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Parish Outreach
at Holy Name of Mary Church

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65 East Jamaica Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580

Isaiah 58:10 - if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.

Parish Outreach is a service ministry within Holy Name of Mary. Its aim is to alleviate human suffering within our community by responding to the needs of families and individuals around us. Conscious of the uniqueness and dignity of each person, it uses existing parish and community resources, networks with appropriate agencies and relies heavily on the time, energy and talent of generous volunteers to achieve its goals.

Assistance includes but is not limited to direct service, referral, advocacy and opportunities for convening for support, education and enrichment. Parish Outreach tries to serve all persons residing within the Parish. Every effort is made to ensure the confidentiality of those whom we serve. This ministry works closely with the St. Vincent de Paul Society in ministering to the material needs of the community.

Call Parish Outreach at 516-825-0177, E-mail for assistance or opportunities to volunteer.
Donations are always welcome. A Donation Form may be obtained by downloading it from this site. Click here for a printable copy Click button for Parish Outreach Form..

The following is a list of nine of the activities in this ministry which are listed on this web site. A brief description follows each.

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An eight-week Bereavement Group run by trained and experienced facilitators is offered in the Fall and in the Spring each year for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. The program offers support, information on the grieving process and the opportunity to share experiences in a comfortable, non-threatening environment. This group is appropriate for anyone who has experienced the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, relative of friend. There is no fee for this service. Call Parish Outreach at 825-0177 for more information.

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Our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry serves almost 100 families each month. Generous donations of food and money from parishioners as well as from local schools, businesses, churches and groups in Valley Stream make it possible to respond generously to people in need in our community.
Volunteers are an important part of the Food Pantry and are always welcome. Some volunteers collect, sort and shelve the food donations on a regular basis, others maintain the pantry by cleaning, shopping and organizing its products and many are responsible for getting the food to those in need each month. Please call the Parish Outreach Office (825-0177) if you are willing to get involved.
The Food Pantry serves individuals and families residing in Holy Name of Mary Parish regardless of age, gender, race or religion. A person or family seeking assistance from the Food Pantry should call the Parish Outreach Office (825-0177) to begin the process of receiving help. Every effort will be made to insure confidentiality.

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One of the greatest gifts God can give us is the gift of someone who cares.
The Ministry of Consolation is an opportunity for our parish to show care and concern to families in our parish at the time of the death of a loved one. Through the Ministry of Consolation, priests, staff and parishioners are work together to make the funeral experience the best that it can be.
There are many ways a person can be involved in this ministry. Information, details and instructions will be given to each person who volunteers, and training will be provided when needed.
Specific needs include:

  • Attend parish funerals - with other Ministry of Consolation members.
  • Greeter - welcomes people and distributes funeral booklets at parish funerals.
  • Lector at funerals - training will be provided if needed.
  • Eucharistic Minister
  • Bake a cake for a grieving family

Currently there are 3 teams in this ministry and each team has a number of members. Each team might be called on to serve at 2 or 3 funerals each month, but not all members are necessarily present for all funerals. If you would like to be part of this ministry, please call the Parish Outreach office (825-0177).

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Individuals who are sick are very important to our parish community. Holy Communion may be brought by a priest or Eucharistic Minister to those people who are confined to home. All who are seriously ill are encouraged to request the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Arrangements for Communion at home and the Anointing are made on an individual basis by calling the Parish Office at 825-1450.

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The St. Vincent de Paul Society is composed of men and women, working and retired, who spend some of their time assisting people in need within our parish. Following the examples of St. Vincent de Paul and Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, these volunteers respond to requests for food, clothing and financial help and offer support, acceptance, help and hope in the process. Their work and mission is charity.
Members meet together monthly and commit themselves to spiritual growth and service to people who are suffering. Call Parish Outreach at 825-0177 for information on volunteering or receiving services.

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The Ministry of Praise is our Parish Powerhouse of Prayer. In this ministry, homebound members of our parish commit themselves to pray daily for the needs of our parishioners. When individuals join this group, they are officially enrolled and given a certificate, a cross and a book of prayer. Each month, members receive a letter from a member of the Parish Staff and a list of intentions submitted by our parishioners. They are asked to pray, using whatever form of prayer they like and offer their sacrifice (or suffering) each day for the intentions requested. There are no dues or meetings and no other requirements for membership in this group.
Some amazing things have happened as a result of the prayers of the members of the Ministry of Praise, and our Parish has come to rely on their prayerful support. This ministry is absolutely essential for the Church and for our parish. Call Parish Outreach at 825-0177 for more information.

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Adult volunteers are trained to visit parishioners who are homebound, in local hospitals and nursing homes. Their brief, friendly visits provide the opportunity for light or serious conversation on a regular basis. Volunteers meet together occasionally for prayer and support.
Those who are homebound may request the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and the Anointing of the Sick by calling the Parish Office at 825-1450 or Parish Outreach at 825-0177.

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This program offers weekly classes in basic conversational English to adult learners with little or no knowledge of the English language. Small Classes meet on Thursday evenings for 90 minutes. There are 10 weekly sessions in the Fall and 10 weekly sessions in the Spring. Sample lesson plans are provided. Volunteers are needed for the following:
1. Individuals willing to work with individuals or small groups who need to learn basic vocabulary and engage in conversational English. Some teaching, mentoring or coaching experience is helpful but it is NOT necessary to speak another language in order to teach these classes.
2. Individuals to be present during class times to make copies, help with questions, record attendance and assist the teachers. Knowledge of a foreign language is NOT necessary in order to be involved; what is needed of volunteers is a love of people, an appreciation of other cultures, and an understanding of the difficulties involved in learning another language.
Call Parish Outreach at 825-0177 for more information.

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FREE FOOD PACKAGES are available to many NYS Seniors ages 60 and over.
INCOME ELIGIBLE Seniors can receive a supplemental food package which may include FREE:
Cereal, juice, cheese, canned fruits, vegetables, meats and more. Proof of income, age and address are required.
Distribution takes place on the first Friday of each month from 10 AM to 11:30 AM in the Parish Outreach Office. Call 825-0177 for eligibility and registration information.

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Let There Be Peace on Earth
words and music by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller