Lent Small Groups 2019

We will be utilizing, Opening the Word, Lent through Easter, Year C. This is a FORMED LENTEN STUDY.  This program offers prayer and insights for the Sunday Readings. Featuring a variety of experienced presenters including Dr. Tim Gray, Jules Miles, Dr. Scott and Annie Powell, Dr. Edward Sri, and Dr. Ben Akers, the videos are designed to facilitate thought and discussion for personal faith formation or in the context of a group meeting. 

Groups will meet in the mornings or evenings either at Ascension or at the home of an Ascension Parishioner.

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Childcare Information: free childcare is available for children 1 year and older.  Please use the childcare form button below to notify us of your needs.

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Sign up by February 19, 2019. Groups start week of February 24, 2019 or February March 3, 2019. 

If you would like assistance in signing up, please call Denise Greene at: 913-681-3348 x142
Mondays from 1-4 or Tuesdays – Fridays from 9:00AM-12:00PM or dgreene@kcascension.org

Questions?  Please contact: Liz Willman, Director of Adult Faith at: 913-681-3348 x139 or lwillman@kcascension.org

There is no cost for materials.  You just need to be a member of FORMED. 

To join:
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Once logged into FORMED, go to Study, then click on Opening the Word, Lent through Easter, Year C.  

You will need to go to each week and download and print the participant journal.

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Disciples Dwelling: A Catholic Young Adult Group

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Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible


Isaiah: Longing for & Welcoming the Saving Reign of God

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Matthew: The King & His Kingdom $30


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Mystery of the Kingdom: On the Gospel of Matthew $15

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Theology of the Body $15


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Every Day in Love $40/couple


All Things Catholic $25


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Apologetics 101: Defending What We Believe (And Why)


Dave Ramsey – Financial Peace University $50


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Forgiveness Class

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Pivotal Players: St. Augustine & Benedict $20


Why Jesus? – School of Faith


33 Days to Morning Glory $25

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Consoling the Heart of Jesus $25

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Holy Conversation Book Club $18


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Pietra Fitness

Thanksgiving Session  Advent Session  Christmas Session

Catholic Movie Nights

Unplanned 9/10  Breakthrough 10/8  Same Kind of Different as Me 10/22  Serra 11/12   Twelve Apostles 12/10


Fall 2019 Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Late registrations are welcome, but there is no guarantee that materials will be available your first day of class.  There could be a $10 late fee for late registrations.  See individual classes for deadlines.

Contact Liz Willman lwillman@kcascension.org with questions regarding these offerings.  For technical issues contact Ray Martin rmartin@kcascension.org.

Why Go To Mass?

by Fr. Tom Tank

Not  long ago while visiting with a Catholic, I  was taken back by the question, “Why should I go to Mass?”  My assumption is that Catholics know why they should go to Mass, but maybe I assume too much.  Hence this little piece Why go to Mass?  Every individual sharing in the Mass has his/her own reasons for doing so.  Here are some that deserve some consideration.


God gives us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.  Is it too much to give Him an hour of our time?  God gives us life itself and all our talents and abilities.  Isn’t it only right to say THANK YOU by sharing our time and ourselves with God?


We lead hectic lives, running in a thousand directions.  What’s the integrating thread that keeps it all together?  What reminds us what is really important in life and what may be interesting, but superficial? Taking time to draw back and being with God in prayer helps maintain balance and perspective and helps us keep on track.


Some people say that they can pray better by themselves alone in the woods.  Sometimes I can too.  But that doesn’t take away the need to join with the community in prayer and worship.  In the midst of a world that focuses upon the individual as the center of it all, we need to remember that we are creatures and children of an all-loving God.  We are part of a community of faith that communicates Christ to us and needs us to be active members of Christ’s body.  The Mass is the most perfect form of worship because it is my prayer in union with the prayer of others that is joined withbest prayer ever offered – the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.  No other form of prayer can take the place of Christ’s perfect gift of Himself and His sacrifice represented in the Eucharist.


Each of us carries with us some woundedness, hurts from others or our own sinfulness. We need forgiveness and the strength to forgive others.  We need God’s power to flow into our lives healing and renewing us in the spirit of Christ.  The Mass makes real the healing and strengthening presence of Christ whom we experience in Holy Communion as our Brother, our Savior and our God.


We lead by the example we give more than by the words that we say.  We can tell our children that we believe in God and are followers of Jesus, but if we don’t take time for God and show our fidelity to Him in prayer and example, our words will be hollow and our example weak.  Our young people learn to value what their parents value.  What are we sharing with our children?


We have a serious moral obligation to worship God through active participation in the Eucharist.  To neglect this wonderful prayer and to deny ourselves the grace of the Mass is seriously sinful and is in a way like spiritual suicide.  We have the serious obligation to make use of the means that God has given us to grow in holiness through union with Christ in the Mass and the Sacraments.


We need Christ.  We need a Savior.  We need to know that our life is of value and worth both here on earth and eternally.  We need Christ to keep us going in the right direction with what’s really important in life.  We need a personal relationship with Christ so that His word speaks to us and His presence is felt in our heart.  Christ is truly present in the Eucharist.  He gives his very self to us in Holy Communion.  To be embraced by His loving presence is such a wonderful and awesome gift.  Why deny oneself Someone so great and so loving?


“Keep holy the Lord’s Day” is the third commandment.  What better way to do so than to join in the perfect sacrifice, the perfect prayer of Jesus?  Jesus enjoins us “Do this in memory of Me!”  Ultimately we go to Mass as an expression of our desire to really love God with all our heart, soul and mind and that in turn helps us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

On the other hand, I often hear why people don’t go to Mass.  I imagine the reasons are as individual as the person, but here are some common ones.


Who ever said you were supposed to?  Do we only do something because we personally get something out of it?  We receive from God every moment of every day; is it too much to do something for God without expecting an immediate return?  We go to Mass to worship God, to thank Him, to draw closer to Him, not to get something more from God who already gives us everything.


Church is not a health spa for saints, but a hospital for sinners.  Yes, we have hypocrites at Church.  Can I say that I have never acted hypocritically?  I wish!  We go to Mass because we are sinners and need God’s grace and strength to live better lives.  If no sinners went to Mass, the church would be empty.  Some people stay away from Mass because they have a hard time with accepting or living some of the teachings of Jesus and the Church.  We need to remind ourselves we are all on a journey.  None of us has it all together yet, but we need to be present and open to Christ who will show us the way and give us the strength.


For people used to fast action and constant entertainment, the Mass seems boring.  As one young person put it “It’s the same old miracle every time.”  Is it the ‘same old’ or is it the ‘miracle’ that we experience?  The Mass is not entertainment.  It is prayer and worship.  We get out of something what we put into it.  Consciously entering into the miracle of Christ’s love present in the Eucharist will engage our mind and heart, indeed our entire life.


Most of us are over extended.  We have too many commitments and responsibilities.   Yet can we really be too busy for God?  Is an hour a week too much to give?  If we plan our Sunday around Mass rather than trying to fit Mass into a crowded weekend, we will never be too busy for the Lord.  If we don’t go to Mass, how much time do we really devote to prayer on our own?


Yes, most of us are subject to laziness.  It’s part of original sin and we can let ourselves develop some pretty lazy habits.  Laziness can lead to weakening and even loss of faith.  Just as we need to exercise our bodies to keep them strong, we also need to practice faith in order to strengthen it.  The best remedy to laziness is just simply DO IT!


When we are not living the life that we know we should, we feel guilty.  Guilt needs to be resolved rather than denied.  We have to face our guilt and seek forgiveness and search for a better way of living.  The Mass will challenge us and remind us of our guilt, but it can also bring us healing forgiveness and new life.


Unfortunately some have been disappointed and even hurt by the Church or its representatives.  Just as Jesus teaches us to seek forgiveness, He calls us to be forgiving.  Past hurts because of the human side of the Church shouldn’t keep us from experiencing its divine side wherein God shares his very self with us.  St. Paul enjoins us “forgive as the Lord has forgiven you”.


“I don’t need the Mass to be a good person.  I can be kind to others without going to church.”  That may be true, but being a nice and kind person is not the essence of being a Christian.  Loving God above all things is.  How am I really showing my love of God above all if I don’t take any time for Him?  And by loving Him we will have greater strength to follow the second commandment, to love our neighbor.

Jesus invites you to join Him each Sunday in prayer.  Come and experience the awe of God’s love and presence in the Eucharist.
4:30 p.m.
8:15 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
5:00 p.m.
Come to Me and I will bring you strength and peace!

Why go to Mass?  Ultimately each of us answers that question by the choices and decisions we make.  The answer lies in how seriously and personally we take the invitation of Jesus “Do this in memory of Me” and God’s commandment to love Him above all else.  God wants to be central to our lives.  Our choice is to make Him number one!

Live Lent!


Live Lent! will help you make the most of this season of preparation and spiritual renewal.

  • Gather weekly in small groups (7 weeks)
  • Get inspired by the Sunday Gospel readings
  • Explore Old Testament insights
  • Reflect and pray each day of the week
  • Take action in everyday life

Groups will meet in the mornings or evenings and NEW this year, there will be the opportunity to join a small group comprised of both Ascension parishioners and members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Sign up by February 20, 2017. Groups start week of February 26, 2017.

If you would like assistance in signing up, please call Denise Greene at: (913) 681-3348 ext. 142  Monday- Friday from  9:00AM-12:00PM

Questions?  Contact, Liz Willman, Director of Adult Faith at: (913) 681-3348 ext. 139 or lwillman@kcascension.org

COST FOR BOOK IS $7.00 DUE 1ST DAY OF GROUP MEETING  Please bring exact change or a check payable to Church of the Ascension.

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