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!!

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

Respect Life

“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 Works of Mercy: Give Drink to the Thirsty

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. Amen. 

Annual Pro-Life Banquets

See Registration information below. Provide your contact information, specify Church of the Ascension, Table Host as Cindy Whitney (Respect Life Committee).  Contact for questions or additional information.   913-777-6493.   All banquets have a Silent Auction, and an opportunity to make a donation.  It is suggested that at minimal, a donation be made to cover the cost of the meal.


Wyandotte/Olathe Pregnancy Clinics “Evening for Life”
Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019
Time:  5:30pm Cash Bar/Silent Auction 6:30pm-8:30pm Dinner and Program
Location: Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS
Featured Speaker: Ashley Bratcher, who plays Abby Johnson in the movie “Unplanned”! 
To Register:
All Events/Info:


Kansans for Life (KFL) Valentine’s Banquet
Date: February, 2020 – Date TBD
Time:  TBD   Cash Bar/Silent Auction   Dinner and Program
Location: TBD  Featured Speaker: TBD
To Register:
All Events/Info:

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

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 Activites 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 and Olathe Pregnancy Clinics and Advice and Aid.  The clinics, sponsored by the Archdiocese, provide 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 2020:   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   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.  


Roses for Life

click here to help with Procession


Rose Procession: Masses on Sanctity of Life Sunday 1/17/16.   10am and 5pm

January 22nd, 2016 will mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade which made abortion legal and has since resulted in the deaths of more than 50 million unborn children in our country alone.  Each year the Respect Life Ministry organizes a procession during Masses on Sanctity of Life Sunday 1/18/14. We are in need of a lot of young helpers to represent each year of life chosen since Roe v Wade. We especially need teens and those in their 20’s.  If you or any of your children are able to participate in one of the Masses, please click on the link

Roses for Life:  Paper Roses will be available for parishioners after all Jan 17th Masses with a request for all registered voters to fill out the slip of paper attached. The”roses” are brought to our state legislators during the March for Life on Jan 22nd to show our support for LIFE and ask that they vote pro-life. This is a very visible sign for our legislators to help show we stand for LIFE!

Monday Morning Marthas

Each Monday Morning one of our ministry members will work from a check sheet to tidy up the church. A typical day is started in the Parish Office picking up our cart (full of items that may need restocking in the areas we tend to) and check sheet.

We then check around areas in the church to see if there is anything that looks out of place of needs tidying. Areas of concern are the Gathering area, cry room, Bride’s room, Bathrooms, Sanctuary and Sacristy, Adoration Chapel, Adult Community Room, Adult Faith room and the Reception area.

Supplies are then inventoried and the cart is restocked. When we return to the Office we review the needs of supplies and notify any maintenance issues we find.

Monday Morning Marthas is a great honor, making our Church, community room, and faith rooms neat and pleasant for those we extend a welcome to!

Contact Jean Hinman with any questions or for further information on how to get involved at

Catholic Divorce Ministry

The Archdiocese offers a weekend retreat called “Beginning Experience” for widowed, separated or divorced people. 

Contact Jean for info on registration, locale, etc
More info on their web site.

There is HOPE (and HELP!) for troubled marriages (even if you are divorced or well on your way)


A program to Help Couples Heal and Renew their Marriages.
  • Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage?
  • Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse?
  • Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down?
  • Have you thought about separation or divorce? 
  • Does talking about it only make it worse? … Retrouvaille provides marriage help!
  • 1800-470-2230

Contact Jean in the office for more info 681-3348 or

Divorced Catholic web site

detourfinalDivorce is a detour, not a dead-end.

Divorce is so difficult.  The foundation on which you built your life has now crumbled beneath your feet. You are searching for peace, for truth, for hope.

We invite you on a journey back to a life filled with promise and peace. Allow Christ to walk with you as you rediscover His healing and rejuvenating power through the wisdom, richness, and truth of your Catholic faith.

Faith and courage are needed to rebuild life after the end of a marriage.  You are encouraged to seek help from good people who have learned how to move ahead with rebuilding their lives.  Peer support groups, professional counseling, and kind people in your faith community are likely places to seek out support.

If you are separated, use this time to reflect on God’s will for you.  Attend Retrouvaille,  seek effective counseling from a professional…

If you are a single parent, seek help from other single parents.  Attend parent education opportunities through your local grammar school, high school, park district, or library.  Never speak ill of the other parent in front of the children.

If you are co-parenting, learn to share the children in a kind way.  Do not punish the other parent and do not punish the child for the relationship they have with the other parent.  Every time you talk poorly about the other parent, you inflict deep pain in the child.  Children whose separated or divorced parents continue to argue and fight have the greatest harm inflicted on them.

If you are divorced, attend peer support groups, seek effective counseling or coaching to help you manage the changes in your life.

 Catholic divorced Ministry

Women of Ascension


IMG_3588To glorify God by promoting spiritual growth, stewardship, fellowship and friendship among all women of the parish.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact
Rena McCall, President or Kari Conlan Vice President.

2019-2020 Women of Ascension Officers
President: Rena McCall (
Vice President: Kari Conlan (

WOA Event Schedule 2019-2020

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Wine and Cheese/Come and See ~ 7:00pm St. Luke Room

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Feast of the Assumption of Mary
9:15am Rosary  Church
9:45am Brunch  St. Matthew/St. Mark Room

Wednesday, September 11
Volunteer @ Happy Bottoms! 303 W. 79th St., KCMO
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Women’s Retreat: Doors to the Heart and the Sacred Space Within ~ 9:15am – 2:30pm St. Matthew/St. Mark Room
Cost: $25 – Sign up through Ascension Adult Faith Program

Tuesdays, starting October 8, 2019 (3 week course)
Women Gathering in Prayer ~ 7:00pm – 8:30pm St. John Room
No cost – Sign up through Ascension Adult Faith Program

Date, time and location to be determined
WOA Women’s Advent Study
Stay tuned!  More details to come!

Thursday, February 6, 2020
WOA Bunco Game Night ~ 7:00pm St. Matthew/St. Mark Room
Stay tuned!  More details to come!

Date, time and location to be determined
WOA Women’s Lenten Study
Stay tuned!  More details to come!

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Ladies Night Social ~ Off-site location
Stay tuned!  More details to come!

Mothers of Young Children (MOYC)

IMG_3587MOYC provides all Ascension Catholic mothers with children of second grade age and younger with spiritual enrichment to strengthen faith and friendships through fellowship, prayer, family activities and community service. We encourage and welcome all mothers of young children who are interested in fostering Catholic values and traditions in their families to join with us. MOYC meets the first Thursday of  the month at 7:00pm. Contact any of the following 2019-2020 Board Members with questions!


Mandy Uhlmansiek at 602-790-2781 or
Colleen Stack at 913-231-1672 or
Amy Threlkeld at 913-238-1899 or

Membership is only a few clicks away!
Please complete this online MOYC enrollment form and you may also click the button below to pay the annual membership fee.
Pay Dues Online


Mothers of Young Children (MOYC) provides all Catholic mothers of children of second grade age and younger with spiritual enrichment to strengthen faith and friendships through fellowship, prayer, family activities and community service.

Monthly Meetings

We meet for fellowship, faith and friendship on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm in the lower level. Each month we will have an activity or a speaker relevant to mothers raising Catholic families.

Spiritual Enrichment

Our faith and spirituality are the guiding principles of MOYC’s mission. We value building friendships with Catholic moms and expecting moms through prayer, reflection and discussion. During the monthly meetings, we offer prayer, bible study and rosary group.  We also participate in Adoration and monthly Moms at Mass.  We encourage and support other faith-filled experiences within our parish as as well.

Moms’ Night Out

Our adult activities provide an opportunity to gather for more friendship and fellowship in various locations around town each month. Join us for good food and great times!

Children’s Playgroups and Outings

Playgroups are organized into small groups based on your children’s ages and are hosted in various members’ homes or your playgroup’s choice. Please contact the playgroup chairperson to join! Children’s outings are open to all members each month and provide another opportunity to build friendships while visiting a wide variety of places and events throughout the area. Activities are organized to accommodate both stay-at-home moms’ & working moms’ schedules.

Children’s Parties

We host two children’s parties for MOYC families each year—Halloween and Valentine’s Day. These are a great opportunity for families to celebrate together.  MOYC also hosts the parish-wide Advent Family Festival and Easter Egg Hunt, giving our time and talent to the parish community.


 Little Angels

Each June we host a one-week miniature vacation bible school for MOYC children. Each day we meet for one hour in the lower level for a bible study, songs, crafts and snack.

Community Service

MOYC engages in various community service projects each year to support other mothers, our parish and our community. New moms and those dealing with unexpected situations within the group receive meals from other MOYC moms. We also encourage and support various groups within our area specific to mothers, young children and families.

Support of Ascension Activities

MOYC is in charge of coordinating, prepping and setting up the Kids’ Korner area at Mardi Gras, our parish-wide fundraiser.  We also support the annual Parish Picnic.