“At one point, children were brought to Him so that He could place His Hands on them in prayer. The disciples began to scold them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them. The Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” He laid His hands on their Heads before He left that place.” (Matthew 19:13-15)
We are happy and enthusiastic about the various activities presently in existence for our youth and young adults. Those mentioned most are the Future Generation, After-School Program, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. The leader of these groups is very dedicated and believes in their mission to work with our youth. They plan activities for the members, which at time provide socializations or entertainment and at other times broaden their education. They work together to give service to the community in a variety of ways, such as Christmas presents for the patients of KingsBrook Hospital.
We hope to encourage the Confirmation classes to participate more in parish ministries. Some people have indicated the need to support and strengthen the Future Generation Program.
Social Services & Parish Outreach
” With respect to the fundamental rights of the person, every type of discrimination, whether social or cultural, whether based on sex, race, color, social condition, language, or religious, is to be overcome and eradicated as contrary to God’s intent…moreover, although rightful differences exist between men, the equal dignity of persons demands that a more humane and just condition of life be brought about…(Constitution on the Church in the Modern World 29)
With this in mind, and with special thanks to Mrs. Kirby Theodore and those who support her work, we have an active and functioning Food Pantry that substantially helps hundreds of people each year. In the past, we have sent substantial donations to faraway Ethiopia, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and many regions of the World, which have been stricken with poverty and natural disasters.
As a parish, we are part of CAP (Community Action Project), which works together with other churches in the area to provide quality of life for all people.
Our Hospital Volunteers attend to the spiritual and even the material needs of the patients at KingsBrook Hospital every Sunday. Our priest makes needed visits, morning, noon, and night throughout the year. Communions are distributed with the help of our Priest and our Eucharistic Ministers. Mass is offered at KingsBrook Hospital every Sunday. With more priests and volunteers, we could do more. In an effort to become involved in the Local Community, we hope to place a Parish Representative on the community board this year, and are fortunate to have a parish representative on the Diocesan Pastoral Council at this present moment.
The United Societies is the most recent and promising group to form in our parish during the past couple of years. On the first Monday of every month, representatives of all different parish groups are given an open forum to present their ideas and collaborate for the common good of all. Several people have mentioned the need to clarify membership in this society.
During this time, there is an opportunity to review all aspects of parish life, as well as coordinate and develop the various plans for liturgical, social, educational, financial, and spiritual renewal.
If the experience and effectiveness of this group of parish leaders continue to grow as it has, as a result of their commitment and dedicated collaboration, we can look forward with eager anticipation to the many great rewards that Our Lord has promised. For without doubt, they have shown themselves to be the men and women “gathered together in His Name,” and He has already made His presence felt, “there in the midst of them.”
” Do not forget: Thin sowing means thin reaping: the more you sow, the more you reap. Each one should give what he has decided in His own mind, not grudgingly or because He is made to, for God loves a cheerful giver, and there is no limit to the blessings which God can send you. He will make sure that you will always have all you need for yourselves in every possible circumstances, and still have something to spare for all sorts of good works. As scripture says: “He was free in almsgiving… His good deeds will never be forgotten…
“For doing this Holy service is not only supplying the needs of the church, but it is also increasing the amount of Thanksgiving that God receives, by offering this service, you show them what you are…” (2 Corinthians 9:6-13)
Our parish has been blessed by the succession of dedicated religious, laity, and priests who have served us and helped us wholeheartedly. To proclaim the Gospel of Christ effectively and regularly demands an adequate and substantial income, as well as an efficient and prudent administration of the finances received. In the past few years, our bishop has been very sensitive to our needs, and has helped us generously with an annual subsidy.
The financial resources and potential of our total community are not small. According to the most recent 2000 Census, the median income of a large part of our parish is $25,000 – $80,000. However, all of our people must be made aware of their individual responsibility to give proportionally what they can. , Therefore, we are still encouraging strongly tithing. Hopefully, we can break away from our dependency on the diocese and other churches for support.
Our buildings and grounds are old, and considering the many changes in recent years, well maintained. However, in the years ahead, there will be an ongoing need for continual improvement and preventive maintenance.
To keep our people educated and apprised of our achievements and needs, we look forward to an annual State of the Parish message that will review and evaluate our financial goals and resources, as well as the spiritual and temporal gains that these resources have made possible.