St. Patrick's R.C. Church
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; A smiling visitor
when you are shut-in for an extended period; A Caseworker
to give you the support needed to walk you through the red tape
of Social Services; A ride when you need medical
treatment; A Support Group for the Bereaved and Divorced
& Separated; Eucharistic Ministers to bring
Communion to the Homebound; Ministry of Prayer to pray
for your intentions; Ministry of Consolation to support
the family at the time of death; LifeNet to offer
support for a crisis pregnancy. We are only a phone
call away. Please call 265-2668, Monday - Friday, 9 AM to 3
The public-policy issues below were developed on April 28th, 2008
at the MICAH/Adelphi University Conference, Ending Poverty on
Long Island: An Action Plan. These issues are now the
MICAH Agenda for addressing specific, school district,
village/town, county and state public policy issues to help poor
Long Islanders make ends meet. They are:
- Organizing Your Community to Create Affordable Housing
- Overcoming Racial and Class Inequities in Public Schools
- Funding Child Care for Quality Services
To learn more about the MICAH campaign,
read the L.I. Catholic article
or contact Dr. Richard Koubek at Catholic Charities
or Rev. Thomas Goodhue at the LI Council of Churches
Poverty in America is a moral and social crisis. It
threatens the health and economic well-being of our families and
our nation as a whole. In response to this crisis, Catholic
Charities USA has launched the Campaign to Reduce Poverty in
America, a multi-year, multi-faceted approach to alleviating
poverty in the U.S. Their goal is to reduce poverty in our
country by 50% by the year 2020. For further information
you can electronically sign on to the Catholic Charities USA
Campaign to Reduce Poverty by going to the
Catholic Charities USA website.
Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Medicaid
Individuals without health insurance may go to one of the
following sites to receive assistance in applying for Child
Health Plus, Family Health Plus or Medicaid. Prior to going to a
site please call 631-656-9783 to find out the specific documents
you will need to bring with you to apply and to confirm that the
registration is still being held.
Free Help for Job Seekers
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs’ employment network guidance
program is for anyone seeking employment. Their program
will be starting up again on Monday, October 6th. Sessions
cover career assessment, planning and research, resume writing,
networking and interviewing. There is no charge for the
program. To register or obtain further information
call OLGM Parish Outreach at 754-9045.
RESPONSE of Suffolk County
is a private non-profit that provides
a free hotline available to anyone who needs to talk, 24 hours a
day - 7 days a week. Volunteer crisis counselors take calls
about everything - loneliness, grief, substance abuse, mental
illness, family conflict, suicidal thoughts, etc. Response
talks to more than 12,000 callers per year, and has now expanded
its crisis counseling services to include Conexion, a new hotline
targeting Spanish-speaking families. Conexion can be reached
at 631-751-7423, Monday through Friday, from 5 to 10 PM.
Through the support group, we hope to assist the child in
expressing and understanding his/her feelings, feel
acceptance for what has happened, and to feel a sense of
belonging and love. Because we are unable to answer their
questions or solve their problems, we strive to accomplish
this through the channels of peer support, nurturing adults
to guide them, and a secure place to share their feelings.
St. Patrick Parish Outreach is proud to announce the
start of another year of Rainbows and Spectrum (the High School
level), on Wednesday, October 1st. Call Parish Outreach at
265-2668 for further information and registration.
Rainbows and Spectrum
Today in the United States, there are over 20 million
children living in a single parent family - more than
that if you include those children in a step-family.
That is 1 in every 3 in our classrooms! In time to come
many more children will have had to cope with the anguish
of losing one of their parents through death, divorce or
being born out of wedlock.
Children learn from their hearts upward; thus, if a child
hurts emotionally, he/she often has difficulty in school.
In addition, statistics already show that a vast majority of these
grieving children are turning to drugs, alcohol and even
suicide as a means of coping.
Rainbows & Spectrum
Children 5-18 who have suffered the loss of a
parent or loved on through death or divorce.
To help children:
- Verbalize their feelings
- Cope with stages of grief
- Believe in their own goodness and the
value of thier family
- Accept God as friend and parent
- Realize that any change in life can be
a new beginning
2 seven week semesters (fall & winter),
beginning for approximately 1 hour each week, beginning
Wednesday, Octber 7th
Call Parish Outreach for registration at 265-2668.
LifeNet - A Network of Life
Single moms are a courageous group. They have made the
decision to give birth and raise their children, against all
odds. They struggle with jobs, childcare, etc. Yet,
they give the world everything - life, love and hope. They
treasure their children and realize that motherhood is at
times, a grueling grace - an unimaginable miracle, but a
The volunteers of LifeNet have
been fortunate to work with such courageous young women
and invite our parish family to join together to celebrate
this miracle. Please join in this celebration of
motherhood, and send a clear message that we, as a
community of faith, are ready to stand by single moms both
before and after the birth of their child.
LifeNet is a parish based program
sponsored by St. Patrick’s Parish Outreach, established
to assist and support women and their families in crisis
Donations, other than food, should not be left in the church.
The bins are for food only. For any other donations please
call Parish Outreach, Mon. - Fri., 9AM- 3PM at 265-2668.
Thank you for your generosity and cooperation.