“WHATEVER YOU DO FOR THE LEAST OF MY
BRETHREN YOU DO UNTO ME”
is where these spoken Words of Jesus are put into action.
Parish Outreach (aka Parish Social Ministry) is a program
that offers our neighbors in need not only the assistance they may
be seeking but also the gentleness, support, kindness and dignity
that helps them through diffult times. It is the story of the Good
Samaritan – “reaching out” to those who are on the roadside of
life and are hurting.
Parish Outreach is centered on God’s Holy Word and touches the
lives of many with His Love and Compassion.
Parish Outreach is the Gospel alive and
at work right here within our own community.
aspects of our Outreach Program are outlined below:
The Food Pantry
one hundred people per month.
We welcome and help anyone
in need of food when calling on us.
There are certain criteria for on-going assistance but we
never send anyone away empty handed who needs to be fed.
If they do in fact need on-going assistance and do not live
within our Parish Boundary, they are directed to the Parish that
can best serve them in the future.
They are then given an emergency supply of food for several
days. If they do
reside within our Parish boundary lines, an interview appointment
is set up whereby they meet with the Outreach Director to
ascertain their needs which may go beyond the scope of food.
Parishioners usually bring bags of food to Church
during weekend Masses. Food can also be dropped of at the Outreach
Building during the week and during the Outreach hours of
operation. We also receive
food from the
Long Island Cares Food Bank and Island Harvest.
In addition, local merchants, Fire Island establishments,
local organizations and our schools are also very supportive and
offer very generous donations throughout the year.
Paper goods, laundry detergents and household products are
always in need. It may be
worth noting that these items cannot be purchased with Food Stamps
– these are considered “luxury” items.
provide extra assistance to those in need at Thanksgiving and
Christmas. It is
important to the dignity of each family that they have an
opportunity to share a special meal at Thanksgiving and to provide
Christmas gifts for their family members living within the
household. We also assist our families at the “Back-to-School”
time of year. We offer
our families “gift cards” for each child within the household so
they can make their own purchases of the particular supplies
needed for their children.
are distributed the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Parishioners and local merchants donate food items and
monetary donations and supermarket gift cards are always welcomed.
These type donation gives Parish Outreach the flexibility
of purchasing items that may be needed in order to complete family
The Christmas Angel Program
begins with the first Sunday in Advent.
“Angels” are cut out usually with the help of our Faith
Formation classes and left in baskets at the entrances of the
Church. Each “Angel”
bears a number and a request for an item needed.
The “Angel” also gives the size and/or other particulars
requested by the family in need.
The “Angels” are taken from the baskets by parishioners as
they come to Mass.
They shop for the item and bring it to Church or the Outreach
Office wrapped with the “Angel” on the outside of the package.
The gifts are then assembled by Parish Volunteers and
picked up by the family on the weekend before Christmas. If
pick-up is not possible, the Knights of Columbus and other
volunteers deliver the gifts.
Back to School season can be a very expensive time
for young families.
Our parishioners are asked, at the end of the summer months, to
purchase gift cards to help the children start their school year
off with the supplies they need. One of our Parishioners has built
a “School House” that is placed in the Church during this time and
Parishioners can deposit their Gift Card donations into the School
where we, working together with
calls of “Least of Our Brethern”
Outreach Office can be contacted by calling (631)589-6155
Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m. – Noon