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

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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.
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”! 
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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
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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.

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.