Service Ministries

Baptism Bib Sewers

Contact: Ann Finley (261.1077 x.208)   afinley@saintanthonyofpadua.org

Members of this ministry embroider and sew the white garments (bibs) that are used during the Baptism celebration. Members can choose to cut out patterns, embroider, or sew the finished pieces together, and although we meet once a month at the church, the sewing can be done at home.  The hand made garments become a special remembrance for the newly baptized babies and their families.

Commitment: Team meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month at 9:15 am in the rectory meeting room. Sewing is done at home.

Beautification Program

Contact: Father Joe (261-1077 x.202)  pastor@saintanthonyofpadua.org

In the Spring, parishioners are invited to contribute to the beauty of our Parish grounds by volunteering to plant flowers in areas that have not been planted by our landscaper and care for them during the year. You will be reimbursed for the cost of the plants by the Parish. This may be done by individuals or by families! Approval by the Pastor is a requirement.

Bereavement Group

Contact: Bernadette Parker, (499-4462),
Gertrude Frein (757-2103), caprunner2@optonline.net

Bereaved family members work with facilitators using books, videos, etc.to help move along with the group discussions.

Commitment: The group meets at Parish Outreach in the Fall and Spring for 6 one hour sessions usually on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30PM.

Blood Bank Drive

Contact: Ronnie Bennardo (757-2790) salnardo@aol.com

Help organize and staff the parish’s annual Blood Donor Drive usually scheduled in the winter months.

Commitment: One hour (maximum) planning meeting one month prior to drive. Assist at “donor pledge sign-up table” for 15 or 20 minutes following a Sunday Mass two weekends before drive, and/or make personal telephone contacts to previous donors to encourage pledges (approx. one hour total, we supply lists and scripts), and/or assist on day of blood drive at registration tables, children’s activity table or refreshment center for approximately 2-3 hours in the Lower Church.

Boy Scouts

Contact: Brad Becker (757-1226) bbecker1221@yahoo.com

Provide a Scouting program for boys who are 11 years old and finished the 5th grade or have received their Arrow of Light award from Cub Scouting, up to the age of 18 years. The program helps boys to develop into well rounded young men by encouraging them to live by the 12 points of the Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. The program provides both indoor and outdoor activities that entail skill and leadership development. It is also lots of fun.

Commitment: Weekly meetings are held on Wednesday nights at the Trinity School gymnasium from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm from September to June. Outdoor activities are monthly camp outs, week-long summer camp in July and a two week long outing in the summer for the older scouts aged 14+.  Training for adult leaders, if you would like to get involved along with your son, is provided by our local council.

Boy Scout Sunday

Contact: Ellen Byrne (261- 6259)

We plan and carry out the gathering of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts at the annual Boy Scout Sunday Mass. These scouts receive religious awards they have earned in the past year. Boy Scout Sunday is celebrated in February at the 12:00 Mass.

Commitment: Help is needed at the Mass along with 2 days of preparation for the Mass.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Morning Star #899

Contact: Anne Viggiano (368-7645) vigg2c@yahoo.com

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas are dedicated to our Patroness, the Blessed Mother.  Our Motto is “Unity and Charity.” The “Circle of Love” is a program that indicates the needs of the church and provides us with guidelines to serve others.  We support the clergy, participate in “Right to Life” activities, support scholarships and educational contests.  We donate to local and national charities.  Catholic lay and religious women 18 years or older, who love and support the church and wish to participate in social and charitable activities, are welcome to join!

Commitment: CDA meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the lower church alcove from September to June.

The Catholic Ministries Appeal Committee

Contact: Father Joe (261-1077 x.202)  pastor@saintanthonyofpadua.org

There are four phases to the Catholic Ministries Appeal.

  • PHASE I: In January of each year, the Catholic Ministries Appeal Diocesan Office mails a brochure and pledge card to all registered parishioners. Parishioners may use this card for their pledge and mail it directly to the Diocese.
  • PHASE II: Committee members and pastor appeal to parishioners at all the Masses on at least one weekend.
  • PHASE III: Committee members telephone parishioners not reached in Phase I or Phase II.
  • PHASE IV: Solicit via mail parishioners not reached in Phase I, II or III.
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)

Contact: Frank Trainor (266-1765) fjtrainor@optonline.net

Our CYO Basketball Ministry provides a physical, social and spiritual growing experience for all Parish children from Grades 3 thru 12. Our Parish is proudly represented by our Travel and Intramural programs. We need Coaches and coordinators to share their time and talents with our children.

Commitment: One hour of practice and one hour for games per week from November through March.

Columbiettes

Contact: Karen Sheehan (516-353-1820) kandk1111@verizon.net

The Columbiettes are a unified body of Catholic women who work side-by-side with the Knights of Columbus to promote the ideals of Columbianism. Our ministry works with various charitable and social events such as the Memorial Day Parade and the St. Anthony Feast & Festival. This requires many volunteers. Catholic females who are 17 years or older and are interested in making a difference in our community through their faith are welcome to join our volunteer organization.

Commitment: We meet on the third Thursday of each month from September to June.

Cub Scouts

Contact: David Thuro (252-0873) davethuro77@optimum.net

Cub Scout Pack 5 is open to boys in Grades 1-5. Any adult wishing to be involved can serve as a leader, assistant leader or committee member.  Past scouting experience not necessary

Commitment: Planning meetings, for parents, are held once a month. Den meetings are held monthly on a Friday. Pack night is for all dens with Scouts accompanied by parents.

Family Feast and Festival

Contact: Fred Leonardo (271-4000  Office), (754-5220  Home), (262-1891  K of C Hall) FredLeonardo@ElectronixSystems.com

Each year at the end of June the Father Judge Knights of Columbus Council sponsors, along with Saint Anthony’s Parish a “Family Feast & Festival” on our school grounds. Volunteer workers are needed for security, food service, games of chance, cleanup and maintenance.

Commitment: One night during the week of the Feast.

Girl Scout Sunday

Contact: Frances Pietsch (757-6831) franpietsch1@aol.com
Patricia Tast (223-3105)

Girl Scout Sunday is celebrated each year in March at the Noon Mass. All Girl Scouts are invited to attend. Any Catholic Girl Scout who has successfully completed her religious award will be recognized at this time.

Commitment: We ask that members be available for 2 practice sessions preceding the Mass and also be available the day of the Mass.

Graduation Mass

Contact: Carol Crowley (368-4207) cmcrowley13@gmail.com

We plan and carry out this Mass celebration for all those who graduate from high school. The graduates who attend will take part in the celebration by bringing forth the gifts and participating in the Readings and the Prayer of the Faithful. They will also receive a special blessing from the celebrant. The Graduation Mass is celebrated each year in May at the 7:00 pm Teen Mass.

Commitment: Minimal planning for the Mass begins in April and attendance the day of the Mass is expected.  Also set-up and clean-up of coffee and cake.

Knights of Columbus

Contact: Mike Norton (516-356-7972) mike@nortonfamily.com

The purpose is to provide opportunity for Catholic men and their families to be directly involved in service to the church, community, council, family and youth.

Commitment: We meet on the first and third Monday of every month at 8:00 pm

Knitting Club – “Heavenly Stitchers”

Contact: Frieda Wilkinson (368-4873) friedaken@gmail.com

Members knit and crochet many useful items from yarn donated by parishioners and their own yarn. Recipients of our talent include: St. Vincent de Paul, Women’s Heart Health Coalition, St. Baldrick’s, Parish Midnight Run, St. Catherine’s Hospital Nursery, Northport VA Hospital, Life Center, Birthright, Brooke Jackman Foundation, Breast Cancer Awareness and St. Anthony’s School Craft Fair.

Commitment:

We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Patterns are shared, upcoming events are discussed and planned and many ideas are exchanged. Handmade items are collected and admired.

Mailing Ministry

Contact: Parish Secretary (261-1077 x.200)

Members of this ministry support the parish by preparing the parish mailings to nearly 4,000 parishioners. We meet to stuff, seal and sort St. Anthony of Padua Stewardship Letters and Brochures. Periodically members are needed for other mailings. You are also invited to help set out Stewardship materials in the church pews when you attend Mass.

Commitment: This ministry is perfect for those who cannot commit to a full year of ministry.  Announcement of the mailings will be posted in the church bulletin.

Ministry of Compassionate Care

Contact: Caroline Laezza/Parish Outreach (261-1695)
khumphreys@saintanthonyofpadua.org

The Ministry of Compassionate Care seeks to bring the love and concern of our parish community into the homes of our lonely, elderly or disabled neighbors. We may chat, listen, pray, laugh, encourage or simply sit quietly. Support and resources are provided through Parish Outreach.

Commitment: Volunteers are assigned to visit a home bound individual once a week at a mutually agreed upon time.

Ministry of Consolation

Contact: Loretta Hamann (368-3039)  lhamann511@aol.com Cell 631-807-8883
Jean Chiovarelli (261-9343) chiove@aol.com Cell 516-901-6222

The Ministry of Consolation consists of volunteer members of the Parish community dedicated to consolation and support of those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Its membership includes:

  1. Companions, who meet with the family to assist them with planning the Liturgy of Christian Burial.
  2. Cake bakers, who deliver a home baked cake to the home of the bereaved family.
  3. Booklet persons, who print a booklet that includes the order of the Mass and the appropriate references to the deceased.
  4. Greeters, who distribute the booklet to the mourners, and then attend the Mass as representatives of the Parish community.
  5. Lectors, who read the Readings when family members are not able to participate in the Mass.
  6. Music Ministers, include the Parish Music Director and a Cantor.

Commitment: This Ministry involves a rotating schedule based on the dates of the wake, funeral and time of the Funeral Mass at St. Anthony of Padua.

Parish Outreach

Contact: Karen Humphreys, Coordinator (261-1695 x.230)   khumphreys@saintanthonyofpadua.org

Parish Outreach seeks to build a truly caring, compassionate, Christian community. It brings together people who are in need with people who can help them. Needs can be financial, medical, social or emotional.  Anyone, regardless of race, religion or financial situation will be helped.

Commitment: Outreach volunteer hours are varied and flexible. The Outreach Office is located in the lower level of Trinity Regional School and is open Monday – Friday from 10 am -2 pm or by appointment.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Gang

Contact: Joe Chiovarelli (261-1077 x.209)  jchiovarelli@saintanthonyofpadua.org

This ministry meets on the last Saturday of the month from 8:50 to 10:30 am.  During that time, our many volunteers prepare as many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as they can to be delivered to the hungry on Long Island. It is a Ministry filled with love and good will and we have a great deal of fun as well.  Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. Financial donations are happily accepted.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Contact: Lisa DiGiglio (262-1909)

We help and serve the needy of our community by embracing all works of charity, exemplifying God’s love by assisting those through person-to-person service providing them with material aid, furniture, food, clothing, financial aid, emotional support and spiritual comfort… whatever is necessary to empower them to become self-sufficient again.  We maintain the Food Pantry and host all Holiday programs, located at the Parish Outreach Center.

Commitment: Depending on the committees you participate in,work hours range from 4-6 per month.  Our Society meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Rectory Meeting Room.  Meetings consist of prayer, regular business and case discussions.

Stewardship Committee

Contact: Bill Crowley (368-4207)    stewardship@saintanthonyofpadua.org

Our Committee helps the parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua realize their God given gifts and in turn return those gifts in gratitude to others.  As we become more grateful,we naturally become more generous with our time, talent and treasure. We help our parishioners work towards making “Stewardship a Way of Life.”  This is accomplished through our Stewardship Renewals of Time, Talent and Treasure, parish mailings, witness talks, and children’s stewardship

Commitment: We meet monthly – the last Thursday of the month.

Church Information

RECTORY OFFICE

631-261-1077
Fax: 631-757-0572

Office Hours

Monday through Friday:
9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

PARISH OUTREACH: 631.261.1695
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: 631.261.1306
TRINITY REGIONAL SCHOOL: 631.261.5130