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Corporal Works of Mercy: Give Drink to the Thirsty

Mary, we pray today for all mothers who are afraid to be mothers.
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.


ROSE PROCESSION: This is by far one of the biggest events the Respect Life Ministry hosts each year.  This beautiful procession which takes place at the Sunday 10 am and 5 pm Masses helps us to remember all who have been affected by abortion since 1973. The procession includes one person to represent every year that Roe v. Wade has been legal.

BABY BOTTLE BOOMERANG:  We usually kick off the year with this event.  It is coordinated by Advice and Aid Crisis Pregnancy Centers and all the money collected goes to their organization to support expecting women in need. Baby bottles are passed out after Masses for two consecutive weekends. They bottles are collected on the third weekend.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE:  This is a focused pro-life effort that consists of : 40 days of prayer and fasting, 40 days of peaceful vigil, 40 days of community outreach. This is a national organization which has campaigns at the local level. There is both a Spring and Fall Campaign each year.  Ascension Catholic Church usually commits to filling two of the days (from 7am – 7pm) each campaign.  or more information, visit the 40 Days for Life website:  

40 Days for Life Fall 2022  – Tuesday 10/18 and Sunday 10/30 Signup

CROSSES ON THE LAWN: Crosses are placed on the front lawn to remember the millions of babies who’ve died from abortion each year that Roe v. Wade has been legal.

ROSES FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN:  Roses are passed out to parishioners after Masses with the request to fill out the attached slip of paper. They are then sent to our state legislators to show our support for LIFE and ask that they vote pro-life.

LIFE CHAIN:  This is a nationwide event and takes place on Respect Life Sunday which is always the 1st Sunday in October on sidewalks along 95th st. from Quivira rd. To State Line Rd.  This is organized by Kansans for Life and is a peaceful, prayerful hour of prayer on public sidewalks supporting the dignity of and right  to life.

PACK N PLAY COLLECTIONS:  This project benefits area Crisis Pregnancy Centers for women who chose life! Various donations of baby items are collected in a number of pack n’ plays. We usually collect items at Masses over two consecutive weekends in October.

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 10:00 am – 11:00 am.  This is an opportunity to be with Christ peacefully – either alone or as a family!

Adoration Sign Up

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 often host a table at many of the local pro-life banquets as well as encourage attendance.  Listed below are some of the upcoming banquets:

Advice & Aid Pregnancy Clinic
Date: Fall 2022

Kansans for Life
Date:  TBD

Olathe/Wyandotte Pregnancy Clinics
Date:  Fall 2022

Vitae Society
Date:  Fall 2022

Kansas City Pregnancy Clinic
Date:  February 21, 2023


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!


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.

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.