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June 2017

Parish Social Ministry



Parish Social Ministry

                                                                                                                                   20 Harrison Avenue                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       East Islip, NY 11730

Phone: (631) 581-4266 extension 128 or 631-581-7070

Office Hours:

Monday                  9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday                  9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday             9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Thursday                 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

                                                                                                                     Friday                     Closed

                                                                                                                     Saturday                 Closed

                                                                                                                     Sunday                   Closed

                                                                        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


Sr. Camille Solis D.W.
Pastoral Minister




            What is Parish Social Ministry?

                St. Mary's Parish Social Ministry consists of a dedicated group of women and men 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 empowers 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, physically and spiritually. 

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.                                         Prayer, support and encouragement are offered to help in difficult situations.

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.

            What help is available?

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

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




             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.


            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 families 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 résumé 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.


            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 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 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 to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm (closed on Sunday).                                                          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 7 pm. For 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 4:30 to 5:30 pm on the Friday before Thanksgiving and delivered on Saturday starting at 10 am Christmas Food Baskets are assembled in Sacred Heart Hall from 4:30 to            5:30 pm on the second Friday in December and delivered on Saturday starting at 10 am. Easter Food Baskets are assembled in Sacred Heart Hall from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on the Friday of Palm               Sunday weekend and delivered on Saturday starting at 10 am.                         

        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 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.