Pope Francis has repeatedly challenged all of us to leave the comfort of our homes, rectories, sacristies and offices and encounter those in need. For the Pope, those "in need" are those searching for the basic necessities of life as well as those searching for meaning and human fellowship in their lives. In addition to the ways Saint Kilian Parish already supports parishioners and neighbors, we are happy to respond to Pope Francis' call with the founding of The Kilian Cupboard, initially offering Food Pantry and Fellowship Dinner ministries. The Kilian Cupboard is a ministry and outreach of Saint Kilian Parish, Saint Vincent De Paul (Saint Kilian Conference), and and the Knights of Columbus Saint Kilian Council #14807.
about the cupboardOur Ministry, Service & Team
the food pantryAssisting Neighbors in Need
fellowship dinners Simple, Weekly Meals for All
help and volunteerWays to Help and Serve
In th Fall of 2013, Saint Kilian Parish, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society (Saint Kilian Council) and the Knights of Columbus (Saint Kilian Conference) opened the doors to the Kilian Cupboard as an outreach to the community and as a direct response to Pope Francis's exhortation to "go out into the margins."
This ministry is not in any way a fundraising effort or a means to increase the parish community and consists of Fellowship Dinners and a Food Pantry Service. This project also provides direct community service opportunities for families, parishioners and other local individuals looking for a way to help their immediate community.
The operation of the Food Pantry and the Fellowship Dinners operate under separate organizational structures and work forces and are separate ministries of the outreach ministry of The Kilian Cupboard. These services are provided to anyone who may benefit from them. There are no "strings" (such as mandatory prayers, Bible readings during meals, etc.) - any evangelization will be Spirit-filled outgrowth from the service itself.
The Kilian Cupboard is located at the Saint Kilian Parish Hall in Mars, PA at Clark and Cherry Streets inside the former Saint Kilian Parish Church (GPS: 205 Clark Street, Mars, PA).
The Kilian Cupboard Food Pantry is not a Food Bank and therefore not supported by any government affiliated agency. Rather, this is a ministry providing food to assist neighbors in need according to established guidelines. The Kilian Cupboard Food Pantry operates on the generosity of parishioners and friends and is led by the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Saint Kilian Conference.
The Food Pantry is open each Wednesday from 3:00pm – 6:00pm and is located at 205 Clark Street, Mars, PA 16046 in the former Saint Kilian Parish Church building.
Kilian Cupboard Fellowship Dinners provide simple meals once a week for anyone wishing to attend. If you are in need of fellowship, a good meal or simply would like to join us for dinner, you are more than welcome! Dinner is served on Wednesday evenings from 5:00pm - 6:00pm at the Saint Kilian Fellowship Hall located at Clark and Cherry Street in Mars.
These dinners are provided by the generosity of volunteers, parishioners and friends. There are no strings attached, no speeches to listen to and no evangelization. Rather, dinner is served and enjoyed in the fellowship of volunteers and their families. The Saint Kilian Parish nursing ministry will be on hand to provide health information and blood pressure screening as requested.
It takes many people, time and donated items to run the Kilian Cupboard Food Pantry and serve the many families in need that visit us weekly. Please note that all volunteers 18 years and older are required to have clearances. To check on clearance status or for help obtaining your clearances, please contact Jo Scheller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the links below for this week's donation wish list and other ways to help.
This week we are most in need of the following items listed below. Donations may be left in the Saint Kilian Parish Church Vestibule located at 7076 Franklin Road in Cranberry.
- Small Cans of Coffee
- Soft Taco Shells
- Hearty Soups
We are in need of volunteers to assist with our weekly Fellowship Dinners. Volunteer opportunities are now online, hosted through Volunteer Spot. On the Volunteer Spot website, you are able to view all volunteer opportunities, read a job description of each (also listed below), see what dates and times help is needed and pick your spots. We invite you to click here to sign up for your assignment today!
We Can't Do it Without You!
Volunteer opportunities are now online, hosted through Volunteer Spot. On the Volunteer Spot website, you are able to view all volunteer opportunities, read a job description of each (also listed below), see what dates and times help is needed and pick your spots. We invite you to click here to sign up for your assignment today!
- Client Intake/Checkout Advocate
Individual(s) responsible for welcoming all new clients and completing the St. Kilian Food Pantry Registration Form. Once the form is completed, both a paper and electronic file will be established for each client and client files will be updated with each additional visit. (Days duties to be performed: Wednesdays from 3:00pm to 6:00pm).
*This position requires Safe Environment certification.
- Client Assist Position
Individual(s) to assist clients in locating pantry items and fill-out the pre-printed itemized product checklist spreadsheet, as to the kind and # of pantry items given to client. Duties include frequent bending and repeated lifting up to 20lbs. Can be involved in assisting client with the loading of their vehicle. (Days duties to be performed: Wednesdays from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
*This position requires Safe Environment certification.