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.

‘Catholic Divorce Survival Guide’
Church of the Ascension
9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park
March 4 from 7 – 8 p.m.

“The Catholic Divorced Survival Guide” is a 12-week support series based on the teachings of the Catholic Church. The program offers healing and hope to those who have gone through a divorce. Sessions are led by a licensed professional. There is a $30 fee, which includes a study guide. (Scholarships are available upon request.) Register on the Church of the Ascension homepage at: For more information, email Patty in the church office at:

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.

Taize prayer
Annunciation Chapel
4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth
March 5 at 7 p.m.

Taize prayer is a meditative, candlelit service that includes chants sung repeatedly, silence, and prayers of praise and intercession. These prayer services emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taize, France. For more information, visit the website at: or call (913) 680-2342. This prayer opportunity will continue on the first Thursday of each month through May.

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:

Silent days of prayer
Marillac Center
4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth
March 6 and 7

Guests are invited to take the opportunity for silent prayer from 6 p.m. on March 6 to 4 p.m. on March 7. They will have the opportunity to read, pray, journal, rest, relax, walk and follow God’s lead through the silence. Donation for this silent time of reflection and prayer is $85 per person for overnight accommodations for one night and Saturday meals, or $150 for two nights’ accommodations, Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast. A $15 deposit is requested by Feb. 28. For an additional fee of $40, retreatants can choose to meet with one of six spiritual directors. To register, call (913) 758-6552; send an email to:; or go online to:

Exploring grace
Ross Chapel (SCL motherhouse)
4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth
March 7 from 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Sister Diane Steele, SCL, will speak on “Called to Follow Jesus.” During her presentation, she will discuss the concept that only through the grace of God do individuals have the courage to follow Jesus. The fee of $35  includes lunch. The registration deadline is Feb. 28. To register, call (913) 758-6552; send an email to:; or go online to:

March Madness
Holy Name School
1007 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas
March 7 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Join the Holy Name Divas and celebrate March Madness. There will be chili, soup and dessert created for you. There will also be a dinner of hot dogs, chips and drinks with tastings of the great food. Tickets range from $10 – $25. There will also be music from Stranded in the City.

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:

Rosary Rally in honor of Our Lady of Fatima
St. John the Baptist Parish
708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas
March 8 from 3 – 4:15 p.m.

We will pray the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of the rosary. Benediction will follow, as well as an opportunity for attendees to enroll in the brown scapular. For more information, visit the website at:

Runnin’ With the Revs basketball game
St. James Academy
24505 Prairie Star Pkwy., Lenexa
March 9 at 7 p.m.

This will be the first Runnin’ with the Revs basketball game of the season. Priests, monks and seminarians will be teamed with 8th-grade and high school youth from Catholic schools in a fast-paced, exciting game. Freewill donations will benefit seminarians. For more information, go online to:

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.

‘Linger Over Coffee’ during Lent
Marillac Center
4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth
March 10, 24 and 31 from 9:30 – 11 a.m.

During sessions on “Praying All Ways,” presenters will discuss ways to achieve a deeper and more reflective awareness of God’s presence. This can occur through praying with music, images, poetry, nature, the imagination, walking and more. All are welcome for one or more sessions and for Mass in Ross Chapel following the discussion. There is no fee, but a freewill offering can be made. There is no need to preregister. For more information, call (913) 758-6552 or send an email to:

Catholic planned giving
Church of the Holy Cross
8311 W. 93rd St., Overland Park
March 11 from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

The archdiocesan office of stewardship and development will present a short seminar on ways to provide and protect your family, what are visible and invisible legacies, and how to share your legacy with your family, There is no need to RSVP. Refreshments will be served. Resources will be supplied.

A walk through Holy Week
Holy Angels Parish
15408 Leavenworth Rd., Basehor
March 11 following 5:30 p.m. Mass and 6 – 7 p.m. confessions

Father Dan Morris will take us through Holy Week as Jesus would have experienced it. Using pictures and Scripture, Father Morris will discuss the customs of the times, the Temple and the fulfillment of the Old Testament in the New.

Memorial liturgy
Curé of Ars Parish
9405 Mission Rd., Leawood
March 13 at 8 a.m.

There will be a memorial liturgy for deceased loved ones followed by a grief support meeting in the Father Burak Room. The topic will be: “From Winter into Spring.” For more information, call (913) 649-2026.

Taco dinner and salami bingo
Mejak Hall
513 Ohio, Kansas City, Kansas
March 14 at 5:30 p.m.

The Altar Society of Holy Family Parish will host its annual taco supper and salami bingo. Dinner will be served from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. A $15 donation includes one bingo card, one taco dinner and all the cold beverages you can drink until the games end. For tickets, call Sandy Cannon at (913) 396-1564 or Cathy Schneider at (913) 371-1561. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted.

Memorial pancake breakfast
Christ the King Parish
3024 N. 53rd St., Kansas City, Kansas
March 15 from 8 – 11 a.m.

Knights of Columbus Council 3768 will host a memorial pancake breakfast in honor of Bob Nill and all his years of service as a crossing guard for the school children. Proceeds go to benefit the Nill family.

Feast day dinner
St. Patrick Parish
VFW Hall
324 S. East St., Scranton
March 15 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The cost for a dinner of ham or turkey and all the trimmings, plus pie and a beverage, is: $10 for adults; $5 for kids ages 5 – 12; and free for kids 5 and under. Raffle items are available. Questions? Call Lori at (785) 640-7262.

Roast beef dinner and bazaar
Immaculate Conception Parish-St. Joseph Parish (Miege Hall)
711 N. 5th St., Leavenworth
March 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Come meet with family and friends for fun and food. There will be a corned beef and cabbage dinner. The cost for a ticket is: $10 for adults; $5 for kids 4 – 11; and free for  kids 4 and under for a hot dog meal. There will also be a Pot O’ Gold cash raffle, a silent raffle and activities for children.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner
St. Patrick Parish
33721 N.W. Crawford Rd., Williamsburg
March 15 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

There will be a dinner of corned beef and cabbage, homemade pies and more. The suggested donation is $10 per person. Traditional Irish music will be provided by Beyond the Heather. There will also be great raffle prizes.

Widowed women of faith
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery (back room)
1720 S.W. Wanamaker Rd., Topeka
March 17 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join other women of faith for lunch and companionship. No RSVP is needed. We can help each other ease the pain and get through this time in life. For more information, send an email to:

Alan Ames — Catholic evangelist with gift of healing
Guardian Angels Parish
1310 Westport, Kansas City, Missouri
March 16 at 6:30 p.m.
St. John LaLande Parish
805 N.W. R.D. Mize Rd., Blue Springs, Missouri
March 17 at 7 p.m.

Each evening will begin with Mass followed by Alan Ames speaking. Then, each person will have the opportunity to receive prayer ministry. Ames has traveled extensively over the last 24 years giving witness to his conversion from a man of sin to one who is very close to God and the Catholic Church. Testimonies are listed on his website at:

‘There is Hope for You and Your Loved Ones After Death by Suicide”
St. Joseph Parish (center)
5901 Flint, Shawnee
March 17 at 7 p.m.

This group will meet for spiritual support and discussion. Please RSVP to: or call (913) 647-3054. It is not necessary to give your name.

Rummage sale
Sacred Heart Parish
408 Cedar, Ottawa
March 19 from 8:30 am. – 6 p.m.
March 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (half price)
March 21 from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (two bags for $2)

There will be clothing, appliances, household goods, outdoor items, electronics and much more. Proceeds benefit programs within the church, school and community.

St. Joseph Table
Guardian Angels Parish
1310 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Missouri
March 19 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.

Daughters of Isabella’s women’s day of reflection
Holy Trinity Parish
9150 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa
March 21 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The day will begin with Mass at 8 a.m. followed by a light meal and speaker in the Quigley Center. The cost to attend is $15. Sister Maureen Hall of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth will be the speaker. The theme of the day will be: “Tipping the scales in the favor of love . . . as we walk the Lenten journey.”

Knights of Columbus Irish supper
Divine Mercy Parish (Christian Formation Center)
555 W. Main St., Gardner
March 21 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Join us for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner after the Saturday 4:30 p.m. Mass. There will be corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, rolls and desserts. The cost for dinner is $10 for adults; $5 for kids 10 and under.

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.

St. Thérèse and the Shroud of Turin
Christ’s Peace House of Prayer
22131 Meager Rd., Easton
March 27 – 29

The retreat begins on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and ends on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Join us as we meditate on the Holy Face with St. Thérèse and enter more deeply into the passion of Christ by learning what scientists have discovered about the Shroud of Turin. There will be conferences, eucharistic adoration, Mass, confession, and time for private prayer, reflection and walking. Cabins/courtyard rooms: $170 single/$250 couple or $100 for single guest rooms. Meals are included. To attend, send an email to: or call (913) 773-8255.

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.