer systems. Avoid products containing plastic microbeads by looking for “polythelene” and “polypropylene” on the ingredient labels of your cosmetic products.


Watch the 5 minute video featuring Pope Francis by either visiting the YouTube link below:

From Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si:

“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” 

Click Here for “Do One Thing Video” to help understand how everyone doing one thing can change our world for the better and help all of us conserve and be responsible for our Earth.

A Prayer for Our Earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
 Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.
 Pope Francis Laudato Si

Please join Ascension’s Common Home Ministry in celebrating the Feast Day of St. Francis, the Patron Saint of Ecology!  We will be helping to care for the gift of God’s creation by cleaning up at Quivira Park and the stream and trail areas adjacent to it. Date: sometime Fall, 2019.  You will receive an assigned area to clean up, along with gloves and trash bags, provided by the City of Overland Park.  Kids can earn one service hour (non-corporal)  Treats provided afterwards!                                                                              What to bring:

  • Your Ascension Volunteer T-shirt, or pick one up at the park!
  • Your own refillable water bottle from home (coolers with water will be provided.)
  • Appropriate clothing and foot ware

There are plenty of open and easy-to-navigate park and trail areas for all ages to participate in cleaning.  However, if you’re willing to clean around streams and more heavily wooded areas, consider wearing long pants and sleeves and bringing bug spray.    Parents must supervise children at all times.

Thanks for caring for our Common Home!!If you are looking for ways to get involved at Ascension and/or care for the environment, we’d love you to join us!  If interested or for questions about the Common Home Ministry, please contact Jean in the office

Caritas Clinics

Ministry of Care HeartWork of Mercy:  Care for the SickSocial Concerns

Over the Counter Med Collection: February 16/17

Caritas Clinics is comprised of two clinics, Saint Vincent and Duchesne. We are doctors’ offices for  members of our community living in poverty with no health insurance.  Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, our mission is to reveal God’s healing love by improving the health of the individuals and communities we serve — especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Together we serve close to 2,000 patients annually and more than 60% live below the poverty level.  Most needed meds:                                          Allergy:  Allegra (Fexofenadine) Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Claritin (Loratidin)                   Eye Drops:  Opcon-A Naphcon-A Alaway                                                    Nose Sprays: Nasocort (Triamcinolone Acetonide) Flonase (Fluticasone propionate).  )       ONLY NEW, SEALED, UNEXPIRED MEDS PLEASE!

Clinics’ mission is to, in the spirit of the Sisters of Charity, reveal God’s healing love by improving the health of the individuals and communities we serve — especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Founded on the belief that health care is a basic human right, the clinics provide services to indigent patients, regardless of religious affiliation, with an emphasis on the values of compassion, respect of personal dignity, and a sensitivity to human suffering.

 Often referred to as a “safety-net” clinic,the clinics provide the same services as most family doctors in a welcoming, compassionate environment. The difference, of course, is that our patients have no insurance, not even Medicaid or Medicare, and no way to pay for their care. Our services include primary health care, medication assistance, and chronic disease management.

As safety net clinics, they provide primary health care, chronic disease management and medication assistance to very low-income, uninsured residents of Wyandotte County.

Caritas ClinicsMore info

We need volunteers!  Especially any Spanish speakers to help translate etc,

We could use some one to freshen up the flower boxes outside the front doors.

Medical and nursing providers who can volunteer on site once or twice a month, especially in the areas of general/family practice and gynecology,

People who can volunteer a few hours a week helping the office staff with special projects

located at: 636 Tauromee Avenue Kansas City, KS 66101 913-321-2626

Contact Jean in the office for more info…

Our Lady of Guadalupe Home

Green kids at Guadalupe HouseMinistry of Care Heart        Our Lady of Guadalupe                                       Corporal Work of Mercy:  Feed the Hungry

JOY placesetting  

A clip about their street ministry

If you want to help with cooking or serving:click here.

 Ascension is providing dinner and serving for  the Sisters and guests at this new shelter in KC, KS.    Our Lady of Guadalupe Home, operated by nuns of the Fraternity of Missionaries of the Poor of Jesus Christ, is a safe haven for homeless women.  It provides a safe place for them to stay with nutritious meals shelter and offers spiritual counsel to address and help resolve the issues the women guests face.

Servers should arrive at Ascension at 5pm to pick up desserts in St John’s hallway and pick up  the meal in the Ascension kitchen (cooked by the Knights previously) so as to arrive at the Guadalupe Home by 5:30 to warm the food and prep for dinner.  Desserts need to be dropped off by 4:30 (if you aren’t serving dinner)

2226 Troup Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66104 [1 ½ blocks South of Parallel Pkwy and 24th St]   913 499-7839


Read more about these wonderful Sisters and their Mission by clicking the link:


House of Hope

Ministry of Care Heart house_of_hope_kansas_city

Corporal Work of Mercy:  Give Drink to the thirsty (info and education)  Spiritual Works of Mercy:

We are providing  lunch and some of the paper and snack supplies they need on an ongoing basis.  More importantly, we are attending and planning a Bible Study/Prayer service for this house that gives hope to parents and troubled teen girls.  If you’d like to join in this wonderful ministry, you must be added to the list that goes and submit to background check, TB test and a formal registration process.  Contact Jean in the office for details.
Their residential program includes:
Christ-Centered Counseling for Teens and Parents
Structured Education at Hope Academy
Daily Spiritual Guidance and Teaching

House of Hope Kansas City is a non-denominational, parent-interactive, non-profit residential home and school for healing teenage girls, ages 12 through 17. They are a loving and transformational temporary home, designed as an intensive five phase program. The residential program requires parents and their daughters to enter fully into the healing process of individual and family counseling, as well as parenting classes. We also offer non-residential, outpatient counseling for families with struggling teens. Focusing on the family is what makes House of Hope Kansas City different and successful!

Click here to help with paper products.  Click here for their web site

info for volunteering needs at House of Hope:House of Hope vounteers 2

Adoptive and Fostering Ministries Support and Action

Ministry of Care HeartSocial ConcernsSocial Justice pub

Spiritual Works of Mercy:

  • To instruct the ignorant;
  • To counsel the doubtful;
  • To bear wrongs patiently;
  • To forgive offences willingly;
  • To comfort the afflicted;
  • To pray for the living and the dead.

Corporal 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

KVC  announces a unanimous decision that their team wanted to honor Colonial Presbyterian Church, Olathe Bible Church and Church of the Ascension for all of their generosity through their work with the Care Portal. Our staff and families can not say thank you enough for ALL that you have given to our communities!

Want to become a foster parent?

Take a Tips-Mapp class. It’s free & being hosted at Colonial  Pres.

(Ascension will even help with childcare costs)!

The next TIPS-MAPP (Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) TBA

This 10 week group allows an individual, couple or family to begin the process of becoming a licensed foster home.  This course: Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence: A Part of Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting is required by the State of Kansas in order to become a licensed foster home.  This course will be taught by Hannah Mabie (Certified TIPS-MAPP Instructor) & a co-lead.  This course is open to the community & is FREE of charge. As an offer of support for attending families, Colonial is happy to sponsor a childcare stipend to those who attend this course (information on the registration form).  Contact Jean in office for more details or Hannah J Mabie, BSW, TIPS-MAPP Leader Colonial Presbyterian Church12501 West 137th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221  Impact Ministries  Foster & Adopt Ministry, Coordinator:

You Thrve

Look at this flyer that outlines the problems and help for kids “aging out of foster system

Did you know Ascension is active in and supports the foster care and adoption ministry?  YOUTHRIVE is looking for people willing to engage in a mentoring-like relationship with a youth aging out of foster care in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties. They call these relationships “Support Families.”  Youthrive  ask for a one-two year commitment from each Support Family and a willingness to spend at least four hours per month face to face with the youth and have weekly contact in order to provide emotional support and empower the youth toward their goals for their future. Want to learn more?? Please contact Jean in the office for more info or Jackie Hodson at if you have any questions or would like to learn more about YOUTHRIVE’s approach

This is part of how we are helping to support  a ministry for youths who are aging out of foster care (mandatory age is 18).  These kids have some resources but precious few support people.  This ministry is looking for mentor families. These community volunteers will supplement and strengthen the youth’s existing supportive relationships by serving in a mentoring-like role. Unlike many mentoring relationships, the Support Family will be advised to avoid being directive in their coaching, but focusing instead on developing a youth-adult partnership of mutual learning. The Support Family will be guided to take a posture of encouraging and supporting the young adult as they learn to take ownership and responsibility of their own goals and decisions. The role of Support Family is not limited to married and single parents with children. Any adult over 25 years old can volunteer to serve as Support Family for the youth in our program. Their primary role is to commit to a family-like relationship of caring, encouragement and supportive coaching.

Please contact if you have any questions or would like to learn more about YOUTHRIVE’s approach.

careportal-logo_WHITE-WEB2Care Portal: One social worker from Jackson County, Missouri, recently quoted, “I have never seen such willingness to reach out with kindness to meet the needs of our struggling families and children. The response time is incredibly prompt and timely. Thank you with all my heart.”

Care Portal is designed to facilitate local church awareness of community needs. Through partnerships with respective state child welfare agencies,(foster kids, adoption hopefuls) social workers and nurses and case workers are communicating the needs of struggling families to Care Portal enrolled churches. This is the medium by which needs – vetted by independent, reliable sources – is now being easily passed to our church and many other churches in the KC area. For years, a divide has existed between the church and state.  Each has  largely worked independently to care for local children and families in  crisis.  CarePortal is changing that, moving the care model from the separation of church and state to the cooperation of church and state. Still in the early stages, CarePortal is helping local churches meet local needs they never knew about, while fostering cross-congregational cooperation and building new relationships based on goodwill and increased understanding.

They send out an email, with the needs of the family explained, and we can HELP by clicking on the email,  I will be emailing out the requests that I think we can help with.(for example some material requests, like beds, baby items, kitchen table, washer and dryer so far).. I will be emailing different active ministries.  If you can help with transporting things to the needy families, I would love to have your name!!!! Contact Jean in the office if you want to help or for more info.  click here for a video explaining Care Portal

Clothing closet in Olathe to shop by apt for Foster kids: Call 913-375- 2533.

Help with braces:SMILE!

Suicide Prevention

Ministry of Care Heart

Act Now – Stop a Suicide

What can you do when you are concerned about someone?

Suicide Hotline:  1 800-273-8255

Thanks to for the information summarized below, download entire document here.

Have you heard someone say:

  • Life isn’t worth living
  • My family would be better off without me
  • Next time I’ll take enough pills to do the job right
  • Take my (prized collection, valuables)–I don’t need this stuff anymore
  • I won’t be around to deal with that
  • You’ll be sorry when I’m gone
  • I won’t be in your way much longer
  • I just can’t deal with everything–life’s too hard
  • Nobody understands me–nobody feels the way I do
  • There’s nothing I can do to make it better
  • I’d be better off dead
  • I feel like there is no way out

Have you observed:

  • Getting affairs in order (paying off debts, changing a will)
  • Giving away articles of either personal or monetary value
  • Signs of planning a suicide such as obtaining a weapon or
  • writing a suicide note

Have you noticed the following signs of depression:

  • Depressed mood
  • Change in sleeping patterns (too much/little, disturbances)
  • Change in weight or appetite
  • Speaking and/or moving with unusual speed or slowness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach, or guilt
  • Thoughts of death, suicide, or wishes to be dead

If depression seems possible, have you also noticed:

  • Extreme anxiety, agitation, or enraged behavior
  • Excessive drug and/or alcohol use or abuse
  • Neglect of physical health
  • Feelings of hopelessness or desperation

What to look for — and what to do — if you are concerned about someone


  • Do take it seriously. 70% of all people who commit suicide give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member.
  • Do be willing to listen. Even if professional help is needed, your friend or loved one will be more willingto seek help if you have listened to him or her.


  • Do voice your concern. Take the initiative to ask what is troubling your friend, co-worker or loved one, and attempt to overcome any reluctance on their part to talk about it.


  • Do get professional help immediately. If the person seems willing to accept treatment, do one of the following…Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to find resources in your area. Bring him or her to a local emergency room or community mental health center. Your friend will be more likely to seek help if you accompany him or her. Contact his or her primary care physician or mental health provider. If the person seems unwilling to accept treatment…Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or a local emergency room for advice. and if all else fails… call 9-1-1.

What NOT To Do

  • Don’t try to cheer the person up, or tell them to snap out of it.
  • Don’t assume the situation will take care of itself.
  • Don’t be sworn to secrecy.
  • Don’t argue or debate moral issues.
  • Don’t risk your personal safety. Just leave, and then call the police.

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