Outreach is people responding to the needs of other people.
It is the story of the Good Samaritan, taking place in the
present, in Sayville. It
is the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and feeding our
parish community and neighbors.
Parish Outreach brings people who are in need of
assistance together with people who are trained to help them.
Our volunteers empower those in need to help themselves.
In our program people are listened to, loved and lead to
search our resources with an advocate.
The program is centered on the Word of God and the Gift of
Eucharist and strives to proclaim through word and action the dignity
of every person.
Some of the specific aspects of the Outreach Program are as
Food Pantry feeds about one
hundred families per month, about 225 adults and 60
children. We will help
anyone in need within our geographical boundaries.
At no time do we ever send away anyone who needs to be fed.
They can get an emergency supply of food for several days.
Our main source of food
is the Loaves and Fishes Program in the
bring bags of food to Church on Sunday or to the Outreach Building
during the week. We
also receive food from the Long
Island Cares Food Bank and Island Harvest.
Every year in late October, the owners of the Pines
Pantry on Fire Island deliver
dairy products, fruits & vegetables, frozen foods. A local
doctor’s office donates formula and soap samples.
Parishioners who work in pharmaceutical companies give us
bandages, shampoos, razors, vitamins, soaps, etc.
provide extra assistance to those in need at Thanksgiving and
Christmas. It is
important to the dignity of each family that they have an
opportunity to share a special meal on the holidays.
We also try to help families at expensive times of the year,
such as the “back to school” season.
Baskets are distributed the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Parishioners supply the contents, either by donating food
items or donating the contents for a whole meal in a basket for a
family, Often people
add touches to their baskets such as greeting cards, tablecloths,
candles or other items which will make the holiday meal more
Christmas Star Program
with the first Sunday in Advent.
Stars are cut out and left in baskets at the entrance to the
Church. On each star
there is a number and a request for an item needed by one of our
families with the size or other particulars listed on the star.
The stars are taken from the baskets by parishioners as they
come to Mass on Sunday. They
shop for the item and bring it to Church or the Outreach Office all
wrapped with the star on the outside of the package.
The gifts are then assembled by family and delivered by the
Knights of Columbus and other volunteers on the weekend before
to School season can be a very expensive time for young families.
Our parishioners are asked, at the end of the summer months,
to bring in school supplies, back packs, lunch boxes, gift
certificates for shoes, haircuts or other important items for
starting the school year off on the right foot.
a parishioner who receives and fixes bikes of any size and condition
so that indigent persons without a car can have some “wheels”.