St. Mary of the Seven Dolors
404 Iron Street
Year parish was established: 1886
Number of households: 454
Pastor: Franciscan Fr. Frank Kordek
Weekend Masses: Saturday: 4 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Describe your faith community
“Everything we do as a parish family – and we do a great deal – we do for the glory of God and the building of God’s kingdom. We are not just a group of individuals who happen to belong to the church, but rather, we are a family united by worship, community and service. We are ordinary people doing our best to answer God’s call to holiness.”
“When visitors come to our parish they will …
… Easily feel like part of our family. They will find a welcoming, vibrant congregation that serves the entire community by trusting and supporting one another. They will be greeted by kind, compassionate and peaceful Christians.”
In what ways does your parish proclaim the Gospel with its actions?
“We are a community that believes in the importance of prayer, as witnessed by numerous prayer chains. We believe that charity begins at home; bringing Communion to shut-ins and nursing home patients in the region, as well as visiting the sick. Our members are active in the community, as volunteer firefighters, volunteering at the school, community events, and workers of all kinds fundraising events and benefits. Volunteers work at and support the Iron County Food Pantry and Treasure House, a free-will offering thrift shop.”
What is something about your parish most people might not know?
“Our congregation is comprised of not only Hurley residents, but also people from the former churches of Montreal, Pence and Iron Belt. We are a family made up of the entire northern Iron County. Periodically, we have a ‘Noise Collection.’ Our young people take up a loose change collection, using metal “baskets.” The baskets are shook to make noise as the change is collected. The proceeds go to local charities and abroad.