Church of the Ascension’s grade school was vandalized around 1 a.m. on July 10.
Church of the Ascension’s grade school was vandalized around 1 a.m. on July 10. This message was accompanied by another on the school’s front doors. The vandal also spray painted a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the parish grounds.

An escalating pattern of theft, vandalism and intimidation targeting members of
the Catholic Church and other supporters of the Value Them Both amendment
reached a new level overnight when the Church of the Ascension in Overland Park
fell victim to an overt act of hatred and incivility.
Parish buildings, including a statue of the Blessed Mother, were extensively
defaced with red spray paint. Authorities were notified and we ask that every
action be taken to identify and hold the perpetrators of this despicable act
accountable.
“This attack and others targeting Catholic churches in Kansas and across the
country are not only vulgar but un-American,” said Archbishop Joseph F.
Naumann of the Kansas City in Kansas Archdiocese. “The intention is clearly
meant to intimidate and threaten the Church’s pro-life beliefs and position of
support for the Value Them Both amendment. We will not be deterred.”
“Value Them Both will secure protections from an unlimited and unrestricted
abortion industry that is attempting to buy this election so it can further prey on
women facing unplanned or challenging pregnancies,” he continued. “The
Catholic Church remains firm in its support of mothers and preborn babies and
our members are more firmly dedicated to our mission than ever before.”
We ask for prayers for the Church of the Ascension’s parish community, for a
civility leading up to the Aug. 2 vote, and for those committing these acts of
vandalism.

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