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
Celebrating the season of Lent in our parish
Our Lenten Project
For all young people who wish to participate in the Youth Stations of the Cross on Good Friday
Parish Blood Drive on Thursday, March 14th
Pray for our Priests
The Church invites you to include a priest in your daily prayer intentions
Parish Outreach Social Ministry
More Information on Our Lenten Project
This year we continue to help Fr. George build a church for his people in Dobro, Ghana.
More on the Lenten RCIA Journey
Pro-Life Family membership drive on the weekend of March 10th
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance
Join us for an Irish Tea Service after Masses on the Weekend of March 3rd
Come Out and Sign-up for Men’s Softball
All parish youths - Come out and sign up for this summer’s Camp St. Patrick
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
- Catholic Ministries Appeal
- 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
Benedict XVI’s 2013 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:
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday during Lent
at 7:45 PM
in the Church
beginning February 15th
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
February 15th- Catholic Daughters
February 22nd- Pro-Life Family- RCIA- Nocturnal Adoration
March 1st- Rosary Altar Society
March 8th- St. Patrick School
March 15th- Religious Formation
March 22nd- Knights of Columbus
Thursday, March 14th at 8:00 p.m.
in the Emmaus Room
In response to a question from Jesus, the father of a boy who needed Jesus’ help responds, “I do believe. Help me in my unbelief.” Isn’t that a cry from all of us? Even those most devoted to their faith have times of doubt, questioning and confusion.
Our Catholic faith has much depth, meaning and significance. This Lent, let us explore it together. Do you have questions about faith, scripture, church teachings, etc.? Please bring your questions, your doubts and you difficulties for an open and honest discussion.
Monday through Friday
6:45 AM Mass
9:00 AM Mass
12:10 PM Mass
7:30* PM 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:
Last year during Lent, our parish raised more than $23,000 to help Fr. George Akeampong build a church for Holy Family Parish in Dobro, Ghana. This year, we will continue to raise money for the people of Dobro who gather outdoors for Masses, Baptisms, First Communions, weddings, etc. They have never had the luxury of a church building. For more information or to see photos of how work on the church has progressed so far, please look below.
Attention All Young People:
Be a part of something special this Lent!
The Youth Stations of the Cross
Each year on Good Friday, our young people remind us of Christ’s great sacrifice for us by giving a live presentation of the Stationsof the Cross. All young people are invited to participate in this very moving parish event. Rehearsals will begin soon. For more information, call the Youth Office at 360-0185.
St. Patrick’s Blood Drive
Thursday, March 14th
from 4 to 10 p.m.
in Canning Hall
Sign up in the back of the church on the weekend of March 2nd and 3rd. Questions? Call 265-7110
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:
- March 3rd - Bishop Emil A. Wcela
- March 4th - Rev. James Wood & Rev. Christopher Okoli
- March 5th - Rev. Edward Kealey & Msgr Charles Ribaudo
- March 6th - Rev. Thomas Haggerty & Msgr. Peter Vaccari
- March 7th - Rev. Charles Kohil & Rev. Michael Duffy
- March 8th - Rev. Jaime Calderon-Hernandez & Rev. Joseph Walas
- March 9th - Rev. Michael Vetrano & Rev. Sebastian Owusu-Mensah
“The Church needs priests who are holy, ministers who help the faithful experience the merciful love of the Lord and who are convinced witnesses of that love.”
- Pope Benedict XVI
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
Free Tax Preparation Assistance (Now through April 11th)
AARP provides free tax preparation assistance for low to moderate income taxpayers, especially those over 60. Help is available at the Smithtown Nesconset Public Library (265-3994) on Thursdays, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Help is on a first come first served basis. Information is available on the AARP website: www.aarp.org. and on the Smithtown library website: www.smithlib.org. The Volunteer Income Tax Assis-tance (VITA) Program offers free tax help for low- to moderate – income (generally $51,000 and below) individuals and families. Services are available at various Teachers Federal Credit Union sites. An appointment is required. Please call Parish Outreach at 265-2668 for more information.