In the Neighborhood

In the Neighborhood

Benefits & Breakfast Lecture Series—Changes to the Aid and Attendance program created by the Department of Veterans Affairs for wartime veterans and their surviving spouses went into effect on Oct 18, 2018. Gain a better understanding of these changes at a free program on Sat, Dec 1 from 9:00-10:30am at the Long Island State Veterans Home, 100 Patriots Road in Stony Brook. Continental breakfast will be served. Melissa Negrin-Eiener, Esq. will provide an overview of the new Aid and Attendance eligibility rules, the 3-year look-back for asset transfers, the penalty period up to 5 years, new asset limits, and more.

Breast Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery: Ask the Plastic Surgeon—An Open Forum, Wed, Nov 14 from 7:00-8:30pm at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Office Building, 48 Route 25A in Smithtown. Refreshments will be served. Registration required. Please call 631-870-3444 to register.

Christmas Craft Fair—Sun, Dec 2 from 9:00am-5:00pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 800 Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma. Unique Christmas shopping opportunity. Crafts, baked goods, raffles, refreshments.

For vendor and other information, call 631-846-9823.

Coping with Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One– Sat, Nov 17 from 10:30am to 12:00 Noon at the Branch Funeral Home, 190 East Main Street in Smithtown. A seminar designed to give practical suggestions on how to approach the holiday season while grieving the death of a loved one. Facilitated by Bereavement Specialist Eileen McCormack. Call 631-724-9500 to reserve a seat.

Eucharistic Ministers Needed— St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center in Smithtown is in need of Eucharistic Ministers. Please consider donating an hour or two a week distributing the Eucharist. Your service will provide spiritual support and comfort to the residents and rehabilitation patients. Days and time are flexible, training is provided. For information contact Elizabeth Meehan at 631-862-3776 or

Evening of Prayer for Men Suffering Abortion Loss—Wed, Nov 28 from 7:00-9:00pm. Experience the loving mercy of God in a safe and sacred space. Mass, dinner, Sacrament of Reconciliation, and adoration.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Project Rachel at 1-888-456-HOPE (4673), 1-516-766-25387 or email Please register by Mon, Nov 26. All information will remain confidential. The location will be given at registration.  

Healing After Abortion: Day of Prayer and Healing for Women—Sat, Dec 1. Experience the loving mercy of God in a safe and sacred space. The day is directed by specially trained compassionate caregivers, including counselors and clergy, who have a sensitivity and heart for those who suffer.

For more information, visit or contact Project Rachel at 1-888-456-HOPE (4673), 1-516-766-25387 or email Please register by Mon, Nov 26. All information will remain confidential.

Help Wanted—The Cenacle Retreat House in Ronkonkoma is looking for a part-time Maintenance Helper three days per week, 8:30am-4:30pm. This position involves assisting our maintenance department with routine repairs and maintenance tasks. This is a great opportunity for a retiree!

If you are interested, please send a copy of your resume to

Holiday Visit to Calverton National Cemetery—A free trip sponsored by the Branch Funeral Home, Wed, Nov 28. Bus pick ups are at 8:15am at the Branch Funeral Home, 190 East Main Street in Smithtown and at 8:30am at the Smithtown Senior Center, 420 Middle Country Road in Smithtown. Coffee, donuts and cold drinks will be served along with pizza on the way back. The bus has a lavatory. To reserve a seat on the bus, call 631-724-9500 by Nov 21. For your convenience, you may call the number above to order grave wreaths which will be waiting for you on the bus on the day of the trip. Please arrive 15 minutes before the bus departs.

Ministry to Families with Special Needs—Families with members who have special needs or developmental disorders often find it difficult to attend Mass together. St. James Parish in Setauket offers these families the opportunity to experience and celebrate God’s presence in a special Mass which will be celebrated at 1:00pm on the following Saturdays during the fall: Nov 10, and Dec 15. Refreshments and fellowship to follow in the church basement.

For more information, visit

Pro-Life Presence—Be a prayerful witness for the sanctity of life on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8:00-10:00am at the local abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, 70 Maple Avenue in Smithtown. This is a peaceful presence includes a recitation of the Rosary at 9:00am. All are welcome.

St. Aidan Spirituality for Singles Annual Christmas Dance—Sat, Dec 8 at 8:30pm at St. Aidan School’s Msgr. Kirwin Hall, 325 Williston Avenue (north of Hillside Avenue) in Williston Park. Admission cost of $35 includes buffet, beverage, coffee, dessert, DJ and dancing. For more information, call Ray Kubeskie at 516-561-6994.

St. Sylvester Social & Dance—Sat, Nov 17 from 7:00-10:00pm at the St. Sylvester Church Patricia Desmond Hall, 68 Ohio Avenue in Medford. Featuring a live 20-piece band with vocals playing for your listening and dancing entertainment. Admission cost of $15 includes snacks and beverages.

You Can Help Heal Your Marriage—Retrouvaille helps couples experiencing ALL types of marital difficulties. For confidential information about Retrouvaille or to register for the upcoming weekend, Nov 9-11, please call 1-800-470-2230.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter—Take time for your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next weekends are Nov 16-18 and Feb 8-10 in Huntington.

For more information, call John and Toni Tori at 877-697-9963 or visit