|1300 Northern Blvd
Manhasset NY 11030
“At the root of social ministry lies a profound hope, hope that emanates
from the promise of the Lord who will say: These are they who have come out
of great tribulation—They shall neither hunger nor thirst any more and God
will wipe away every tear from their eyes. That hope springs from the prayer
of Jesus, who at the time of death spoke to the Father: “I have brought
glory to you here on earth by doing everything you gave me to do.”
— (John 17:4).
This prayer becomes our prayer, our ministry- a
sign of how we are to live our lives. But with what awesome results- to
glorify the Father! The work for us is to bring the world to Christ. When we
meet God, we too, will have on our lips the words of the Lord: “I have
finished the work you have given me to do.”
Parish Social Ministry is the empowerment of a parish as the people of God
to fulfill the Church’s mission of love, justice, freedom, and peace by
communally responding in organized ways to societal and individual human
We provide ongoing support through the following ministries:
Sick & Homebound Support to our Elderly
Projects Providing Food & Budget
Counseling Career Transition
Social Justice & Peace
Afghans, quilts, baby blankets and lap-robes
St. Mary's Mental Health Ministry Screeening Programs
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~ F.O.C.U.S. (Friends Offering Care, Understanding and
Support)—Members who serve in this ministry have themselves
experienced the loss of a loved one and they offer support to our bereaved
parishioners. This social ministry welcomes parishioners who are grieving
and assists them on their road to healing through friendship, sharing and
In a caring and spiritual environment, this
ministry offers individual understanding and support and organizes small and
large group activities and socialization. The FOCUS Core Committee is
composed of Ministry members who meet regularly to develop programs and
events that focus on the ongoing spiritual, social and emotional needs and
coping skills of our bereaved parishioners.
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Sick & Homebound
~ Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound— Laity
who seek this ministry have a deep devotion to the Eucharist. Extraordinary
Ministers of the Eucharist to the Homebound see their role to the faithful
by assisting the priest in bringing communion to parishioners who are sick
or homebound and visit with people in their homes to enable them to receive
the Eucharist on a regular basis in a gesture of care offered to them in the
name of Christ and of the parish community. Even if there are only two
people present for the visit, the Eucharistic Minister and the person who is
receiving, the whole Church is represented.
Diocesan training is needed, consisting of 2 half-day
workshops in either the spring or the fall. Commitment of time depends upon
assignment. All new ministers attend a training session preparing them for
this ministry, and when they have completed the training they are
commissioned by the Chancery for a period of three years. The Commission is
usually extended at the discretion of the pastor for several more periods.
Anyone interested in being a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound should
contact Christine Sutherland—516-365-2705.
~ Hospital Visitation—By testifying to God’s
healing grace and strength, parish volunteers visit with parishioners who
are hospitalized in North Shore and St. Francis Hospitals. Training is
~ Friendly Visitors—Trained volunteers visit
people in their own homes for conversation, sharing, and friendship.
~ Plant Ministry—Adult volunteers deliver
plants to the homebound.
~ Prayer Ministry—Volunteers pray for and with
those who are homebound, and help them to make time and space for prayer at
~ Heart to Heart—Third World children in need
of heart surgery are brought to North Shore University Hospital in
Manhasset. After release from hospital, volunteers assist the children at
Variety House which provides housing for them during their post-operative
~ Anthony House—Outreach for addicted.
Support to our Elderly
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~ Senior Outreach—The goal of this ministry is
to provide spiritual and social programs to enhance the well being of older
persons and to provide companionship, presence and assistance to those in
~ Card Ministry—Volunteers send greeting cards
to the homebound of our parish every three weeks.
~ Pen Pals—Teenagers in our parish are actively
involved as pen pals for our card ministry, residents of Wedgewood Nursing
Home and residents of East Shore Drive.
~ Prayer Ministry—Parishioners' intentions are
sent to willing parishioners once a month. It is the minister’s
responsibility to pray each day for these intentions.
~ Telephone Ministry—Parishioners recommend
neighbors who could use a phone call about every other week to let them know
that we are thinking and praying for them.
~ Senior Low Income Housing, 155 Eastshore
Road—Providing food and assistance to those in need. Monthly luncheons,
snacks, etc. Prayer services, Monthly Mass and Evaluation of residents to
~ Wedgewood Nursing Home—Volunteers visit the
residents, and offer ongoing support and sharing.
Projects Providing Food & Budget Counseling
~ Food drives at masses
~ Share Christmas program
~ Financial appeals for food vouchers
~ Thanksgiving baskets
~ Food pantry
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We donate our surplus food items to the following organizations: Bethany
House (Residence for women and children); Birthright; The Inn at Glen Cove;
Neuman Center (Catholic Charities' residence for handicapped); Manhasset
Valley Housing (Pond Valley); Low Income Housing.
Resume Writing, Job Searches, Job placement &
Referrals—If you are a professional, middle management or senior
executive who is anticipating a job change or is in a career transition at
the present time, the parish has professionals available to discuss job
search strategy, networking techniques and their effective utilization.
Social Justice & Peace
Public Policy—Is an educational network
intended to inform and educate our people about the church’s Public Policy
Agenda and call for informed participation in the political process.
Volunteer Lawyers Initiative—This group
consists of parish lawyers who are willing to provide pro-bono legal
services in their field of expertise. Legal service is provided through the
Parish Social Ministry for those who are not in a financial position to
afford it. The group meets every two months to discuss pending new cases.
Some training is available through Catholic Charities Volunteer Lawyers
Divorced and Separated—Information and Referral
Services Legal Assistance
Afghans, quilts, baby blankets and lap-robes by loving
hands—The simple comfort of a quilt warms the heart and soul. Like
Social Ministry, weaved blankets are a network of support and care.
Donations are distributed to those in need at a nearby nursing home and
senior residence. If you enjoy either of these crafts and would like to join
this club, please call the Parish Social Ministry Office-516-365-2705, Fax:
516-365-0769 or email.
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Our services are free and are available to everyone living within our parish
boundaries, regardless of race or religion or financial situation. All
requests are treated in the strictest confidence.
Parish Social Ministry is staffed by a Director, an administrative assistant
and by a very special group of people: our parish volunteers, especially
trained for each particular ministry.
Referral & Advocacy—In situations where St. Mary's Parish Social
Outreach does not have the means to provide the most effective or
appropriate assistance, we refer those in need to individuals or
organizations who can help.
Please contact the Parish Social Ministry Office if you would like to join
this rewarding ministry. Please share your time, talent, skills and
compassionate caring to help strengthen the Church of St. Mary parish family
and our communities.
If time does not permit your actively sharing in Parish Social Ministry,
please consider contributing from your financial or other material resources
to help meet the many diverse needs of the poor among us.
The Parish Social Ministry office is open Monday through Friday from 9:45am
to 12:00 noon and 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Our Office is located at 1310 Northern
Boulevard, at the base of the convent across from St. Mary's Church. The
office is accessible to people with special needs.
If you are interested in speaking with someone in strict confidence, please
call 516-365-2705. Leave your first name and telephone number to arrange an
St. Mary's Mental Health Ministry Screening Program
St. Mary's Mental Health Ministry invites you to our online screening for
mood and anxiety disorders. This free screening is made available to all our
parishioners and is taken anonymously. Many times we question am I really
depressed or anxious and need professional attention? The screening is
provided so that you may find out in just a few moments anonymously.
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