What is Parish Social Ministry?
Parish Social Ministry, also known as Outreach, is about people living out their baptismal call to love and serve one another, as it is written…As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ~John 13:34~
What Does Parish Social Ministry Do?
Parish Social Ministry helps our parish community respond to those who are hurting, and helps those in need to attain self-sufficiency. Parish Social Ministry also attempts to advocate on a local and national level for a just society that protects everyone’s God-given human dignity.
Be compassionate, as your heavenly Father is compassionate ~ Luke 6:36
Who Can Get Help?
Anyone who lives within our geographical boundaries regardless of race ethnicity or religious affiliation is eligible. You may call the Parish Social Ministry Offices or come in to verify your address and discuss your unique situation and needs further. Registered and active parishioners are also eligible regardless of geographical location.
How Can You Help?
If you are interested in being a part of Parish Social Ministry by volunteering, we invite you to call us or come to our office to discuss the various opportunities that exist within this ministry. All volunteers are required to complete a Virtus Training titled “Protecting God’s Children”, as directed by the Diocese of Rockville centre. You will also be required to sign a confidentiality agreement, Parish Volunteer Application, as well as a Background Check form which is sent directly to the Diocese.
How We Can Help?
Crisis Intervention: Offers people in immediate need of food, clothing, financial assistance*, informal counseling, information and referrals, advocacy etc…(*pending available funds & subject to a case by case evaluation).
In addition, we also provide:
- Referral & Information Services
- Case Management & Advocacy
- Food Pantry
- Job Bank
- Thanksgiving Basket Program
- Christmas Angel Program
- Back to School Program
- Annual Free Legal Immigration Clinic
- Information & Referral Service
- St. Vincent de Paul Referral Services
A SNAP (formerly knows as Food Stamps) Volunteer Coordinator will be in our offices every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please call our offices to schedule an appointment.
A Fidelis Care Representative will be available to our parishioners by appointment. The Rep will be able to explain the different medical plans available, including Medicaid. The Rep can sign you up for the first time with any plan you choose, BUT…can only re-certify Fidelis plans. Scheduling an appointment is a must. Please call our office at 516-883-0365 to obtain the Fidelis Rep’s contact information.
Other Programs in Development
Senior Christmas Giving Tree Program
Friendly calls to the homebound/shut-ins
Prayer Shawls for nursing home residents
Crisis Debt Management Seminars