The Journey of Forgiveness — When You Are Still Wounded’
St. Joseph Parish (center)
11311 Johnson Dr., Shawnee
Feb. 25 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
March 3 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Fully Alive is a new integrated mind-body-soul wellness program in the archdiocese. Join us for this two-part series on forgiveness. The presentations will begin with prayer, followed by the presentation and small group discussion. RSVP to Tom Racunas, special-needs ministry, by calling (913) 647-3054 or by sending an email to: It is not necessary to give your name when responding.

Project Chrysalis
Church of the Ascension (St. Mark’s Room)
9500 W. 127th St., Overland Park
Feb. 25 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Project Chrysalis is a Catholic ministry designed to help parents and grandparents who have lost a child find hope through sacred Scripture and community. We also welcome parents of those whose children have lost their life to suicide. For more information, contact Ken Billinger at: There is more information on the website at: Immediate family members are invited to attend.

Ash Wednesday Soup and Silence
Sophia Spirituality Center
751 S. 8th St., Atchison
Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Begin Lent with a day of silence and reflection. Come for the morning or spend the day. There will be hot soup and warm bread at noon. Spend time in silence, walk the beautiful grounds or pray in St. Scholastica Chapel. The cost is a freewill offering. Registration is required. Call (913) 360-6173 or visit the website at:

Worldwide marriage encounter weekend
Kansas City area
Feb. 28 – March 1

The start of a new year brings with it the opportunity to begin anew in all relationships. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is the perfect way to renew your love and commitment to each other. For more information or to apply for a weekend, visit the website at: or call/text Tony and Barb Zimmerman at (816) 741-4066.

‘Come and See’ retreat
Servant of Mary Convent
800 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas
Feb. 28 – March 1

This retreat for young women ages 18 – 25  begins at 4 p.m. on Friday and ends at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Do you feel that you want something more out of life? Come and find out if God might be calling you to be a Sister. There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP by Feb. 24 by email at: or by calling (913) 742-1070.

Men Under Construction
Church of the Ascension
9510 W. 127th, Overland Park
Feb. 29 from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This Catholic men’s conference will feature Dan Spencer, Phillip Morgan, Father Andrew Mattingly and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann. The cost is $40 per person or $20 for students under 18. Register online at: www.menunder

Women’s Lenten Day of Prayer
The Cathedral of St. Peter
409 N. 15th St., Kansas City, Kansas
Feb. 29 from 8:15 a.m. – noon

Sister Charlotte White, SCL, and Susan Carroll will lead this uniquely titled retreat: “Pig Wallows and Stardust.” The day will begin with Mass, followed by registration and a continental breakfast. The cost is $15. (Checks payable to “Cathedral Altar Society” can be mailed to the cathedral at the above address.) For more information or registration, call Susan Carroll at (913) 634-9840 or send an email to:

Sisters of Selma
St. Teresa’s Academy
5600 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri
Feb. 29 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Join us as we mark the 55th anniversary of the marches — from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery — that were part of the civil rights movement in 1965. Sisters Rosemary Flanigan, CSJ, and Barbara Moore, CSJ, will share how their experiences in Selma shaped their futures as well as their fellow Sisters’ to be leaders on social justice issues. How far has our society come in addressing racism, and where do we still need to go? Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The cost of $15 per person includes breakfast. Register online at: Linger Over Breakfast.

St. Joseph Table and pasta dinner
St. Joseph Parish (McDevitt Hall)
11311 Johnson Dr., Shawnee
March 1 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Father Scott Wallisch will bless the table at 8:30 a.m. and viewing will be until 2 p.m. A variety of items will be featured for purchase.  Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call Christine Marion at (913) 268-6677.

Lenten parish mission
Holy Family Parish
409 E. 8th St., Eudora
March 1, 2 and 3 at 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend the parish mission given by Dr. Troy Hinkel, vice president and co-founder of the Holy Family School of Faith. The theme is: “The Crisis, The Mission and The Weapon. Come Learn the Virgin Mary’s Plan for You.” The suggested donation is a freewill offering. A reception will follow.

Creating financial security for a loved one with special needs
St. Joseph Parish (center)
5901 Flint, Shawnee
March 3 from 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. 

Come learn about special-needs trusts, guardianship and ABLE accounts, which allow for tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. RSVP online to Tom Racunas at: or call (913) 647-3054.

Women’s Self-Defense
Keeler Women’s Center
759 Vermont Ave., Kansas City, Kansas
March 4 from 10 – 11 a.m.

Kansas City Shizoku Karate-Do will help you learn ways to defend yourself and others. Register online at: www.keelerwomens or call (913) 689-9375.

Lenten day of reflection: Sacrament of reconciliation
Conception Abbey (Guest Center)
37174 State HWY. VV, Conception, Missouri
March 5 at 8:30 a.m.

How can we experience the intimacy, joy and peace of being reconciled with God?  The day begins with coffee and breakfast, followed by a reflective talk, private prayer time, Eucharist, lunch, a final reflection and an opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation. Register online at:; click on “Guests,” then “Upcoming Retreats” or call (660) 944-2809.

Day of reflection
St. Mary-St. Anthony Parish
615 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas
March 6 at 8 a.m.

This Lenten reflection, sponsored by the Strawberry Hill Altar Societies, is open to all men and women. The day will begin with Mass, followed by a continental breakfast. The session begins at 9 a.m. Reservations are desired, but not required. The suggested donation is a freewill offering. For reservations, call Carol Shomin at (913) 897-4833 or send an email to:

Sacred Heart Parish (hall)
106 Exchange St., Emporia
March 8 from 8 – 11 a.m.

The Knights of Columbus will be serving breakfast. The suggested donation is a freewill offering.

Lenten retreat for Catholic women: ‘Transforming our world’
Sophia Spirituality Center
751 S. 8th St., Atchison
March 8 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The day begins with Mass with the Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica. The retreat time will focus on how we can be instruments of transformation in our hurting world. Lunch is included. The cost is a freewill offering. You may register online at:

St. Joseph Table
Guardian Angels Parish
1310 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Missouri
March 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Guardian Angels congregation invites everyone to view its St. Joseph Table and have a pasta dinner. The cost for the dinner is a freewill offering.

“Coping with Life Alone” peer-to-peer support group
St. Bernadette Church (hall)
9029 E. 51st, Terr., Kansas City, Missouri
Feb. 22 – April 4 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

“Coping with Life Alone” is a Beginning Experience grief support program that meets each week for seven weeks. The program helps those who have lost a love relationship — due to death, divorce or separation — move through the experience of grief and loss into a future with renewed hope. For more information and to register, call Donna at (816) 305-3760.

Divorced: called to love again
Church of the Ascension (St. Luke Room)
9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park
2nd and 4th Sundays from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Called to Love Again is a community of support and formation for divorced Catholics. Visit our Facebook page at: www.face or send an email to:

Mother of perpetual help devotions
Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish
7023 W. 71st. St., Overland Park
Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Come join this group who prays this devotion weekly. Prayer includes the Mother of Perpetual Help novena and Benediction. For more information, call Martin at (913) 213-8810.

Saint Thomas Aquinas grade school summer camps
St. Thomas Aquinas High School
11411 Pflumm Rd., Overland Park
June and July

There will be a variety of sports and other activities available for students entering grades K-eighth to explore. Registration and further information is available online at: For more information, call (913) 2416 or send an email to:

Support group for victims/survivors of sexual abuse
Johnson County area
Twice monthly

This will be a safe, supportive environment to talk about the impact to your lives, to know you are not alone, and to promote healing. To protect the privacy of potential participants, contact Linda Slater-Trimble for information on days, times and location of meetings by email at:; or by phone at (913) 298-9244. Must be at least 18 years of age to participate.