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Parish Social Ministry / Outreach

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

Parish Social Ministry / Outreach is OPEN. 
Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9:30am-4pm
Thursday 1pm-4pm

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 Social Ministry

What is Parish Social Ministry?
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 indeed of assistance together with people who are trained to help them.
PSM 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.

What kind of help is available?
Requests for assistance may involve direct service such as:
food, clothings, financial, transportation, or information and referral to other programs,
service agencies or professionals.  Support and the following areas:
Advocacy with Service Agencies
Assistance with Housing
Budget Counseling
Crisis Intervention
Clothing from our Thrift Shop
Informal Counseling
Information & Referrals
Immigration Information
Reassurance Calls to the Homebound
Substance Abuse Counseling Referrals
Employment Guidance including Resumé 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 ext 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 know 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 resumé 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.

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

 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.

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 PSM office 
during operating hours.

Thrift Shop: The St. Mary's Thrift Shop makes available clothing at extremely economical prices.
Donations of 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-Friday from 10am to 4pm & Saturday from 9am to 3pm (closed on Sunday's).
The Thrift Shop Phone # is: (631) 581-7666.

Sofia 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 help more often.  Dates for discussion, 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 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 ham (turkey for Thanksgiving), potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, 
cake mix and fresh fruit.  Thanksgiving food baskets are assembled in Sacred Heart Hall from 4:30pm-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-5:30pm on the second Friday in December 
and delivered on Saturday starting at 10am.
Easter food baskets are assembled in Sacred Heart Hall fro 4:30pm-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.


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