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Parish Social Ministry

Church of St. Mary
Parish Social Ministry - Parish Outreach
20 Harrison Avenue
East Islip, NY 11730
(631) 581-4266 x128 or (631) 581-7070

Office Hours:
Monday thru Thursday    9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: The Parish Social Ministry / Outreach Office is located on the second floor 
of the white building located between Sacred Heart Hall and the Auditorium.


             "Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see                                 you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?                                                 When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,                                                                          or naked and clothe you?                                                                    When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?'                                                     And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you,                                         whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine,                                                                                 you did for me.'"

                                                        Matthew 25:37-40

                               Mrs. Robin Santiago

Director, Parish Outreach

(631) 581-7070, x127 

What is Parish Social Ministry?
St. Mary's Parish Social Ministry consists of a dedicated group of
            parishioners who respond to the needs of others compassionately
            and professionally.

What does Parish Social Ministry do?
Parish Social Ministry brings people who are in need of assistance
            together with people who are trained to help them. Parish Social
            Ministry ministers empower those in need to help themselves.  This
            program offers our parish community a way to respond to those
            among us who are hurting financially, emotionally and/or physically.    


                                   "Christ has no body now on earth but yours,                                                                    your hands with which He blesses humanity,                                                                your voice with which His forgiveness is spoken,                                                            your heart with which He now loves."

                                    Adapted from St. Theresa of Avila


What kind of help is available?
            Requests for assistance may involve direct service like: food, clothing,
          financial, transportation, or information and referral to other programs,
          service agencies, or professionals. Support and encouragement is                                offered to help in difficult situations. 
In addition, we offer support in                          the following areas:        

         Advocacy with Service Agencies                                                                              Assistance with Housing                                                                                       Budget Counseling                                                                                                 Clothing from our Thrift Shop                                                                                 Crisis Intervention                                                                                                   Food                                                                                                                     Informal Counseling                                                                                                Information & Referrals                                                                                        Immigration Information                                                                                        Reassurance Calls to Homebound                                                                             Substance Abuse Counseling Referrals                                                                    Employment Guidance including Resume Preparation Referral and Interview             Training Referral

Who can get help?
          Anyone who lives within the geographical boundaries of St. Mary's Parish (Islip,         East Islip, Great River), regardless of race or religion, may contact the Parish               Social Ministry either by phone (631-581-4266 extension 128) or by a personal            visit to the office.

                           "Each time the bread is broken and shared, 
                                    each time the cup is portioned out equally 
                                    to rich and poor alike, we get a glimpse 
                                    of how God intended the world to be, 
                                     and how we believe it will one day be again."





Parish Social Ministry consists of the following ministries:

Reception:  Ministers of Reception are a welcoming presence to all as they staff the reception desk at the Parish Social Ministry Office. They answer calls in response to inquiries for service, as well as personally greeting those in need of assistance.

Counseling: Our Ministers also known as Core Workers conduct initial intake assessment needs for all persons and/or families requesting assistance in a confidential manner. These Ministers are trained in assisting those in need to network with either parish, community, county or federal resources, which can assist with the stabilization of the person's and/or family's economic, medical, housing, employment or mental health needs as well as addressing their spiritual needs if indicated.

                    "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they                                                                         will be satisfied."

                                                                       Matthew 5:6

Employment Guidance:  This ministry provides assistance to individuals who are either seeking employment or are aspiring to increase their earning potential and benefits. We assist our neighbors who are unemployed or underemployed by providing referrals for help with resume writing, interviews, networking and the job search process. The main purpose of this ministry is to provide support to a client during what can be a very difficult time by letting him/her know that they have someone who cares and is trying to help them. We encourage everyone to please pray for all unemployed persons and their families. These people could be your friends, relatives or neighbors and may be sitting right beside you in church. They need God's help and yours.

Reassurance:  St. Mary's Parish Social Ministry offers the Ministry of Reassurance to anyone who is homebound or in a nursing home. If you or someone you know, would like a friendly phone call, note or visit, please give us a call.




                            "I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was a stranger,
                             I was naked, I was sick, I was in prison.......
                                           AND YOU CARED!
                             And the Lord will say......'I assure you,
                             when you did it to one of the least of these,
                             my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me.'"

Food Pantry:  The Pantry is stocked with non-perishable food that is readily available for 
those in need. Donations are appreciated. It's easy to do, just bring your food or toiletries
(soap, toilet paper, deodorants, etc.) to Mass. Leave your offering with an usher, or you can 
just leave your donation in the vestibule of either the church or auditorium. You can also drop 
your donation off at the Parish Social Ministry office during operating hours. SCRIP from 
department stores, supermarket or other gift certificates is always appreciated and may be left 
at the Parish Social Ministry office.

Thrift Shop:  The St. Mary's Thrift Shop makes available clothing at extremely economical prices.
Donations or new or "gently" used clothing are appreciated and should be delivered directly to the 
Thrift Shop. Please do not leave clothing outside when the shop is closed. Volunteers are needed and
 the hours can be flexible to meet your schedule. You will be blessed in the fact that you will be in a
 position to help someone in need. The Thrift Shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm 
and Saturday from 9am to 3pm (closed on Sundays). The phone number is 631-581-7666.

Sophia Cares:  Sophia Cares is a group of women helping women. This program is for all women in 
all stages of life. We invite women to dwell on the most basic of all universal truths: God's love for us 
and God's call for us to love ourselves. The mission of our members is to inspire one another through 
compassion and sharing spirituality. Evenings for women are offered three times a year with inspirational 
speakers. Round table discussion groups are held more often. Dates for discussions, meetings and other 
events are printed in St. Mary's weekly bulletin and found on this website.

Prayer Group For Gays/Lesbians And Their Parents:  Through prayer and sharing, the goal of this 
ministry is to provide support to those on their journey of understanding and acceptance of their child 
or of themselves. We believe that each of us has been created by a loving God. We come together for 
prayer and reflection on the Gospel readings, and sharing and support in a confidential manner. Emphasis 
is placed on the dignity of every person, and the unfailing love of God. We meet on the third Tuesday of 
each month at 7pm. For more information, contact Michael Coffey at 917-589-7146.

Christmas Share-A-Gift:  This Christmas Program has been a successful event for many years. As a parish 
community we help to provide a "Merry Christmas" to our neighbors who are having a difficult time making 
ends meet. Registered people/families of our Outreach Ministry are given the opportunity to receive Christmas 
presents. Gift tags are made available on the church and auditorium altars leading up to Christmas. Adults 19 
years of age and older are able to select one gift and children up to 18 years of age are able to select two gifts.
 The suggested value of each gift is $25.00.

Seasonal Food Deliveries:  Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are the times when a large number of volunteers
 participate in the preparation and delivery of food baskets to those in need. The boxes contain all that is needed for 
a complete dinner which would consist of hams (turkeys for Thanksgiving), potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, cake mix 
and fresh fruit. Thanksgiving Food Baskets are assembled in Sacred Heart Hall from 4:30pm to 5:30pm on the Friday 
before Thanksgiving and delivered on Saturday starting at 10am. Christmas Food Baskets are assembled in Sacred 
Heart Hall from 4:30pm to 5:30pm on the second Friday in December and delivered on Saturday starting at 10am. 
Easter Food Baskets are assembled iin Sacred Heart Hall from 4:30pm to 5:30pm on the Friday of Palm Sunday 
weekend and delivered on Saturday starting at 10am.


Community Blood Drives:  Blood drives are conducted twice a year (February and August) to help maintain the 
supply of blood to Long Island Blood Services. Your donation will help to save up to three lives. Our community 
hospitals need your help. Please share this life saving gift.

                                WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

To Request Assistance:  If at any time you encounter a need on behalf of yourself, your family or a neighbor, and 
you feel that we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out and give us a call at 631-581-4266 extension 128.