Next Meeting - Tuesday, January 28

More information on the ministry name can be found below.

What is Project Chrysalis?

"Every great grief conceals a great grace."

Project Chrysalis is a new Catholic ministry designed to help parents who have lost a child find hope through Sacred Scripture and community, all while adhering to teaching of the Magisterium. While this ministry is not a bereavement group, our mission is to offer support and hope through scripture in a time of transformation. 

Next Scheduled Meeting January 28th

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Mark Room in the lower level of Church of the Ascension, 9510 W. 127th St. in Overland Park.  Since he was unable to join us this past, our special guest will be Monsignor Charles McGlinn talking on hope.  For those who were unable to make the December meeting, we will also have a gift for special gift for parents   For more information contact Ken or Patty Billinger at 913-634-4210 or email kbillinger@archkck.

Radio Interview on The Shepherd's Voice with Archbishop Joseph Naumann

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Where it all started...

In September of 2011, Ken and Patty Billinger lost their only son Blaine to something called Sudden Cardiac Death. Through the help of their pastor, Fr. Thomas Tank, their Ascension parish community and their former parish community of St. Fidelis, the Billinger's began to work their way through a very painful situation.  As a couple, they realized there were two ways they could go...turn from God in anger or draw closer to Him through a stronger faith.  

In 2017, Patty began to look for Catholic ministries for parents who have lost children, but didn't find a viable source.  She began to find real hope through Sacred Scripture, and it was then that she realized the importance of starting a ministry for other parents dealing with the same issues.  In September of 2018, Project Chrysalis was launched.  Also part of the ministry are John and Debbie Daly and David and Christine Downey, couples who have also lost a child. The program is open to not only couples and single parents who have lost children, but also to grandparents who have lost grandchildren. Immediate family members are also welcome to attend.

Communication is Key!

Sadly, the death of a child often times can result in parents separating or even divorcing.  It is critical to keep the lines of communication open between spouses.  It is also important to note that men and women grieve differently, so patience and understanding are two critical elements for getting through the dark times.  If you are a single parent dealing with the loss of a child, it is even more important to find a resource for communication.  Reach out to your pastor, priest or spiritual director for guidance and support, or contact us for additional resources.

Project Chrysalis Prayer

“Mary our mother, while we will never entirely comprehend your great love for Jesus, which is the cause of great suffering, that great love allowed you to endure His sufferings as though they were your own. Mary, when the soldiers struck his body it was as if you were subjected to every blow, when they pierced his head with thorns, you felt their sharp penetration, and as they spread his body on the cross, you Mary, were torn within. Lord Jesus, while your death on the cross pierced the heart of our Blessed Mother, you have given us hope that, like your resurrection, we will see our children resurrected into the Kingdom. Heavenly Father we put our faith and total trust in you, knowing that our common homeland is not a forbidding tomb; it is the bosom of the Lord. Amen.”



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