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Testimonial: “Supported me through a difficult time and strengthened my belief that love never dies.”
Description: Loss forever changes the world we have known, but every ending demands a new beginning. The Bereavement Support Group can help you through this difficult process.
Time Required: Meets once a week for 8 weeks for 2 hours.
Requirements: Anyone who has lost a loved one is encouraged and welcome to join the group.
Contact: Sister Muriel Cooney email@example.com 914-834-1220.
Testimonial: “Over the past years, Doug has helped us identify 52 species of birds at Manor Park.”
Description: Bird walks are scheduled twice at Manor Park.
Time Required: 1 hour, 8:00 – 9:00 am Saturdays during migrations in the spring and fall.
Requirements: Binoculars and interest in local wildlife.
Contact : Doug Bloom, Audubon member for over 50 years Larchowl@aol.com 914-834-5203
Testimonial: “I really enjoy being a cub scout and learning about many different things and doing different activities. I especially like the pinewood derby each year.”
Description: Cub Scouts Pack 33 is open to male and female youngsters. The pack meets once a month in Kenny Hall and schedules many activities, including the pinewood derby, camping, trios and learning more about scouting. We also collect food donations for the local food pantries in January.
Time Required: A couple of hours once a month. Looking for facilitators as well.
Requirements: Girls and boys are welcome to join. Volunteers are welcome as well.
Contact: Lee Miller Lee.firstname.lastname@example.org
Testimonial: “50 years of CYO basketball at St. Augustine for boys and girls, 2nd thorugh 12th grade.”
Description: St. Augustine participates in the Westchester/Putnam County CYO basketball program. The archdiocese runs the program. It is an all-volunteer staff of coaches and commissioner. Teams begin competing in 3rd grade through 12th grade. Second graders begin with a clinic run by parents to introduce the children to basketball. Coaches are required to lead teams who compete through weekly practices and games.
Time Required: Coaches 3 – 4 hours per week (normally 1 practice and 1 game) mid-Nov. through mid-Feb. Commissioner works 5 – 10 hours per week from Sept. through Feb.
Requirements: Actively seeking coaches each year. Currently seeking to expand the commissioner role to include commissioner assistance for the 2nd – 4th grade program and also a volunteer for the 5th through 12th grade program. Registration begins in late August and concludes at teh end of September. Practices begin in October. Season runs from mid-November through mid-February. Current commissioner needs to move out of the role during 2019. Actively seeking parents of younger children in the program to get involved with these leadership positions.
Contact: Mark McNally email@example.com 917-952-0714
DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP
Testimonial: “Participating in this program has helped me to grow in faith and as a person.”
Description: 8 week sessions which focus on the challenges and circumstances of divorce and the Catholic faith. Each session includes videos, discussions and journals.
Time Required: 1 1/2 hours for eight weeks.
Requirements: Open to all Christian individuals who are separated or divorced.
Contact: Ann Betkowski / Amy McCarthy firstname.lastname@example.org 914-834-1220
Testimonial: “The combination of Catholic men from Sts. John and Paul and St. Augustine are very effective in supporting parish needs as well as both Catholic and local charities. Catholic fellowship at its best.”
Description: We are Catholic men of faith and men of charitable action. We are all about charitable giving, service and fellowship.
Time Required: Up to individual. One event per year to bimonthly get togethers. Meet year round.
Requirements: practicing Roman Catholic men.
Contact: Jeff Phillips email@example.com 914-707-0137
Testimonial: “I worked to help organize the Holly Party for more than 25 years and met wonderful people and developed lasting friendships. Preparations begin in early September to collect ‘prizes’. Many volunteers share their time and talents to help with this wonderful parish event.”
Description: The St. Augustine Ladies Auxiliary is both a social and spiritual ministry of the parish and promotes fellowship and support. The Auxiliary offers an excellent opportunity to become actively involved in our Church and to make new friends. The Auxiliary is always ready t assist the church in any capacity. We especially welcome those who are new to the parish.
Time Required: Several hours to several days especially from September, welcome breakfast, through the first Friday in December at the annual Holly Party.
Requirements: Tasks include, baking, set up and clean up, gift wrapping, getting gifts, organizing and serving.
Contact: Anne-Mieke Smeets firstname.lastname@example.org 914-834-0194 914-522-3844.
Testimonial: “I learn so much about our community at these meetings.”
Description: Meet monthly, mostly the first Thursday of the month, 9:30 am – 11:00 am at Sts. John and Paul rectory meeting room from September through June.
Time Required: 1 1/2 hours per month to listen to interesting topics and speakers regarding faith.
Requirements: All are welcome.
Contact: Janet Rising email@example.com 914-632-7735
Testimonial: “I enjoy being able to play basketball on the weekends with a great group of people. There is a real sense of community in gathering year round and playing a sport together.”
Description: Men who gather on Saturday mornings at 7:00 am and Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm to play basketball and to share in athletic camaraderie.
Time Required: Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings.
Requirements: Open to those from St. Augustine and the larger community.
Contact: Jim Jeffry firstname.lastname@example.org 203-550-0647
Testimonial: “Through the RCIA, we have been welcomed home to a place where we truly belong. Joining in Mass and celebrating our faith has become a pillar of our family’s foundation. We want to walk on this spiritual path together in all the years to come.”
Description: The RCIA is primarily intended for those who are unbaptized and preparing for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Those who have been baptized from another Christian denomination and are interested in Full Communion in the Catholic Church are also welcome. It is a process for welcoming adults to a full and active life in the Church as disciples of Jesus.
Time Required: An hour a week of instruction over several months.
Requirements: Desire to want to join the Catholic faith.
Contact: Sister Muriel Cooney email@example.com 914-834-1220
Testimonial: “Working in the garden and knowing the vegetables will be helping to feed those in need helps me feel closer to God and the earth.”
Description: In May, a group gathers to plant a vegetable garden behind the rectory. They tehn weed, water and cultivate as necessary throughout the summer. The vegetabes are then distributed to the local food pantry.
Time Required: Planting 1 – 2 hours and then 1 – 2 hours a month as required.
Requirements: A bit of time and some physical ability. Tools, kneelers, gloves etc. are provided.
Contact: Ann Betkowski firstname.lastname@example.org 914-834-1220.
Testimonial: “I look forward to Seniors every week: Making new friends and sharing new activities.”
Description: Seniors, 55 years young and older, meet most Thursday afternoons for fun, food, and friendship. Several trips are planned during the year as well as birthday celebrations, lunch, bingo, and board games.
Time Required: Meets most Thursdays, September through June in Kenny Hall from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.
Requirements: Dues is $25.00 per year and lunch is $3.00 – pay at the door.
Contact: Marlene Dufort 914-630-2745.
Testimonial: “Getting together while the kids run around and play makes this church not only a place to come for spiritual teaching and individual reflection but also to be with a welcoming group of people who care for each other.”
Description: Volunteers prepare coffee, tea and or lemonade (in the summer), picking up donuts (or other baked goods) and serving it after the 10:30 family Mass on Sundays. They also clean up the cafeteria after the coffee service.
Time Required: From 9:30 am to 1:00 pm plus ordering the donuts prior to the Sunday service. Usually there are two volunteers each Sunday to share the tasks.
Requirements: The service is provided throughout the year except August and the first 2 or 3 weeks of September.
Contact: Margaret Paganini-Beretta email@example.com 914-806-1213.
Testimonial: “It is wonderful to be a part of such a welcoming parish and to feel part of a community.”
Description: Welcome new parishioners into the community and help them feel at home in their new parish. Diverse areas of welcome include welcoming parishioners before each Mass, helping out at Sunday coffee hour, planning pot luck get togethers, as well as other welcoming events. All are welcome to share a smile and greeting.
Time Required: Welcomers are needed at Sunday Mass and or for a few hours at specific events.
Requirements: The ability to share a smile and a heartfelt greeting.
Contact: Karen Khor 914-834-1220