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!