Clergy Appreciation Dinner

On Sunday, April 24th, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools hosted a Clergy Appreciation Dinner for the priests who have served or are serving at the parish, the Catholic schools and St. Pius X Catholic Student Center at Pittsburg State University. This dinner, an idea of the students and planning committee, was part of the schools’ yearlong celebration of 100 years of continuous Catholic education. Ten priests along with parish members came together for an evening of prayer and thanksgiving; allowing parishioners to reconnect with several of the clergy who helped to create the rich and faith-filled history of the schools and parish. St. Mary’s Colgan high school students greeted the guests and provided hospitality during the dinner. Entertainment was provided by SMC students, Xiaodi Xun on the piano and Brock Jameson, performing a lighthearted theatrical reading. The priests in attendance included Rev Eugene Grabner (1970-1971), Rev Ivan Eck (1981-1987), Rev Pat York (1992-1995), Rev Bob McElwee (1994-1998), Rev David Lies (1998-2000), Rev Eric Weldon (2000-2001), Rev Chad Arnold (2010-2014), Rev Mike Baldwin (2011-Present), Rev Rick Kotrba (2013-Present), and Rev David Voss (2015-Present). “Recognizing the priests who served our parish and schools throughout the years was a great honor” commented Nancy Hicks, St. Mary’s elementary school principal. Other administrators attending were Dennis Burke, Director of School Advancement and Tom Compton, junior high and high school principal. Sister Ann Meyer, a member of Congregation of St. Joseph, the Catholic sisters that originally founded St. Mary’s elementary school, was also present. The evening was filled with memories of past, updates on the present and blessings for the future. Attendees also held a moment of prayerful silence for Father Joseph Slomsick, who passed away on Friday, April 22nd. Fr. Slomsick served at Our Lady of Lourdes from 1961-1962.

Pictured are:
Front Row (from left to right): Fr Mike Baldwin, Fr Bob McElwee, Fr Eugene Grabner, Fr Ivan Eck, Fr David Lies
Back Row (from left to right): Fr Rick Kotrba, Fr David Voss, Fr Pat York, Fr Chad Arnold, Fr Eric Weldon.

Job Opening: St. Mary's Elementary

Preschool Para-Professional for 2016-2017
Applications are now being accepted for the para-professional position at the St. Mary’s Elementary Preschool. 

For more details or questions, please call Nancy Hicks at 231-6941

If interested go to the website and fill out the classified application.  It will be listed under employment which will then take you to  the current openings tab. Scroll to the bottom of that page for the application. E-mail that application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring it by the St. Mary's Elemen office. 

Application is also attached below.

Faith Forward in Action

Click the link below to download a copy of the "Faith Forward in Action" newsletter.  This newsletter contains year one in review, work in progress and 2016 plan of action.  A detailed description of the Faith Forward Strategic Plan in available for download near the bottom of this webpage.  For more information, please contact Frances Mitchelson, Director of Parish Advancement at 231.2135 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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JOB OPENING: Maintenance Technician

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg, Kansas, is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a full time Maintenance Technician. This position is responsible for performing preventative maintenance and repair of various facility systems including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, painting, locksmithing, fire alarm and sprinkler systems, and occasional event set up. Essential characteristics include excellent communication skills and mechanical aptitude.

Position Requirements:
  • Ability to work full time and be on-call for center emergencies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Coordinate with third party contractors for work outside the scope of staff personnel.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment
  • Prefer practicing Catholic active in the Stewardship way of life
Interested applicants should submit one completed application and resume to: Aaron Besperat, Director of Finance, PO Box 214, Pittsburg, KS 66762. Applications may also be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications may be downloaded via the attachment below. Questions regarding the positions may be directed to Aaron Besperat at 620-231-2135.

Faith Forward Strategic Plan 2015-2020

It's ready!  After a year of hard work and dedication by hundreds of people, we have completed our strategic planning process.  Faith Forward, Come to the Table invited all to be a part of this visioning process to move our parish, Catholic schools and college campus ministry into the future.  Click on the link below to read the plan in detail.  For more information, contact Frances Mitchelson in the Parish Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620.231.2135.
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Adoration Hours

Christ the King Adoration Chapel, located at the southwest corner of 9th and Locust,  provides an opportunity for quiet prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament from 6:00 a.m. Mondays through 5:00  p.m. Fridays.  Our desire is to have two adorers at each Holy Hour.  There are lots of times availabe for you to commit one hour of prayer weekly and the first page of the parish bulletin lists times that we need adorers.  This is a wonderful way to renew your prayer life and build a relationship with Jesus Christ. Please consider giving an hour a week.  For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Events


8:00 am - 9:00 am


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Sat  8am & 5:30pm
Sun  7am, 9am, 10:30am, Noon   
La Misa en Español: Domingo 2pm 

Mon-Fri  6:30am
Tues, Wed, Fri  8am
Thurs, Fri  11:30am (while school is in session)

Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat  7:30-7:50am
Sat  4-5:15pm
Confesiones: Domingo 1:30pm

Mon 6am-Fri 5pm

Ministry Schedule

Parish Priests

Fr. Michael E. Baldwin

Fr. Rick Kotrba
Parochial Vicar/
St. Mary's Colgan Schools Chaplain
VOSS.JPGFr. David Voss
 Parochial Vicar/
Chaplain St. Pius X Catholic Student Center