In the Neighborhood

In the Neighborhood

Various events around our Community.


At St. Joseph Renewal Center—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

Bible Study Nights - in the Our Lady of Mercy Convent basement, Jan 8, Feb 5 and Apr 9 from 7:30-9:00pm. The December Bible Study will be led by OLM's Associate Pastor, Fr. Nasir Gulfam. The guest Priest/Deacon selects a Gospel that he is passionate about, studies the text with those in attendance, and answers questions. Bring your Bible. If you need a Bible, we have extras on hand. Our Lady of Mercy Parish is located at 500 South Oyster Bay Road in Hicksville. Park in back of the Church. The convent basement is located to the right of the back of the Church. See the blue awning with the descending staircase.

Please call or email if you plan to attend or 516-317-1740. 

Candlelight Carol Sing– Wed, Dec 20 beginning at 7:30pm. Participate in singing familiar Christmas favorites and be entertained by professional musicians, handbells, and a wonderful group of singers. A featured moment of the evening is the singing of “Silent Night” with the church illuminated by only candlelight. Those arriving early (7:00pm or before) will enjoy warm cider or hot chocolate on the front plaza around a fire while a brass quintet serenades them. Admission is free, but free-will offerings are accepted.

For more information, email or call or 516-781-3253.

Catholic Divorced and Separated Support Group Prayer Service and Information Session—Fri, Dec 15 from 7:00-9:00pm at St. Barnabas Church, Holy Family Chapel (located on the lower level of the church). An opportunity to pray and receive support from clergy and trained professionals in order to begin the healing and recovery process and to communicate with others. St. Barnabas is located at 2320 Bedford Avenue in Bellmore.

For more information, contact Jason Velazquez at 516-678-5800, ext. 236.

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.

Holy Hour for Vocations—Wed, Dec 20 at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, 440 West Neck Road in Huntington. Doors open at 7:00pm.

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

Living the Light of Guadalupe– A retreat day with Fr. Hugh Gillespie, SMM at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, 258 Eastport Manor Road in Manorville on Tue, Dec 12. 11:00am Rosary, 11:30pm Mass, 1:30pm Conference, 3:00pm Marian Prayer.

Visit or call 631-325-0661 for information.

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

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 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

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is pleased to offer Support Groups and Epm

  • Lactation Support Group – Tuesdays at 1:30pm
  • New Beginnings Maternity Tours—Tuesdays at 6:00pm
  • Infant CPR - Once a month at 7:30pm (Call for dates)
  • Infant Care Class – Every other month (Call for dates)
  • Stroke Support Group – Third Wednesday of the month at 1:00pm
  • Bariatric Support Group – First and Third Tuesday of every month
  • Dementia Support Group – Fourth Thursday of the month at 1:30pm
  • Parkinson’s Support Group - Fourth Wednesday of the month at 1:00pm
  • Parkinson’s Young Onset – Second Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm
  • Breast Cancer Support Group -Fourth Thursday of the month at 4:30pm
  • The Lupus Alliance of LI/Q Support Group– Second Tuesday of the month
  • Diabetic Support Group– Second Saturday of the month at 9:30am
  • Caregivers of Chronically Ill/Disabled Spouse or Partner, Contact Rev. Mark Applewhite at 631-862-3104.
  • Tai Chi and Stepping on Classes available (Call for class schedule).

For information/registration for any of the above classes, call 631-870-3444 or visit

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 weekends are February 9-11 and Apr 27-29 in Huntington.

For more information, call John & Toni Torio at 718-344-3700 or visit us at