St Patrick’s of Smithtown
Welcome to the Parish
This Week in the Parish
- Parish Life Cover Stories
- From the Pastor’s Desk
- From the Desk of Fr. David Regan
- Observing the season of Lent at St. Patrick’s
- Parish Calendar / Upcoming Events
- St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance - Join Us Friday, March 14th for a very special evening.
Pray for our Priests
The Church invites you to include a priest in your daily prayer intentions
“CATHOLICISM:”The Legion of Mary presents this hit, faith building DVD series
Parish Outreach Social Ministry: Christmas Appreciation!
- Parish Calendar / Upcoming Events
- Photo Gallery: St. Patrick School Open House
- Thank You To All Those Who Contributed TO The St. Patrick School Restaurant Showcase. Please Frequent These Establishments.
Join the Nocturnal Adoration Society
- Online Church Tour
- Calling out to all St. Patrick School Alumni
- Tips on Church Envelopes Use
- Faith Direct - For Better and Secure Giving
- St. Patrick’s Vision Statement
The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.
The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
- from the United States Conference
of Catholic Bishops website:
The Bishops’ website also includes a variety of suggestions
and resources to support your Lenten practice, enhance your
prayer, and embrace your baptismal commitment. To read Pope
Francis’ 2014 Lenten message, go to
Lent offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God, to examine our hearts and our lives and to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Please take advantage of the following opportunites offered by our parish:
March 5, 20146:45 AM Mass
9:00 AM Mass
12:10 PM Mass
3:00 PM Prayer Service
7:30 PM Prayer Service
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday during Lent
at 8:00 p.m.
in the Church
beginning March 7th
All are welcome to participate in the Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings during Lent. Members of our choir will lead us in song. Then we will process through the Stations. Please make this a part of your lenten preparation
Monday through Friday
6:45 a.m. Mass
9:00 a.m. Mass
12:10 p.m. Mass
7:30* p.m. Mass
* Monday Night Novena Mass
ConfessionSaturday -- 3:45 to 4:45 PM
Sunday -- 8:15 to 8:45 AM
Monday -- 6:45 to 7:15 PM**
Anytime by appointment in the rectory.
Additional opportunities for Reconciliation
will be offered during the Holy Week
Spend Time With God Consider attending weekday Masses whenever possible. St. Patrick’ offers weekday Masses at 6:45 AM, 9:00 AM and 12:10 PM each day, as well as a Monday night Novena Mass at 7:30 PM.
Help Those In Need. St. Patrick Outreach is a helping hand to those experiencing financial hardship. Consider contributing to Outreach by donating non-perishable food items in the white bins at the church exits or through financial contributions. Frozen or refrigerated items may be donated if brought to the Outreach Office during office hours, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 3 PM.
Donate Blood at the upcoming St. Patrick’s Blood Drive on Thursday, March 14th.
Support Our Parish Lenten Project:
Help the People of Dobro, Ghana Build a Church: For the past two years during Lent, our parish has raised money to help Fr. George Akeampong build a church for Holy Family Parish in Dobro, Ghana. Parishioners of Holy Family have never had a church building. All Masses, weddings, funerals, Communions, Confirmations, etc. take place outdoors. The funds raised so far have gone a long way. A beautiful church building is taking shape, but more is needed to complete the project. Your donations will help the people of Dobro realize their dream of a church building. For more information or to see photos of how work on the church has progressed so far, see photos and information below.).
Abstinence & Fasting
All Catholics who have reached their 14th year are bound to abstain entirely from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent. All Catholics between the ages of 18 to 59, inclusive, are also bound to observe the law of fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This means limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Two other light meals, which together do not equal a full meal, may be taken during the day. The obligation to do penance and to observe the appointed penitential season is a serious one. Those whose work or health would be impaired are excused from fast and abstinence. Individual conscience should decide proper cause for excuse. A more serious reason is required to excuse oneself Ash Wednesday and Good Friday fast and abstinence.
Pray For Our Priests
Please remember to keep our priests in your prayers. This week, we ask that you pray especially for the following priests from our diocese:
- February 2nd
- All Priests
- February 3rd
- Rev. Lennard Sabio & Msgr. Charles Fink
- February 4th
- Rev. Robert Hayden & Rev. William Logan
- February 5th
- Rev. Manuel Zuzarte SAC & Msgr. Charles Guarino
- February 6th
- Msgr. Donald Beckmann & Rev. Piotr Narkiewicz
- February 7th
- Rev. Edward Seagriff & Rev. Francis Samuel OIC
- February 8th
- Rev. Brandon O’Brien & Msgr. Andrzej Zglejszewski
“To become a priest or a religious is not primarily our choice; it is our answer to a calling, a calling of love.rdquo;
- Pope Francis
Journey with us to the Heart of Faith
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Join us on Sunday nights at 7 p.m.
in the Emmaus Room in St. Patrick School.
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What is Parish Outreach
A helping hand when you can’t cope with an emergency; food, financial assistance, housing, employment in crisis situations when resources are available .... (read more)
We are only a phone call away. Please call 265-2668, Monday - Friday, 9 AM to 3
We are happy to share with you a note we received which expresses gratitude for your generosity at Christmas.
“Thank you all so much for all the hard work and generous gifts for my children. After a rough divorce, poor job market and bad economy, I found myself in a compromising financial position, which created an even more difficult hardship during the holiday season. As I placed each wrapped gift under the tree, I felt truly blessed. It was such a peaceful moment for me and I felt so much relief from all the pressures I’ve been under. Christmas morning was amazing, my children were thrilled opening all their perfect gifts! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This is what the true meaning of Christmas is all about!.”
God bless you for your compassion for others!