Social Justice Commission

The Social Justice Commission was created to foster a culture of life and dignity of each person among parishioners; to promote the family and community to strengthen the common good of society; to build appreciation of both personal and social responsibilities; to nurture in parishioners a commitment to caring for the poor and the vulnerable; and embrace our stewardship of creation.

Blood Donor Program

The Knights of Columbus host an American Red Cross blood drive twice a year at Ascension. It is held in the school gym from 7:30 AM–12:30 PM on the third Sunday of February and August. Contact: [email protected]

Casserole Bakers

Casseroles are prepared each month and taken to the Missionaries of Charity Soup Kitchen in St. Louis city to feed the homeless and the poor. Recipes are mailed to the volunteers along with instructions explaining the procedure, due date, and drop-off place. A monthly recipe is provided and volunteers make the casserole for the month(s) of their choice.

Feeding the Homeless Men of St. Peter and Paul Church

On the third Saturday of each month, this group gathers in the kitchen of Ascension school at 3:00 PM to joyfully prepare a complete homemade meal for about 70 homeless men at St. Peter and Paul shelter. A few volunteers then take the meal downtown to the shelter and serve. Donations of food and ingredients as well as help with meal prep are needed.

Catholic Employment Network (CEN)

The Ascension Chapter of the Catholic Employment Network offers guidance and support for job seekers by providing spiritual and practical job search services. Group meetings are held the second and fourth Monday from 6:00–7:30 PM in the basement of the Little Church. During the meetings participants will be provided job search tips, feedback on their resume and cover letters, networking opportunities, and one-on-one coaching. Whether you are unemployed or under-employed, all are welcome. RSVP’s are required. Opportunities can also be posted on the CEN website: www.catholicemploymentnetwork.org

Respect Life Committee

The goal of the Ascension Respect Life Committee is to work for respect for all life, especially the unborn. Through prayer, speakers, literature, education, and fundraising it strives to make the parish more aware of the tragedy of abortion and to encourage parishioners to make a commitment to protect unborn babies. Monthly meetings are held eight times a year on the second Tuesday. They begin at 7:15 PM in the Little Church to pray the rosary and then proceeding at 7:30 PM to the Parish Hall. All parishioners are invited to participate.

40 Days for Life

On two days during the calendar year (usually in Spring and Fall), the coordinators organize a schedule offering our parishioners an opportunity to pray at Planned Parenthood for the end of abortion.

Food Bank

Twenty-five of our team members volunteer at the St Louis Area Food Bank, located in Bridgeton, MO, on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 9:00 AM-12:00 noon. The work varies depending on donations received. It includes picking, sorting, checking product codes, repacking, and palletizing. New members are always welcome. Contact: [email protected]

Reach-Out

Its mission is "To enable Ascension parishioners a means of living the gospel of Our Lord, Jesus Christ". Reach-Out does this by collecting food, clothing and money on the third Sunday of each month for those less fortunate in St. Louis. Our two inner city recipients are St. Vincent de Paul parish and the “MAT” Social Ministry at St. Alphonsus Rock Church. Also included in the Reach-Out program are Meal-A-Month, Casserole Bakers and four annual collections consisting of the “Back-to-School Drive” on the 2nd Sunday in August, “Homeless Drive” on the 2nd Sunday in October, the Thanksgiving Collection in November, and Christmas Collection on the 2nd Sunday in December. Contact: [email protected]

St. Nicholas Food Pantry

For nearly 40 years, Ascension St. Vincent de Paul Conference has operated this Food Pantry located at St Nicholas Church on 18th Street in St. Louis city. Operating only on Mondays, they serve over 5,000 clients annually. Some members volunteer to visit 13 different retail donation pick-ups and Operation Food Search beginning Sunday AM through Monday AM. Others perform administrative duties, attend meetings, d Shopping on an ongoing basis, or run a Super Saturday Food Collection at Dierbergs and Schnucks in Wildwood. Learn more by attending a St. Vincent de Paul meeting on the third Saturday of the month.

Ascension Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic lay organization dedicated to providing person-to-person service to our neighbors in need right here at home. Our parish-based conference provides food, clothing, and furniture through St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores, transportation, utility bill assistance, and housing and prescription drug assistance to those needing help. Aid is based on assessments made by trained Vincentian volunteers, who meet with those seeking help. Additional activities include: Blanket Collection for the homeless, St. Nicholas Food Pantry in St Louis City, Ascension Food Panty on Ascension Campus, St Vincent DePaul Church meals in St Louis City, St. Peter and Paul Shelter meals in St Louis City, and blessing bags of assorted snacks and toiletries for the homeless. Meetings are scheduled every 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:00am-12:00 noon. Contact: [email protected] Please click here to go to Ascension's SVDP webpage

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are laypeople - Christian men and women - trained to provide high quality, confidential one to one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Contact: [email protected]