Parish Social Ministry/Outreach

PARISH SOCIAL MINISTRY – OUTREACH
United in prayer and action, may we become a visible sign of God’s love.

Should you have any further questions or would like to volunteer, please call Sr. Lisa at 631.567.1995.  If you cannot get through, please leave a message we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Thank you and stay healthy and safe!

Posted 29 May 2020

The Bob Walther Food Pantry of St. John Nepomucene PSM/Outreach is open to any family in need who resides in Bohemia, Oakdale or West Sayville, without  regard to religious affiliation.  During the COVID-19 crisis, the Food Pantry is remaining open, under reduced hours, as follows:

Wednesday, 11 am – 3 pm

Thursday, 11 am – 1 pm.

We are available to any family living in the above-referenced communities who needs food.  We will deliver pantry food to families without transportation, or those who should not venture out of the house; this is accomplished, through the generosity of many volunteer drivers, on Thursday mornings.  We are trying to provide food to families in need twice a month.  This past week we distributed food to 65 families (normally at this time of the year, those receiving food in one week would amount to  25-30 families).  This will remain our schedule for the foreseeable future.  Simply contact us at 631.567.1995.

We are also open to families in our regional area whose Food Pantries are now closed, including the communities of Holbrook (Good Shepherd), and Central Islip (St. John of God).  Families living in such areas are welcome to come twice a month for Supplemental Food until the pantries serving their communities are re-opened. 

Fortunately, we continue to receive exceptional support from our  volunteers  and parishioners who continue faithfully to contribute time, presence, funds, gift cards and items for the pantry in abundance.  We could not continue this essential work without every bit of your support.  Truly, your contributions are an expression of God’s merciful presence, and a sign of your own good, compassionate hearts.  Thank you for enabling us to serve so many so faithfully and so generously.

We are also grateful to members of the wider community, especially our corporate sponsors, including Butera’s Restaurant, Connetquot Teachers Association, Connetquot Cares, Johnny Rocket Restaurant, our Sunrise Council Knights of Columbus, MJ’s Deli, Modern Italian Bakery, The Transport Workers Union Local 252, Pizza Network, J. Kings Food Service, the Selden Hills Warriors (an area running group), the Connetquot Library, Sprint, Boy Scout Troop 76 and Panetta Physical Therapy.  We are extraordinarily grateful to you all for the ways you empower us to serve those in greatest need among us.

Especially, we could not continue this work without the amazing numbers of parishioners who have stepped up to volunteer: delivering food on Thursday mornings, packing food Tues/Wed/Thurs, purchasing food and other essentials during the week, collecting food from LI Cares and other organizations, making telephone calls, baking brownies and cookies, making soup, roasting turkeys, making face masks, collecting donations from the church,  restocking the shelves, making sandwiches and praying for us all!  Your kindhearted care shines with goodness and grace upon those we serve; your generosity and profound thoughtfulness touch my heart and empower us to continue this essential work.  I am inspired and humbled and uplifted by your generosity of spirit and your beautiful loving, mercy.  Your generosity encourages us all.  Thank you!  Thank you!  THANK YOU!!!  Be assured that you ALL remain in my prayer daily.

Food Pantry Needs (in order of greatest need):

If you are stopping at a grocery store, please consider picking up any of the following to help us serve our families (which number grows larger each week): 

NON-PERISHABLE FOODS

Canned beans (garbanzo, kidney, black, roman, pinto, cannellini, etc.)

Canned Tomatoes (diced, pureed, crushed, whole – any size can)

Tomato Sauce
Soup – all kinds

Oatmeal packets

Pasta, especially spaghetti

Ramen (flat packs, NOT cups)

Mac & cheese

Cereal (both large AND individual-size boxes)

Crackers in sleeves (such as Ritz, saltines, Townhouse, Club)
Peanut butter (SMALL size jars)

Jelly (SMALL size jars)

Canned tuna (or in pouches)

Canned veggies (peas, carrots, corn, green beans, potatoes, mixed, spinach, beets)

Bar soap

Lunch bags (we use these to pack snacks)

Juice boxes or pouches

Individually wrapped snacks (for children AND adults)

Shampoo

Deodorant

Toothpaste

The above items can be left in the lobby of the church, on the carts located on the left side, 9am – 9pm daily.  

PERISHABLE FOODS (please drop off at Outreach T-W-Th 10 am – 3 pm)

            Ground beef, in 1-lb. packages

            Ground turkey, in 1-lb packages

            Fresh fruit (apples, oranges, pears, etc.)

            Fresh veggies, such as carrots, onions, celery, potatoes etc.

**Gift cards to local grocery stores in $10 amounts (this will allow families to purchase the eggs, butter, extra milk and fresh produce that we do not have).

We received a donation in CELEBRATION of:

            Marie Mowdy for her 83rd birthday

Let us keep her gratefully in our prayer. 

We also recently received IN MEMORIAM donations for:

Edward Bergeron

Marion Carcioppolo

Lloyd Chadwick

Christina Ciaramella

Jason Frederick

Charles Gee

Bob Harris

Frances G. Hodgkins

Edwin J. Howard

Katelyn Lowery

Patty Maertz

Nicholas Marcotrigiano

Carlo Micolo

John R. Monahan

Roger Mott, Jr.

Frank & Patsy O’Connor

Jack O’Loughlin

Ruth Reid

Marie Richardson

Robert Rosa

Joan Sutter

Bob Walther

We ask that you keep them and their families in your prayer.

CONSTANT THANKS

I cannot begin to convey the hope and relief that your donations provide to those we serve.  Our families are so very grateful.  Every day, I receive cards, notes, emails and phone calls expressing their thanks.  Here is one I received last week:

I’m writing to say THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for your help with food.  Being legless in a wheelchair, it is very hard to get to the supermarket; if I do, I can only handle about 10 items.  Your help has been a TREMENDOUS gift from God; you have helped me so much.  I appreciate it MORE than words could ever describe!  It has meant the world to me.  I just wanted to relay my deepest appreciation:  Thank you!  Thank you!  A million times THANK YOU!!!

Please convey my thanks to all who have volunteered or contributed in any way to help so many of us out here in need.  Please take care and stay safe.

With love and DEEP GRATITUDE – (Name withheld for privacy).

Monday, June 1st:  Day of Mourning and Lament

We ask that you keep them and their families in your prayer. 

The Parish Outreach office is open:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Should you have any further questions or would like to volunteer, please call Sr. Lisa at 631.567.1995.  If you cannot get through, please leave a message we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Thank you and stay healthy and safe!

St. John Nepomucene Church
1140 Locust Avenue
Bohemia, NY 11716