Notre Dame Social Ministry Office
1 Aberdeen Rd., New Hyde Park, NY 11040 | 516-326-3403
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – 9:00am-4:00pm | Wednesday – 9:00am-6:00pm
“When you do it for my brother and my sister, you do it for Me” – Matt 25:40
Mission: The empowerment of the parish as the people of God to fulfill the Church’s mission of love, justice, freedom and peace by communally responding in an organized way to societal and individual human needs.
Notre Dame Parish Social Ministry Booklet:
IN OFFICE SERVICES:
- Food Pantry – Thanks to the donations of our parish community we are able to run an emergency food pantry to members of the community who are in dire need. We allow members to the community to have access to our food pantry once a week.
- Medical Equipment Supplies – The Parish Social Ministry Office accepts donations of medical equipment from the community and we offer this equipment to members of the community in need.
- Emergency Intake and Referrals – The Parish Social Ministry Office will conduct intakes and provide emergency support and referral to parishioners experiencing a socio-economic crisis.
- Multicultural Ministries – The Parish Social Ministry office is attentive to the multicultural communities in the parish and works to support and promote their participation in parish life.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY:
Notre Dame Parish also has a St. Vincent de Paul Society. They are a faith based community that offer other services to members of the community in need. For information please visit: St. Vincent de Paul Society
SOCIAL MINISTRY PROGRAMS:
- Rainbows For All God’s Children – Rainbows is a support group curriculum for children who have suffered a significant loss in their lives, either by death, divorce or any other painful transition.
- Single Parents Rainbows Group – Is a support group led by a trained professional who assists the single parent with coping strategies and a community of support as he/she faces the challenges of being a single parent.
- Bereavement Support Group – This is a support group facilitated by trained professionals for seniors and adults who has experienced the death of a loved one.
- Transportation Ministry – Our office coordinates volunteers to drive members of the senior community to their medical appointments.
- Moms and Tots – A group for mothers and children the ages of newborn through kindergarten, providing various activities such as arts and crafts, prayer, story time and more.
- Denton Green Eucharist and Social Ministry – Provides a weekly Communion Service at our local senior residence and provides our food services to members of the community as needed.
- Social Concerns Committee – A Parish committee focusing on promoting community development and legislative advocacy based on the needs of the parish and the social teachings of the Church.
- Lent 4.2 – A seven-week faith formation program during lent that includes prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that responds to the call of Pope Francis to care for our common home and adopt a spirituality of Christian simplicity.
- Annual Healthcare and Services Fair – In October the Social Ministry office organizes a fun fair for individuals and families that includes local and regional organizations who offer free healthcare and human services to the community.
- Companion Callers: We are pleased to announce a new ministry for our homebound community members. Volunteers will be reaching out by calling to check in on our elderly population, those on disability or in need of help after losing a loved one. Callers will check on specific needs and offer any assistance the Social Ministry office may be able to fulfill. If you or someone you know would be interested, or would like more information about this ministry, please call our office at (516)326-3403.
- Caregiver Support Network: Being a caregiver is an often difficult and
lonely time in a person’s life. If you need assistance or have questions
about your loved ones you may join our network of Caregivers to share
resources and lend each other support. To learn more contact Social
- Visiting Ministry: We now have a Friendly Visiting Ministry to assist our
Homebound Seniors. Volunteers will pay monthly visits to the homebound to
socialize, keep them informed about community events. Play games together,
read and Pray.
- Families Giving Back: Families are coming together to work on Monthly
projects to help the community. Our Next projects is Monday, February 11th
in the Notre Dame Large Cafeteria. Families will be assembling Birthday
Party Boxes and Goody Bags for Birthday Wishes of Long Island. Contact
Social Ministry to sign up at (516)326-3403. Volunteer packets must be
complete, as well as VIRTUS training.
Anyone interested in joining any of these ministries or groups, may contact the Social Ministry Office for more information.
“The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, … And you have to start from the ground up.” – Pope Francis