Altar Society

All ladies in the parish ultimately belong to the Altar Society by virtue of being registered with the rectory. This group provides a lifeline for the parish. They oversee the Goodwill Store, clean the church, serve funeral dinners, and host one of our parish’s most successful traditions...the Fall Bazaar complete with a turkey dinner and the Gingerbread House Store. If you like action and results consider being involved with this group.

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Knights of Columbus

If you are looking for fellowship and service consider joining one of the most active groups in the Pittsburg community...the Knights of Columbus. This group is for men 18 years of age and older who are practicing Catholics. Activities include involvement with pro life events, Pennies from Heaven (disaster relief ), Annual Lenten Friday night Fish Fry, Tootsie Roll sales to benefit the mentally challenged, a pancake feed for homecoming, 2 hours of adoration on Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 a.m., Chili Feed for Crawford County service organizations every Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, sponsorship of Boy Scouts, cemetery mowing, and the Knights of Columbus Towers. Business meetings are held the first Monday of each month. You can be as involved as you want to be with this group!

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Adoption Awareness

Adoption awareness committee seeks to promote the Catholic belief that all life is a gift to be treasured and protected. Adoption builds families and provides sanctifying choices for mothers with unplanned pregnancies. "the committee accomplishes this by organizing a mass during November which is adoption awareness month.

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Cleaning the Church

  • Sponsored by the Altar Society

  • Every Friday after 8:00 a.m. Mass

  • Cleaning takes from a half to one hour

  • We have several teams that clean once per month

  • All are Welcome

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Grounds Cleaning, Upkeep, Light-maintence and Repairs to the Parish

  • Periodically the parish has clean-up days for
    the parish grounds. Assist with grounds- keeping around the parish, shoveling snow, raking leaves, watering, trash removal, planting and maintaining flower beds. 

  • Have a particular skill with maintenance and repairs? there are many opportunities to work on projects around the parish. 

  • Contact the parish office if you want to help

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Faith and Light

Faith and Light is an ecumenical group that brings together people with disabilities and their families and friends.

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Funeral Dinners

The Funeral Dinner Ministry is one of the largest groups of volunteers in our Parish. With over 200 volunteers, the ministry is divided into 4 circles (St. Monica, St. Martha, St. Michael and St. Vincent de Paul). Each circle is able to serve in rotation which eliminates the same volunteers being called too often. Each circle consists of a “leader” and a group of volunteers who are called to serve as helpers/servers and/or provide food.

Not only does this ministry provide a nice meal, but most importantly they provide a comfortable setting where the bereaved family is able to gather and in most cases are able to “reconnect” with relatives not seen for a long time.

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Health and Wellness

  • This ministry has filled a key role in the life of the parish 

  • For anyone (lay person or health care professional) interested in health promotion and disease education 

  • Blood pressure checks monthly after Sunday Mass 

  • Host health fairs annually for the schools 

  • Home visitations for the shut ins and nursing home 

  • Involvement can be as little as 1 hour per
    month or several hours per week depending
    on your schedule 

  • A 1-hour planning meeting is held every
    other month on Sunday Mornings 

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Goodwill Store 

Sponsored by the Altar Society. Work in the resale shop, sort clothes and merchandise, help by being a clerk. Hours open are listed in the Church Bulletin. Lots of Volunteers are needed!

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Mom's Morning Out

Looking for a network of moms with young children? Every Friday morning during the school year this group meets in the Activity Center Nursery for a children’s playgroup. Moms take turns being with the children. Mom’s Morn- ing Out is a great way to meet other moms, and periodically to have a Friday morning to do what you want to do (implies they don’t want to be with their kids). Children need to be at least one year old up to school age.


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Welcoming Newcomers to our Parish

  • A parish outreach to welcome new families to the parish and to introduce them to parish life

  • Attend an annual picnic to meet all new families who have moved into the parish 

  • For anyone interested in making new parishioners feel at home at Our Lady of Lourdes

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Weed Eating the Cemetery

  • Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus 

  • All parishioners are welcome to help 

  • Weed eating at the cemetery every other Wednesday during the summer at 5:00 p.m

  •  Begin in April and conclude mid October   

  • Typically takes from 1  to 2 hours 

  • If you have your own weed eater, please
    bring it. We have a limited number of weed eaters to use. Gas and string are supplied... ALL WE NEED IS YOUR TIME! 

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Driving a Fellow Parishioner to Mass

  • Many parishioners are not aware of this ministry 

  • Do you know someone that could use a ride? Let us know who they are...we have people willing to drive a fellow parishioner
    to Mass

  • Call the parish office if you need a ride

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Kapaun's Men

This is a men’s servant-leadership group. The group discusses how to be a better man, father, husband, worker, citizen through fellowship, study of Church teaching, and presentations. Kapaun's Men usually meets weekly, 5:30 a.m. Friday mornings, September through April in the high school auditorium.

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Respect Life/Social Justice

Coordinates events that support the Church’s pro-life teachings and informs the parish regarding life issues and potential legislation

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Generations in Faith Together (G.I.F.T.)

  • Organizes and hosts parish-wide events to celebrate community and educate about the Catholic Faith. 

  • Previous faith formations that this group has presented are: Matthew Kelly, Bible Studies, The study of the Mass, Evening program and candlelight procession for Mary. 


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Religious Gift Shop

  •  Sell resources and gifts to educate about and support the faith.  

  • Need volunteers to clerk during store hours on "Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

  •  Begin in April and conclude mid October   

  • Volunteers can work as often as once a week, or as little as 2 hours a month. 

  • Substitutes are always needed!

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Priests' Dinners

  • Providing home cooked meals for our parish priests 

  • Partner with another parishioner to cook a dinner 

  • Currently you will be assigned to one evening every 2 months. 

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  • RCIA meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the SMC Elementary School. 

  • Classes begin in the Fall and conclude a few weeks following the Easter Vigil

  • Volunteers assist with scheduling, room accommodations, snacks and hospitality 

  • Classes are for those adults wishing to enter
    the Catholic faith 

  • Classes are also available to all parishioners.
    Feel free to audit a class at any time. 

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Hispanic Ministry

Work with the MCP sisters to support the spiritual life, liturgy, education and ministries serving the Hispanic population throughout Southeast Kansas.

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St. Paul's Group (Widows & Widowers)

If you are widowed, find comfort and friendship with this parish group. "is is primarily a social group that meets once a month on Sunday afternoons. All gatherings begin with Mass and are followed by a short business meeting, a meal and bingo. Gatherings are monthly except May, July, August and December.

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