Health Ministry Cabinet

The Health Ministry Cabinet strives to bring the healing mission of Jesus to our parish and community in a tangible way by performing Spiritual and Corporal works of mercy.  The Health Ministry Cabinet is the umbrella group for a number of health ministries at St. Mary's, including, but not limited to, Hospital Visitation Ministry, Nursing/Retirement Home Ministry, Home-bound/Respite Ministry, Bereavement Ministry, etc.

The umbrella group is responsible for organizing, editing, and publishing a quarterly health Newsletter for parishioners.  This newsletter includes updates about the various health ministries at St. Mary's, as well as other relevant articles and resources on health in body, mind, and spirit.  If you would like to contribute relevant information to the Newsletter, feel free to contact us (Coming Soon in 2019).

This team of dedicated members of the parish focuses on health issues which affect us in these times and seeks to meet the needs of the parish by creating opportunities to improve the health of others through service, donations, and by providing pertinent health resources.

Additionally, this team works closely with the parish to develop programs and activities aimed at building community and helping individuals and families enjoy better health in body, mind, and spirit.

If you have ideas for, or questions about, the Health Ministry Cabinet or are interested in joining one of our ministry teams yourself, please feel free to contact us.

Contact: Bob Schroeder
Ministry & Volunteer Coordinator
785-827-5575
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"The Spiritual Works of Mercy have long been a part of the Christian tradition, appearing in the works of theologians and spiritual writers throughout history.  Just as Jesus attended to the spiritual well-being of those he ministered to, these Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to 'help our neighbor in their spiritual needs' (USCCA)." (Find out more about the Spiritual Works of Mercy Here: USCCB.org - Spiritual Works of Mercy)

"The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise.  They 'are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs' (USCCA).  They respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life." (Find out more about the Corporal Works of Mercy Here:  USCCB.org - Corporal Works of Mercy)

Bereavement Ministry

Each of us suffer losses in our lives.  Members of this ministry assist others who are dealing with the loss of a loved one by providing bereavement support which may include cards, phone calls, visits and educational literature about the bereavement process. We meet regularly for discussion, support, and formation. Individuals or couples who think they might be called to minister to others as a member of this team may contact the Ministry & Volunteer Coordinator who will put you into contact with the Bereavement Ministry leader (contact information is listed below).

*Healing & Grief Support Group:

This is a peer support group for those who are grieving. The group usually includes prayer, an educational video, and discussion. Members are then encouraged to share experiences and feelings as they are comfortable. All are welcome to attend when they are able.

*The Grief Support Group is currently on hold at this time.  We are working with other Salina Parishes to create a more formal series.  For more information on the grief support group, or if you have questions or suggestions, please contact the parish Ministry & Volunteer Coordinator.

*If you are interested in attending and/or helping with a Grief Support Group, please contact the parish Ministry & Volunteer Coordinator via the number below.

Contact Ministry & Volunteer Coordinator
785-827-5575

 

Contact Linda Ourada, Group Contact
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Angel Food - Cooks

In a spirit of compassion, we Angel Food Cooks gather at the parish hall 2-3 times a year to prepare and freeze meals that will be taken to parishioners who have recently come home from the hospital.  See our Angel Food - Visitor page for more about the distribution of meals, how to request them, and/or how to volunteer.

As well, meals are distributed to the parents/families of newborn babies and newly baptized children.  Learn more about Parent/New Baby visitors, how to request meals, and how to volunteer by visiting their page on our website.

The meals are planned and prepared under the direction of a nutritionist.  Our cooking gatherings are fun opportunities to enjoy fellowship while serving others. Volunteers who are unable to join us in cooking can help by contributing ingredients.

For more information on how to get involved, contact Linda.

Contact Cooks - Linda Baumberger
785-827-9922
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Angel Food - Visitors

Angel Food visitors reach out to those who have recently returned home from the hospital or are suffering hardship. We deliver a listening ear and a frozen meal. The meal is prepared under the guidance of a nutritionist (see our Angel Food Cooks group).

If you or a loved one was recently dismissed from the hospital and are in need of a free, charitable meal, simply contact Karel via email or phone.

Contact Visitors - Karel Maneth
785-827-5117
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Parent/New Baby Visitors

The Parent/New Baby Visitors distribute meals to the parents of new babies, along with delivering other gifts for the family.  The meals are prepared and cooked by volunteers in the Angel Food - Cooks Ministry (see their page for more information).

If you are expecting, or know someone who is expecting and would like us to provide a few meals, contact Molly or Bob (contact info. is listed below).  Volunteers create these meals for purposes like this, so don't hesitate to reach out.  They are happy to help!

If you would like to volunteer as a Parent/New Baby Visitor, contact the parish Ministry & Volunteer Coordinator or the Parent/New Baby Visitor contact person.

Contact(s)

Linda Baumberger
Cooks Contact
785-827-9922
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Molly Kierscht
Visitors Contact
785-342-1245
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Bob Schroeder
Ministry & Volunteer Coordinator
785-827-5575
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Health Education

If you have suggestions for Health Education topics, we would appreciate your input. Please contact the Ministry & Volunteer Coordinator using the information listed below. 

Photo to right:

Parishioners learned to can tomatoes at the Water Bath Canning Workshop held in August.

 

Contact: Volunteer & Ministry Coordinator
785-827-5575 (Parish Office)

Blood Drives

We sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive many times throughout the year. Those who are unable to donate blood can volunteer their time or donate food for the donors.  See our parish calendar on the home page for upcoming blood drive dates/times.  Currently, drives take place in the all-purpose room of St. Mary's Grade School.

Contact To donate Blood call Pat Jacobs
785-826-3212
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To donate food or to volunteer call Judy Quinn
785-404-6754
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Home-bound & Respite Ministry

Volunteers help provide companionship to home-bound parishioners through weekly visits or periodic phone calls. Some volunteers also provide brief respite breaks for home caregivers.

 

Contact: Bob Schroeder
Volunteer & Ministry Coordinator
785-827-5575
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Hospital Visitation

This is an opportunity for members of our parish to reach out once a month to those who are hospitalized. Volunteers are provided with training and materials to share with those they visit.

 

Contact: Bob Schroeder
Volunteer & Ministry Coordinator
785-827-5575
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Parish Library

Our Parish Library consists of written and a small number of audiovisual resources on the following topics:

  • Spirituality and Prayer
  • Biography of Saints
  • Catholic Faith
  • Christian Living
  • Women's Interest
  • Parenting
  • Grief
  • Health
  • Mental Health

As well, there are a number of children's items in the library.  Be sure to check those out for your little ones.

Items may be checked out by way of the honor system. We do ask that you leave a card with your name and phone number (see the library card on the inside cover of the books) and return them promptly when you are finished, so that others may also benefit from them.  The return basket is located beneath the table with the library cards and library catalog on it.  Simply place the finished book in the return basket.

Donations of new (or gently used) books, audiovisual resources, as well as monetary donations are appreciated.  Contact Judy with questions, or for more information on how to donate.

The library is located on the North end of the hall in the Parish Center, across from the nursery.

Contact Judy Kvasnicka
785-643-8690