Our Mission

The empowerment of the parish as the people of God to fulfill the Church’s mission of
love, justice, freedom, peace and service by responding in an organized way to meet
societal and human individual needs.

 “When you do it for my brother and my sister, you do it for Me” – Matthew 25:40


Food Pantry: Our Social Ministry office provides Food Pantry assistance to families in the community dealing with a financial crisis and ongoing financial needs. Due to the generosity of our parishioners we maintain a fully stocked pantry, we also assist other Parishes with large community needs.

Informal Counseling & Emergency Referrals:  Counseling and services are provided to empower clients with options and long term solutions that are dealing with a socio-economic crisis.

Medical Equipment:  We provide gently used medical equipment to those in need. All of the provided items are donated to our office.

Transportation Ministry: Our office coordinates a dedicated team of volunteers who offer rides to Seniors for their medical appointments.

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Our Parish has a very active St. Vincent de Paul council that meets the needs of our community and assists other councils. Click here for more information: St. Vincent de Paul Society

Holiday Services

Holiday Programs: The holidays are a very big time of service here at Notre Dame.

Thanksgiving Meal Project: During Thanksgiving a dedicated team of volunteers delivers hot meals to the homebound.

Christmas Programs: “The Giving Tree” families select a need from our Physical or Virtual giving tree card and purchase a gift for an adult or child in need. These gifts are then supplied to several organizations that distribute the gifts.

Adopt-A-Family: Parish families shop for a New Hyde Park family in need. Our office supplies the donors with an anonymous wish list to make all their Christmas wishes come true.

Easter Programs: Volunteers assemble Easter Baskets for our Food Pantry clients with children.

Support Programs

Rainbows for all God’s Children: Here at Notre Dame we offer a peer support program for children of loss due to death of a loved one, divorce or military deployment of a parent. Click here for full details: Notre Dame Rainbows

Bereavement Support: We offer Bereavement support for adults who have lost a loved one during the Fall and Spring. A trained Facilitator guide the bereaved through the stages of grief in a supportive atmosphere.

Caregiver Support Group: 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 one you may join our network of caregivers.

Divorced & Separated Group: Our group is self-run by those experiencing a separation or are divorced and in need of support.


Families Giving Back: Our Parish provides a unique opportunity for family members of all ages to come together in service and outreach programs throughout the year. Click here to hear about our projects: Families Giving Back

Moms & Tots: A group for mothers and children ages newborn to Kindergarten, providing activities, arts and crafts, prayer, story time and more.

Friendly Visitor: Volunteers visit our homebound seniors twice a month. Our office matches visitors and seniors with similar interests to help with a more ongoing relationship. These visits provide companionship and friendship to our isolated homebound.

Prayer Warriors: Over the past 100 years or so, the number of consecrated Religious people praying has markedly declined.  There are no longer hundreds of monks and nuns praying for us. The Prayer Warrior program enables our Homebound seniors a special volunteer opportunity right from their own homes. Notre Dame’s Deacon Tom Lemme supplies our Warriors with prayer intentions once a month. These prayers help the members of our parish community, and fill a great need in our society in general.

Shopping for Seniors: We coordinate volunteers to assist Parish seniors in need of someone to shop for their groceries.

Snow Angels: Our office coordinates a team of young adult volunteers to shovel out the walks and driveways of our local seniors who don’t have assistance with snow removal.

Contact Information

Connect via:


Dee Farishian, Director of Social Ministry



Office Hours

Monday-Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm


1 Aberdeen Road
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

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