City Union Mission

Corporal Work of Mercy:  Feed the Hungry/Shelter the Homeless

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NEED DESSERTS and servers!

Men’s Shelter       Sign up to serve or bake   Feb 6

City Union Family Shelter:    Sign up for desserts!  May 15th

Cook dinner, prepare and serve the homeless population through City Union Mission, (men’s shelter and family center) several times a year.

Knights cook the dinner,  Ascension  makes the desserts! Servers pick up the meal in the Ascension kitchen and the desserts left in the St John Hallway and bring the meal down to the shelter to warm it up and serve! Times for prepping and serving vary depending on which shelter we’re serving, so please check the sign up genius for particulars.

Contact Jean Hinman with any questions or for additional information at 681-3348 x131 or

:        The Women and Family Center at City Union Mission is a safe haven for families and single women.  The men’s shelter provides a safe haven for men only.  There are many causes of homelessness in families, including financial setbacks, addiction, family violence, and mental illness. The Women and Family Center and the Men’s shelter provides a safe place to stay and sleep, nutritious meals, spiritual counsel, and case management to address and help resolve the issues they face every day.

City Union Mission Men’s Shelter  City Union Men’s directions
1100 E. 11th St
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-566-5085

City Union Mission Family Shelter  City Union Mission family shelter directions

1310 Wabash Ave,

Kansas City, MO 64127-2020


Le(n)t’s Get Personal

ToiletriesMinistry of Care HeartThis year we stocked Olathe Food Pantry with over $6000 worth of personal care items, none of which can be bought with food stamps!           WAY TO GO ASCENSION!!!

Coming again Lent 2019

Add donating full sized toiletries to your Lenten Alms! We supply these items to the many ministries we support. Diapers, Kleenex, toilet paper, baby wipes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, hairbrushes and combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and skin lotion

Johnson County Christmas Bureau

     Ministry of Care HeartJohnson County Christmas Bureau

Corporal Work of Mercy:  Clothe the naked,  Spiritual :  Comfort the afflicted.  We need used and new coats and outer wear.  This organization gives GREAT dignity to the parents so they can shop for their own kides during the Christmas season!

We need coats, scarves, hats, mittens! Collection is 1st weekend in November


Times available for Nov and Dec 2017!, Grade 6th – us old guys!  Need everything from “brawn” to “shopping escorts”

Click here for more info JCCB VOLUNTEER Sign2018 or go straight to

This ministry helps with collections of coats and books and provides a volunteer base to help needy families of Johnson Country “shop” at Christmas time. They help between 10,000 and 12,000 low income Johnson County Neighbors each year during the winter holiday season.  The neighbors we help have a family income below 150% of the poverty line and reside in Johnson County, Kansas. Most of those we help have a member of the family who works but simply does not earn enough to rise above 150% of the poverty level.  1 in 9 Johnson County jobs pay less than $10.00 per hour. 1/3 of all Johnson County jobs pay less than $15.00 per hour. It takes more than $15.00 per hour for a family of 4 to pull themselves above 150% of the poverty level.  The majority of the neighbors we help have a high school diploma and some college education.

This agency allows parents to shop for their children’s gifts! Everything is new in the store, except the used books and coats. The collection of used books goes on in the fall and coats goes on during the month of November and we collect donated coats and books from the garage sale.

Contact Jean in the Parish Office at 913-681-3348 x 131 or


Juan Ana Coffee

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Corporal work of Mercy: Give drink to the thirsty

$10.00 a bag.  100% of the cost goes back to the Mission and farmers. We sell Juan Ana Coffee at any time in the Parish Office.  Or click here and order it from their web site and have it sent directly to your door! Either way, 100% of the price goes back to the farmers in San Lucas Toliman. This is a program through the San Lucas Mission which is where we go for the service portion of our Mission trip.


  • The Juan Ana Coffee Program provides fair, consistent wages for more than 650 coffee farmers. In turn, these farmers provide the highest quality gourmet coffee.
  • To compliment the distribution of land, the program aims to continue to walk with the people in creating a supportive market for their primary cash crop.
  • All washing, sorting, grading, roasting, packing, weighing, and sewing of coffee bags is done by hand in the San Lucas Mission – providing a benefit throughout many levels of the community.
  • Our farmers’ Arabica coffee is grown under a full shade canopy at the ideal altitude (between 5,200 and 6,000 feet) in rich volcanic ash soil.

Eyeglass Donation


Corporal Work of Mercy:  Care for the Sick 

Spiritual:      To comfort the afflicted;

If you have old eyeglasses laying around please consider donating them!

We will collect them and redistribute them to people in need.

The collection box is located in the cabinet behind the bulletin boards in the gathering area marked “Social Concerns.”

Contact Jean in the Parish office with any questions:

Cell Phone Donation

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Spiritual Work of Mercy:    To comfort the afflicted;

If you have old cell phones in your cabinets or drawers, please consider donating them to Ascension for recycling!

We collect and send them to be redistributed to domestic violence shelters, senior centers, neighborhood watch programs, school crossing guards and other agencies with an immediate need for 911 access.

They take the phones, inspect them, erase any old data, clean them, change the batteries, and reprogram them to be used as 911 emergency phones. (Emergency 911 calls are free nationwide.)

Please: ONLY THE PHONE AND BATTERY. No Chargers or other accessories.

Collection box is located in the cabinet behind the bulletin boards in gathering area marked “Social Concerns.”

Contact Jean in the Parish Office with any questions:

Catholic Charities



All of below:  Contact  Kristin  or Cari (913.433.2080 or or


Needed Help: 

Front Desk Training:

Shalom Meal Ministry:
If you or someone you know would be interested in helping prepare a meal for the men of Shalom House, Catholic Charities’ men’s shelter, please let me know.  We are setting up some one-time dates in 2018 for volunteers and staff to cook/serve together.


Volunteer Opportunities:

Catholic Charities Web site        913 433-2100

Video on Catholic Charities       

Corporal Works of Mercy:

  • To feed the hungry;
  • To give drink to the thirsty;
  • To clothe the naked;
  • To shelter the homeless;

LOTS of areas available, from answering the phone to sorting clothes, to making phone calls, to stocking food, to  driving and pick up of items, to being a cashier, to handing out food, to hanging up clothes…  You name it, you tell them what they want, they’ll find a place for you!!


michelle carlstedt
Director of Volunteers
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
9720 West 87th Street | Overland Park, KS 66212
p: 913.433.2080
f:  913.621.4507
c: 913-909.2893

updated volunteer opportunities:

Citizenship Education Volunteer Tutor

Financial Mentor Program Final

Prison Ministry

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“I was in prison, and you came to visit me.”  Matt 25:36 

Please visit our website at

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Ascension began this ministry 15 years ago and now we do more than we ever thought possible.  And we have parishioners from several different parishes.We do visits to the Jo Co Jails 2 times a week, the juvenile facility one time a week and Wyandotte Jail 2 time a week.  We provide Catholic Bibles to the inmates when requested, Catechism Books, celebrate a Communion Service and do one on one visits as requested.  We get a priest to visit the inmates when available for Reconciliation and visits.  We provide the jails with used books for the libraries.  We distribute Catholic pamphlets and other materials as allowed and needed.  We also serve the ex offenders with ID’s, bus passes, underwear and Christmas Gifts through “Turnaround”, a ministry supported through the Diocese of KC, MO.  We are also doing a “letter writing mentor” program.  

The St. Dismas Prison Outreach is in dire need of volunteers for this expanding ministry.  We are looking for volunteers to cover both in prison visits as well as opportunities in other areas of this ministry outside the prison walls.

Become part of an exciting and successful program that changes lives.  The program is “Mentoring 4 Success”.  You can share the Gospel of Hope through correspondence with an inmate and/or you can become a mentor upon release. 

*****Or you could have your children make a card (either a classroom makes cards, SOR class or at home!)  Include statements of hope, Bible verses, drawn pictures  , etc.  Please only on cardstock or construction paper and colored pencils or markers only.  No Crayons! No staples!  First names only.

 Here are different activities we currently are engaged in,  Contact Jean in the office for more info.


Activity   Audience Description
Bread of Life  





Adult Men & Women





·         Olathe Detention Center – Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 PM

·         Gardner Detention Center – Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 PM & 1:30-2:30 PM in Maximum pods


·         JDC (915 W. Spruce) – Saturdays 7:00-8:00 PM


Bread of Life Adult Men



·         Wyandotte County Detention – alternating Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 PM
Mentoring4Success Adult Men & Women



Mentor matches done by KS DOC. Lansing for men, Topeka for women and juveniles.
Angel Tree Children of the incarcerated


This program provides Christmas gifts to children of incarcerated parents
Compassionate Correspondence Adult Men & Women This is a service within Mentoring4Success that matches local mentors with incarcerated men housed in distant facilities but releasing to the KC metro area. Mentor meetings are done via letters, JPay, and/or Skype prior to release.


Leavenworth Military Prison


Adult Men US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth
CCA Prison


Adult Men Private federal prison in Leavenworth.
Shawnee County Detention Center


Adult Men & Women Topeka jail
Lansing State Prison


Adult Men RCIA classes have been supported in the recent past.
Adult Residential Center


Adult Men & Women This is a work release program at New Century.


  1. Bread of Life – is a Communion Service adapted from the Service Manual for Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers which includes distribution of Holy Eucharist to “good-standing” Catholics. We read scripture and discuss after the service and we take written prayer petitions to be posted on web sites and place in adoration chapels. Sometimes there is a “movie night” at the Juvenile Detention Center with beverages and light snack
  2. Mentoring4Success (Compassionate Correspondence) – is administered by the Kansas Department of Corrections. There is a 4-hour training program and then mentor coordinators match the mentor with a mentee. The goal is to visit regularly for the last six months prior to the mentee release and maintain reentry support for at least six months post release
  3. Angel Tree – is sponsored by Prison Fellowship and seeks to provide Christmas presents to the children of incarcerated men and women.
  4. Leavenworth Military Prison – programs in development.
  5. CCA Private Federal Prison – programs in development.
  6. Shawnee County Detention Center – programs in development.
  7. Lansing State Prison – programs in development.

For more information contact Jean Hinman at the parish office  913-681-3348 or

Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty

Click here for link to Ascensions end the death penalty post


Don’t miss out! !

This is a pivotal year for repeal in Kansas.  We tried very hard to get our bill passed last session, but we were blocked at every turn.  We could not even get a committee hearing!  Everyone knew we had the votes for passage in the House and that fact was a major reason we were denied a hearing.  While we were blocked, our neighbor, Nebraska, passed a repeal bill in their unicameral legislature.

It goes without saying that we are very happy for Nebraska and are resolved that in Kansas, we cannot let blocking and stonewalling happen again.

Besides needing to bring the death penalty to an end in Kansas for our own reasons, Kansas needs to send the message that we stand with Nebraska and the American heartland is behind repeal of the death penalty.  That strong message will have a national impact.



Miscarriage and Infertility

Ministry of Care HeartCorporal Work of Mercy:  Bury the dead

Spiritual Work of Mercy: Pray for the Living and the Dead


We facillitate a 4 week support group for both women and men.  Following the faith based bereavement program outlined in the Catholic/Christian resource “In Loving Remembrance” written by Mary Helen Dennihan, LCMFT, R.N. we will learn about each others’ journeys and in turn how to move forward.  This will be offered periodically at Ascension.


Helpful Web SiteAscension Miscarriage and Infertility support ministry

Alexandra’s House: A perinatal Hospice and support for miscarriages, stillbirths and newborn deaths

Lord Jesus, you became a little child for our sake. You welcomed children and promised them your kingdom. You comforted those who mourned the loss of children and friends. Your mother stood grieving at the foot of the cross.

 You took upon yourself the suffering and death of us all, and promised to raise up those who believe in you, just as you were raised up in glory by the Father. Comfort us with your peace and be always with us. Deepen our faith and sustain us in this dark hour. Amen.


Are you living with infertility?  Or, are you living with the loss of a baby due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or early infant death? It may be hard to believe but you are not alone and there are others that are going through similar situations or have in the past. For more info and need of support, contact Jean in office 681-3348 or jhinman@kcascension.o

How to talk to children about death: Children and Death

Lord, Jesus Christ, we know that when You appears in glory, Your holy angels will gather all Your faithful children to Yourself, and not one will be missing. We pray that You would count the children who have been lost to grieving parents among those You have chosen to gather to Yourself. God of comfort and love,  we thank You for Your care of all parents who grieve the death of a child. Console and guide all who are mourn. Grant them Your grace and assurance of unfailing love. We pray this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

For the Lord comforts his people and shows mercy to his afflicted. But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, My Lord has forgotten me.” Can a mother forget her infant, Be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name.

Perinatal prayer and Bible verses

Roman Catholic Views on Infertility treatments

Info on Culture of Life and women’s health care

A-Z How to help after the loss of a baby, any stage

Bridget’s Cradles:  A web site for support and “to get involved” for people who have miscarried

Funeral Lunches

Corporal Work of Mercy:  Feed the Hungry/Bury the dead

We prepare and serve lunches so families can gather after the funeral Mass. We need servers and “cookers”! If you would like to help, we send out an e-mail as we need the help so call Jean to get on the list.

Contact Jean Hinman with any questions or for additional information at

681-3348 x131 or of Care Heart