Parish Social Ministry

stainedglass5Director:                   Sister Barbara Faber, RSM

Email:   srbarbf@olplynbrook.com

 

 Administrative Assistant:   Mary Bradley
Address:                   25 Fowler Avenue
Lynbrook, NY 11563

Telephone:               516-599-7448
Fax:                          516-593-4517

Hours:                      Monday-Friday from 8:15am to 3:15pm

Other Hours:             By appointment

 

 

What Is Parish Social Ministry? 

This ministry attempts to actively share in Christ’s love for God’s people.  It is an attempt on the part of the parish to respond to the poor-not just the economically poor-but the poor as identified by every kind of hurt, pain, and loneliness.

Assistance may be given in the following ways:

  • Advocacy
  • Direct Service (Food Pantry; Employment Assistance; English as a Second Language Classes)
  • Information and Referral

 

Programs:

The Food Pantry is available to eligible individuals and families.  The Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00am to 2:00pm and other times, by appointment.   Donations of non-perishable food items and supermarket gift cards are very important to our ministry.

 The Interfaith Employment Effort acts as a support to the unemployed and to potential employers.  The IEE is non-sectarian and there is no fee.  Assistance with job searches, resume preparation, and interviewing techniques are offered.  Hours are:  Wednesday 11:30am to 1:00pm; Thursday 10:00am to 1:00pm and Friday 10:00am to 12 noon.  It is suggested that individuals call (516) 599-7448 for an appointment.  If positions are available, we would be very grateful for the information.  Please watch the weekly bulletin for the JOB BANK.

English as a Second Language Classes are held on Thursdays from 12 noon to 2:00 pm.

Please call the office for information or registration.

The Ministry of Prayer and Praise unites parishioners at home to the needs of the local community.  All parishioners are invited to join this ministry. Parishioners are welcome to call or send in prayer requests to the Office of Parish Social Ministry so that the members of the ministry can include the intentions in their daily prayers. 

 

The “Meal in a Minute” Program is a meal preparation ministry offered to parishioners on an as needed basis. Volunteer chefs are alway needed.

 

The Holiday Food and Gift Programs, supported by parishioners and local organizations, offer assistance during special seasons of the year to eligible families and individuals.

 

The members of the Martha and Mary Ministry assist seniors who live alone with food pick-ups and other needs.

 

The Handmaiden Ministers make lap robes that are donated to hospitalized veterans and patients in several health care facilities.

 

The Baby Pillow Ministers make ornamental pillows that are given to families on the occasion of their child’s Baptism.

 

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is open to anyone who would like to reach out to those in need of some TLC.  Care and the love of knitting and crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace.

 

The Hospital Visitation Ministers visit local hospitals in an attempt to bring the care and concern of the parish to those who are ill and to their families. Volunteers are needed for this important ministry.

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Dedicated Ministers bring the Eucharist and the love of the Parish Community to the homebound, frail elderly and to those living in Assisted Living Residences.  Ministers and substitute ministers are needed for this beautiful ministry.

 

The Quilting Ministers make quilts that are sent to hospitals and agencies, which care for HIV/Aids and At-Risk babies.  Quilting Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30am in the Office of Parish Social Ministry.  Supplies and instructions are provided.  New members are always welcome! 

 

 Bereavement Ministry

(With Pastoral Staff)

This ministry responds to the needs of people at the time of death and it centers around the rite of Christian burial.  Through this ministry, the Christian community walks with the family members and helps them to understand that death does not break the bonds of love, fidelity, and friendship.  During the weeks and months following the funeral, volunteers in the Office of Parish Social Ministry continue to offer support to those who are grieving.  This is done through calls, letters and booklets sent at certain anniversaries. Cards  and  plants are sent at Christmas and  Easter.

 

Public Policy Education Network

The Public Policy Education Network is intended to educate people about the Church’s Public Policy Agenda and engage them in the process of development and advocacy.

The MedicRide Program provides transportation to and from medical appointments for eligible Lynbrook residents. We are grateful to the Lynbrook Community Chest for their financial support of this important program.  Please call the Office of Parish Social Ministry for more information and eligibility requirements.

 

The Thrift Shoppe

The Thrift Shoppe Ministry enables PSM to assist the needy of our community.  Donations of new and “gently-used” clothing as well as household items are always welcome.  Special sales are held during the year. Thrift Shoppe profit is used to support Parish Social Ministry and other parish programs.  The Thrift Shoppe is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30am to 2:30pm.

 

Ministry to the Veterans

Collections of clothing, toiletries, and other items are sent to hospitalized Veterans on a regular basis.  Parish Social Ministry also supports the STAND DOWNS which are held for homeless veterans during the year.

 

Other Collections

Parish Social Ministry sponsors a Mothers’ Day Baby Shower each May. Collections for the Mary Brennan Inn, Project Renewal (a ministry to the homeless), and the “Souper” Bowl of Caring are held at specified times during the year. A school supply collection is held during the month of July.