Catholic Ministries Appeal
The Catholic Ministries Appeal is a Diocesan Appeal, which began in 1978. The Appeal enables the Diocese to respond to the needs of our diocesan family through charitable, pastoral and educational programs and services. In addition, through the Parish Sharing Program, the ministries of the parish receive financial assistance. Committee members plan each year’s Appeal and then evaluate the year’s efforts.
The gift of giving of oneself for the benefit of others is evident in every donor. It is evident in the volunteers who make calls to past donors, who sign up donors at church on Sunday, and assist on the day of the drive by welcoming donors. It is a coming together of parishioners to feel good about themselves in helping others. Blood drives are held twice a year, in conjunction with the Long Island Blood Service.
St. Mary’s CYO offers boys and girls, from kindergarten through eighth grade, the opportunity to learn and play basketball, soccer, track and volleyball at various levels of competition, in an atmosphere that fosters friendship, teamwork, compassion and leadership with a common goal. Adults and young adults are urged to assist with any of these programs. Many positions are available. General positions are Director, Treasurer, Administrative Coordinators, PR Coordinator, and Sports Level Coordinators. Specific positions are coaches, referees, score keepers, transportation and security.
The Finance Committee is a consultative body providing advice and recommendations to the Pastor concerning the Parish’s fiscal resources. Members of this committee are appointed by the Pastor.
This ministry involves counting each Sunday’s financial offerings on Monday mornings. It usually requires two or three hours of time. Members of this committee are appointed by the Pastor
Respect Life Committee
Respect Life is dedicated to the proclamation that all life is sacred from the moment of conception until the end of life’s journey. The Committee sponsors seven activities a year. Each member is invited to participate in all activities, depending on their available time. Our purpose is to aid in the church’s overall efforts to spread the gospel of life and illuminate the problems of the culture of death amongst which we live.
The Rosary Society fosters devotion to Mary though prayer and works for the causes that would be dear to her heart. TThere are two major fund raising events held each year – the Christmas Boutique and the Spring Brunch, and these enjoyable gatherings provide funding for donations to causes that are chosen throughout the year.
Scouting is open to all young boys and girls of the parish. Scouting encourages service to the community and growth in leadership skills. Meetings are held throughout the year.