Various events around our Community.
At the Cenacle—Life’s Calling You–Come, Follow Christ . . . Morning for Seniors—Journey Through Advent Pondering Mary’s Faith, Thu, Dec 7 from 10:30am-1:30pm. Offering: $25, lunch included. (This is a reduced rate for seniors.) $15 to hold your reservation. Presenter: Carmela Bergman Silent Directed Advent Retreat Weekend–Fri, Dec 8 to Sun, Dec 10. Includes individual spiritual direction. Offering: $250, $50 to hold your place. No Sunday Lunch, no commuters.
For information on this and other offerings at the Cenacle, call 631-588-8366 or visit www.cenaclesisters.org/ronkonkoma. The Cenacle is located at 310 Cenacle Road in Ronkonkoma.
At St. Joseph Renewal Center—Advent Retreat—”The Sacrament of Advent: Christ in the World,” Fri, Dec 1 to Sun, Dec 3. Offering: $200. Presenter Josephine Daspro, CSJ. For more information, call 631-647-8683. The programs take place at St. Joseph Renewal Center at Montfort Spiritual Center, 26 S. Saxon Avenue in Bay Shore. We also offer the following programs are offered at St. Joseph Renewal Center at Montfort Retreat Center, 26 Saxon Avenue in Bay Shore: Living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, first Wednesday of the month beginning Sep 6 through Jun, 1:00 - 2:30pm. Free will offering; Enduring Spirituality for Senior Men and Women, Fridays from 10:30am - 12:00pm Nov 3 and 17. Offering: $15 or $75 for all sessions. Men 2 Men Gathering, second Saturday of the month beginning Sep 9 to August 2018. An offering of $20 includes breakfast. A Gathering of Spiritual Women, second Tuesday of the month beginning Oct 10 through June 2018. Offering: $20. Woman’s Book Discussion, Wednesdays from 12:30 - 2:00pm Feb 28, and Mar 14 and 21. $15 per session.
For more information on these and other programs, call 631-647-8683 or visit www.stjosephsrenewalcenter.org.
Bereavement Seminar—For those who have lost a family member or friend this past year, Sat, Nov 18 from 10:30am-12:00pm at The Branch Funeral Home, 190 East Main Street in Smithtown. Facilitated by Bereavement Specialist Eileen McCormick, LMHC, FT. Please call 631-724-9500 by Nov 14 to reserve your seat.
Christmas Concert—Fri, Dec 15 at 8:00pm at St. Patrick Church on Main Street in Bay Shore. (Doors open at 7:15pm, general seating). Featuring Anthony Kearns, international Irish tenor of The Three Tenor fame, and the Hibernian Festival Singers. Admission: $45. For tickets, call 631-665-4911, ext. 0 or Ronnie Allen at 631-665-1371.
Christmas Craft Fair—Sun, Dec 3 from 9:00am-5:00pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 800 Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma. Crafts, baked goods, raffles, and refreshments. For vendor or other information, call 631-846-9823.
Christmas Craft Festival—The Annual Christmas Craft Festival at St. Gerard Majella Church will take place Fri,
Dec 1 from 4:00-9:00pm and Saturday, Dec 2 from 9:30am-3:00pm. Shop for unique crafts, vendor items, jewelry, kid’s items, and white elephant specials. Kids can enjoy games, photos with Santa, and a special shopping area. Light meals and snacks served. St. Gerard Majella Church is located at 300 Terryville Road in Port Jefferson Station.
For information, call 631-473-2900.
Christmas Fair—At St. James Church, 429 Route 25A in Setauket, Sat, Dec 2 from 10:00am-4:00pm. Visit one of the largest mini nativities (called a presepio) in the world, shop with many vendors, take pictures with Santa, make-and-take crafts for kids, entertainment, food, and raffles. All are welcome! Call 631- 941-4141 for information.
Holiday Visit to Calverton National Cemetery—Wed, Nov 29. Please arrive at Calverton at 9:45am. We will depart from Calverton at 2:00pm. Bus pick–ups at 8:30am at The Branch Funeral Home, 190 East Main Street in Smithtown and Smithtown Senior Center, 420 Middle Country Road in Smithtown. Coffee, cookies and cold drinks will be served, along with pizza on the way back. The bus has a lavatory. This is a free trip sponsored by The Branch Funeral Home. You must call 631-724-9500 to reserve a seat on the bus by Nov 21.
Join Fr. Mickey Bancroft Sailing Along Alaska’s Stunning Inside Passage—Jun 3 - 10, 2018 on Holland America’s Westerdam. Balcony and picture window cabins available.
For more information, 1-800-CATHOLIC, ext. 208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Forum—Mon, Nov 20 at Sts. Philip & James Church (Main Church) on North Country Road in St. James. 6:30pm Adoration, 7:30pm Open Forum, 8:30pm Coffee and Cake. The evening will feature an open forum discussion entitled: “Protestants and Catholics: Called to be One Church.”
For information, call 631-584-5454 or visit www.sspjmensforum.org.
Ministry to Families with Special Needs—Families who have members with special needs or developmental disabilities often find it difficult to attend weekly Mass together. St. James Parish in Setauket offers a special Mass for these families each month at 1:00pm followed by refreshments and fellowship. This Mass will be offered on the following date for the remainder of 2017: Dec 9.
For information visit www.StJamesSetauket.org.
Retreat in Assisi and Visit Rome - Fr. Jim McNamara invites you to a special retreat in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare in Assisi Jun 15 – 25, 2018. Fr. McNamara will give two conferences a day for six days in Assisi with Mass each day in the various Churches. There is ample time for prayer and visiting the holy places. The entire city of Assisi becomes the retreat house. Accommodations at the Hotel Posta in Assisi, then spend three days in Rome at Domus Carmelitana, not far from St. Peter’s.
For further information, you can access the brochure at www.pilgrimages.com/frmcnamara. All arrangements are
being made by 206 Tours and you register through them. You can call Chris at 206 Tours: 800-206-8687 or email him at Chris@206tours.com.
St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is pleased to offer Support Groups and Epm
For information/registration for any of the above classes, call 631-870-3444 or visit www.stcatherines.chsli.org.
Volunteers Needed—Maria Regina Residence, located at 1725 Brentwood Road in Brentwood, is seeking compassionate men and women who are willing to volunteer their time in varied service areas (usually one morning or afternoon per week) in assisting residents in their wheelchairs, assisting with recreational service or other needs in the building. Maria Regina Residence is a 188-bed Skilled Nursing Facility under the care of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
For more information, contact Sister Mary Sheppard, CSJ at 631-299-3299.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter—I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever. Let the Lord feed and support your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next WWME weekend is Nov 3 - 5 in Huntington.
For more information, call John & Toni Torio at 718-344-3700 or visit us at http://www.wwmeli.org.