In the Neighborhood

In the Neighborhood

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.
  • 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, 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. 

Help Wanted! 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. You will be performing both a spiritual and a corporal work of mercy. Days and times are flexible, training is provided.

For information, call 631-862-3523 or email  

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

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

Run for Tomorrow’s Hope—5K and a Fun Run Sat, Mar 24 at 450 Franklin Avenue and Fourth Street in Garden City (hosted by St. Joseph School). 8:30am Fun Run start, 9:00am 5K start. Tomorrow’s Hope supports Long Island’s Catholic Elementary Schools.

To sign up or for sponsorship opportunities, visit  

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.

Volunteers Needed for Handicapped Encounter Christ 34th Annual Retreat— Retreat will take place Thursday evening, Apr 26 to Sunday afternoon, Apr 29 at Camp Alvernia in Centerport. Many roles need to be filled: Companion/team members, kitchen help, set-up/strike camp, and drivers. There are three planning
meetings: Mon, Feb 12, Mon, Mar 5 and Mon, Apr 16 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 29 Clay Pitts Road in Greenlawn in the lower church. Meetings begin at 7:00pm. Come and find out what it is all about.

For information, email or call Chris Greiner at 516-551-6044.

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 Marriage Encounter weekend is Apr 27-29 in Huntington.

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