Outreach

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry sponsored by Seven Dolors and in relationship with the Manhattan Bread Basket cares for the citizens of Riley County that are in need. Seven Dolors and Saint Patrick’s have the opportunity to use Donation envelopes bi-monthly.. Other cash donations may be sent to the Parish Center. Physical donations may be made in the SD Church entrance or at the Parish Center, where the pantry is located. It is open on Thursday’s 1-4 pm.

Charity Fund

Charity collections are disbursed to Shepherd's Crossing for use in the greater community.

Budget Shop

The Family Center Budget Shop sells used items donated from the Community. Funds are dispersed by the board to assist different organizations (including the Flint Hills Clinic). Donations may be left at 728 Colorado (back of building) Monday through Friday 9 Am to 5 P M. The Shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 12 Noon to 3:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Items are also shared with other service organizations and a South Dakota Indian reservation. Vouchers for special needs are available.

Care Committee

The MINISTRY OF CARE for Seven Dolors-St. Patrick’s is a group of volunteers who have committed themselves to assist the priests in looking after the spiritual needs of the sick, hospitalized, care home residents and homebound of our two parishes.

Their ministry includes weekly visits to Mercy Hospital with Communion to Catholic patients, weekly Communion to homebound parishioners, and monthly visits to parishioners in Manhattan care homes.

Seven Dolors also has spiritual care of all Catholics at Meadowlark Hills and help is needed with weekly Communion to residents and in assisting with religious services on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month.

If you would like to assist in this ministry, either as a monthly visitor, or as a Minister of Holy Communion on Sundays etc., please contact the Parish Center, or Fr. Merlin Kieffer who coordinates the volunteers for the Pastor.

WHEN A MEMBER of SEVEN DOLORS or ST. PATRICK is HOSPITALIZED or becomes HOMEBOUND, they or a family member are encouraged to contact the Parish Center [785-565-5000] or one of the priests so that Communion and/or Anointing of the Sick and other spiritual ministry can be arranged for them.

If a parishioner knows ahead of time when surgery or other treatment for serious illness is to take place, it is helpful to arrange for an Anointing of the Sick ahead of time – perhaps, after a Sunday or weekday Mass.  Please call the Parish Center at 565-5000.

Note: Federal law now prevents hospitals and medical care facilities from disclosing the presence of patients to others unless they or their designated caregiver has signed the HIPPA release.  So, priests and Catholic lay ministers visiting the hospital will not have your name on the Catholic admissions paper when they go for Anointing or Communion unless you ask the admitting nurse to make sure you are on the “Catholic List” and sign the release.  Also, they cannot tell us that you or your family member is being transferred to a rehab or care facility, or to hospice.  You must let us know!

Perpetual Adoration

The St. Joseph Chapel for Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has existed since 1995. The Chapel is open publically 7 AM to 9 PM The Board is made up of: Phyllis Mentgen (Coordinator);Linda Lake (Coordinator);Sandy Nilges ;Dennis Hammerschmidt ;Carolyn Anderson;Terry Schlegel;Cindy Logan;Marla Schmidt; Ex-Officio Fr. Popelka (Pastor); Diane Heerman (Dir. of Liturgy); Madre Minerva(Latino Min) ; Madre Lorena Espinosa (Latino Min)

RCIA

Our journey to the Catholic way of life - RCIA -begins with two Inquiry gatherings beginning

Thursday, September 15 and September 22 at 7P.M. in the Seven Dolors Church basement. +

Prayer Shawl Ministry

This group meets every Tuesday morning at 10AM. Members donate their time and talent by creating hand-knitted and crocheted shawls for those in need. The ministry’s message of caring is simple, universal, and enduring.

Elizabeth Ministry

The Elizabeth Ministry reaches out to women who have had a baby by bringing a meal to their house after they come home from the hospital. It is important that new parents notify the parish of a new child.